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The Monthly Wish: March 2021

By: Maureen Atwell, Executive Director on Mar 1, 2021

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Your generosity powers our mission, so we’re making sure we use your gifts wisely. Here’s a wish-list of items for our shelters, updated monthly so you can see what we need most and where you can make the biggest impact.

 

What’s new in March? Last month we started offering hot coffee, hot cocoa, and/or hot soup to anyone who came in from the cold, even if they weren’t a guest. The program was incredibly popular, especially during the sub-zero temperatures, and we want to keep it going. We need hot chocolate in packets, all the coffee we can get, instant soup that can be microwaved in its own container, and disposable spoons.

 

In other news, the microwave in our Juno House shelter started making growling noises, and we’re hoping to get a new one before it bites someone. We inventoried our shelter kitchens and found a severe shortage of forks and spoons (but a big surplus of knives – where did they all come from?). Someone generously donated big boxes of coffee pods, and now we’re looking for a pod coffee maker. Here’s the full list:

 

We have an urgent and ongoing need for these items

Toilet paper, paper towels

30-gallon garbage bags

Wash cloths

Coffee, creamer, sugar in small bags

Bottled water

Underwear

Dishwasher pods, laundry pods, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, mop solution

 

We especially need these items in March

Hot chocolate in packets, instant soup that can be microwaved

Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee

Metal spoons and forks, but not knives

Plastic spoons

Pod coffeemakers

Brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners

Unused microwaves

 

Major impact items we need

Unused large freezers (we currently need 4)

Unused refrigerator with freezer (we currently need 2)

Unused dishwasher (we need 2)

Unused garbage disposer (1)

 

We don’t need any of these items right now

Clothing

Blankets

Diapers

Kleenex

Toiletries

Furniture

 

Items we unfortunately cannot ever accept

Used mattresses

Used bedding

Car seats

Food that is expired or within 2 weeks of expiring

Items that need to be picked up

 

We are so grateful for all of our friends and supporters who make our shelters a better place for our guests!

 

Your kindness changes lives. Please consider donating a one-time or monthly gift.

 

 

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