An easy way to help the women and children of Abby’s House is to donate an item on our needs list or Amazon Wishlist. Remember to use Amazon Smile and select “Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.” if purchasing through Amazon. For the safety of both donors and staff during the current Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve updated our policies and procedures around in-kind donations. Please read below for more details. If you are looking for more information about making a donation to our Thrift Shop, please visit our Thrift Shop page

We are accepting in-kind donations, but have put temporary policies in place to help protect both donors and staff. The best method for in-kind donations is to order items online and have them sent directly to Abby’s House (52 High Street, Worcester, MA 01609). If you plan to drop off items in-person, please contact Jean Anger () to schedule a drop off time. Once a time has been scheduled and you arrive to drop off your donation, please bring the items inside the doors and place them on the cart that’s located at the right-hand side of the lobby. Reception staff will be there to welcome you and assist you with any questions. Please keep social distancing practices in mind and remain 6′ from any individuals. Please do not leave items outside unannounced.

At this time we are only able to accept brand-new, items.

If you have any questions about making a needs list donation or would like to organize a needs list drive, please contact our In-Kind Donation Coordinator, Jean Anger at  or 508-756-5486 x227.

Please note that we are unable to accept donations of furniture and used baby/children’s items. Every purchase you make through Amazon Smile benefits Abby’s House!

Resident and Guest Needs

Food Pantry Items (click here to view list)
2 HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e Wireless Color All-in-One for use in the Women’s Center
Materials for “take-away” crafts that the women can do at home, seasonal or otherwise
Word puzzle books
Jigsaw puzzles
Neutral-colored twin comforters
3, 10″ non-stick skillets
HP Ink 63 Tri color and black for printers in Annette Rafferty Women’s Empowerment Center

Most Immediate Needs

Disposable vinyl, powder-free gloves in size M, L, and XL
Lysol Spray or other types of aerosol disinfecting spray
Disinfecting cleaning wipes or surface cleaners
Dish and hand soap refills or pump bottles
Paper towels

Passes and Vouchers

Cab Vouchers (Red Cab Gift Certificates)


Neutral colored bath mats
Dawn dish detergent
Swifter Extendable Handle Duster Kit
Sprayway Glass Cleaner
White Microfiber Bath Mats
Vinyl Shower Curtain Liners
White Shower Curtains
Febreze Air Freshener
Clorox Spray Cleaner
Swiffer Wet Jet Pads


Cases of Water
8 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 3 1/4 Styrofoam containers
Paper Towels
13-Gallon Kitchen Trash Bags


(2) 6,000 BTU’s or more Air Conditioners
Dish Soap
Bathroom Cleaner
Oven Cleaner
Kitchen Floor Cleaner
Gloves for Cleaning
Kitchen Storage Containers
Dish Drainers
Laundry Detergent Pods
Dryer sheets
Indoor Mat/Runner for Shelter Doorway

Gift Cards

*Your donation of gift cards not only allows us to purchase much needed supplies, but also enables us to give out gift cards to women who need help purchasing groceries, gas, minutes for their phone, or household necessities.

American Express Gift Cards
Visa Gift Cards
Home Depot
Price Chopper
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Stop & Shop
Dollar Tree
Gas Cards
Gas Visa Prepaid Card
Prepaid Phone Cards

Office Supplies

*When you donate supplies, we are able to save money, allowing us to invest more in our programs for women and children.

2 Paper Shredders
Postage Stamps
8 ½” x 11” Copy Paper
HP 952XL Black Ink and 952 Tri Color Ink for the Printers
HP 962XL Black Ink and 962 Tri Color Ink for the Printers
AA batteries
Post-it notes
Sheet Protectors


1 Dehumidifier
6 Bissell PowerForce Helix Turbo Rewind Bagless Vacuums
4, 7-Gallon Plastic Waste Baskets
Command Strip Hooks & Picture Hangers
Heavy-Duty Contractor Trash Bags
5 Gallon Rubbish Bags
13 Gallon Rubbish Bags
Paper Lawn and Leaf Bags