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Support Our Youth Group: Donate Food and Clothing for Boston's Unhoused

First Church youth are participating in Common Cathedral's CityReach program on December 1-2, and we need your help!

CityReach is an overnight urban outreach program which began in March 1996 for youth, young adults, and college students from churches of any denomination. The program gives these young people the opportunity to learn first hand about homelessness from people who have experienced it. During the 20 hour session, participants join CityReach staff to offer hospitality, food and clothing for unhoused folks living in Boston—followed by times of sharing and reflection.

The Youth Group is looking for donations to bring with us on our overnight outreach. Below is a list of items needed including food, supplies, and clothing. Please read through this list and bring your donations this Sunday and next (11/19 and 11/26). You may leave your donations in the conference room in bags and boxes labeled CityReach. Thank you so much for your donations!

Clothing and other miscellaneous items:

The Do's and Don'ts

DO: donate clean, seasonally appropriate items.

DO: donate women’s underwear, bras in all sizes and styles, and men’s underwear/boxer

shorts. These are in high demand.

DO NOT: donate children’s clothes, dress clothes, slippers, bathrobes, pajamas or

out-of-season clothing.

Please consider donating:

USED CLOTHING, including:

  • Warm coats in Winter

  • Nylon jackets, ponchos, and raincoats for the Spring & Fall

  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants (especially hooded sweatshirts)

  • Sweaters

  • T-shirts

  • Long-sleeve shirts

  • Jeans, khakis and other casual pants

  • Waterproof boots, comfortable shoes, and sneakers

  • Hats, waterproof gloves, scarves

  • Belts

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Backpacks, tote bags, fanny packs, small suitcases with wheels

  • Travel-size toiletries such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, toothpaste, and shaving cream in small sizes. Toothbrushes, disposable razors, and tampons. We cannot share aftershave or mouthwash containing alcohol.

  • New white socks (there can never be too many of these)

  • New underwear for both men and women, and bras (again, there can never be too many. All sizes, from small to XL needed.)

  • Sleeping bags & blankets (clean and in good condition)

We also need about 20 each of the following:

  • Peanut butter crackers packs

  • Nuts/small bags of trail mix

  • Small fruit cup (pears, peaches, mandarin oranges)

  • Individual applesauces

  • Cookies or Brownies

  • Small bags of chips

  • Mini candy bar

  • Snack cakes (Like Little Debbie)

Other food and paper goods:

  • 1-2 Boxes of cereal for breakfast

  • 1 large size can of coffee

  • 1 tub of hot chocolate mix with NO marshmallows (the kind to which water is added---about the same size as a large can of coffee); not individual packets

  • Approximately 50 hot cups and 50 cold cups

  • 1 box of large, sturdy (60 gal recommended) garbage bags

  • 100 sandwich bags

  • ~25 Small lunch bags

  • Other clothing, toiletries, and accessories as listed below.

  • Plastic gloves for food-making (100 pair)

  • 150 bowls and 150 spoons

Any surplus will continue to be shared with the unhoused community through Common Cathedral. Any donations help!

If you're interested in supplying fresh foods for bagged lunched, please reach out to the Youth Director, Raeann at


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