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Women’s Shelters: Needed Items List (Please Read!)

We often suggest that if you find a great deal, you should grab a little extra and pass it on to someone in need.  Many of us include in our weekly shopping lists items SPECIFICALLY to donate – to shelters, food banks and the like.  See the weekly list of “Cheap Donation Items”.

Browsing WeUseCoupons today – I saw a thread about Women’s Shelters and I had to read it.  What I learned opened my eyes to just HOW MUCH these women need when they leave their lives behind and run for safety.  One brave woman shared her experience, having just left a women’s shelter for domestic abuse, listing items they needed there.  I also rang up a couple local women’s shelters to ask – and I’ve compiled a donation list.

This woman summed it all for me with these words:

I checked in with my driver’s license my cell phone and my car. That’s it.
And I’m lucky.

Literally everything you use from the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to sleep… we needed.

Toiletries/Household:

  • soap
  • shampoo
  • Hair brushes, spray, accessories (Many have to go to court to confront their abusers!)
  • feminine hygeine
  • razors
  • toothpaste/toothbrush
  • mouthwash
  • contact solution, cases
  • cleaning supplies
  • laundry detergent
  • Sample-sized items (for those relocating)
  • First-aid items (Band-aids, neosporin..)
  • NO MEDICATIONS ACCEPTED

For Children Staying There With Their Mothers:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Formula
  • Bottles, Sippies, Pacifiers
  • Toys & Books (even old ones are fine!)

Food (Think easy “cook & share” dinners like casseroles and pastas, also kid-friendly foods):

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • PB & J
  • Canned Goods
  • Kid-friendly foods
  • Snacks

Non-Coupon Items (When moved to a new home, they often start over with NOTHING):

  • Leftover gift cards with just a little left on it (Write the amount clearly on card)
  • Dishes
  • Utensils
  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Clothes
  • Appliances (Large & Small!)

Comments

  1. Well I’m glad to see that you cleaned up my post lol.
    I really appreciate you spreading the word, we truly need everything!

    My local shelter has a donation network. Its actually attached to a church (but not affiliated) so you can just drop the items off there and the church brings them over.

    A lot of shelters dont mind you dropping things off. They are secure buildings (buzz entry, TONS of cameras) and most of the time you coming around isn’t going to bother them.
    A lot of shelters also have off site counseling centers and items can be dropped off there.

    Contact your local shelter for their specifics. :)

  2. Where do we drop them off? I know some of these shelters are not listed for safety reasons? Thanks for sharing God’s love.

    • Bella – if you call the number in the yellow pages under domestic abuse hotlines – you should be able to find a place near you that you can take drop-off items!

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