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In-Kind Donations

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Survivors of domestic violence and their children often have to part with personal belongings and the necessary household items with which to start over. To address these losses and help families reestablish their homes, we accept donations of new and gently-used goods as needed, and according to our storage availability. Please contact our administrative office first before dropping off your donation to confirm our current needs and storage capactity by calling 845.562.5365 ext 124.

Below is a list of helpful personal care and household items that are a tremendous help to individuals and families who have transitioned through our emergency shelter or other temporary housing:

     New or Gently-Used:

  • Kitchenware: pots & pans, utensils & silverware, dishes & glasses, small appliances, measuring cups & spoons, storage containers, etc.
  • Dish towels, dish strainer or drying mats
  • Laundry baskets or pop-up hampers
  • Lamps (with lampshade)

     New Only:

  • Bath Towels, Washcloths
  • Twin or Full-size sheet sets, blankets & comforters (please no Queen or King size)
  • Shower curtains and bath mats
  • Laundry supplies (laundry bags, laundry detergent, spot treatment, bleach, dryer sheets, etc)
  • Cleaning tools (brooms & dust pans, mops, buckets, sponges, dish brush or scrubbies, etc.)
  • Trash cans & trash bags
  • Paper products (napkins, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper)
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage bags
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Full-Size Toiletries (please, no travel or "hotel" size); cotton balls, "q-tips"
  • Diverse hair care products (conditioners, gels, anti-breakage treatments, etc.)
  • Hair brushes & combs (bristle hair brushes, synthetic or detangler style brushes, wide tooth combs)
  • Hair accessories (hair ties, bobby pins, clips, head wraps)
  • Underwear and socks for adults and children
  • Baby diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream
  • UNEXPIRED Baby formula, jarred baby food, baby cereal (rice, oatmeal)

CLOTHING

Please note: we are not accepting donations of gently-used clothing at this time.  At Safe Homes we are very fortunate to receive frequent offers of gently-used clothing donations, but we have limited capacity to store and display clothing. To help us manage these offers and use them more efficiently, we have partnered with Bloomingdeals in New Windsor where our clients can be served through a voucher process or shop at a discounted rate, as appropriate. It is very important that you call us to discuss your clothing donations, as some may be directed to Bloomingdeals for drop off. We also recommend contacting The Hope Chest Thrift Boutique, which is also home to a FREE clothing bank called "The Clothes Closet". More information can be found on their website.

At times, families will arrive at our emergency shelter with only the clothes on their back. To help both adults and children with immediate needs, we are always able to accept the NEW items listed below, in both Adult and Children's sizes:

  • Socks and Underwear
  • Sweatpants, Lounge Pants, or Leggings 
  • T-Shirts, Sweatshirts
  • Pajamas, Bathrobes
  • Slippers, Flip-Flops

 


FURNITURE

Safe Homes is not able to pick up furniture donations at this time. We are only able to accept gently-used furniture when there is an immediate need and transportation is available. Other arrangements are sometimes possible with Bloomingdeals of New Windsor, or you may consider Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh's ReStore or your local Salvation Army.

Please email us at admin@safehomesorangecounty.org with your offer of furniture. Kindly include in your email pictures of the items and let us know how long you have to dispose of them, as well as whether you are able to deliver the furniture.


FOOD DONATIONS & FOOD DRIVES

We accept donations of assorted unexpired non-perishable foods year-round. Please note that we are unable to accept private donations of expired foodWhen planning a food drive, encourage your donors to think in terms of a day’s meals and the traditional food pyramid. Below is our list of most helpful non-perishable food items:

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Rice or Pasta meal mixes (items similar to: Rice-A-Roni, Pasta Roni, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables, beans and fruit
  • All-purpose flour, sugars, artificial sweeteners
  • Corn meal, maseca, or masa harina
  • Seasonings and Spices, adobo, sazón, chicken/beef/ham bouillon
  • Mashed potato mix, canned potatoes
  • Nut butters, jelly/jam
  • Canned/boxed soups & stews
  • Canned tuna & chicken, Vienna Sausages
  • Basic condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise
  • Manzanilla or Spanish olives (please no black olives)
  • Shelf-Stable microwavable meals
  • Breakfast cereals (low sugar) & oatmeal
  • Coffee (ground)
  • Pancake mix & syrup
  • Fruit & pudding cups
  • Granola bars, snack crackers, and other individually-wrapped snacks
  • 100% Juice boxes or pouches
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Cake & muffin mixes, cake frosting, gelatin, pudding mix

ALL FOOD DONATIONS MUST BE WITHIN THEIR EXPIRATION DATE. While the item may still be safe to eat, we are unfortunately unable to accept any type of private food donation that is past its expiration date.

 

  • Safe Homes' emergency shelter is a member agency of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Help your dollars stretch further by donating directly to our food budget via the Food Bank's "Adopt-A-Program". Learn more by visiting the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley's website at the link above.


SEASONAL NEEDS

Safe Homes offers year-round opportunities to make a difference at the local level and to engage with your own community. You can spread and build on that sense of solidarity by joining with others—co-workers, circle of friends and family, auxiliary, church community—to brighten the day of Safe Homes’ adults and children around the holidays or any time of year. For creative types, you can also help boost our fundraising events with the donation of a theme basket for silent auction.

Here are some ideas to stay connected year-round:

ANYTIME:

  • Host a food or supplies drive with your scout troop, auxiliary, after-school club, sports team, circle of friends... Collect toiletries, non-perishable food, or other items from our wish list (see download link at top of page). Please contact us first to see what our most urgent needs are.
  • Create cozy bed kits for our Shelter with one new pillow & pillowcase, one new set of standard twin sheets, and one new blanket.
  • “Party with a Purpose” Have a birthday or other special event coming up? Consider a charitable donation in lieu of gifts. 

MARCH/APRIL:

  • Prepare Easter baskets for Safe Homes children.
  • Attend our Annual “Love-Gently” Dinner at Painter’s in Cornwall or join us as a ‘celebrity’ server. Join us for our 25th year at Painter's on March 12, 2019. Reservations available starting January 1st!
  • *NEW* Support the City of Newburgh community at our Annual "We Can Be Heroes" 5K & Kids Fun Run.

AUGUST:

  • Contribute to our annual Back-to-School drive: collect backpacks, school supplies, and gift-cards for back-to-school clothes & shoes.

OCTOBER:

  • Donate a gift basket or silent auction item to our Annual Celebration of Hope Gala. Sponsorships and Screen Ads also available. Our 2018 Celebration of Hope Gala will be Friday, November 2nd. For details, contact our Events & Community Engagement Director at (845) 562-5365 ext. 101. To purchase tickets, please visit: safehomesorangecounty.org/gala
  • Attend a workshop, film screening, or Clothesline Project event and share what you learn with friends, family, and colleagues.

NOVEMBER:

  • Donate non-perishable food items or gift cards to local grocery stores and help Safe Homes families purchase food for their Thanksgiving table.

DECEMBER:

  • Sponsor a toy drive, pajama drive, or gift card drive at your school, business, or community organization.
  • Participate in our Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program and adopt the wish lists of children whose families are receiving Safe Homes services. For more information or to register to adopt a family, please visit: safehomesorangecounty.org/holidays

 

We are very grateful for long-term partnerships and are actively seeking new ones to help provide for our clients’ emergency needs.

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