Non-Food Donation Information Fall 2016
Items to consider donating before 2016 comes to an end.
Along with your regular donations of food or cash, consider dropping off one of these essentials next time. It’s added insurance that your donation definitely made an impact on someone’s life.
1. Toilet paper
No butts about it! Our pantry is in need of toilet paper, diapers and basic hygiene
Toilet paper is often the first item to go each month. It’s a constant need that is rarely ever filled. Bring a couple of wrapped rolls on your next giving trip, and you’re guaranteed to make a difference.
Consider donating: Unscented rolls of toilet paper in large and small quantities.
2. Small bottles of bath essentials
Bathroom products such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and deodorant are toiletries many of us take for granted. Small bottles save space and make it possible for someone without regular shelter to stay clean while relying on public rest areas for bathing. Just make sure the products you purchase still have an intact seal.
Consider donating: Allergy-friendly brands of soap and deodorant.
3. Dental hygiene essentials
Dental access is often blocked for those who can’t afford health insurance. To help people in need keep their teeth healthy and pain-free on their own, donating dental supplies is a must.
Consider donating: Toothbrushes and toothpaste for normal and sensitive teeth.
4. First-aid items
Especially for people impacted by homelessness, bandages are often needed but not easily accessible. Help those in need keep their wounds properly cared for by donating sealed first-aid essentials.
Consider donating: Band-Aids, ointments, medicated wipes and ace bandages.
5. Pads and tampons
When period products go on sale, buy a few extra boxes to donate. These necessities get to be an expensive, unavoidable monthly cost for many families, making them ideal donations. Plus, no one should ever have to worry about access to feminine hygiene.
Consider donating: Pads and tampons for all scenarios and body types. Think heavy, light and moderate needs.
Babies get plenty of love in the clothing donation department. But other non-recyclable needs, such as diapers and the extra accessories needed to make a happy baby bottom, are few and far between. Even assistance programs like WIC and SNAP don’t cover diaper costs, so they are in constant demand.
Consider donating: Diapers for all ages, especially for older children, as well as baby wipes and baby powder.
7. Sturdy bags and boxes to easily carry goods.
If you have too many reusable bags piled in your closet, donate a few to your local food pantry. Bags make carrying items a lot easier for families who might rely on public transportation or walking to get their donated essentials.
Consider donating: Large bags with some integrity and strong stitching, or boxes with built-in handles.