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.


If you are interested in donating food or hosting a drive, please refer to our Thanksgiving Food list. Donations can be dropped off Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am–3pm no later than Friday, November 20.  For larger food drives, please call 413-734-6696 ext. 3 to arrange a drop off time.


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 12/7–11 during our normal business hours (Mon–Fri 8:45am–4pm). Please email if you would like to host a toy drive or adopt a family.

Adopt a Family or Child

The Gray House collects wish lists from families throughout our programs as well as from our local family shelters. We try to make sure that each child receives between $35–50(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.

General Toy Drives

Miscellaneous new, unwrapped gifts are also needed for newborns to youth under 18. The Gray House provides an additional 500 children with these gifts with the help of schools in our community. This year, we’ve also set up an Amazon wish list that you can purchase from! Please feel free to have the items shipped directly to The Gray House at 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield, MA 01107. Be sure to make your Amazon purchases through Smile.Amazon and designate The Gray House, Inc. as your charity of choice so that we receive a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon! 

 Sponsor a Child for Kids’ Club at Home After School Program

As a sponsor, you will be providing a child in our community access to academic assistance, as well as a wide range of opportunities to be physically active, emotionally centered, and intellectually curious, all within a safe and nurturing environment.  Give the gift of a brighter tomorrow by sponsoring a child today!



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-Fridays 8:45am–4:00pm. 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

  • Dog Man book series by Dave Pilkey (hardcover, please!) We are looking for at least 2 sets of the first six books in the series. They can be purchased on Amazon as a set or if you would like to donate one book, they are available for sale individually!)
  • EXPO Whiteboard markers (colored chisel tip)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Copy paper
  • Individually packaged, healthy, kid-friendly snacks
  • Plastic storage bins with lids (any size)
  • 13 gallon trash bags
  • Simple Green all purpose cleaner
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Napkins
  • 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

Winter Coats

While The Gray House does not accept donations of clothing throughout the year, we do occasionally accept new or gently used, warm winter coats along with gloves and scarves for children & adults. Please call or email us at 413-734-6696 or email us at to see if we are currently accepting these items. Please do not leave items on our porch or outside of our door.

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 – including mattresses and cribs
  • Electronics
  • VHS tapes
  • Car seats or other baby items

Before you checkout on, be sure to sign in to Amazon Smile so that a portion of your order will benefit The Gray House. Just use the following link to designate The Gray House and continue shopping as normal, it’s that easy!


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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.