Since The Gray House opened its doors in 1984, support from individual donors and businesses has played a crucial role. The Gray House relies on the compassion and generosity of individuals and groups in the community for donations of funds, food, educational/office supplies and time. Your donation is an investment in our mission and community. Please consider making a monetary donation online using PayPal or by sending a check.

Winter & Holiday Needs

Winter Coats

Winter coats are currently our highest need. While The Gray House does not accept donations of clothing throughout the year, we do accept new or gently used, warm winter coats along with gloves and scarves for children & adults. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Thursday 8:45-3:00pm and on Fridays from 8:45am-4:15pm. To arrange drop off outside of those hours, please call us at 413-734-6696. Please do not leave items on our porch or outside of our door.


The Gray House collects toys for children in our community through general toy drives and through an adopt a family or child program. Please read below for more details on each. We ask that all gifts be dropped off to The Gray House new, unwrapped between 12/6-13 during our normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:45am-4:30pm). Please email if you would like to host a toy drive or adopt a family.

Not up for shopping around? Donations of gift cards for the older youth are needed! Gift cards in increments of $25 or $50 from places like Walmart, Amazon, Game stop, Holyoke Mall, as well as Regal or Rave movie tickets are greatly appreciated!

Adopt a Family or Child

The Gray House collects wish lists from families throughout our programs as well as from our local family shelter. We try to make sure that each child gets between $35(min)-50(max) in gifts. Based on this information, please let us know how many children you would like to adopt and we will match you with specific children or a family and give you their wish lists. While we appreciate the generosity of groups and individuals wanting to go above and beyond and purchasing more than $50 worth of gifts for a child, we ask that you please consider adopting an additional child instead so that we can help even more children and we don’t cause any sibling arguments on Christmas morning!

General Toy Drives

Miscellaneous new, unwrapped gifts are also needed for newborns to youth under 18. These gifts are used to fill the wish lists of the hundreds of children we serve with the help of our local schools and shelters.


In-kind donations help us to reduce expenses and receive items that we would otherwise go without. In-kind donations can be dropped off Monday-Thursday 8:30-3:00pm and on Fridays from 8:30am-4:15pm. To arrange drop off outside of those hours, please call us at 413-734-6696. Please do not leave items on our porch or outside of our door.

General Wish List

  • EXPO Whiteboard markers (colored chisel tip)
  • whiteboard erasers
  • Clorox wipes
  • Office supplies such as copy paper and white out tape
  • Traffic cones
  • Healthy, kid-friendly snacks (apple sauce, rice cakes, gogurt, crackers, granola bars, goldfish, etc.
  • Plastic storage bins with lids (any size)
  • OFF! Bug Spray with 15-25% DEET
  • small magnetic white boards
  • Chromebooks in working condition
  • Learning clocks
  • Magnifier sheets

The Market at Gray House (formerly Food Pantry)

The Market accepts donations of unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food. Food items are in demand year-round. The Market serves an average of 80-120 households per week to families who rely on your food donations. We encourage the donation of healthy, nutritious, low sodium and high protein food items. We cannot accept food that has expired or containers that have been opened.

  • Diapers ( sizes N, 5, & 6 especially!)
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby formula & food
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Canned tomatoes and sauce
  • Canned fruits/vegetables
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Beans
  • Juice
  • Healthy snacks
  • Gluten free nonperishable groceries

Donations that Cannot be Accepted

Unfortunately the Gray House is unable to take the following items. If you are unsure, please call 413-734-6696 before dropping a donation off.

  • Clothing (except for new coats in winter time)
  • Shoes
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Used books
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • VHS tapes
  • Car seats

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Adult Education

The Adult Education Program provides English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) and basic literacy education to adult learners.

Kids’ Club

The Kids’ Club is an After School and Summer Program serving children in grades 2 to 5.
Food at the Market at Gray House

The Market

The Market at Gray House serves as a source of groceries for those in need.