Product Donations

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” –  John Wooden

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


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

Shipping, Mailing, and Drop Off Location:

Homeless Gear 1305 Duff Drive, Unit #5 Fort Collins, CO 80524

Drop-Off Hours are:  Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM

If you are unable to drop-off during those hours, please call Kimberly Alvarez at (970) 682-3985 to schedule a drop-off.  Otherwise, you are welcome to swing by any time during regular drop-off hours!

We collect all of the items below. Items underlined and in bold print represent the most-needed items.

Outdoor Gear Items:

(Please note that for safety and/or environmental concerns we do not collect or distribute any flammable items such as stoves, lanterns, etc. or knives of any kind).

  • Backpacks (framed backpacks)
  • Daypacks (school-sized backpack)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Bag Pads
  • Portable Shelters
    • Tents (small 1-3 person)
    • Tarps (small)
  • Stuff Sacks
  • 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

Essential Clothing Items:

Please note that while we are appreciative that you might have other items of clothing to donate, we are only able to accept the items listed below.

  • 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:
    • Summer (New Please)
    • Thermals (Tops and Bottoms)

Common Household Items:

  • Blankets
  • 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:

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.  ~Mother Teresa

Items in Red are highest need:

  • 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
  • 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 “resonably used” is OK on winter socks.
  • Underwear (New)