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Urgent Donation Needs

You can make a difference in the lives of those Avivo serves by donating urgent donation needs items or kits, which are listed below. Items can range from welcome baskets to move-in kits to basic hygiene items, and all make a tremendous difference in someone’s life. If you’re interested in making a difference, please look carefully over the following options to select a donation or kit that matches your interests. You can also download a printable list of Participant Necessity Kits.

For more information or to schedule a donation drop-off, contact giving@avivomn.org. Another option for donating baskets and kits is to ship items directly to Avivo via our Target Charity registry.

September-October Urgent Needs Kit of the Month: Fall Street Outreach Kit

As summer winds down and fall temperatures set in, the needs of someone experiencing homelessness change. These kits will help our Street Outreach Team maximize their impact in helping people they meet.

Basic Fall Street Outreach Kits include a backpack/zippered bag, tarp (8’x10′ or bigger), fleece blanket, and bottle of water.

Survival Fall Street Outreach Kits include items from the Basic Kits, plus small a battery (or solar) powered lantern or flashlight, insulated coffee mug, and a travel hygiene kit.

 

Welcome Baskets

Welcome baskets are pictured, which are one of many ongoing urgent needs donation kits at Avivo.

These urgent needs donation baskets support program participants in our residential programs with basic necessities. Click the basket type to see full description.

 

Hygiene Kits

These urgent needs donation kits will be given to program participants in Avivo programs that include participants in our residential and/or outpatient treatment programs, street outreach, or housing programs. Please consider providing products that can be used for diverse hair types and skin needs. Click the basket type to see full description.

 

New Home Kits

Welcome home baskets are pictured, which are one of many ongoing urgent needs donation kits at Avivo.

These urgent needs donation kits support participants in Avivo’s programs as they transition from homelessness or housing insecurity into permanent housing. Click the basket type to see full description.

 

Street Outreach Kits

These urgent needs donation kits support unhoused individuals as our Street Outreach Team meets them. Click the basket type of see full description.

 

Baby & Children Baskets

These kits support babies and children in Avivo’s programs, from newborn to toddler or child age.

 

Past Kit of the Month

These have been Urgent Needs Kits for prior months.

 

 

Welcome Baskets

New Participant Kit

A New Participant Kit will be provided to our adult residential participants. A basket should include a reusable bag, alarm clock, reusable water bottle, journal, pen(s), adult coloring book, colored pencils, insulated coffee mug. Optional additional items: hygiene kit.

New Avivo Resident Kit

A New Avivo Resident Kit will be provided to Avivo participants as they move into housing. A New Resident Kit should include a set of sheets (twin), comforter (twin), pillow, laundry basket, plate, bowl, cup, fork, spoon, knife, shower curtain and rings, towel set, trash can, garbage bags, mop, broom, plunger, and toilet scrubber.

New Avivo Village Resident Kit

A New Avivo Village Resident Kit will be provided to residents of Avivo Village as they move off the streets. A New Avivo Village Resident Kit should include a laundry basket, set of sheets (twin), comforter (twin), pillow, towel set, 4’x6′ area rug (dark color), clip-on table lamp, and a plastic TV tray.

Participant Snack Bag

Support our program participants by giving them a boost of energy during their sessions. Snacks should come individually wrapped. A snack bag should include a bottle of water or Gatorade, granola bar, bag of crackers (example: Goldfish), and something sweet (pack of gummies or a few pieces of candy).

New Baby Basket

This basket will be provided to expectant or new moms to care for their newborn baby. A basket should include a diaper bag, newborn or size 1 diapers, wipes, pack of 0-3 month onesies, and diaper cream.

Optional additional items include: Baby carrier, stroller, and car seat.

 

Hygiene Kits

Adult Hygiene Kit

The products in this kit should be full sized and unscented. Kit should include a shower caddy or reusable bag, shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, loofah or washcloth, deodorant, comb or pick, lotion, razor, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Please consider providing products that can be used for diverse hair types and skin needs.

Child Hygiene Kit

The products in this kit should include shampoo/wash, lotion, a washcloth or loofah, bath toy, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a brush.

Baby Hygiene Kit

The products in this kit should include a diaper bag (encouraged, but not required), diapers (1 pack), wipes (1 pack), diaper cream, shampoo/wash, lotion, baby washcloth (6-pack), baby bath (encouraged, but not required), baby grooming kit.

Travel-Sized Hygiene Kit

The products in this kit should be travel sized. Kit should include a travel case, shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, deodorant, comb or pick, lotion, razor, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Please consider providing products that can be used for diverse hair types and skin needs. Optional additional items include washcloths, socks, and gloves.

 

New Home Kits

Home Basics Kit

This kit should include laundry basket, set of sheets (full), comforter (full), pillow, shower curtain and rings, shower liner, towel set, 6-pack of toilet paper, and a plunger.

Optional additional items include a coffee maker, bathroom rugs, or a gift card to Target or Walmart to purchase necessary items.

Kitchen Essentials Kit

New kitchen baskets are pictured, which are one of many ongoing urgent needs donation kits at Avivo.

The kit should include set of four dishes, set of flatware, kitchen towel set, cooking utensils set, can opener, set of pots and pans, and paper towels.

Optional additional items include coffee mugs, coffee maker, glass storage & baking containers, or a gift card to Target or Walmart to purchase necessary items.

Cleaning Kit

The kit should include a trash can (13 gallon), all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, kitchen sponges, dish soap, hand soap, garbage bags (13 gallon), paper towels, mop, broom, and laundry soap.

Optional additional items include dish rags, toilet brush, toilet bowl cleaner, a vacuum, or a gift card to Target or Walmart to purchase necessary items.

First Week of Food Kit

This kit should include non-perishable items to support a person or family’s first week in their new home. Suggested items include: box of pasta, jar of pasta sauce, box of macaroni, cans of soup, cans of vegetables, fruit cups, packs of peanut butter crackers, box of cereal, etc. Cans should have a pop top and not require a can opener. Optional additional item include a microwave, crockpot, or can opener.

 

Baby and Children Baskets

New Baby Essentials Kit

This kit should include a diaper bag, pack of diapers (size newborn or 1), wipes, diaper cream, baby soap, baby lotion, washcloth, pack of bottles, set of onesies (0-3 month), and a toy.

New Baby Clothing Basics Kit

This kit should include a pack of onesies (o-3 month), socks/booties, mittens, pack of pajama onesies, a sleep sack, and hats.

Toddler Safety & Wellness Kit

This kit should include a set of diapers or pull-ups (size 4), wipes, outlet covers, cabinet locks, disinfecting cleaning wipes, sippy cup/water bottle with straw, and fruit squeeze pouches.

Children’s Snack Bag

This kit should include fruit squeeze pouches, bag of crackers (example: Goldfish), bag of cookies (example: Teddy Grahams), and a juice box.

 

Street Outreach Kits

Basics Kit

This kit should include a zippered bag or backpack, tarp (8’x10′ or larger), battery/solar powered flashlight or lantern, blanket, and a bottle of water.

Survival Kit

This kit should include the Basics Kit above, as well as an insulated coffee mug, a two-person tent, a camping/travel first aid kit, and a travel-sized hygiene kit.

 

Past Kit of the Month

January: Winter Street Outreach Kit

Basic Kit includes a zippered bag or backpack, hand warmers, toe warmers, wool socks, gloves, hat, and fleece blanket. Survival Kit includes Basic Kit items plus small battery powered lantern or flashlight, insulated coffee mug, and an 8’x10′ or larger tarp.

February: Avivo Village New Resident Kit

Kits include twin bed-in-a-bag (sheets, pillow case, comforter), pillows, rug, clip-on lamp, and plastic bedside table/night stand.

March: Spring Cleaning Kit

Basic kits include a kitchen trash can (13 gallon), garbage bags, all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, and paper towels.

April: Street Outreach Kits

Basic Kit includes a zippered bag/backpack, 8’x10′ or larger tarp, battery powered lantern/headlamp/flashlight (with batteries), fleece blanket, bottle of water. Survival Kit includes items from basic kit, insulated coffee mug, and a two-person tent.

May: Mother Appreciation Kits

New Mom Kit includes a baby carrier, diaper bag, pack of size 1 diapers, pack of 0-3 month onesies, a baby toy, and a pair of fuzzy socks for mom. Mom Kit, toddler or older includes a $25 gift card to a “fast casual” restaurant and a box of candy.

June Kit of the Month: Move-In Bedding Kits

Basic Move-In Bedding Kits include a blow-up mattress (size twin or twin XL), sheets, comforter, pillow. Advanced Move-In Bedding Kits include items from the Basic Kits, plus a laundry basket and laundry detergent.

July Kit of the Month: Shower Kits

Kits include shower curtain, liner and rings, plus a towel and washcloth.
August Urgent Needs Kit of the Month: Newly-housed Dinner Kit

August Kit of the Month: Newly-Housed Dinner Kits

Basic Dinner Kits include place settings (in increments of two) including plates, bowls, drinking glasses, forks, butter knives, and spoons. Expanded Dinner Kits include all items in the Basic Dinner Kit, as well as a cutting board, a can opener, a cooking utensil set, a measuring cup (or set of cups), and a set of measuring spoons. Optional: Hot pad.

 

For more information or to schedule a donation drop-off, contact giving@avivomn.org.

 

 

 

 

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