In-kind donations* are critical to our clients. From personal care items to gift cards, these donations provide individuals and families with the items they need to overcome their homelessness once and for all.

For questions about donations, please contact our in-kind needs specialist at dmolina@crossroadsri.org or 401-277-4327.

*Please note that due to our policies, Crossroads is only able to accept new items.

We are unable to accept used items. For organizations that do accept used items, we recommend contacting the United Way 211 Hotline.

Welcome Home Kits

Each individual or family that Crossroads help move into housing receives a Welcome Home Kit. These kits are laundry baskets filled with essential items that help their new living space feel like home. We rely on donations from our generous donors and sponsors to create these kits for the men, women and children we serve.

While each kit may vary based on the needs of each household, we are looking for donations the following items:

  • Dishes and utensils
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfectants, broom, etc.)
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, fabric softener, etc.)
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtains
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (full-size shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, personal care items)
  • Bed linens, pillows, blankets (new)

Gift Cards

Gift card donations to Crossroads allow individuals and families participating in our program to self-sufficiently shop for essential items. Your donation of a gift card can help a newly-housed family buy food for the week, an individual in shelter have access to winter weather supplies or teachers in our education program purchase supplies for their class.

We accept gift cards from a variety of stores including:

  • Grocery stores
  • Consumer value stores
  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants

Personal Care Items

A donation of personal care supplies makes all the difference to someone experiencing homelessness who would not otherwise have access to basic necessitates like a shower, bathroom or bed.

We can accept the following items:

  • Bar soap
  • Razors
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine care items
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Hair brushes and combs
  • Travel-sized items

Infant Care

Donating items for infant care can make a world of difference to parents and families experiencing homelessness.

Consider donating the below items:

  • Diapers
  • Pull-Ups
  • Wipes
  • Ointment
  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Children's clothing (new)

Food items

Non-perishable food items* can be used in a variety of ways, including for Crossroads' meal program, in Welcome Home Kits and for families cooking meals in their new home or in shelter.

We accept:

  • Dried soups
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat
  • Boxed juice
  • Snack bars

*Please note that Crossroads only accepts non-perishable, packaged goods.

Host a Drive!

Interested in making bigger impact on those in need? Host an in-kind needs drive for individuals and families at Crossroads.

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