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Recommended items...

Food

  • bottled water

  • fruit juice/Gatorade

  • food items - healthy and individually wrapped (some examples might be granola bars, cheese & crackers, tuna kits, beef jerky, pull-top canned fruit or vegetables, fruit snacks, cookies) 

Clothes

  • cotton socks (men's, women's, and children's)

  • T-shirts (men's, women's, and children's)

  • warm scarves/knit hats

Hygiene

  • shampoo

  • conditioner

  • soap

  • deodorant

  • chap stick

  • lotion

  • wash cloth

  • floss

  • toothbrush

  • toothpaste

  • mouthwash (alcohol-free)

  • hair brushes (compact)

  • individual packets of laundry soap

  • facial tissues (individual packs)

  • anti-bacterial wipes

  • disposable razors

  • Q-tips

Comfort/Extras

  • first class postage stamps

  • notepads/envelopes

  • pens

  • crayons

  • coloring or activity books

  • small stuffed animals (soft, appropriate for both girls and boys)

  • small, safe toys (no weapons or toys of violence)

  • small pillows

  • hand warmers for cold weather

  • bandana coolers for hot weather

If you have something you would like to donate which is not on this list, please let us know! We are always looking for new ideas!


Tips

  • Don’t be in a hurry. It’s okay to slip it out your window to someone on a street corner or freeway ramp. But consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.

  • Smile. This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.

  • Make eye contact. It shows that the person matters.

  • It’s your decision, of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask what their immediate need is and consider how you can help.

  • Be available to have a conversation. Some people won’t want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story.

  • Offer resources. Ask if the person knows about local homeless shelters, be sure they know about meals, shelter, restrooms and other emergency services available.

  • Be wise. The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous — they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out as a group when handing out Care Kits.