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. When you donate to The Gray House, you are investing in our mission and the lives of those we serve.

Please consider making a monetary donation online using PayPal or by sending a check made payable to 'The Gray House' to 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield, MA 01107.

Donate In-Kind

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.

Donate for Christmas

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, 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 and schools. We try to make sure that each child gets between $35 (min) and $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 seventeen years old and under to help us fill the wish lists of children who are not "adopted" by donors. The drives help us provide approximately $50 worth of gifts per child to over 500 children in the community.

Amazon Christmas Wish List

Don't have time to shop and drop off items but want to participate? Add items from our Amazon wish list to your cart and they'll be delivered directly to us! Please be sure to include a gift message to let us know who you are so we can say thank you!

Of course, we also encourage people to shop locally at bookstores and toy stores in your community when shopping for items to donate!

General Wish List

The Gray House can always use the below items as well as items from our Amazon Wish List. When purchasing from the Amazon wish list, please be sure to include a gift message to let us know who you are so we can thank you!

  • EXPO Whiteboard markers (colored chisel tip)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Copy paper
  • Plastic storage bins with lids (any size)
  • 13 gallon trash bags
  • Bona floor cleaner for laminate floor
  • Simple Green all purpose cleaner
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Napkins

The Market at Gray House

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
  • Soups and stews
  • Tuna/chicken (canned)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Beans
  • Juice
  • Healthy snacks
  • Gluten free nonperishable groceries

Donate Winter Coats

The Gray House is currently accepting new or gently used, warm winter coats for adults and children through Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. These can be dropped off during our normal business hours. Outside of this time, please call or email us in advance before dropping off any winter items. Please do not leave items on our porch or outside of our door.

Donate for Thanksgiving

In early November, The Gray House begins collecting Thanksgiving food including turkeys, desserts, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and other items to provide to families in need to cook at home. In 2021, The Gray House provided 881 families with turkeys and all of the fixings thanks to our generous donors! Whether you want to donate one item or coordinate a food drive with your business, school, church or club, every donation makes a difference!

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
  • Used 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!

Thank you to our Major Funders

Annual Catholic Appeal
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
The City of Springfield's Community Development Block Grant
Beveridge Family Foundation
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation