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.
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
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
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
- Canned tomatoes and sauce
- Canned fruits/vegetables
- Soups and stews
- Tuna/chicken (canned)
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Healthy snacks
- Gluten free nonperishable groceries
Donate Winter Coats, Hats & Gloves
The Gray House accepts new or gently used, warm winter coats, hats and gloves for adults and children. 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 which will be distributed to families in need to cook at home.
Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at The Gray House every Monday through Wednesday from 9am–3pm until November 16, 2022.
Due to limited storage, for larger food drives or perishable donations, please call 413-734-6696, ext. 3 to arrange a drop off time for Thursday, November 17, from 12:30–3pm or Friday, November 18 from 9am–4pm.
Thanksgiving Items Needed:
- Frozen turkeys
- Gravy packets
- Cranberry sauce
- Instant potatoes
- Knorr side dishes
- Stuffing or rice
- Pink/red/black beans
- Cake mix & frosting
- Pie crust & filling
- Grocery store gift cards
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!
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. We typically begin receiving wish lists in early November so please email us in October or November if you are interested in hosting a toy drive or would like to sponsor a child or family. We ask that all gifts be dropped off Monday through Friday between 9am–3pm no later than December 9, 2022.
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 $40 (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!
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)
- Stuffed animals
- Used toys
- Used books
- Furniture - including mattresses and cribs
- VHS tapes
- Car seats or other baby items
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