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.  

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

clients/shelter residents:  



Dish drying racks

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

Glass baking dishes

Kitchen utensils

Measuring cups & spoons

Oils - coconut and olive

Paper towels

Plastic pitchers

Pots & saucepans


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

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

  *Food items we especially need include: canned or bottled juices. 


Bathroom rugs

Makeup for women of color

Shower caddy baskets

Shower curtains & liners

Toilet paper

Towels: bath 

Not needed at this time: shampoo, conditioner, travel-sized toiletries & adult toothpaste


Air Mattresses w/ pumps : Any Size

Bath Robes (Women's - all sizes)

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

Blankets - cotton (twin & full)

Comforters (twin & full)

Pajamas: women's spring/summer weight


Sheet sets (full)

Sports bras -- all sizes

Underwear: Women's sizes 5 - 12, greatest need is for sizes 5, 7, 8, & 9 - 10

Baby and Child Items

Baby monitors

Baby dolls (new, medium-sized)

Infant carriers/wraps/slings

Pajamas: children's - sizes 10 - 12 and 14 -16

Teddy bears (new, medium-sized)


Brooms & Dust Pans

Collapsible/Pop-Up Hampers

Duffel Bags

Extension Cords

Gasoline cards (Sunoco) 

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

Long distance calling cards


Mr. Clean Magic Erasers 

Square Sterilite Laundry Baskets

Tool kits 

Trac-Phones & 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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