Due to overwhelming demand from our partner agencies, Jersey Cares has established the First Night Kit Program. Throughout the year, Jersey Cares manages projects in which volunteers assemble kits for domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes and other agencies with transitional populations in need of hygiene items on the "first night" of their stay. Once we receive a certain number of items, projects are scheduled in our calendar to assemble the kits which are then donated to participating agencies in need.

Register to Collect

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.


Items ACCEPTED for First Night Kits include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Combs and brushes
  • Travel-size tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Gallon-size zip lock bags (if you plan to package the kits yourself)

Items NOT ACCEPTED for First Night Kits include:

  • Razors
  • Clothing (new or used)
  • Alcohol-based items such as mouthwash, perfumes, or body mists
  • Toys
  • Used or opened items
  • Food

Delivery Address and Instructions

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.

Donations may be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Please call the office at (973) 533-1993 before arriving to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance. If you would like to ship your donations please send them to the address below:
Jersey Cares
Attn: First Night Kit Program
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 1320
Livingston, NJ 07039

This is an ongoing initiative, there is no deadline for collected items.

Host an Online Drive

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 Bre'yanie Pearson or call our office at (973) 533-1993.

Register to Receive

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 Bre'yanie Pearson at (973) 533-1993.