In-kind Donations

From Food to Clothing, to Personal Items & Pencils, to Coats and More.

You never know what someone may need, from a bowl of soup to a bottle of shampoo. Little things can help so much. Shepherd’s Staff is always looking for donations to stock our pantries and support our programs that mean so much to those in need in our community.

What Items can I donate?

Donate Food

  • Daily Hospitality — Coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, lemonade mix, paper products for the Shepherd’s Staff office reception area
  • Emergency Meals & Snacks — Canned soups, pasta, crackers, peanut butter and jelly
  • Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner — Baked goods, fresh fruit, & wrapped candy
  • Seasonal Backyard Picnics and Fundraisers  (Empty Bowls, Festival of Trees, etc.)

Donate Goods **

  • Clothing for men, women, and children for “The Shepherd’s Shed”
  • Baby clothing — gently used
  • Blankets — for cold weather
  • Towels & soap — for bath facility at The Shepherd’s Staff
  • Soap & bleach — for laundry facility at The Shepherd’s Staff

Blessings Closet Program

The Blessings Closet provides free assistance with non-food essentials for household, hygiene, and personal care.

Blessings Closet Items:

Bar Soap
Diapers (all sizes)
Dish Soap*
Disposable Gloves
Disinfecting Wipes and/or Spray
Feminine Hygiene Products
Hand Sanitizer
Incontinence Briefs
Laundry Detergent
Multi-purpose Cleaner*
Paper Towels*
Toilet Paper
Trash Bags
Ziploc Bags (all sizes)

*Current High Need

**Currently closed due to COVID.

Back-to-School Program

  • Backpacks
  • Binders & Paper
  • Pocket Folders
  • A contribution to the Back-to-School campaign will help to buy new shoes and backpacks

Click here for a full list of donations needed →

Call for Coats

New warm winter outerwear for infants through adults

Collection begins each fall. Distribution of coats takes place at The Shepherd’s Staff.

More information →

Spiritual Easter Baskets

Assembled baskets for infants through early teens are needed to reflect the spirituality of the Easter season.

More info→

Christmas Stockings

Assembled stockings for infants through early teens are needed to reflect the spirituality of the Christmas season.

More info→

Annual Yard Sale 


Where can I drop off donations?

Donations can be dropped off, by appointment, at our office at 30 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD 21157.

Note, our hours may change during holidays. Please call our office at 410-857-5944 if you have any questions.


The Shepherd’s Staff is privately funded. We do not apply for or receive any federal, state, or county funding, so our work relies solely on supporters just like you.


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