Host a Food or Clothing Drive

Hosting a donation drive at your office, school, house of worship—or even among friends and family members—is a fun way to bring people together for a meaningful cause. It also serves to raise awareness of many needs and challenges facing our community, attracting broader support for our organization. Items in bold are most needed throughout the year.

For more information on how to start a drive in your school, workplace, or house of worship, email donategoods@grmnewark.org.

The drives we rely on annually are listed below—and we welcome your suggestions of others you might like to organize!

Household Items

  • Napkins
  • Liquid laundry detergent, bleach & dryer sheets
  • Scouring pads
  • Dish cloths
  • Latex gloves
  • 6 ounce and 8 ounce cups
  • Hot coffee cups
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic disposable aprons
  • 55 gallon garbage bags
  • Flat twin sheets
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissue
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Brooms & dust pans
  • Copier paper
  • NIV Bibles
  • Journals
  • Blankets

Food

  • Beverages: ground coffee, tea bags, ice-tea & lemonade mix, water bottles
  • Meats (hamburger, chicken, hot dogs)
  • Canned fruit & vegetables (commercial size cans preferred)
  • Fresh produce
  • Rice, soups, pasta & sauces
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sugar & flour
  • Cooking oil

Clothing

  • Professional clothing
  • Jeans & pants
  • Jackets & coats
  • Hats, gloves & scarves
  • New underwear, undershirts & socks

Practical Care Kit

When a homeless neighbor seeks shelter at Goodwill Rescue Mission, they often possess little more than the clothing they are wearing. Our Practical Care Kits contain items needed to help them stay clean each day:

  • Hygiene Items (new, travel size items preferred): bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors and feminine hygiene products
  • Brush & comb
  • Tissues
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Socks & shoelaces

Thanksgiving Food Drives

  • Stuffing mix
  • Dinner rolls
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned green beans and corn
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Instant rice
  • Frozen pumpkin pies
  • Gravy mix packets
  • Frozen turkey

Thank you for considering giving in kind to support our programs!

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