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Donating Items

New and Gently Used Clothing

Your tax-deductible donation of new or gently used clothing for the poor is always appreciated. In addition so are household items in good condition and toiletries. The Distribution Center provides these items to the poor five days a week.

Location: 1410 North Claymont St., Wilmington, DE, 19802-5227

Donation Drop Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM – 3PM

Phone: (302) 652-0969

The Distribution Center welcomes the poor who need clothing and other household items, free of charge.

Wish Lists

Now and then, our program directors look for a benefactor to help finance an item or service for which there is a special need. Each of these items will directly help the poor. If you would like to contribute a portion or the complete cost of any of the following items, please get in touch with the contact person listed.

Many thanks for your generosity.

Click each category below to see full wish lists.

  • Children


    • People and organizations to “Adopt-A-Child” at Christmas
    • Diapers/wipes
    • Socks for infants and children
    • Infant formula (Similac Advance)
    • Pacifiers
    • Baby Bottles
    • Infant Tylenol
    • Children’s Advil or Motrin
    • Thermometers


    Adopt A Child – ReeNee LaFate, Program Director Phone – 302-652-3228 Email ReeNee

    Paulette Annane, Director Child Care Phone – 302-652-8992Email Paulette


    • Winter coats, mittens, gloves and hats for ages 2-6
    • Child-size utensils (forks and spoons)
    • Art supplies (construction paper, glue sticks & bottles, paint brushes, tempura paint, finger paints, easel paper)
    • Dress-up/fantasy clothing (ties, men’s shirts & shoes, costumes, and masks)


    Janet Chandler, Site Manager Guardian Angel Child Care Phone – 302-428-3620 Email Janet

  • Shelters


    • Towels and washcloths (always needed!)
    • Twin bed sheets, Bunk bed sheets, Pillows
    • New white pillow cases (standard size)
    • Clothes baskets
    • Hand towels
    • Coffee Maker
    • Gift cards (e.g., Walmart, Target, ShopRite, Acme)
    • Deodorant (men and women)
    • Dart bus passes (to get to job interviews)
    • Winter coats, hats and gloves for men, women and children
    • Shaving cream and disposable razors for men and women


    Anne Mountain, Director Mary Mother of Hope House I Phone: 302-652-8532 Email Anne


    • Women’s new and gently used clothing (all sizes)
    • Games (Dominoes, Tri-ominos, etc.)
    • Small gifts for men and women (candy, toiletries, lotions, jewelry, hand towels, winter hats, socks & gloves, etc.)
    • Socks for men, women, and children


    Rosemary McManus, Administrative Assistant House of Joseph II Phone: 302-594-9473 Email Rosemary

  • Permanent Residences


    • Pillows, Twin Bed-in-a-Bag sets (solid colors)
    • Towels, wash cloths
    • Twin Blankets


    Anne Mountain, Director Bethany House Phone: 302-652-8532 Email Anne

  • Emmanuel Dining Room


    • Ground Coffee (large size)
    • Large aprons with pockets
    • Forks and soup spoons
    • Gas gift cards (for volunteers who drive to pick up bread, cakes, pies, etc., from stores and bakeries)
    • Family-sized containers of vegetables, stew, pasta, spaghetti sauce, fruit, cereal, and beans
    • Large sizes– stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, canned vegetables, and canned fruit (especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners)


    ReeNee LaFate, Program Director Phone: 302-652-3228 Email ReeNee

If you would like further information about giving to the Ministry of Caring, please call 302-428-3702 or send an email to the Development Office.

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