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Urgent Needs for December

The cold is here and our urgent needs list reflects the dropping temps.

During the winter months, hand and foot warmers become a small but mighty comfort. Hand lotion to keep moisturized and disposable antibacterial cloths for washing are critical for self-care. Foot powder is also extremely helpful and greatly appreciated because they use it when their feet get wet from walking in snow, rain, etc. It helps prevent real damage to their feet. Things like lip balm, pocket-sized tissue, or cough drops are also in high demand. These may seem like very small items to donate, but they make a BIG difference in the lives of our guests.

We also need some big ticket items, like winter coats, long underwear, and warm winter boots.

We are committed to helping the homeless in Rockford find stability and rebuild their lives. Having these small supplies really helps us. It allows us to fix immediate problems so we can focus on the big picture — securing employment and housing.

Winter Needs

  • Men’s and Women’s winter coats and thermals; sizes Large – 3x
  • Men’s boots, sizes 9 to 12
  • Cough drops
  • Disposable antibacterial bathing cloths
  • Foot powder
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Hand lotion
  • Individual packets of tissue
  • Lip balm


Amazon is a popular and effective way for us to receive in-kind donations. If you shop on Amazon, we have a couple tips for the next time you buy.

Adding ‘smile’ brings you to AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. We hope you’ll choose Carpenter’s Place during the set-up process. The best part is, you can use your existing Amazon account. Super seamless!

CHOOSE: gift option at check-out
Choosing ‘gift option’ at check-out let’s us know who sent the package. Using this option to ship directly to Carpenter’s Place allows us to know who to thank for the generous donation!

SHIP TO: Carpenter’s Place
Attn: Donations
1149 Railroad Ave.
Rockford, IL 61104


Due to Covid-19, we need to be more mindful of our in-person visitors. If you plan to drop off donation items in person, we ask that you please coordinate in advance with Brooke. She can be reached by phone or email; 815-964-4105 ext. 203

Donation items may be dropped off at Carpenter’s Place:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30am to 2:00pm

Thank you for supporting our mission provide the tools necessary to rebuild the lives of homeless women, men and families in Rockford.

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