In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Donations

Please only donate new or gently used items. For ease of sorting and to ensure we are receiving the items we need, please do not bring donations in big black trash bags.

April 2022 Top Needs

  • NEW or very gently used sneakers, or sturdy shoes (especially sizes 10 and up)
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear
  • NEW bras (especially sizes A, B, and C)
  • Sunglasses
  • Tents, tarps, and sleeping bags (earth tones preferred)
  • Backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags
  • Jeans and casual pants: men’s 28”-38”
  • NEW or like new blankets and comforters
  • Rice cookers (for New Mainers living in hotels)
  • NEW, unopened toiletries 

Food

  • Individually packaged snacks (granola bars, pastries, etc.)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cereal
  • Juice
  • Cooking oil
  • Rice
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Salad dressing
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam/jelly
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Tuna
  • Canned tomatoes

Clothing (new or very gently used/consignment ready) no stains, rips and ready to wear

  • WE ARE NOW COLLECTING WINTER GEAR YEAR ROUND: coats, boots, waterproof gloves, thermal gear, snow pants
  • NEW or very gently used boots, sneakers, or sturdy shoes (especially sizes 10 and up)
  • NEW men’s boxers and boxer briefs: small and medium sizes
  • NEW women’s cotton underwear: small and medium sizes
  • NEW bras (especially sizes A, B, and C)
  • NEW sports bras
  • Jeans and casual pants: men’s 28”-38”
  • Leggings: all adult sizes
  • Plain t-shirts: (especially L, XL, and 2XL)
  • Rain ponchos
  • Baseball caps
  • Sweatpants: all adult sizes
  • Hoodies: M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X
  • Belts
  • NEW socks 

Shelter Essentials

  • Tents (earth tones preferred)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Backpacks
  • Tote bags
  • Tarps
  • Towels
  • Duffle bags
  • Laundry detergent

Personal Hygiene Products

  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrushes, wide tooth combs
  • Products for Afro-textured hair
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand/Body lotion
  • Period care products
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • First aid kits
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste

Group Supplies

  • Home cleaning supplies (for Housing First tenants)
  • Gel pens
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Bus tickets
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Date books
  • ESL books
  • Vehicles – Through the v-Dac Vehicle Donation Program, any car, truck, boat, or RV can benefit Preble Street.

You can raise awareness of the needs of teens and adults experiencing homelessness and help get others involved by organizing a food, clothing, or toiletry drive (PDF) to help us stock our shelves. See the current printable wish list.

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WHEN AND WHERE TO DONATE

Food

Food Security Hub
75 Darling Ave, South Portland
Volunteer Entrance (ring the bell)
7 days a week: 7am-5pm

Non-food items

Due to limited space, we can only accept certain items, and all must be new or gently used. For ease of sorting and to ensure we are receiving the items we need, please do not bring donations in big black trash bags.

Receiving Center
18 Portland St, Portland
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
9am-12pm
or email
receivingcenter@preblestreet.org

250 Oxford St.

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