As a collection site, you will have the opportunity to assist displaced families in New Jersey by providing them with essential toiletry items needed for their first night stay at a shelter or transitional home. If you are an individual or group looking to donate to the First Night Kit Program, please click HERE to register as a collection site.
***Please note that we can only accept NEW, UNOPENED items. Socks and underwear must still be in packaging.***
Items accepted for First Night Kits include:
- Body Wash
- Combs and brushes
- Travel-size tissues
- Gallon-size zip lock bags (if you plan to package the kits yourself)
Items NOT accepted for First Night Kits include:
- Clothing (new or used)
- Alcohol-based items such as mouthwash, perfumes, or body mists
- Used or opened items
Prior to delivery, please either package one of each item into a gallon-size zip-loc bag or sort collected items by kind (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, brushes, underwear) into a box.
Please deliver or ship all items directly to the Jersey Cares Office:
This is an ongoing initiative, there is no deadline for collected items.
Your office, club, or group of friends can also run your First Night Kit Program collection drive online for free! To set up your online page with our partners at YouGiveGoods, please click HERE to begin customizing your donation page. For further questions please contact Meagan Mulligan or call our office at (973) 533-1993.
If you are an agency in need of First Night Kits, please click HERE to fill out the agency application form. Please be advised, First Night Kit items become available periodically. We will contact your agency when items become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or need more information contact Meagan Mulligan at (973) 533-1993.