The Best Items to Donate to Charity

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Whether in the form of money, food or clothing, donating to those in need has immense value. For many, simple acts of kindness of this nature can make a big impact in their lives and prove to be a reason for hope amidst times of uncertainty or crisis. There are many things you can give in the form of donations, too.

In this article, we will discuss some of the best items that you can donate to charity. Big or small, your donations can make a significant impact for those who need it most.


As an integral part of how our society works, clean and presentable clothing has the capacity to make a big difference in the way a person looks and feels. Having access to clean clothing that is age appropriate and seasonal can make a significant difference for those who need it most.

Items of clothing that you may consider donating can include:

  • Socks
  • Basic t-shirts
  • Basic jeans
  • Jackets
  • Sweaters

Clothing of all ages and sizes is always appreciated!

Hygiene Items

As cleanliness directly pertains to wellbeing, access to items used for hygiene and self-care is important for everyone. No matter their age, gender, background, or circumstances.

While extremely simple at face value, items such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo can go a long way for those in need of the many benefits of regular personal hygiene and can make a major difference in their lives.

Non-Perishable Food Items

Another common item to donate to charity, food is a staple for anyone who lives and breathes. People of all economic and living situations rely on affordable and readily available sources of nourishment, hence the high demand for items such as rice, corn flour and loose pasta.

Items For Men and Women

There is always great need for items that cater to both men and women. Whether residing in a shelter or escaping a dangerous situation, men and women alike can benefit from access to certain items for comfort, care and hygiene.

Items to donate can include:

  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, or deodorant
  • Feminine Hygienic Products: tampons or pads
  • Basic clothing: t-shirts, sweat pants, socks, pyjamas, or sweaters
  • Outerwear: jackets, mittens, hats, or gloves
  • Entertainment: headphones, notebooks, stationary, or activity books

You may also want to consider donating comfort items, such as a soft blanket, slippers or a journal.

Items For Children

Children in need are all too prevalent in our society.

Not only that, but they are also particularly vulnerable due to the ever-changing needs of childhood. There are lots of things you can contribute to charity to help kids in need, specifically items geared towards children themselves, such as clothing, toys and school supplies.


  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Shoes


  • Stuffed animals
  • Books
  • Board games

School Supplies

  • Notebooks
  • Stationary
  • Calculator
  • Backpack
  • Pencil case
  • Lunch bag

For more information about the best items to donate for children of all ages, we suggest directly getting in touch with a charitable organization that supports children in need. They may be able to provide you with additional ideas or let you know what they are in most need of.

Household Items

As with food items, there is a large need for household goods among those who are struggling to get by. Items such as brooms, mops and cleaning supplies can be a lifesaver for people who have not been able to afford them or other commonly available home goods.

Other ideas may include dishware and kitchen essentials, towels, laundry supplies, a blanket, or even some décor!

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As you can see, there are many things that people in need may be looking for in their local communities. There will always be something you can give with the intent on helping a person or at-risk group or community, no matter their needs.

Need help getting started? Contact Kits for a Cause today to learn more about how to make a difference.