As fierce allies of our community, we firmly believe in giving back to our neighbors in any way that we can. While community service inspires us year-round, during the winter, it feels more important than ever. Fortunately, there are many ways to lend a helping hand around Louisville, including participating in donation drives.
Simple gifts, clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, and food are all items that might seem inconsequential to those who have access to them, but there are plenty of people who count on different organizations and events to make the season warm, comfortable, and full of cheer. Our city has several organizations that kick into gear during the holiday season, so we wanted to shine a spotlight on five Louisville donation drives that are happening in 2023.
Louisville Donation Drives
The Coalition for the Homeless works to educate the public about homelessness, advocate for change, and collaborates with over 30 agencies to provide shelter, housing, healthcare, food, outreach, and more to the citizens of Louisville. This 2023 Holiday Season, the Coalition for the Homeless in Louisville, KY’s main office at 1300 S. Fourth St #250 will act as the drop-off point for new:
- Hand and foot warmers
- Fire extinguishers
However, the Coalition for the Homeless also partners with a long list of other organizations that serve specific groups of people in need, who might also be a part of the donation drive lineup. These organizations have unique supply lists, and the Coalition’s website is a wonderful place to look for volunteer opportunities or specific charities in need.
Blanket Louisville has been collecting and distributing new and gently-used blankets to homeless shelters and outreach organizations in Louisville and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. Their primary collection efforts run from October to March, but donations are accepted year-round.
Donations can be made on their website or checks can be made out to Blanket Louisville for the purchase of blankets and sleeping bags. If you have new or lightly-used blankets and sleeping bags to donate (they kindly ask not to donate clothes or tents), their drop-off location is at:
The Plant Kingdom
4101 Westport Road
The Santa Shop at St. Vincent de Paul provides gifts for children in Louisville by collecting new and unwrapped gift donations for parents to come and shop for if they do not have the means to buy gifts. The parents’ shopping day is on December 10th in the administrative building at 1015-C S. Preston Street, Louisville, KY 40203, and donations will be accepted until December 7th.
St. Vincent de Paul has set up an Amazon Wishlist for the Santa Shop, and donation suggestions for this year’s Santa Shop include:
- Board games
- Barbies and baby dolls
- Superhero toys
- Clothing Items (sizes infant to men’s 3X for ages infant to 17 years old)
- Diapers and pull-ups
- Hair accessories
- Stocking stuffers
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is a refugee resettlement organization that provides services to families to help rebuild their lives.
KRM Louisville schedules all drop-offs and pick-ups, and drop-offs can be scheduled on their website. This holiday season until January 26th, KRM is accepting new or gently used winter coats and jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens. All ages and sizes are needed! Heavy blankets, such as comforters and quilts, are also of significant need.
The Kroger Wild Winter Days is part of the Dare to Care Food Drive which offers an incentive in the form of an admission discount to the Louisville Zoo. Through this partnership between Kroger and the Louisville Zoo, up until February 29, 2024, visitors who bring in one canned or non-perishable food item per person/ticket will receive tickets at a discount. Adult tickets will be $10 with the donation of a food item and child/senior tickets will be $7 with a donation. And, the Louisville Zoo will continue to donate 25 cents of every ticket sold to support conservation efforts in Kentuckiana and around the world.
Want to Collaborate with Honeywick?
Honeywick is here to support Louisville donation drives, from volunteering and donating to working with organizations seeking website and marketing support. If you’re interested in meeting the Honeywick team to learn more about what we can do for you and your organization, drop us a line. Whether you’re considering a website overhaul, starting a new marketing campaign, or want to discuss a custom software project, we’re here for you. For more info, give us a call at 502-873-3866 or fill out the contact form on our website!