We appreciate new or gently used donations at our Essentials Donation Center. Your generosity enables us to provide much-needed basic needs and some comfort to families in crisis. The Essentials Donations Center is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers. In-kind donations are accepted at the rear of 34 Jay Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Due to our limited staffing, we are unable to accept donations outside of these hours. Please do not leave items outside of our door.


We welcome donations of:


Clothing (new or gently used)*

  • Women, men, children (all sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes -new only)
  • Shoes (all sizes)
  • Socks

Cleaning Supplies 

  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Bucket and Mop 
  • Dish Soap 
  • Disinfectant Wipes 
  • Paper Towels 
  • Surface Cleaner, Glass Cleaner 
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Toilet Brush 

Kitchen Supplies (new or gently used)

  • Drinking glasses 
  • Flatware: Forks, Knives, and Spoons 
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Oven Mitt, kitchen towels, & Potholder ● Pot and Pan Set (Like-New or New. With Lids) 
  • Spatulas, large spoon, Vegetable Peeler, can opener
  • Plastic storage containers, zip loc bags, plastic wrap

Linens (new or gently used)

  • Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Washcloths 
  • Sheet Sets(all sizes)
  • Mattress pad covers (all sizes0 (new only)
  • Bed Pillows (new only)
  • Laundry Room Basics ● Dryer Sheets ,Laundry Basket , Liquid Laundry Detergent 

Personal Care (Full-Size) :

  • Body lotion
  • Body Wash 
  • Shampoo and Conditioner 
  • Shaving Cream and Disposable Razors 
  • Toilet Paper 

Gift Cards : Stop & Shop, Shoprite, Big Y, Target, Walmart 

*Now accepting fall/winter clothing only due to limited  storage 



Due to regulations, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Car seats
  • Cribs and crib bedding
  • Stuffed animals
  • Non flat-screen televisions

Individuals wishing to donate NEW car seats, cribs, crib bedding, or stuffed animals should contact Safe Futures at 860-447-0366.


Gift Cards

Empower our clients to make their own choices and provide for their children. Grocery store, department store, drug store, gas cards, and phone cards are most needed. Please mail gift cards to: Safe Futures, Attn: Jane Cable at 16 Jay Street New London, CT 06320.


Cell Phones

New – Track phones and minutes are needed for clients who cannot use personal phones that allow abusers to track victims.

Used – Working or broken, Safe Futures can use your old phone!  Working phones are cleared and charged to be given to clients who need a lifeline – a phone to use in an emergency, one that their abuser cannot track or monitor.  Non-working phones are sent to be recycled. Either way, cell phones stay out of landfills.  Cell phone donations are a win for clients, Safe Futures, and the environment!