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. Below is a list of items that we accept, and we have also created the donated items list as a printable PDF.

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 listed below can be brought to Housing Assistance offices at 460 West Main Street in Hyannis and we will bring them to the family shelters. It is helpful if you can fill out our donation form that lists the items you are donation to accompany your items. Any questions, please call 508-771-5400.

Welcome Home Baskets

(new, unopened items)

  • Queen Size Sheets
  • 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)

  • Baby Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes (especially sensitive wipes)
  • Children’s Bib
  • Standard-size bed pillows
  • Bath towels sets
  • Twin sheets
  • 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 (for both adults and kids/toddlers)
  • Toothpaste (both for adults and training non-fluoride training toothpaste for ages 3 months to 4 years)

Gift Cards

(values of $5, $10, $15 & $20)

  • Cumberland Farms
  • Stop & Shop
  • McDonalds
  • Burger King
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Gas stations
  • Walmart

More Charities Accepting Donated Items

Christ the King

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. Contact Christ the King at 508-420‐0949.

Habitat Restore

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

A Baby Center

A Baby Center in Hyannis accepts clothing and other baby items. Visit their website for instructions. Contact A Baby Center at 508-771-8157.

St. Joseph’s House

Food can be donated to St. Joseph’s House in Hyannis 774-470-5976 or Family Pantry in Harwich 508-432-6519.