Christmas donations wish list 2020

For 14 days over Christmas, Crisis will provide a lifeline for hundreds of homeless people, offering support and companionship. This year, Crisis will open hotels across London and provide a range of essential amenities such as food, bedding and medical supplies to over 800 people. To run these hotels, we rely solely on donated items, from shoes to stationery. Team up with your colleagues to help us make sure we have enough supplies for everyone by delivering packages of donations to our warehouse.

Food and drink

All food and drink items must have a ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date extending past 31 January 2020.

  • Snacks, biscuits, chocolate, crisps and confectionery (all individually portioned and wrapped).


This year we are focusing on providing new clothing for our guests. We particularly struggle to source the following items:

  • New men's shoes
  • New men’s t-shirts, jumpers and tracksuit bottoms
  • New men’s and women’s underwear
  • New men’s coats


  • Men’s deodorant (roll on only, no aerosols please)
  • Shaving foam, razors
  • Shampoo, shower gel, mouthwash (no alcohol)

Bulk donations

We will be putting together 3,600 wellbeing packs for hotel guests and those who visit our 11 Skylight centres over the Christmas period. If you would like to make a bulk donation, we are looking for the following items for our wellbeing packs:

  • 3-in-1 charging cable
  • Charging banks
  • Earphones
  • USB sticks
  • Waterproof ponchos

Please note, we are unable to accept donations of the following:

  • Duvets, mattresses, pillows, bedding, bedframes
  • TVs or any home electrical items, or furniture
  • Computers, laptops or ancillary equipment(e.g. cables)

Delivery details

Where: Crisis at Christmas Warehouse, Leven Road, E14, Poplar
When: First two weeks of  December 2020, timings to be confirmed.

If you are a manufacturer and wish to make a bulk donation, you can do this between now and the end of November 2020.

Please separate donated items into boxes by type and seal lightly. If you have any specific questions about the items to be donated, please email

Please confirm with your Account Manager before making your delivery and they will make sure someone is ready at the warehouse to receive your donations (regrettably we are unable to collect items).