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Shelter Needs List

We appreciate your generous support of our emergency shelter and our clients. To download a copy of this list, please click the button below.   Many of these items can be purchased through our Amazon wishlist.


To arrange for a donation  drop-off, please call our office at 724-837-9540, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m.  

The below items are those needed throughout the year for Blackburn Center’s

clients/shelter residents:  



Dinnerware sets (plates, bowls)

Silverware sets

Drinking cups/glasses

Food items: any canned food, other non-perishables, etc.* 

Glass baking dishes

Kitchen utensils (spatulas, etc.)

Paper towels

Lidded 13 gallon trash cans

Pots & saucepans



Hand-held can openers

Small appliances: electric can openers, coffee makers, toasters, mixers, blenders, etc.

Zip-lock bags: sandwich, quart, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, and 2.5 gallon sizes 

  *Food items we especially need include: single-serving items - juice boxes, shelf-stable items, and condiments


Bathroom rugs

Anti-slip bathtub mats

Shower curtains and rings

Shower caddy baskets

Bath Towels

Wash Cloths

Toilet paper

Toiler plungers

Toilet brushes


Small unlidded trash can

Not needed at this time: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, travel-sized toiletries, adult toothpaste, and menstrual hygiene products



Bath Robes (Women's - all sizes)

Bed-in-a-bag sets (twin & full)

Blankets - cotton (twin & full)

Comforters (twin & full)

Sheet sets (full)

Alarm clocks

Sports bras - sizes 1X and larger

Pajamas: women's summer or winter weight (all sizes, especially 2X or larger)

Pajamas: men's summer and winter weight (all sizes)

Underwear: men's (all sizes)

Baby and Child Items

Baby monitors

Pajamas: children's - sizes 10+

Pajamas - newborn - 12 month

Car seats

Collapsible umbrella strollers

Spiral-bound notebooks


Colored pencils



Air mattress w/ pump - full/twin


Mops & buckets

Brooms & Dust Pans

Small stick or handheld vacuums

Collapsible/Pop-Up Hampers

Duffel Bags

Extension Cords

Gasoline cards (Sunoco) 

Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Shop 'N Save, Giant Eagle, & Target)

Square Sterilite Laundry Baskets

Tool kits 

Trac-Phones (new) 

TracFone Cards


A donation of items from the needs list throughout the year helps Blackburn Center sustain the shelter program, and helps to maintain the support groups the agency provides for victims and their children. In addition, some of these items are made available to Blackburn Center clients who are establishing their own homes and need support with basic household items. 


Please put the items that are in bold italics at the top of your shopping list, and help Blackburn Center manage donations by bringing new items. If you have used items to donate, the agency can provide a list of thrift shops in the area that make items available to Blackburn Center shelter residents at no cost to them. 


For more information about donation opportunities, contact

Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence 

P.O. Box 398, Greensburg, PA 15601 




If you know of someone who needs Blackburn Center’s services, call the 24/7 Hotline: 724-836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272 




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