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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Homeless Shelter this Holiday Season

Winter is upon us. While it ushers in the cheer of another holiday season, it also brings bitter winds and cold nights to most of the country.

During the cold winter months, homeless shelters see an influx in individuals seeking their services. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to your local shelter to help them serve more people in your community. Here are a few items we recommend...

Blankets & Bedding
Shelters are always in need of blankets and bedding to keep their clients comfortable and warm. Consider purchasing warm bedding and cozy blankets for the shelter in your community this holiday season.

Warm Clothes
Shelters will often take clothing donations for their clients. Sweaters, flannels, long-sleeve shirts, turtlenecks, and long underwear are appreciated during the colder months. New or gently-worn clothing is best. Avoid donating items with holes or stains.

Winter Coats and Jackets
Have an extra coat or jacket hanging in the closet that you never seem to wear? Consider donating it! Most shelters will accept gently used outerwear, especially during the winter.

Toiletries & Personal Care Items
Shelters are always in need of toiletries and personal care items for their clients. Consider purchasing some extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap or body wash, and feminine hygiene products the next time you're at the grocery store and dropping them off at your local shelter.

We all know (and love) the feeling of taking a warm shower and drying off with a fresh, clean towel, especially when it's cold outside. Pick up some new towels and share that little luxury with the clients at your local shelter this winter.

Books & Toys
Shelters like to provide clients with leisure and entertainment activities. Consider dropping off that old stack of books, or donate your old movies, board games, and kids toys. Shelters that house women and children often accept a variety of items to keep kids entertained.

Reusable Tote Bags
Many shelters will give clients bags to keep their personal items and possessions in during the day. Have a couple of extra canvas totes or reusable shopping bags lying around? Drop them off today!

Have you donated goods to your local shelter? What are we missing? Leave a comment below.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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Jean in AZ said...

The homeless activity that I contribute to is asking for backpacks as well. They are also grateful for hotel soaps, shampoos gathered while traveling and new underwear and socks.

Unknown said...

If you give money, they can get what they particularly need right then.

Unknown said...

Socks and underwear ( new only) Laundry detergent (most have washers and dryers)
Meals,individual snacks, most have shoestring budgets.
Shelters appreciate the help!

Unknown said...

And, always give money. Without that there would be no building, no heat, no staff and no food ... Do both. Donate items and money.

Geri Carbone6 said...

I don't know where to contribute. Is there a website I can go to?