Every donation we receive helps us in providing shelter and supportive services to veterans, single-parents with children, families and other individuals, experiencing homelessness or at risk of it.
Whether with one of our “…In A Box” options or any of the other meaningful ways to donate items, please see the list below to determine how you, your family or any other group, can get involved to help us fight homelessness. (individual items may also be donated to be assembled as “boxes” later).
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*NOTE: IRS guidelines require that used items be usable and in “good used condition or better”. Please make sure your gently used donations are usable and clean. Car seats, cribs, highchairs and strollers all have expiration dates due to continuous safety improvements.
- Shower Curtain, liner and rings
- Towels (4 sets)
- Bath mat
- Waste Basket
- Soap Dish
- Toothbrush Holder
- Toilet Scrubber
- Toilet Plunger
- Body Soap/Hand Soap
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Toilet paper
- Hair Dryer
This should include everything needed to prep a bed and welcome an adult or child to feel at home. Items included should be non-allergenic, easy-care and machine safe.
- Comforter (Full/Queen Size)
- Sheet Set (Flat, Fitted, 2 Pillowcases)
- Pillows (2 STandard or Queen)
- Mattress Protector (Moisture resistant)
The set should include everything needed to prep, cook, dine and clean at home. Items included should be cookware, dinnerware, tools & gadgets, cutlery, food storage, flatware, prep, clean-up and disposal items. Dinnerware and food storage should be both dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Cookware (Basic skillet, large pot, medium saucepan, small saucepan, with lids, cookie sheet, cake pans)
- Can Opener
- Potato Peeler
- Paring Knife
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Turner, Spatula, Large Spoon
- Set of Plastic storage bowls
- Set of dishes (service for 4)
- Set of drinking glasses (minimum 8 pieces, 4 large, 4 medium)
- Silverware (Place settings for 4)
- Cutlery Tray
- Kitchen Wastebasket
- Dish Detergent (Liquid and Dishwasher)
- Oven Mitt (Hot Pad Holder)
- Dish Rack
- Dish Towel Set
- Cutting Board
- Trash Bags
- Hand Mixer
- Hand Soap
This should include all the supplies needed for cleaning a home. Items included should be unscented or subtle scented personal hygiene and facilities cleaners, moisture absorbent, non-allergenic, easy-care and washing machine safe.
- Laundry Basket, Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener
- Mop with Bucket
- Broom with Dust Pan
- Multipurpose Cleaner
- Cleaning Towel
- Glass Cleaner
- Disinfectant Spray
- Bleach Wipes
- Paper Towels
- Vacuum Cleaner (optional)
These kits are items that SNAP (Food Stamps) may not provide. It should include all the supplies needed for personal grooming and hygiene. Items should be gender neutral, unscented or subtle scented, non-allergenic personal cleansers.
- Bath Soap
- Hand Soap
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Shaving Cream/Razor
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Nail Clippers
- Hair Brush and Comb
- Toilet Paper
- Feminine hygiene products (for women kits)
These packs should be non-perishable food items for Housing Crisis Center to provide to those seeking assistance. Most seeking our assistance are visibly hungry and we seek to provide all immediate basic needs, to encourage acceptance of additional services. (NOTE: All food items must be sealed in the original packaging).
- Bottled water
- Flavor Packets
- Protein bars
- Dried fruit
- Animal Crackers
- Peanut Butter Crackers
These are additional items included in a “Welcome Home!” box for a child. We try to provide age-appropriate items to each child when moving into their new apartment home.
These are additional items included in a “Welcome Home!” box for a teenage boy or girl. We try to provide age-appropriate items to each teen upon entry in Housing Crisis Center programs.
- Books, Magazines
- Amazon Gift Cards
Everyone’s birthday is important. For most adults, birthdays were a childhood ritual and a celebration of important age milestones. But what if your birthday was forgotten and no one ever sang happy birthday to you? We believe that no child should ever have that experience and go without celebrating the day of their birth. Something as simple as a birthday party has the power to bring hope for a brighter future; despite life’s struggles. So, each month we have a birthday party to collectively celebrate each child born in that month. Each child is welcomed to invite their immediate family and one friend to the party. The event is called Birthday Candles, and is for kids ages 1-17. It takes a magical team to host Birthday Candles. We need venues, photographers, food, toys, clothes, shoes, party decor, entertainment and more. These resources and gifts go directly to benefit the families, and have a lifelong impact. If you would like to become a magical partner please contact Gina Norman at 469.250.6521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most, like to celebrate their birthday; even when they avoid having it be acknowledged. We believe it is important to acknowledge and help all of our participants celebrate the day they were born. Unfortunately, our adults are usually the ones that go unnoticed or completely forgotten – as if birthdays were only important for children. You can help change that for our participants. If you or your group would like more information on helping us provide joy through sending a few simple birthday cards each month, please contact Becky Collie at 469.250.1952 or email@example.com.
The majority of our families are the “working poor” and find it hard to make ends meet throughout the year. For these families struggling to maintain financially, the holiday season can be yet another time of hardships. The joy of the holiday season is usually lost. But through your kindness and support, we can make the season easier for our parents and a lot more special for our children. There are two ways you can help. You can adopt and shop for a family or if you prefer not to shop, you can adopt to financially sponsor, and our staff will do the shopping. To adopt-a-family and become a Holiday Hero for Thanksgiving and or Christmas, please contact Janet Peery at 469-828-3643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an opportunity for our partners to help economically disadvantaged children start off the school-year with a new backpack and essential school supplies. Back-to-school shopping can be a challenge for many families, but especially ours. Each student’s notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders, pens, markers, and calculators, add up to a pretty large expense. With these supplies from the Back 2 School Fun Fair, children are equipped for a successful academic year. There are several ways to get involved…as a sponsor, volunteer, exhibitor or community partner. And we provide detailed lists of the supplies needed for children at every grade level. Families in our housing programs fall within the Federal Poverty Level, which means a family of 4 with $25,100 annual income. To partner with us on this opportunity, please contact Gina Norman at 469.250.6521 or email@example.com.
The Christmas holiday is often a time of additional hardship and financial stress for those living in poverty. To bring some of the joy back into the season, we assemble a team of elves (generous donors) to set up and manage Santa’s Village for a day. Our Santa’s Village is a holiday gift store that provides our young program participants, ages 5 – 15, with an opportunity to purchase gifts for their family members. This is a fun and educational experience where the kids learn important budgeting habits for holiday surprises. All items have to be “kid priced” with a 100% thoughtful guarantee! If you, or someone you know, have direct sales products or make holiday crafts that you are willing to donate (costume or small jewelry, beauty products, perfume, wallets, purses or holiday décor) and would like to set up a “booth”, this is the opportunity for you!! To be an elf for this heart-warming holiday opportunity, contact Gina Norman at 469.250.6521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME HOME! Boxes, are all of the special boxes provided to newly housed participants moving into an HCC program home. You and or your organization are invited to prepare the complete set of six (6) boxes below to furnish everything a household may need, or choose to donate any of these special boxes from the list above.
- Bathroom In A Box
- Bed In A Box
- Kitchen In A Box
- Housekeeping In A Box
- Child Box (label boy or girl, ages 0-12)
- Teen Box (label boy or girl, ages 13-17)