Care essentials

Donating everyday essentials like food, clothing or toiletries is a simple and easy way to a make a real difference to those experiencing need, hardship and homelessness in your community.

**Due to the escalating spread of COVID-19, we are no longer accepting donations of food, clothing and toiletries from individuals at our Summer Street office. If you have a community collection you would like to donate, please contact us.

Alternatively, if you would like to support us with a donation at this time, please use our Amazon Wish List or donate at your local supermarket, Nature's Larder on Holburn Street or Orka Artisan Café on St Swithin Street.**

Immediate priority items for week beginning Monday 6 July 2020 include:

-Tinned fruit and vegetables

-Tinned soup

-Tinned pasta meals like macaroni and ravioli

-Tinned spaghetti hoops and beans

-Tinned sausages and beans

-Tinned desserts like custard and rice pudding

-New household appliances, soft furnishings and kitchen utensils (as listed in Amazon Wish List)

What we need

We rely on donations to help support our service users, and are supporting a growing number of people through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lists updated: Wednesday 8 July 2020


High priority

  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned pasta meals (ravioli, macaroni, etc)
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit and vegetables
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tinned fish and meat
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh/frozen meat and fish
  • Butter
  • Flour

Medium priority

  • Pasta
  • Cup soups
  • Instant meals - such as pot noodles or mug shots that only require hot water
  • Sugar
  • Pantry items such as oils, salt and pepper

Low priority

  • Porridge and cereals
  • Biscuits
  • Tea and coffee

Unable to accept

  • Items which are out of date
  • Alcoholic drinks or food containing alcohol
  • Items which have not been made in a commercial kitchen (a kitchen which is inspected by environmental health on a regular basis)


High priority

  • Shampoo
  • Shaving foam/gel
  • Shower gel
  • Hand sanitiser

Medium priority

  • Razors

Low priority

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap (not containing alcohol)
  • Conditioner
  • Sanitary products

Unable to accept

Items which have been used or opened, items containing alcohol.

Household goods

High priority

  • Food storage bags
  • Anti-bacterial sprays
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Cleaning cloths

Medium priority

  • Double duvets
  • Sheets
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Tin openers

Low priority (please call/email us first to check before donating these items as we are short on storage space)

  • Single duvets
  • Pillows
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery

Unable to accept

  • Items which are stained or showing signs of excessive wear and tear
  • Electrical items
  • Furniture


**Please note, we are not accepting donations of clothing at the moment due to the spread of COVID-19**

**If you would like to clear out your clothing, and keep it aside for us, please sign up for email updates here, and we will let you know when we will be able to accept your donations**

High priority

  • Jeans - small sizes in particular
  • Underwear (new only)
  • T-shirts
  • Jumpers and sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Waterproof clothing

Medium priority

  • Trousers
  • Shoes, trainers and boots
  • Socks
  • Scarves, hats and gloves

Low priority

  • Suits
  • Children's clothing

Unable to accept

  • Items which are stained or showing signs of excessive wear and tear.

We are happy to accept clothing with company logos on as long as the company are aware our service users will be wearing the branded items.

We also run a number of specific campaigns throughout the year and will use our social media pages as well as this page to highlight any urgent needs.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.

What’s it for?

Donated food, clothing, and toiletries go directly to people in immediate need. By helping them to meet their basic needs then we can work with them to address the underlying issues they are facing and support them towards a better future.

Whether someone is sleeping rough, fleeing violence or being forced to make the tough decision between heating their home and feeding themselves, these small things many of us take for granted can make a big difference.

How to help

**Due to COVID-19, food and toiletry donations cannot currently be made at our Head Office at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SD. Instead, you can arrange a collection by contacting**

**Please be aware we are not open to members of the public due to the coronavirus, and are not accepting donations of clothing currently**

Want to donate from your business?

Whether you wish to make a one-off donation of practical items or a regular donation of collected or end of day food, our fundraising team will be happy to help.