Current Needs

In addition to food and shelter, our guests are often in need of basic hygiene items, clothing, and undergarments. Serving individuals and families in three regions, it is imperative that our closets are stocked with basic necessities.

Fortunately, we have generous community members like you who often ask what our shelters need. We’ve created this page as a resource to highlight the items we frequently need at our shelters.

To set up a donation drive at your place of employment, school, or community, please contact Chief Development Officer Victoria Shires at 315.701.3848.

Please drop off donated items from the list below to the Rescue Mission Administration Offices at 155 Gifford Street, Syracuse during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm).

Alternatively, you can purchase items through Amazon and have them delivered to us directly at 155 Gifford Street, Syracuse NY 13202.

Current Urgent Needs

  • Unopened & Unused Winter-Weight Socks for Men and Women
  • Unopened & Unused Underwear for Men and Women (larger sizes for men and smaller sizes for women preferred)
  • Travel-Sized Men’s Deodorant
  • Travel-Sized Women’s Deodorant
  • Travel-Sized Toothpaste
  • Travel-Sized Soap
  • Travel-Sized Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Travel-Sized Hand and Skin Lotion
  • Individual Tissues Packs
  • Lip Balm or Chap-Stick
  • Antibiotic Ointment (individual packets preferred)

Purchase Directly from Our Amazon Wishlist

Donations Needed Year Round

  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash (travel size is preferred)
  • Shampoo & conditioner (travel size is preferred)
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Hair Care: Combs, brushes, headbands, hair ties
  • Undergarments: New men & women’s underwear
  • Bath Towels and Washcloths, new and gently used
  • Bed Linens (Twin/Full), new and gently used
  • Lip balm
  • Diapers
  • Disposable razors
  • Hand and body lotion
  • Shaving cream

Donations for Resident Activities

  • Art Supplies – paints, colored pencils, drawing books
  • Puzzle Books
  • Playing Cards
  • Garden Equipment
  • Sewing kits

Supplies Needed for Shelter Foot Clinic

Members of the Upstate Medical Students Foot Clinic volunteer in our shelter on a monthly basis providing necessary foot care to clients in our Emergency Shelter. To keep the clinic running, donations of the following supplies are needed and appreciated:

  • Monofilaments
  • Gold Bond foot powder
  • Shoe Inserts and insoles of all sizes
  • Anti-Fungal Creams
  • Ankles Braces
  • Socks
  • Nail Clippers


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