About the Program

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.

Items to Collect

Please note that we can accept ONLY new, unopened items. Pajamas, T-shirts, socks and underwear must still have tags on. We cannot accept and please do not send used clothing. 

Items needed for First Night Kits include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Combs and brushes
  • Note pads and pens
  • Calling cards (5 minutes or more)
  • Pajamas (sizes for children and adults)
  • T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Gallon-size zip lock bags
  • New/unopened small toys (for children's kits)

Organize a Drive

If your office, club, or group of friends would like to conduct a drive please fill out the collection site registration form. If you would like to hold a virtual drive or donate online you can visit our YouGiveGoods page or contact Vanessa Martinez at (973) 533-1993.

Agency Recipients

If you are an agency in need of First Night Kits, please fill out the agency application form. If you have any questions or need more information contact Vanessa Martinez at (973) 533-1993.

Delivery Information

Please deliver or ship all items directly to the Jersey Cares Office:

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.