This drive is on-going - there is no deadline for donations.

Due to overwhelming demand from our partner agencies, Jersey Cares 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.

**FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF ALL COMMUNITY RECIPIENTS, JERSEY CARES WILL
NOT ACCEPT USED, OPENED, OR GENTLY USED ITEMS.**
 

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.

Please note that office hours are limited due to COVID-19. Donations may be dropped off Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is subject to change due to CDC restrictions and our office safety measures. Please call the office at (973) 533-1993 before arriving to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance.
 
Jersey Cares
Attn: First Night Kit Program
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 1320
Livingston, NJ 07039

 

If you would like to ship your donations, please mail them to the address listed above.

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


Donate Virtually

Want to donate, but can't make it to the store?

Donate items via YouGiveGoods to have items sent directy to us!


Host an Online Drive

You can also run your very own First Night Kit 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.


Register to Receive

**Please be advised that only registered 501c3 organizations, government agencies, or public schools from New Jersey will be considered for donations**

If you are an agency in need of First Night Kits, please click HERE to fill out the agency application form. First Night Kit donations become available periodically and organizations will be contacted in the order requests were received. Thank you for your patience!


If you have any questions, please contact Bre'yanie Pearson.