Give New Goods

New towels and washcloths, slippers and soap, underwear, toiletries, and bus passes, our guests desperately need them all.

 Our Most-Needed New Items

  • ⇒ A GREAT YEAR-ROUND COLLECTION DRIVE! GIFT CARDS: These help our guests with meals at work or away from the shelters, buying household goods for new apartments, purchasing necessary work clothing, etc.
    • Convenience stores/Gas stations (i.e., 7-Eleven, Wawa, Royal Farms)
    • Grocery stores (Food Lion, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Lidl, ALDI, Walmart Supercenter, Fresh Market, Wegman’s): $10, $20, or $25 increments
    • Fast-food restaurants: $10 increments
    • Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General: $5 or $10 increments
    • Walmart or Target: $10 or $25 increments
  • ⇒ A GREAT YEAR-ROUND COLLECTION DRIVE!  HRT BUS PASSES: Our guests use these for job interviews, getting to work and back, transport to doctor visits, and travel for other appointments.
    • ⇒ WINTER NEED! Cold, flu, cough, and sinus relief medicines (pills, capsules, or non-alcoholic liquid)
    • ⇒ WINTER NEED! Cough drops (regular and sugar-free), individually wrapped drops or unopened packets, please.
    • General pain relief tablets/capsules. UNOPENED bottles/packages only, please.
      • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
      • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin), naproxen
      • Arthritis rubs like diclofenac (Voltaren) or Aspercreme
    • Cortisone cream. Unopened packages only, please.
    • Stomach relief like Pepto-Bismol, Mylanta. UNOPENED bottles/packages only, please
    • Chewable heartburn relief / antacids (Tums/Rolaids) or acid reduction tablets (famotidine/Pepcid)
    • Electric heating pads
    • Disposable Face Masks, breathable 3-ply with ear loops, by the box or individually wrapped
    • CURRENTLY WELL-STOCKED, thanks to generous supporters! HBP Cold Relief Medicine: Cold and flu season is even more dangerous for our shelter guests with high blood pressure. But non-prescription medicines like Coricidin HBP, Dayquil HBP, and drugstore brands marked HBP can help them get better without making their hypertension worse.
  • LUGGAGE: Many guests arrive with their clothing and goods in plastic bags. Luggage helps them organize their belongings and move more easily when they secure permanent housing.
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Extra-large, large, and medium rolling suitcases, new preferred, but gently used also accepted.
    • Backpacks and small suitcases also are helpful, but not as useful as larger luggage. On duffle bags and sports/gym bags we are CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED.
  • BOTTLED WATER: Individually sealed, undamaged bottles, by the case preferred, but we can also use sealed water-cooler jugs at Hope Haven.
    • ⇒ WINTER NEED! Twin XL blankets, microfiber (90″+ x 66″) (navy or gray preferred, but any color welcomed)
    • CURRENTLY OVERSTOCKED. Fleece or plush throws/lap blankets and snuggle wraps
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Washcloths: White / cotton or cotton-blend preferred
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Bath towels: White / cotton or cotton-blend preferred
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Twin XL sheets (flat): White preferred. Cotton, cotton-blend, or microfiber
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Twin XL sheets (fitted): White preferred. Cotton, cotton-blend, or microfiber
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Pillowcases (standard): White preferred. Cotton, cotton-blend, or microfiber
    • Pillow protectors (Standard, zippable, white preferred)
  • TOILETRIES (unopened/unused): 
    • Hotel- / travel-sized bars of soap (.5 oz. – 1 oz.), individually wrapped or bulk packaged.
    • Bar soap, full-size, individually wrapped, women’s scents or unscented
    • Soap holders / Travel containers for full-size bar soap
    • Body wash / Body gel (travel size men’s; travel or full-size women’s)
    • Deodorant, men’s and women’s (full-size or travel-size roll-on, stick, gel, or spray)
    • Shampoo and/or conditioner (travel-size) (CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED for full-size.)
    • Lotion (travel-size)
    • Shaving cream (travel-size)
    • Women’s disposable razors (Men’s are CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED.)
    • Tissue packs
    • Detangling hairbrushes for Afro/curly/wavy/knotted/thick hair
    • Men’s incontinence products/undergarments (Women’s are CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED.)
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Feminine monthly hygiene products.


    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Men’s white undershirts/t-shirts, crewneck, sizes XXXL, XXL, XL
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Men’s underwear (boxers or boxer briefs preferred), sizes XXL, XL, L
    • ⇒ URGENT SEASONAL NEED! New Men’s fall-winter coats and work jackets (winter-weight, not fleece or jersey hoodies) (sizes L-XXXL)
    • Khakis / pants (all colors, all sizes)
    • Dress / work shirts (all sizes)
    • Men’s black belts (all sizes)
    • Collapsible umbrellas
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Men’s flip flops / shower shoes, sizes L, XL, XXL
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Men’s socks, dress and athletic
    • ⇒ URGENT WINTER NEED! New women’s fall-winter coats and jackets (sizes M-XXL)
    • ⇒ URGENT NEED! Women’s sleepwear: pajama sets, nightgowns, sleep shirts or pants/shorts (sizes M-XXL)
    • ⇒ GREAT WINTER COLLECTION DRIVE! Women’s slippers, any style (sizes M-XXL)
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Women’s flip flops / shower shoes
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Women’s underwear (sizes 7 to 10+ briefs)
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Women’s sports bras / fitted bras (sizes 36 C / D / DD and larger)
    • ⇒ YEAR-ROUND NEED! Collapsible umbrellas
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED/OVERSTOCKED. Women’s hats, scarves, and stretch gloves
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Women’s socks, white athletic, dressy, or casual
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Diapers (especially size 5)
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Diaper rash cream or ointment
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Potty-training pull-ups for toddlers, sizes 3T-4T and 4T-5T
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Children’s underwear (girls and boys, all sizes)
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Children’s pajamas (both girls and boys)
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Children’s backpacks and school supplies. 
    • Journals, men’s and women’s
    • 2023 monthly / weekly planners
    • 2-pocket portfolio folders, heavy card stock or plastic, navy preferred
    • Accordion-style expanding document/file folders, heavy-duty plastic
    • Collapsible umbrellas
    • CURRENTLY WELL STOCKED. Reusable plastic / metal water bottles
  • HOPE HAVEN SUPPLIES: Help nurture children and strengthen families with donations year-round to Hope Haven and to Camp Hope Haven for this summer.

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Food, Clothing, Shelter, and so much more!

Hurting and hungry men, women, and children come to the doors of The Union Mission for help every day, many with just the clothes on their backs. They need a hot meal, a shower, clean clothing, and a safe place to lay their heads. You can help restore their dignity and self-respect by providing for their basic physical needs. Then we offer counseling and job- and life-skills training to help them overcome the causes that led to their homelessness. Most important, as each one here hears the Gospel of Christ, lives are transformed forever.

Donation Drop-off

Located on The Union Mission campus at 5100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.

On our Union Mission Campus Map, Donation Drop-off is #10.

After you enter at the light, turn right past the Overton Center.

Donation Drop-Off is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Get a tax receipt for your household and clothing donations valued up to $250.

When a homeless person on the street asks you for help…

Consider giving them a care package or a “blessing bag” instead of cash. Stock your car with gallon-sized zipper bags filled with packaged snacks, socks, bottled water, a rain poncho, a grocery store or gas station gift card, a Union Mission Emergency Info Card, and maybe a bus pass to get to the Mission. Help them get the help they need!



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