Although they are a blessing to many, it is unfortunate that in this day and age we still need to have shelters. There are many different types – homeless, domestic assault, runaway children. Although their assistance differs, their main proponent is very much the same – to help those in need.
As non-profit businesses, many shelters rely on donations, both monetary and physical, to keep themselves running. Most anything you can donate will be helpful, but there are a few things that aren’t often thought of yet are desperately needed and helpful.
Baby Formula/Diapers/Baby Wipes
Most people who come into a shelter have children. A typical shelter contains more young children than they do adults. With so many children, donations of anything baby related is greatly desired. Things such as formula and baby food can become expensive for the shelter to provide, and diapers and wipes are used up quickly. Donations of all sizes and varieties of these items are needed.
As a cheap and easy meal for the morning and as a snack in the afternoons, cereal is a very well used item in shelters. With money being tight, cereal is often left off of the grocery list and is sorely missed. Providing a sugary-type of cereal can prove to be a great treat to a child and plainer types are greatly appreciated by the older crowd. Donations of everything from Fruit Loops to Cheerios are needed.
When in a shelter, many are on job hunts or partaking in job training. At times shelter staff can provide a wake-up call, but in the event that they are unable, it is possible that a person can miss an important appointment that may change their future. A donation of an alarm clock can help greatly.. All sizes, and especially those that can be used without batteries, are needed.
Garbage Bags/Paper Towel/Toilet Paper
With all shelters, products such as garbage bags, paper towels and toilet paper are gone through quite quickly. These are used constantly every day by everybody. A shelter will easily use up to ten garbage bags, four rolls of paper towels and eight rolls of toilet paper a day. All donations of these products will be greatly appreciated.
Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap
Once again, with many people and children residing in one house, dirty laundry and dishes are always present. Laundry detergent and dish soap are always being used, along with the machines that do the work. Donations of laundry detergent along with dish soap or diswasher detergent is necessary, but one step better is if you have a donation of a dishwasher or washer/dryer. If you have one, check with your local shelter as they may be in need of a new one.
Along with all the usual necessities, such as shampoo, soap, hair brushes, lotion, razors, canned goods and medicine, the items listed above are also needed. Unlike the previously mentioned, these items are the ones to typically get overlooked, causing a budget issue for many non-profit businesses. With the help of others, this problem can be resolved and more people can be helped.