A Service Initiative
Providing Clothing Items
to Refugees in Need

Our Mission

Refugee Thrive is a student-led initiative that collects and provides clothing items to refugee families living in Clarkston, Georgia, which is home to over 35,000 refugees from every corner of the world, and Kiev, Ukraine.

Our mission is simple: We seek to welcome newly-resettled refugees to America by providing them with winter clothing, including hats, scarves, gloves, and coats. We also aim to provide desperately needed clothing items to war refugees in Kiev, Ukraine.

Our Impact

Over 10,000 Clothing Items Delivered

Over 400 Refugee Families Impacted

Our Story

Founded by Matthew Tikhonovsky, Refugee Thrive is an entirely youth-led service initiative that collects and delivers clothing items to refugees living in Clarkston, GA, and Kiev, Ukraine. In 2015, Matthew, who is the son of Ukrainian refugees, recognized that many newly-resettled refugees in his community lacked basic clothing items, including hats, scarves, and winter coats. Determined to address this need, Matthew began to partner with local high schools to hold clothing donation drives, collecting over 500 clothing items the first year, and eventually launched Refugee Thrive. Since then, Refugee Thrive has held clothing donation drives at over 25 high schools across the Atlanta-area and collected over 10,000 clothing items, benefiting refugees in Clarkston, GA, and Kiev, Ukraine.

Refugee Thrive

Want to get involved?

Contact Refugee Thrive’s team to host a clothing drive at your high school!

Head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest updates about our clothing drives!