Thank you for your interest in donating to The Light House! Because of the overwhelming generosity of our surrounding community, we have developed a more streamlined donation policy. The volume at which some items are donated is often beyond our needs and storage capacity, while we sometimes find ourselves in need of other items. We are very committed to being good stewards of your donations by only accepting items we will be able to use.

Accepted items must be delivered WEEKDAYS between 8am – 5pm, unless special arrangements are made, to 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis.

For Questions About Donations, Contact Our Volunteer Office 


Items we DO NOT Accept
 Expired/Opened Food   Bread   Used stuffed animals/toys   Used underwear/socks   Medicine/Medical accessories (crutches, etc.)   Home décor/seasonal items   Large appliances   Used pillows/mattresses   Children’s clothing   Baby clothing/items (car seats, strollers, etc.)
  Used electronics (TVs, VHS/DVD players, computers, printers, modems, etc.)
For a list of Anne Arundel County Parner Organizations that accept donations, click here.

MUST Call Ahead to Donate
(based on client need/inventory/storage space)
 Perishable/leftover food   New/like new towels   New/like new blankets   New/like new sheet sets (twin and full)   New coats/hats/gloves/scarves   New/like new books/games/DVD’s   Travel size toiletries   Furniture  
  Bikes (take to Bike Doctor on corner of Hudson Street/West St)

There are instances when we need furniture for a resident moving out of the shelter. If you have furniture to donate and are able to deliver it when the resident needs it, please call to ask if we can accept it.

Local retailers may donate new clothing, household/furniture items, mattresses or computers.

Items We Always Accept

Immediate Needs: 

  • Bottled Water
  • Milk
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wipes and Baby Lotion
  • New/Gently Used Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Disinfectant spray/wipes
  • Bus Tokens (Purchase at Dept of Transportation:
    mention they are for The Light House)
  • Gift Cards: Walmart, Sam's Club, Shoppers
  • PullUps - Size 2t/3t, 3t/4t

Pantry/Food Needs: 

  • Applesauce (no added sugar)
  • Canned fruit (in fruit juice)
  • Fruit juice (100% fruit)
  • Pasta/tomato sauce
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Potatoes (boxed or canned)
  • Cereal - low sugar/whole grain/high fiber
  • Oatmeal (steel cut)
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Canned chicken
  • Salad dressing
  • Coffee
  • Powdered creamer
  • Jam/Jelly (100% fruit)
  • Ketchup

Kitchen Needs: 

  • Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Cups
  • Plastic Flatware 
  • Cases of Water 
  • Sharpies  
  • Paper Grocery Bags WITH handles
  • Plastic Grocery Bags

FULL SIZE Toiletry Needs: 

  • Deodorant  
  • Disposable Razors 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Shaving Cream 
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Body Wash 
  • Body Lotion 

Gift Card Needs: 

  • Dollar Tree 
  • Gas Cards 
  • Home Depot 
  • Office Depot/Staples 
  • Sam's Club 
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse 
  • Walmart

Operational Needs: 

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towels 
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Disinfecting Wipes/Spray
  • Window Cleaner 
  • Heavy duty commercial trash bags

Residential Needs:  

  • New or gently used blankets (twin & full size) 
  • New pillows 
  • New or gently used towels 
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent 
  • Baby wipes and disposable diapers 
  • Bus tokens or monthly bus passes: Annapolis Transit Office: 307 Chinquapin Round Road

For Questions About Donations, Contact Our Volunteer Office 

Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services
Jenny Dell'Oro, Assistant Coordinator of Volunteers

Thanks to the generosity of donors, community groups, farmers markets, grocery stores and volunteers, last year The Light House distributed:

  • 37,834 bagged lunches
  • 85,000 pounds of bagged groceries
  • 9,800 hot breakfasts, 18,783 hot lunches and 20,040 dinners
  • Clothing to 529 Career Closet Clients
  • Provided emergency shelter, food and other valuable services to more than 2,000 neighbors in need
  • Provided emergency and transitional housing for 158 individuals and 19 families, including 40 children

Your donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.