If you’re like many people, you enjoy giving what you can to those in need of help. If you’re also like many people, you may not be able to do that through cash donations. If this sounds like you, you’re in a spot that’s quite common. Thankfully, most charities and shelters need other things besides money to run their services, and you can help immensely with that. We’re going to give you the items that shelters need donated the most so you can make a difference without breaking the bank.
Underwear and socks are two of the most requested items by individuals who use the services provided by homeless shelters. Any amount you can give would be welcomed with open arms. For any clothing donations, you can simply drop them off at your nearest shelter or donation center. You can also arrange for a pickup by a charity like the Purple Heart Pickup to grab your clothes for you. Remember that undergarment donations must be brand-new and unworn to be useful.
Individuals who are currently without homes may need to move around more often than normal. Shoes don’t last very long in conditions like these, and they’re essential items for many people. Donations of shoes are a great way to ensure people without homes stay safe and comfortable. Again, make sure you don’t donate shoes that are in poor condition.
Of all the items shelters need the most, hygiene products are high on the list. There are many hygiene products that we use every day without realizing what luxuries they are. Access to hygiene products can make a person without a home feel more comfortable. Consider donating items such as:
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Razors and shaving cream
A special mention should be made for donating feminine hygiene products, as these are absolutely not luxuries at all. These products are incredibly essential for women who can’t afford them otherwise.
Those without homes have families, too, and taking care of them can be extremely difficult without support. The next time you see a sale on anything baby-related, think about taking home a few extras to donate to a shelter. Baby food, diapers, clothing, wipes, toys—all are perfect donations that will help families struggling to make ends meet.
Kids don’t just need support when they’re babies, of course. Having proper school supplies can be extremely beneficial to a child’s engagement in their education. Shelters actually get a lot of these items at the beginning of school years, but these donations tend to drop off as the year progresses. If you really want to help, try to donate these items in the middle of the school year, as that is usually when supplies begin to run low.