We are always happy to receive in-kind donations of the types listed below, and our most current list of needs is listed in each month’s e-newsletter. To make a donation, you are welcome to stop by our office at 23 Dartmouth Street (during business hours) OR send an email or call (617) 236-8132 to arrange a drop-off time.
If you make a donation, we ask that you log it for us by filling out this brief form (for our own records), and we would also love to send you a thank you note (which also serves as a donation receipt for tax purposes)! Please don’t hesitate to contact us (617-807-1173) with any further questions.
If you’d like to order items directly through Amazon to be delivered to our doorstep:
Check out our Amazon Charity Lists here!
RUN A CLOTHING/ITEM DRIVE!
Can you organize a group of friends or family from your school, place of worship, neighborhood, workplace, or other close community to help us collect critically needed items? We are happy to provide you with branded flyers outlining our needed items and workshop ideas to make the drive as successful as possible.
Each Monday morning, we open the “clothing room” for our soup kitchen guests. For more information about the clothing room and clothing donations, email us.
All men’s clothing donations are very much appreciated. Since our storage spaces are small, it is best to receive in-season donations (i.e. donations that the guests can use right away.) If you have out of season donations (i.e. winter gear in the summer) please contact us to check to see if we have sufficient storage space.
- Men’s pants, shirts, and sweaters
- NEW men’s underwear, undershirts & socks
- Men’s shoes & sneakers
- Athletic Wear
- Backpacks & tote bags
- Ponchos & rain gear
- Winter Gear: hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
- Vests, sweaters & sweatshirts
- Winter coats & jackets
Toiletries (travel sized is preferred):
- Toothbrushes & toothpaste
- Travel-sized toiletries of all kinds, especially soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner
- Hand lotion
- Sleeping bags
- Masks for COVID-19 (surgical preferred)
Kitchenware (used in our soup kitchen):
NOTE: The following kitchenware is generally helpful but we are unable to accept these donations during COVID.
- Cutlery/flatware, especially spoons and forks
- Microwave-safe bowls
- Microwave-safe plates
Our soup kitchen and storage spaces are small, and we receive wonderful donations of fresh and canned food from regular partners, especially the Greater Boston Food Bank and Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Please see the following list of the most helpful food donations for us:
HIGHER PRIORITY – items we do not have regular access to and/or we purchase out of pocket:
- COOKING OILS (olive, canola, vegetable, etc.)
- VINEGARS (balsamic, red wine, apple cider)
- BAKING SUPPLIES (flour – whole wheat or white, corn meal / corn grits, sugar – brown and white, chocolate chips)
- JUICE (large bottles of SHELF STABLE fruit juice)
- ETC.- ITEMS THAT OUR GUESTS LOVE! (hot sauce, maple syrup, pancake syrup, ketchup, hot cocoa)
LOWER PRIORITY – items we regularly acquire for free through the Greater Boston Food Bank:
- PASTA (spaghetti, elbows, macaroni, penne, lasagne, any shape! + boxed mac & cheese)
- BEANS (Any type of canned beans – preferably without added sugar/corn syrups, black, white, navy, kidney, red, chickpeas/garbanzo)
- OTHER CANNED GOODS (Diced tomatoes/whole tomatoes, Pumpkin)
Unfortunately, we CANNOT accept the following items:
- Canned SOUP
- Canned vegetables (other than tomatoes)
- Individual shelf stable items (personal mac & cheese cups, single serve ramen noodles, etc.)
SUPPORT RESIDENTS OF OUR LOW-INCOME HOUSING:
Interested in supporting residents of our low-income housing? The following items are especially appreciated:
- Bug repellant mattress covers
- Sheets & comforters for twin beds
- Pots and pans
- Gift cards for grocery stores and clothing stores for the holidays