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October | Donation Drop-off Events

Thursday, October 1 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Thursday, October 15 | 4 - 7 PM

Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church
3520 SE Yamhill St. Portland, OR 97214

Each month, we host two Donation Drop-off events on the First Thursday from 11AM-2PM and on the Third Thursday from 4-7PM at Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church. Donors should enter the building via a basement entrance on 35th Avenue, to the right of ramp/stairs.

Please note:  we do not accept any used clothing, used toys or large furniture items. Only gently used kitchen items in good, working condition will be accepted.

Greatest Overall Need

General operating funds are our greatest need at all times! While we rely on the community to donate vital supplies and sincerely appreciate this in-kind support, Raphael House must also raise 2/3 of our emergency shelter budget each year. To make a monetary contribution or learn more about supporting us financially, please click here.


If you don’t find the information you’re looking for here or want to learn more about supporting us, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (503) 243-5116.

Urgent Shelter Needs:
Visit our Amazon Immediate Needs Wishlist here! These are specific items our participants and/or our shelter are in need of right now.
Baby Wipes
Baby bottles, sippy cups and teething supplies | new only
Diapers | Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Coffee | ground or whole bean
Twin Sheet Sets | new or gently used
Bath & Hand Towels | new or gently used
Ibuprofen | unopened bottles only
Gift cards | Fred Meyers, Home Depot, Target, etc.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Rolls of clear packing tape
Fitness videos (VHS or DVD) and magazines | new or gently used

Urgent Cleaning Supply Needs:
Garbage Bags – 13 Gallon, 33 Gallon
Mr Clean with Febreeze – Citrus ScentBleach
Liquid Dish Soap | orange, yellow or clear (others stain our countertops!)
Powdered Laundry Detergent | High Efficiency (HE)
Awesome Cleaner with Bleach (Dollar Store)
Ceramabryte Stove Top Cleanser

Donation Drive Ideas:
Baby items (diapers, wipes, bottles and various nipple sizes, sippy cups and teething supplies)
Bedding and Towels (twin size sheets, standard pillows and bath/hand/wash towels)
Cleaning Supplies (Garbage bags, powdered HE laundry detergent, bleach, liquid dish soap and sponges)
Hair Care | full size shampoo and conditioner and/or African-American hair products (i.e. Motions, Soft sheen Carson, and Luster brand products - activating hair gel, hair relaxer, and hair grease)

One Kitchen Starter Kit for a family moving out of shelter includes:  large laundry basket with can opener, dishes & utensils for 4, pots, pans, mixing bowl, baking dish, cutting board & sharp knife, hot pads, dish towels, dish soap & scrubber sponge. We need 4-6 of these every month!

Please note that only new or gently used kitchen items in good, working condition will be accepted. Thank you!

  • Saucepans and lids
  • Frying pans and cooking utensils
  • Can openers
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking dishes
  • Mixing bowls
  • Blenders
  • Pillows - new
  • Sheets and blankets - twin size only

Baby Items:

  • Diapers - sizes 4, 5 and 6
  • Pull-ups - sizes 2T-3T and 3T-4T
  • Baby shampoo and lotion

Due to space restrictions, we cannot accept any used clothing.

  • Women’s underwear and bras (new) - all sizes for women and teens, especially underwear sizes L-XXL
  • Children’s good, clean, casual clothing - especially boys sizes 5 to 16
  • Children’s underwear and socks (new) - all sizes

Personal Care:

  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body Wash & Body Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Chapstick and other lip care
  • Motions brand hair lotion and leave in conditioner for African American hair, other pomades and products for black or curly hair

Other General Shelter Needs:

  • Gift cards such as Fred Meyers, Target and Home Depot
  • Stainless steel 6’x4’ shelving (like this)
  • Powdered Laundry Detergent | High Efficiency (HE)
  • Bleach
  • Liquid Dish Soap | orange, yellow or clear (others stain our countertops!)
  • Awesome Cleaner with bleach (Dollar Store)
  • Ceramabryte Stove Top Cleanser
  • Ziplock bags in gallon and quart sizes
  • Heavy duty trash bags size 39 to 45 gallon
  • Light duty trash bags size 5 to 10 gallon
  • Scrubber sponges
  • Empty spray bottles / Bottles of window cleaner, Orange Clean, etc.
  • Powder cleanser i.e. Comet or Bon Ami
  • AAA, AA, 9-volt and D batteries
  • Heavy duty shower curtains
  • Office-size trash cans

Youth Program Needs:

  • Portable USB flash memory “thumb” drives
  • Child size sewing machines
  • Laminator and laminating plastic
  • Journals for kids and teens
  • Board games - all ages
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls
  • Toys that are safe for children under age 3
  • Playstation 2 games - all ages
  • Craft items i.e. beading kits, paint by number or airplanes

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