In-Kind Gifts

Each year, hundreds of people donate goods to help homeless families in our community. We are always accepting donations that support our guests, and your gifts help to keep operating costs to a minimum.

Supply Drives
Hosting a supply drive at your congregation, school, or workplace is an easy way to make a direct difference! Please reach out to let us know prior to bringing by donated items, so that we can make space.

Personal Care
  • Clean towels & washcloths
  • Bar soap & deodorant
  • Toothpaste & brushes
  • Combs & brushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Kleenex
  • Bug spray
  • (New) women’s and children’s underwear & socks

Household
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Dish liquid
  • SOS pads
  • Lysol spray
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Windex
  • Clorox bleach cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Garbage bags (all sizes)
  • Paper plates, cups, utensils
  • Light bulbs
  • Flash lights

First Aid
  • Adult Tylenol
  • Cold & flu, and allergy medicine
  • Cough medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Tums/Pepto Bismol
  • Band-aids
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • First aid cream

Baby
  • Baby gates
  • Playpens
  • Changing tables
  • Children’s pain & allergy relief
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby thermometers
  • Dosing spoons
  • Children’s shampoo/soap
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Baby formula, juice & Pedialyte

Pet
  • Dog Food
  • Cat Food (wet or dry)
  • Food & water bowls
  • Leashes
  • Collars
  • Brushes
  • Toys
  • Litter
  • Litter boxes & scoopes
  • Litter genie and genie refills
  • Cat carriers
  • Cat & dog beds
  • Nail trimmers

Baskets
Donating complete, assembled baskets is a great way to directly help homeless families!

Shelter Welcome Kit
Families often come in without basic hygiene supplies. A welcome kit is given to each family so they can stay clean and healthy during their stay.

  • Re-usable grocery bag or other tote
  • Towels
  • Full-size bar of soap
  • Full-size shampoo
  • Full-size conditioner
  • Washcloth/Sponge
  • Full-size deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Body and facial lotion
  • Sunscreen

Welcome Home
A welcome home basket is given to each family as they leave from shelter to their new housing! Basic supplies go a long way to helping families get established back in the community.

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Toilet paper (4 pack)
  • Sponges
  • Scrub brush
  • Scouring powder or liquid
  • Glass cleaner (Windex, etc.)
  • All-purpose cleaner (Mr. Clean, Top Job, etc.)
  • Handi-wipes
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Happy Birthday Bag
Kids in shelter have birthdays, too! Help make it a happy day for a special child by donating everything they need to celebrate. Please indicate the appropriate age/gender of the recipient on the gift tag.

  • A birthday-themed “gift bag” to put the items in
  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 tub icing
  • 1 package of birthday candles
  • 1 aluminum cake pan
  • 1 plastic cake spatula
  • Decorative paper plates
  • Decorative paper napkins
  • Party hats, noisemakers, balloon, and/or streamers (get creative!)
  • A small gift for the birthday boy/girl: an activity book, toy, craft, etc

Other Gifts
Have something else that you’d like to donate? IHNGC also accepts other new and gently-used items. Regretfully, we are unable to accept furniture due to space limitations. Please reach out to Hume Jamison, Shelter Operations Coordinator, to inquire about other items you’d like to give, and thank you for thinking of IHNGC!