Crisis Hotline(704) 377-0602

In-Kind Donations

Thank you for your interest in supporting our youth and young adults with an in-kind donation. The Relatives relies on the generosity of people just like you to help supply the young people we serve with basic necessities.  

Every young person served by The Relatives is treated with dignity and compassion. To ensure their needs are appropriately met, please review our in-kind donation guidelines below: 

  • If you would not give the items you are interested in donating to a young person in your life, then please reconsider donating them to the young people served by The Relatives 
  • The Relatives serves youth and young adults ages 7-24. Please ensure donated items are age-appropriate 
  • Please ensure clothing items are either new or gently used, are wearable, and age-appropriate 
  • While we can accept items contained in garbage bags, we prefer reusable shopping bags as the young people served by The Relatives often use these to transport items
  • Thanks to the tremendous community support The Relatives has received we are not currently in need of clothes or hygiene kits
  • Socks and Underwear Sets are our number one need right now 
  • You can also visit our Amazon Needs List to purchase much-needed items

Youth Crisis Center 

  • The Youth Crisis Center is an emergency shelter serving youth ages 7-17 and needs: 
  • Children’s Clothing, Children’s Shoes, African American Hair-Care Products, Books, Toys, and Board Games 
  • Thanks to the tremendous community support The Relatives has received we are not currently in need of clothes

On Ramp Resource Center 

  • The On Ramp Resource Center serves young adults ages 16-24 and needs: 
  • New Bath Towels
  • Make Socks & Underwear Sets, Snack Packs or Hygiene Kits
    Fun size snacks, travel size toiletries, and socks and underwear sets can make a big impact at The Relatives. Snack Packs ensure young people struggling with housing insecurity have something to eat when they can’t access the On Ramp Resource Center. While Hygiene Kits can help those without access to showers or laundry feel clean. While a Socks & Underwear Set can give housing-insecure young adults the dignity that comes from access to clean clothes. Putting together Snack Packs and Hygiene Kits for the youth and young adults served by The Relatives is a meaningful and impactful group volunteer activity which can be done in your home, office, school, house of worship, or any gathering space. Please click here for details on how you can create impactful  kits for the young people served by The Relatives.
  • Socks and Underwear Sets are our number one need right now
  • Thanks to the tremendous community support The Relatives has received we are not currently in need of clothes or hygiene kits

Housing Program 

  • The Relatives Housing Program serves young adults ages 18-24 and needs: 
  • New or like-new household items 

Parenting Youth 

  • 45% of the young adults served at the On Ramp Resource Center are parenting youth and need: 
  • Diapers (sizes 3,4, and 5), Wipes, and Formula 

Donation Drop-Off Hours: 


9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  

Donation Drop-Off Location: 

On Ramp Resource Center 

2219 Freedom Dr. 

Interested in dropping off items at the Crisis Center located at 1100 East Blvd.? Please call 704-377-0602 before your visit.

Please do not leave donated items outdoors after hours.   

If the hours and location listed above are not convenient for you or if you have questions about an item you would like to donate, then please contact Redia Baxter at rbaxter@therelatives.org or 704-501-8258 


Unfortunately, we are unable to accept the following items: 

  • Used Undergarments 
  • DVDs and Video Games 
  • Used Bedding 
  • Furniture* 
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Household items in poor condition 
  • Bulky Items
  • Suitcases 

*Special considerations may be made depending on the needs of our Housing Program participants. Please contact Redia Baxter at rbaxter@therelatives.org or 704-501-8258

Community Resources: 

Just because The Relatives cannot use a particular item, doesn’t mean there aren’t other local organizations in need of your in-kind donation. For more information on area non-profits please visit: 



Many of the young adults enrolled in our Housing Program, receive furniture for their new homes from Furnish For Good. If you would like to support young adults working towards stability through a furniture donation, then please visit: https://furnishforgood.org/ 


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