Donating Items

We’re so thankful for our community members who want to donate specific items to our family shelters! It can be a complicated matter organizing these donations and we have limited sorting and storage spaces, so we’ve established general guidelines for donating items to our shelters. We are only able to accept new, unopened items for Family Care Packages for our shelter clients or our Welcome Home Baskets for families moving from shelter into a permanent home.

If you have items that don’t fit within the guidelines don’t worry! Scroll to the bottom to see a list of other organizations that accept food and gently used donations.

Donations of new items below can be brought to Housing Assistance offices at 460 West Main Street in Hyannis and we will bring them to the family shelters. Any questions, please call (508) 771-5400.

Welcome Home Baskets (new, unopened items)

  • Full Size Sheets
  • Twin Size Sheets
  • Cooking Utensils (Bundle of Spatula, Flipper, Whisk, Slotted Spoon)
  • Shower Curtain
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Broom
  • Dust Pan
  • Toilet Brush
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Gift Cards for Other Miscellaneous Items
  • Melamine Dish Sets (dinner plates, bowls, small plates)
  • Pots and Pans
  • Silverware sets
  • Unbreakable drinking glasses
  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent

Family Care Packages (new, unopened items)

  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes (especially sensitive wipes)
  • Children’s Bibs
  • Standard-size bed pillows
  • Bath towels sets
  • Twin sheets
  • Twin size cotton blankets
  • Toddler bed/crib sheets
  • Pack and play sheets
  • Rubber Flip-Flops (all sizes for adults)
  • Toiletries
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Tampons
  • Toothbrushes (Both for adults and for kids/toddlers)
  • Toothpaste (Both for adults and training non-flouride training toothpaste for ages 3 months to 4 years)

More Charities Accepting Donated Items

Gently used clothing and many other items can be donated to: Christ the King (or St Vincent dePaul) Thrift Shop at 4463 Falmouth Road in Cotuit, which lets our shelter clients shop for free at the store. (508) 420‐0949

Furniture can be donated to Habitat Restore in Yarmouth & Falmouth. They accept building materials, furniture, working appliances. No small items such as houseware. (508) 394-6400

A Baby Center (Hyannis) accepts clothing and other baby items. Check their website for instructions. (508) 771-8157 Food can be donated to St. Joseph’s House, Hyannis (774) 470-5976 or Family Pantry, in Harwich (508) 432-6519.