Catholic Charities In-kind Donation Program

Catholic Charities has been changing the lives of others for 90 years and is built upon the missions of inspiring hope and building futures for all. There are 59 programs that operate in Washington, DC and the surrounding five Maryland counties that offer a range of services from training and education, to food, shelter, legal, health and dental services. Because of donors like you, we are able to assist many individuals that come to us by providing them with donated goods in addition to our services. How is this possible, you ask?  Well, Catholic Charities accepts in-kind donations.


What are in-kind donations?

In-kind donations are defined by Catholic Charities as a contribution of goods that are distinguished from donations of cash or stock. Items include infant, toddler and men’s and women’s clothing, some furniture, toys for infants/toddlers/children, personal care items and perishable food items.

Catholic Charities accepts a wide range of donations; however we cannot accept everything due to lack of storage space and no pick-up/delivery service. If you would like to make a donation of any of the items mentioned, please click here to contact us for information on what items we are  accepting and how you can get the items to us.


Catholic Charities is currently accepting the following items:

Mens/Womens Clothing:

  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-Shirt
  • Undergarments 
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses   

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Hygiene Products:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner 
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Washcloth/Towel
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

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Catholic Charities Program Care Packages

Catholic Charities programs support many different people who are experiencing transition in their lives. From men and women returning to society after incarceration, to new mothers, to unaccompanied minors who have recently come to the United States, we work with individuals to identify their needs and come up with solutions.

Get involved by creating care packs that will help meet a very real need in the lives of those we serve. Gather your group of friends, your church group, your neighbors, or your family to purchase supplies and create a set of care packs at a date and location of your choice. Then, contact the program to determine a time and location to deliver the kits. 

Welcome Home Reentry Program

Our Welcome Home Reentry program supports returning-citizens in Prince George’s County and DC with accessible housing, jobs, treatment services, and food assistance.

Each pack should include:
– One (1) adult sized backpack
– One (1) set of toothbrush and toothpaste
– One (1) deodorant
– One (1) body soap and lotion
– One (1) disposable razor
– One (1) pair of socks
– One (1) set of hat, gloves (only needed in fall/winter)
– One (1) pair of underwear (women’s sizes XL- 3X; men’s sizes 2XL- 4XL)

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Optional items:
– SmarTrip metro card
– Portable alarm clock
– Pocket calendar
– Non-perishable snack

To donate a set(s) of 10 Returning Citizens Welcome Pack please contact Karen McNeal at

Sanctuaries For Life

Our Sanctuaries for Life program is a pregnancy support program that works to build a network of medical, tangible, emotional and spiritual assistance to women that make a life-affirming decision after facing an unintended pregnancy.

New Life pack should include:
– One (1) small pack of diapers
– One (1) pack of wipes
– One (1) baby care kit: nail scissors, medicine spoon, thermometer, suction bulb
– One (1) small bottle of infant gas drops
– One (1) diaper rash ointment
– One (1) pair of baby booties
– One (1) pack of onesies
– One (1) receiving blanket
– One (1) pack of bibs

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Postpartum pack should include:
– One (1) pack of sanitary pads
– One (1) tube of hemorrhoid cream
– One (1) shampoo and conditioner
– One (1) shower gel
– One (1) tube of nipple cream
– One (1) deodorant
– One (1) bath sponge
– One (1) set of toothbrush and toothpaste

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To donate a set(s) of 10 New born or Postpartum Mother Care Packs please contact Michelle Williams at

Immigration Legal Services

Our Immigration Legal Services (ILS) focuses on the provision of direct legal immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families. ILS has represented individuals from more than 135 countries around the world needing legal assistance with an immigration matter.

Education Pack should include:
– One (1) backpack
– One (1) spiral notebook
– One (1) binder
– One (1) pack of loose leaf paper
– One (1) Spanish-English dictionary
– One (1) lunch bag
– One (1) pack of pens and pencils
– One (1) combination lock
– A note of welcome and hope

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Personal Pack should include:
– One (1) tote or drawstring bag
– One (1) shampoo
– One (1) body soap
– One (1) deodorant
– One (1) washcloth & towel 
– One (1) set of toothbrush and toothpaste
– One (1) hairbrush/comb
– One (1) pack of sanitary napkins (for girls; please NO tampons)
– One (1) set of hat, gloves, and scarf (only needed in fall/winter)
– A note of welcome and hope

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To donate a set(s) of 10 Unaccompanied Minors Education or Personal Packs please contact Jacqueline Rishty at


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Frequently asked Questions

Unfortunately, Catholic Charities does not posses a vehicle for pick-up. Please contact us for further information to arrange your donation to be delivered to the location of where it can be used.

We accept furniture and home goods on a case by case basis. Please contact us to share more details of what you are looking to donate and if we have a program and/or client that it can go to. 

 We ask for 24-48 hours to determine if the donation is needed.

Because Catholic Charities does not have a vehicle for pick-up/delivery, we ask for your cooperation in delivery of the item, which can take 7-10 business days.

 Catholic Charities wants to ensure our program(s) and/or clients could use the items being donated, so we do our best to coordinate a need and specific time and location for delivery.

 No, your donation will not be donated to a Catholic Charities employee per company policy. 100% of your donation goes to the client Catholic Charities serves.

Yes, donors will receive a receipt for their donation upon the exchange of goods.

No. Catholic Charities will not be able to place a value on your donation per IRS standards.