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Donating Items

Distribution Center


Open to the public:
The Distribution Center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Open to receive donations:
The Distribution Center is open to receive donations Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The center is closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

1410 North Claymont Street, Wilmington, DE 19802-5227

Founded: 1989
(302) 652-0969

The Distribution Center is a collection, storage and distribution point for donated clothing, furniture and household items that are given at no cost to anyone in need. It operates from a 5,400 square-foot warehouse in the northeast section of Wilmington.

Many people in transition, including those leaving emergency shelters for more permanent housing, have little or no means to purchase these living essentials.

The Distribution Center welcomes the poor who need clothing and other household items, free of charge. We accept packaged food items at The Distribution Center. If you would like to donation prepared food items, plase contact Michael Sullivan at Emmanuel Dining Room West, (302) 652-3228.


We deeply appreciate donations we receive from generous and kind donors like you who help us make the most of our resources.

To guide donations so they will have the greatest impact, we compile this list of requests directly from our programs serving the homeless and poor.

We also list contact information for your questions and arranging donation drop-off.
Like financial donations to the Ministry, your gifts to our programs are tax-deductible. We thank you in advance for your continued support and kindness to the poor.

If you would like to download a copy of the list below, please click here.

Emmanuel Dining Room
Contact for direct delivery, Emmanuel Dining Room West, (302) 652-3228

Ground coffee, preferably large cans
Commercial-size cans of vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit, beans, tuna
Spaghetti, elbow macaroni, other pasta, instant mashed potatoes
Quaker Quick Oats (not instant), Cheerios, Wheaties, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, any brand of corn flakes
Just-add-water pancake mix & syrup
Gift cards to local grocery stores & the Restaurant Store
Please call if you can help fill Emmanuel Dining Room’s desperate need for volunteers:
• Churches, synagogues, temples, other faith groups, clubs, businesses or other groups to become meal partners to prepare & serve one meal a month at the location of your choice.
• Individuals & groups to help serve meals & clean up, especially on weekends.
• Gift cards to local grocery stores & the Restaurant Store

Mary Mother of Hope House I
Contact Khadija Robinson, (302) 652-8532 or

Standard size pillows
White pillowcases
Food storage containers
Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Bath soap & body wash
Feminine hygiene products
Coffee, sugar & iced tea mix
Laundry detergent
Combs & brushes
Pajamas, robes & slippers, all sizes

Mary Mother of Hope House II & III
Contact Shauna Allicock at (302) 652-1935 or

Standard size pillows
Twin sheet sets
Crib sheets & blankets
Bath towels & washcloths
Bath soap, Dove/Zest
Diapers size 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Baby wipes & bottles
Crib mattresses
Pots & pans, potholders
Dishes & glassware
Dish towels & dishrags

Samaritan Housing
Contact Dion Murphy at (302) 652-0904 or

Twin size sheet sets & blankets
Diapers & diaper bags
Bras & panties, all sizes
Feminine hygiene products & toiletries
Sweaters, all sizes

House of Joseph I
Contact for direct delivery, Dion Murphy, (302) 652-0904 or

White sheet sets, twin size
Men’s underwear, T-shirts & socks
Towels, washcloths & bodywash
Deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, other toiletries
Men’s sweaters all sizes
Men’s pajamas

Padre Pio & House of Joseph Residence
Contact for direct delivery, Dion Murphy, (302) 652-0904 or

Bed-in-a-bag sets, twin
Men’s pajamas, all sizes
Men’s sweaters, all sizes
Deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, other toiletries

Sacred Heart Village I & II
Contact Pat Kerezsi, (302) 654-5407 or

Recliner chairs
Vacuum cleaners
Arts & craft supplies
Small prizes for Bingo
Craft & activity kits

Child Care Program
Contact Paulette Annane at (302) 428-3620 or

Similac Advance, soy formula
Diapers, size 3, 4, 5, 6
Pull-ups, size 4 & larger
Infant Tylenol
Children’s Motrin
Batteries sizes AA, C & D
Rattles, pacifiers & sippy cups
Reusable plastic plates, small & large size
Construction paper & glue sticks
Playdough & fingerpaints
Watercolor paint sets
Children’s musical instruments
Child-size spoons & forks

House of Joseph II
Contact Ashley Edwards, RN, at (302) 594-9473 or

Slippers for men & women
Sweaters for men & women, medium through 3XL
Coffee, tea bags, iced tea mix
Adult coloring books & activity kits
Arts & crafts supplies
DVD movies, new
Small prizes for Bingo & games
Body wash & other toiletries
Outdoor picnic table
Patio table, lightweight, no glass

If you would like further information about giving to the Ministry of Caring, please call (302) 652-5523,
or send an email to the Development Office

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