December Giving

Charitable groups always appreciate donations of money and time.But most organizations also have a wish list of items needed to help keep their offices running and their clients clothed, fed, and warm. Check the needs listed on the Web site of your favorite non-profit, which likely needs everything from hand sanitizer to blankets.

Ronald McDonald House

New toys (board games, stuffed animals, dolls), G-rated movies. Also, laundry detergent, paper products, long-distance phone cards, grocery-store gift cards, towels, and sheets.




COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) Detroit

Baby juice, powdered milk, disposable diapers, new baby bottles, crayons, book bags, seasonal clothing for men, women, and children, including hats and sweaters, pillows, full and twin sheet sets, towels, bar soap, hygiene products, and new underwear.



Jackets for Jobs

Clothing suitable for job-interview attire, as well as other items that help job seekers put their best face forward. Suits, shirts, blouses, jewelry, scarves, purses, unopened panty hose. Clothing should be clean and on hangers. Also, sneakers, walking shoes, tote bags, umbrellas, day planners, hand lotion, breath mints, and hygiene products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.


Capuchin Soup Kitchen

New coats, mittens, and hats for children, newborn to age 10. Men’s underwear, socks, and gloves. Books for all age levels (hardcover, paperback, and dictionaries). Jigsaw puzzles (200 pieces or fewer). Donations for DDOT bus tickets to help people get to medical appointments, job interviews, or work. A contribution of $350 buys a package of 200 tickets.


Michigan Humane Society

Blankets, towels, fleece fabric, unopened cat and dog food, cat litter, paper towels.







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