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Homeless Shelter Needs

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2017-04-25 6:00 am --

Here at DollarDays, we’re passionate about helping our nonprofit partners achieve their missions. We work with organizations of all types, including homeless shelters. By offering bulk items at lower cost than standard retail, we enable organizations to provide much needed necessities to those in need.

If you’re looking for ways to help homeless citizens in your community, start with this list of common needs that homeless shelters have. Often times when we think of homeless shelter needs, we think of food and bedding. But shelters and those suffering from homelessness have needs that you may find surprising.

Basic Necessities

Many people who seek the services of homeless shelters aren’t in need of just a bed and a hot meal. Often times they don’t have access to the most basic needs like shampoo, toiletries, deodorant and feminine hygiene projects. In addition, things like clean underwear, socks, basic t-shirts, shoes and other clothing items are needed.

Because shelters aren’t a permanent solution and those seeking services are likely to spend nights without lodging, items like personal cleansing wipes, blankets, flashlights, batteries and gloves can be lifechanging.

Child care products

Homelessness does not discriminate, and no demographic is immune. This includes children and their families. Children in homeless shelters need things like clothing, diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, bottles, baby shampoo, formula and baby food.

Unexpected Needs

Homeless shelters also have many unexpected needs that may surprise you. Things like laundry detergent, toilet paper, tissues, garbage bags, and Ziploc bags are all items that help keep things running smoothly.

Other items that often overlooked but are desperately needed are sewing kits, basic first aid kits, and reading glasses.

How you can get involved

DollarDays Give back program

Support your favorite program through the Dollar Days 5% Give-Back Program. When you shop at DollarDays, you’ll be prompted at checkout to nominate your local homeless shelter or other nonprofit.  Once you do, we’ll donate 5% of your total merchandise purchase to the organization you choose! It’s that easy!

Conduct your own supply drive

Get involved by conducting your own fundraiser or supply drive.  Seek out nonprofits locally with programs that support those in need and ask how you can help. Working directly with an organization will allow them to provide support for you and ensure that your efforts are meeting their needs.

Partner with Dollar Days

If you’re a nonprofit who serves the homeless in your community, contact us today and let us know how we can help your organization! DollarDays offers low, wholesale pricing on thousands of items that could benefit your organization.

If we don't have what you want, we'll go out and find it. Whatever you're looking for, our dedicated sales team will work with you to get you what you need at great prices. Let our team help you through the shopping, checkout, and post-purchase process. With over 260,000 products on our site today, we're confident we can fulfill your requests.