Care Kits

How-to Make Care Kits to Help the Homeless

A care kit contains essential relief items for adults 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 blessing bag), 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 daily. 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.


Drop Off Care Kits

Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat at 310 NW Glisan St., between 8-10:30 am or 1:30-4 pm. These times avoid our meal services, which are too busy to properly receive donations.

How to make a care kit for homeless instruction sheet

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
    • Adult-size only
  • Rain Poncho
    • Compact and folded
  • Wrapped snacks
How to make a summer care kit for homeless

Summer Care Kits

The hot, dry days of summer in a mostly concrete environment greatly increases a human’s need for water. Regular access to clean drinking water is very difficult for people experiencing homelessness in Portland. Our summer care kit addresses the basic needs of survival for someone living outdoors during hot, sunny weather.

Download the How-To Make Cooling Care Kits sheet.


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

  • 1 Reusable Plastic Bottle or Bottle of Water
    • Blanchet House will and refill empty water bottles during the summer.
  • 1-2 Hygiene Products
    • Band-aids
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Wet wipes
  • 1-2 Wrapped Store-Bought Snacks
    • It’s nice to have something sweet to eat on hot days.


Drop Off Times

Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8:00 – 10:30 am and 1:30 – 4 pm. Please avoid dropping off during meal services. Pull up to our entrance, 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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