Critical Needs

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COVID-19 Donation update

We are very sorry – and disappointed – to share that at this time we are not able to accept donations of clothing and household items, unless specifically noted in our urgent needs list. Due to COVID, we’re unable to have enough volunteers on site to accept and sort the donations. Gratefully, through previous donations, our guests ARE having all of their clothing needs met.

While we aren’t accepting clothing and household items, we are still accepting donations of furniture, personal care items, kitchen needs, and cleaning supplies.

To limit the risk of exposure to our guests and staff 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

Donations by mail are always appreciated and accepted at any time. Ordering items online continues to be a wonderful option during this time. Our mailing address is: 1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford, IL 61104. Thank you for helping us fulfill these needs for our guests and families.

Here are our urgent needs for January:

  • Pull-Ups (4T-5T)
  • Diapers (Size 5 & 6)
  • Baby Wipes

Online Ordering Options:

Adding ‘smile’ brings you to AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way to support CP 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


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Critical Needs at CP

As you can imagine, it requires many resources to operate Carpenter’s Place and all of our program and housing units.  The following items are almost always needed, and we appreciate any and all donations. Click here to download and print our complete Needs List!

Paper Products & Kitchen

Garbage Bags (13, 30 and 33 gallon size)
Plastic Forks & Spoons
Styrofoam Bowls
Styrofoam Cups (8 oz)
Styrofoam Plates (4” and 9”)
Ziploc Bags (1 gallon & snack/sandwich size)
Bottled Water to serve with meals
Individual sugar, salt/pepper, condiments
Disposable drinking cups (SOLO)

Personal Care Items

Hand Warmers
Disposable Razors
Shaving Cream
Stick Deodorant (men & women)

Items for our Guests

Backpacks (new and gently used)
Men’s Boxers (sizes M, L, XL)
White Socks
Women’s Briefs (sizes 6, 7, 8, 9)


Family sized laundry soap
Dryer sheets

On-Going Needs

Comet Cleanser
Dish Soap
Individual Size Tissue
Laundry Detergent
Light Bulbs
Masking Tape
Mops, Brooms, Dustpans
Pine-Sol or Lysol
Scrub Sponges
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Air Freshener (neutral scents)

Furniture and Household Items

Alarm Clock Radios
Can Openers
Coffee Makers
Frying Pans
Pots and Pans
Non-plastic Silverware Sets
Twin-size: Mattresses, Box Springs, Bedding, Mattress Covers
Vacuum Cleaners

Food Items

Salt and Pepper (individual packets)
Pre-sweetened Drink Mix
Sugar (individual packets)

Clothing/Personal Care Items

Men’s Jeans (all sizes)
Men’s/Women’s Walking Shoes (sizes 7 & up)
Men’s Wallets

Donation drop-off hours and location:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104

Thanks so much for your support!

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