Care Kits

How-to Make Care Kits to Help the Homeless

A care kit contains essential relief items for people experiencing homelessness. Things like clean socks, a rain poncho, a hand warmer or gloves, bath wipes, and snacks offer comfort to someone living outdoors in difficult conditions. When you make care kits (aka care packages), you are showing kindness and compassion for a fellow human being going through difficult times and enduring cruel living conditions.

Blanchet House volunteers and staff offer the care kits that you make to our meal guests living homeless or without shelter. They are so appreciated! Thank you for helping us alleviate suffering.

Where to Purchase Care Kit Items

  • Most items are available in bulk from our Amazon wish list or grocery stores.
  • You could also hold a drive with your friends and community.
How to Make Care Kits for the Homeless

Basic Hygiene Care Kits

People who find their way to Blanchet House’s doors are in most need of the following items. Please do not include literature, medications like Tylenol or Advil, or liquid hand sanitizer.

Download the How-To Make Hygiene Care Kits PDF


Fill a zippered gallon-size plastic bag containing travel or trial-sized of some or all of the following:
(No paper bags. Why? Paper falls apart easily. Zippered plastic bags can be reused.)

  • Bar of soap
  • Band-aids
  • Neosporin or antibiotic ointment 
  • Wet wipes or bath wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Pair of Socks or T-shirt
    • Adult-size only
  • Rain poncho
    • Compact and folded
  • Wrapped snacks
Winter Care Kit How To

Winter Care Kits

Oregon winters are rainy and wet so people living without shelter need help to keep themselves and their belongings dry. We created a care kit that addresses the most requested items during the winter months.

Download the How-To Make Winter Care Kits PDF.


One zippered gallon-size plastic bag containing the following:
(No paper bags. Paper falls apart easily but zippered plastic bags can be reused.)

  • 1 Rain Poncho
    • Compact and folded.
  • 1 Emergency Blanket
    • Compact and folded.
  • 1 Pack of hand warmers
  • 1 Pair of clean socks
    • Adult-size only.
  • 1 Knit hat or gloves
  • 1 pack bath wipes
  • Wrapped soft snacks
    • Many of our guests have dental issues.


Drop Off Times

Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Please avoid dropping off during meal services when our staff is occupied.

Pull up to the entrance on Glisan, leave your items in the car, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation. If you’d like a donation receipt, we will provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email

Not in the Portland metro area? You can support our guests by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. They will be shipped directly to Blanchet House. If you would like to collect or donate clothing for people in your town call your local shelters, religious centers, or charity kitchens.

Liability Concerns? Federal and state Good Samaritan laws were created to encourage food donations, reduce waste of fresh food, and to protect donors.

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How-To Make Hygiene Care Kits

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About Blanchet House

Our History: Started in 1952 by a Group of Friends

Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

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