Our Wishlist

Your Donations Are Useful and Greatly Appreciated!

As need in our community grows and government funding sources become more scarce and less dependable, your in-kind donations of goods and services are vital to our efforts to meet the needs of our neighbors.

Want to organize a DONATION DRIVE for Bell?  Take a look at our wish list below to see what is most useful, and then contact us to let us know what you have in  mind so we can help spread the word.


by contacting   Outreach Coordinator Janel Fox   at jfox@bellsocialization.com


We have a Bell Socialization Services List on Amazon!

When you’re shopping on Amazon, check out our list to see what’s needed. Drop items in your cart and ship directly to Bell where it will be used by our programs to address people’s needs.

Feel free to use the list link to share with your group for donation drives.

Want to add financial gift options to your org/company drive, too? Use our easy JustGiving online fundraiser pages. (contact Averie for more info)


THINGS WE NEED RIGHT NOW and pretty much always:

Large (18 to 20 gallon) plastic storage totes with lids – these help families during their stay at Bell Family Shelter to store any personal items they brought with them. Totes are often offered to families to take with them when they leave, so this is a recurring need.

Towels washcloths, hand, and bath towels, new or clean, gently used

Personal Hygiene Items: deodorant (men & women), body wash


by contacting   Outreach Coordinator Janel Fox at jfox@bellsocialization.com

At any time of year, we generally accept the following donations in GOOD, USABLE CONDITION:

Umbrellas – Imagine waiting for the bus in the rain without an umbrella. Most Bell service users do not drive cars, relying on public transportation to get to work, job interviews, Bell programs, and doctor’s appointments.  Something simple like not having an umbrella can make a big difference in how their day plays out.

clean start squareLaundry & Household Cleaning Supplies (detergent, softeners, laundry baskets) (cleaners, mops, brooms, rubber gloves, sponges, empty spray bottles) These items are great for a collection drive, and easy for us to distribute to individuals and families in a bucket or laundry basket when they are setting up a new place to live.

Health Care Supplies (no outdated items accepted) – Assorted size bandages, gauze & sterile pads, medical tape, antibiotic cream, Pain Relievers (adult & pediatric), Cough syrup (alcohol free)

Hair Care items: shampoo, conditioner & styling product for all hair types, brushes, combs & picks


New Underwear and Sleepwear – all ages and sizes

Diapers (all sizes) and Baby Wipes – currently well stocked

Canned Goods and Dry Boxed Foods  Non-perishables are best for general purposes: Vegetables, Fruits, Meats (tuna/stews), Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup, Sugar, Flour, Brown Sugar, Pastas & Rice, Spaghetti Sauce, Cereals/Breakfast Bars, Boxed Potato & Noodle Mixes, Apple & Orange Juice

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, Mouthwash (alcohol free) – currently well stocked

Socks – all ages and sizes (not needed right now thanks to some great collection drives : )

Hats, Gloves, Scarves – all sizes (not needed right now thanks to some great collection drives : )

Twin sheet sets (new or clean, gently used)  (not needed right now thanks to some great collection drives : )

Bed Pillows (new) (not needed right now thanks to some great collection drives : )

Furniture Please call to find out if we are able to accept your good-condition furniture items, as our space is limited and need varies.  Note that we will likely refer you to our partner, Re-Source York at 717-852-7574 which sells donated items and benefits Bell through quarterly contributions.)


If we are not in a situation to accept certain items at the time you are offering, we may share them with other organizations, and/or donate encourage you to donate them directly to our community partners, Re-Source York or Community Aid.

Re-Source York accepts quality home décor items, including furniture and household items, for resale in their York locations. Bell benefits from the sale of these items through quarterly financial donations from RSY in support of Bell Family Shelter.


Community Aid accepts donations of clothing and shoes on behalf of Bell at a rate of $0.06/pound that is translated into Community Care Cards we then distribute to Bell service users to make purchases. Use their convenient drive-up/drop-off location at 2001 Springwood Drive, York (Queensgate Shopping Center), and let them know your donation should support Bell. Our Community Partner Number is 20015.