Product Donations

Program Start (May 2008) To Date:
Distributed $6.2 million worth of supplies (over 130,000 “Big 8″ items) to individuals and families experiencing homelessness

*”Big 8″ Items: Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Bag Pads, Tents/Tarps, Backpacks, Day Packs, Coats, Footwear, & Blankets

Mission:

Collect and distribute outdoor gear, outdoor clothing, non-perishable food and hygiene products.

Shipping, Mailing, and Drop Off Location:

We accept small shipments of gear (a carload or less) at the Murphy Center (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins) on Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. We accept larger donations at our warehouse (1305 Duff Drive, Unit 5) by appointment only. Please note that we do not have open hours at the warehouse.

To schedule a drop-off, contact us at (970) 658-9878 or email us at info@HomelessGear.org.

What Do We Collect? 

Homeless Gear collects and distributes supplies that people need to survive and meet their basic needs while they are homeless. We are not a clothing bank — our niche is outdoor gear, outerwear, hygiene supplies and non-perishable food. That narrow focus enables us to fulfill our core mission, leverage resources and allow other organizations (e.g. clothing banks) to do what they do best. The one exception to our no-clothing policy is children’s clothes; we distribute basic children’s clothing at our quarterly Children in Need service event. 

Outdoor Gear

  • Backpacks (framed backpacks)
  • Daypacks (school-sized backpacks)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Portable Shelters
    • Tents (small 1-3 person)
    • Tarps (small)
  • Stuff Sacks/Duffel Bags
  • Blankets
  • Emergency “Space” Blankets
  • Hand & Foot Warmers
  • Water Bottles (Nalgene Type)
  • Flashlights or Headlamps
  • Battery Powered (Small) Alarm Clocks
  • Camping/Backpacking “Mess” Kits
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike Locks

Outerwear

  • Coats (No Dress Coats Please)
    • Winter
    • Rain Coats or Rain Ponchos
  • Hoodies (sweatshirts with hoods)
  • Sweatshirts (no sweaters please)
  • Hats
    • Summer
    • Winter
  • Winter Gloves
  • Footwear:
    • Hiking Boots
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Winter Boots (Please, no snowboard or ski boots)
  • Socks
    • New only please for summer socks, but “reasonably used” is OK on winter socks
  • Belts
  • Warm sweatpants
  • Underwear:
    • Men’s and Women’s (New Please)
    • Thermals (Tops and Bottoms)

Miscellaneous:

  • Ear Plugs
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kits and Supplies
  • Batteries
  • Personal Hygiene Items:
    • Disposable Razors
    • Shaving Cream
    • Deodorant
    • Combs/Brushes (new)
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Cleansing Wipes
  • Bath Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Duct Tape
  • Small Sewing Kits
  • Shoe Insoles
  • Foot Powder

Non Perishable Food Items:

  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins
  • Oatmeal or other Instant Hot Cereal
  • Juice Box, Gatorade, Capri Suns, Bottled Water
  • Cereal Snack Boxes & Powdered Milk (Individual size)
  • Fruit Roll Ups or Fruit Snacks
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jerky
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Hot Chocolate Packets (just add water)
  • Cup-A-Noodles
  • Instant Soups
  • Instant Mac and Cheese

Children In Need Program

In addition to the list above, we collect supplies specifically for children and families. We distribute those supplies to children and families at our quarterly service events and to our agency partners that serve children and families across the state.

Just For Baby:

  • Baby Bibs
  • Diapers & Pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Blankets & Quilts
  • Personal Hygiene Items for Baby (Shampoo, Lotion)

Family Personal Hygiene:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Children’s Clothing (Newborn to Youth size 16):

  • Coats (winter)
  • Snow Pants or Ski Bibs
  • Jackets (spring or summer)
  • Rain Jackets, Rain Pants & Rain Ponchos
  • Hoodies (Sweatshirts with Hoods)
  • Hats, Scarves, Gloves
  • Boots (snow and hiking)
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Socks (New only please on summer socks and “reasonably used” is OK on winter socks.
  • Underwear (New)
  • Lightly-Used or New Clothing