Priority Items

Priority Items for Romania

The list below indicates items that are acceptable to the Romanian authorities and which meet the priority needs of the people that we are helping. All items must be in a clean and serviceable condition.
This list does not include food or domestic consumables, details of which can be found on our ‘Harvest’ page.

Please do not send prescription medicines.
These drugs are potentially dangerous if misused. AN does not have the expertise or the legal authority to distribute them safely and local pharmacies cannot accept them. Disposal becomes a serious problem and they are a waste of precious load space. Non-prescription medicines, vitamins, energy drinks and unused items such as bandages or syringes are still acceptable.
Please also refer to the exclusions list at the foot of this page.

Summary of Priority Items

The following items can be received for packing, or delivered directly to our warehouses:

Item Condition or Quality Comments
All types of clothing for children and adults, excluding second-hand socks and underwear.
Would you wear it yourself? The Romanian climate is more severe – both hotter and colder – than in the UK and we have limited facilities for washing or repairing garments. Second-hand clothing for children under 12 months must be separately wrapped.
New, wrapped items of underwear and babywear are welcome.
Footwear In ‘as-new’ condition. No more than 25% visible wear.
Bedding, including duvets, pillows and blankets. Clean and in good condition. If possible, duvets and pillows should be compressed before packing, to take up less space.
Household linen including curtains, towels, table cloths. Clean and in good condition. Matched sets should be packed as one item.
Textiles and Sewing Materials:
Wool, knitting needles, sewing items
Clean and in good condition. Knitted blankets are needed during the winter.
Knitted squares can provide therapy for the housebound.
Toys: small toys, larger toys, games and sports equipment. Clean, complete and in good condition.
Jigsaw puzzles to be simple and less than 500 pieces.
No second-hand toys for children under age 3 months.
No games requiring complex language skills.
Spectacles, hearing aids Clean and in good condition.

The following items should be delivered direct to our warehouses, preferably by prior arrangement:

Item Condition or Quality Comments
Beds and Mattresses
Also cots, children’s beds and bunks.
Clean and in good condition.
Limited demand for double beds but convertible bed-settees are very popular.
Dismantled beds should have all parts labelled and their fixing attached.
Mattresses should be wrapped for transport.
Electrical Items:
Sewing machines, Radios, Music centres, Hi-fi, Washing machines. Microwave ovens, Irons, Kettles.
Clean and known to be in working order please. We have no repair facilities for these items. No ‘fridges, freezers, or electric cookers.
No record turntables.
Washing machines preferably twin tub type – automatics use too much water and electricity.
Computers and Peripherals:
printers (with ink), scanners, keyboards, mice, other peripherals, mobile phones
Computers must be suitable for Microsoft or Linux systems, Mac computers are not required.
Ensure all software and data have been removed! Printers must have ink and/or toner!
We can now take a limited number of modern computers suitable for school students. No bulk loads unless agreed. No typewriters or word processors. Printers without ink and/or toner are of no use.
Stationery: Paper, Pens, Pencils, Colouring books, Crayons Suitable for families with school children or for giving directly to schools. These items are valuable because children may be refused lessons if they do not have the proper equipment.
Household Goods, Kitchen equipment Cooking utensils, sausepans, cutlery and crockery only, no other household items or bric-a-brac. All to be in good condition. Ensure that all breakables are adequately packed.
Bicycles for adults and children, tricycles, scooters, pedal cars Clean and in good condition. Spare parts – chains, brake parts, bike locks, etc, are also useful. Items requiring minor repairs may be acceptable, subject to condition
Tools for use in gardening, woodworking, house maintenance or car repairs Clean and in good condition. Surface rust and minor signs of use are acceptable. We can sharpen if necessary. Ensure that all cutting edges are adequately protected.
Tables, dining chairs, desks, stacking chairs, cupboards.
Clean, complete and in good condition. No woodworm or structural damage! No requirement for easy chairs, suites, wardrobes. Space for furniture is limited. Assembled flat-pack furniture usually does not survive the journey!
Push chairs, baby buggies Clean and in good condition. Include any covers, wind shields, etc.
Mobility Aids, wheelchairs (including electric buggies), Zimmer frames, crutches Clean and in good condition. Wheelchairs must be complete with handles, arm rests and foot rests attached.

This list is not definitive and other items may be requested or accepted as needs dictate. Please contact your local co-ordinators who will be able to advise on priorities, space constraints, and transport arrangements.
A printable summary of this list can be downloaded from this link Schedule of Priority Items (.pdf)

Please DO NOT send the following items:
  • Prescription Medicines or specialised medical equipment.
  • Used underwear or socks. Clothing with political or provocative designs.
  • Dirty or damaged toys, ‘plush’ toys, guns, knives, swords, etc.
  • Landline telephones, TV decoders, obsolete comms equipment.
  • Text books and/or novels requiring language skills in English (neu Gymraeg!)
  • These items cannot be donated and compromise the provision of more useful items.


Published, 06 May 2014: Page updated, 18 Oct 2020