Donating Items to The Beacon

How to donate

We are grateful for in-kind donations that help us meet the needs of the individuals we serve.
As the inventory of items fluctuates, we encourage donors to contact us to understand our current needs and also schedule a time for delivery.

713-220-9769

Ronald Marshall

Day Center Manager

713-220-9765

rmarshall@beaconhomeless.org

Donation Boxes

Step 1: Review the acceptable donations list below 

Please ensure your items are gently used as we strive to provide quality items to the clients we serve.

Because of limited staff and space, we do not have the ability to sort through, store, and clean large quantities of clothing and other items.

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Step 2: Schedule a delivery appointment 

Please call or email to schedule a day and time to deliver the items.

 

All in-kind donations must be delivered during

Day Center hours:

Thursday through Monday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Tax Income Reports

Step 3: Drop off your items at The Beacon 

When you deliver your items at The Beacon, be sure to collect a donation receipt.

 

At the end of the year, if you itemize on your taxes, you can claim a tax deduction. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service requires that you value your donation. 

Acceptable Donations

The list of acceptable items is not all inclusive. Items not listed may be acceptable for donation under pre-approved terms at a pre-arranged donation time.  Food donations are acceptable under separate guidelines and must be approved and received by the Chief Operating Officer or Kitchen Coordinator at the time of the donation.

Personal Items (Unused)

  • Toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Bar soap

  • Toothpaste (travel-sized)

  • Disposable razors

  • Shaving cream

  • Shampoo/conditioner (travel-sized)

  • Combs

  • Feminine hygiene items

  • Lotion

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Reading glasses (most needed strengths between 2.00 - 3.00)

  • Wallets (for clients to hold important ID documents)

  • Pocket folders and letter-sized envelopes (for clients to hold documents)

  • Gallon-size freezer bags (to keep documents dry)

Other Personal Items (Gently Used)

  • Medical scrubs

  • Blankets

Media

  • Hardback and paperback books

  • Bibles

  • Paper, notebooks, pens

Unacceptable Donations

  • Soiled, wet, torn, stained or damaged items

  • Children's clothing

  • Infant products

  • Broken, stained, soiled or damaged furniture

  • Mattresses

  • Used toys/games

The Beacon does not accept these items and others because they cannot be used by our clients.

We will be forced to dispose of them for safety/storage reasons.