share your stuff

Below are items we need and accept, we also have Amazon Wish Lists that make it easy for you to send items to us directly. Check our main Wish List that includes needs at all our shelters.

 
 
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High Need

  • Maternity Clothes

  • Twin Sheets & Blankets

  • NEW Underwear (all sizes and genders)

  • Stroller Covers

  • Towels

  • Hair Brushes (new)

Clothing

  • Underwear (new) - all genders and sizes

  • Socks (new)

  • Maternity Clothes

  • Season Appropriate Clothing for Men, Women, and Children

  • Raincoats

Housing

  • Towels

  • Utensils

  • Small Appliances (microwaves, crock pot, toasters, blenders)

  • Twin Sheets & Blankets


Medicines

  • Pain Relievers (Ibuprofen, Aspirin)

  • Cough drops

  • Topical Antibiotic Ointments (like Neosporin or PolySporin)

 
  • Alcohol Wipes

  • Cough Drops

  • $10 gift cards to Wal-mart, Target, K-mart, Fred Meyer or QFC for low cost, generic drugs; larger amounts for our nursing office to purchase medical supplies and medications


Professional Services

  • Health care: dentist or dental hygienists, optometrists, podiatrists, nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, massage therapists

  • Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters

  • Lawyers

Personal Hygiene

  • Hair Brushes

  • Hair Ties

  • Bodywash

  • Ethnic Hair Care

  • Lotion

 
  • Chapstick

  • Razors

  • Nail Clippers

  • Makeup


Mary’s Marketplace Items

  • Perfume

  • Nail polish

  • Hair clips, bows

  • Umbrellas

Child Care

  • Diapers (high demand for sizes 5 & 6)

  • Baby Wipes

  • Bottles and Sippy Cups

Miscellaneous

  • Metro Bus Tickets

  • Backpacks, Tote Bags, Fanny Packs

  • Small Suitcases

  • Children’s Books – any children’s/young adult books with a publication date after 2014 and we particularly appreciate any books featuring characters and themes that are historically underrepresented in children’s books and reflect the population we serve (diverse ethnic and socioeconomic narrative settings, immigrants, nontraditional family units, etc.). 

 

Food

 
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Mary’s Place no longer accepts donations of food that are unpackaged or not prepared in a commercial kitchen by permitted food handlers. Donations of food that is in unopened, original packaging can still be accepted.

We prepare nearly 1,000 meals every day for our shelter sites and Day Center, and we need lots of help! Groups and individuals are invited to join our staff and interns to help prepare meals in the commercial kitchen.

 

 

Items that we are NOT able to accept

  • Monetary donations cannot be accepted at shelters, please click here to donate online.

  • Out of season clothing

  • Expired or opened medicine or food

  • Torn, dirty, or unwearable clothing

  • Anything but TWIN-sized bedding

  • Mattress toppers

  • Used comforters or pillows

  • Jogging strollers

  • Exercise equipment

  • Household chemicals or used cleaning products

  • Baby bouncers, swings, or potty chairs

  • House decor

  • Medical equipment - crutches, walkers, etc.)

  • Hardback books

  • Baskets

  • Breast pumps

  • Electronics - stereos, radios, VCRs, etc.

  • Televisions

  • Large appliances

  • Large toys (larger than a shoe box)

  • Furniture of any kind – Due to limited storage we are unable to accept furniture, including cribs or mattresses, but the partner agencies listed below make sure our guests have access to furniture when they get keys to their forever homes (please call first to be sure that the agency will accept your item, for example, many do not accept mattresses):

  • Humble Design works with families newly placed in housing to turn an apartment into a home!

 

 

Our Community Partners

We believe in the power of sharing…

with our partners to strengthen our community! Our partners at Goodwill, Westside Baby, Birthday Dreams, and the Union Gospel Mission provide important, life-saving services for vulnerable families.

We have limited space and are not always able to use all of the items donated by our generous community. When that happens, we are fortunate to be able to share some of those items with our partners. For instance, in return for donations that we share with Goodwill, we receive gift cards for household items that we can provide to our families when they move into their new home. Our friends at Westside Baby inspect used car seats that we receive to ensure their safety, and we share baby items we receive with them for the vulnerable families that they serve. Union Gospel Mission has a greater population of men staying in their shelters than we do, so we share some men’s clothing and they send us children’s items they receive.

Thank you for your generous donations! We wanted you to know that when we are not able to use all of them, they are going to help others in our community!