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Tangible Item Needs

Current Tangible Item Donations Needed

At CCU, we support people living on the street or in other crisis situations. Our goal is always to help people find long-term housing, but in the immediate term, we help people where they are at. In addition to Welcome Home Kits, the following are our most urgently needed items:

Winter Shelter Specific Needs

  • Waterproof Hospital Pillows (approx. 25 needed)
  • Pillow cases - 50-75 needed
  • Mini Toothpastes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush Covers/Cases
  • Bed pads for incontinence
  • Hand Warmers
  • Travel Packs of Tissues
  • Disinfecting Mopping Pads for a Swiffer
  • Clothes (Underwear, bras, shirts, socks...)
  • Cleaning Products (Spray Disinfectant specifically)
  • Gift Cards for Immediate Shelter Needs (Walmart, Family Dollar, Target, Amazon)

Food and Related Supplies

  • Re-usable water bottles
  • Ramen noodle cups (just add water)
  • Oatmeal cups (just add water)
  • Macaroni and cheese cups (just add water)
  • Soup in cans with pull ring on top (i.e. can opener not needed)
  • Other Microwavable Food
  • Juice
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee (always)
  • Flavored creamer (ideally gallon size with pump on top)
  • Sugar in easy pour canisters
  • Other light snacks and refreshments
  • Gallon size ziploc storage bags
  • Paper Bowls/Paper Plates

Clothing

  • Underwear for men (sizes: M/L/XL)
  • Underwear for women (sizes: 6/7/8/9)
  • Pull on pants (no belt needed) (sizes: S/M/L/XL)
  • T-shirts (sizes: S/M/L/XL/2XL)
  • Boots and Sneakers for men and women
  • Socks for men and women

Toiletries and Other Items

  • Cell phones (wiped clean and w/out passcodes)
  • Hand and Foot Warmer Packs
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Body wipes/Baby wipes
  • Personal size Hand Sanitizer
  • Pre-soap filled disposable wash cloths
  • Lysol spray bottles
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Swiffer Wet Wipes

Other Possible Needs:

  • Tents and Sleeping Bags (we like to have a few on hand for people in desperate need...please contact Aisha Mobley first--contact info below--to learn if we have a need)

Other Ways to Support

  • Financial Donations: Give online to support your neighbors in need or mail a check or money orders payable to CCU and mail to: Christian Churches United, 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • Welcome Home Kits: Help an individual or family with an apartment Welcome Home Kit after being homeless. A good individual or group project. 
  • Laundry Angels Initiative: Sponsor or support a laundry day at a local laundromat for people living on the street.

Want to Help? Contact us at info@ccuhbg.org or (717) 230-9550 to confirm our current needs or discuss ways you, your church, your employer or your civic group can support your neighbors in need.

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