As Christmas approaches and the temperature drops, many men and women experiencing homelessness turn to Glass Door and our partner services for warm clothes, showers and food. These services would not exist without the kind donations made by people like you. 

Instead of a Secret Santa gift exchange in the office or family Christmas presents, many of you are choosing to purchase much-needed items for those without a home instead this Christmas. We and our guests are so grateful for those who make this choice. 

You can find details of the items which we or our partner day centres particularly need right now below. Urgently needed items are highlighted in red. Unfortunately it is unlikely that we can collect donations in person due to our limited resources so please do bear this in mind if you are planning large collections. We have details about where to deliver or mail donations in the 'How to donate' sections below.

Miscellaneous items we need

If you want a quick, easy way to purchase the items we really need, check out:

Our Chistmas wish list on Amazon

Food:

We are happy to receive donations of non-perishable food, which are used in the shelters and drop-in centres. We particularly need: 

  • Instant coffee

  • Instant hot chocolate

  • Biscuits

We cannot accept freshly cooked food or anything out of date.

To support our women's group and casework service:

  • Warm winter coats for women (sizes 12-20)

  • Women's boots (sizes 6-8)

  • New underwear (especially plus sizes)

  • Afro hair-care and black skincare products

  • Sanitary products

  • Incontinence pads

  • Deodorant 

  • Oyster cards (even without any funds on them)

  • Work boots (men's size 7-11)

How to donate:

Mail or drop off at Glass Door's offices (open between 9:00-1700 from Monday to Friday). Address: 155a Kings Road, London SW3 5TX.

Chelsea Community Drop-In

Chelsea Community Drop-In has limited storage for donations but is grateful to receive:

  • New towels and toiletries (for guests taking showers, including men's razors and shampoo)

  • Sleeping bags

  • Cutlery and teaspoons

How to donate: 

Mail or drop off items between 9:00-15:00 on Wednesday or Friday. Address: 155a Kings Road, London, SW3 5TX. Please contact the Chelsea Methodist Church's Community Drop-in directly if you have any questions. 

HTB Clothing Store

Our partners at The HTB Clothing Store have compiled a full list of things they require here. The following items are particularly needed:

  • New socks

  • Sleeping bags

  • Men's underwear (new)

  • Gloves, scarves and hats

  • Bags, particularly rucksacks

  • Shoes, boots and trainers (in good usable condition)

  • Warm coats and waterproof jackets

  • Jeans, cargo trousers and track-suit bottoms

  • Sweaters and fleeces

How to donate: 

Mail or drop off items on a Wednesday or Friday between 9:00-14:00 OR on Sundays between 9:00–12:00. Address: HTB Queen’s Gate, 117 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5LP. 

The Yard, Putney

Our partner, The Yard at South West London Vineyard, welcomes the following donations for its food bank:

  • Toothbrushes (not multi-packs)

  • Cooking oil

  • Biscuits

  • Nuts and crisps

  • Tinned desserts like sponge pudding, rice pudding or custard

  • Condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise or honey

  • Fruit squash

How to donate: 

Mail or drop off items on Tuesdays between 9:00-13:00 and Sundays between 14:00-16:00. Address: The Yard, South West London Vineyard, 401-403 Tildesley Road, Putney, SW15 3BD.

Ace of Clubs

Our partner, Ace of Clubs, has put together an Amazon wish list here. They particularly welcome:

  • Gloves

  • Desserts like rice pudding and custard

  • Sugar

  • Soft drinks

How to donate: 

Mail items from Monday to Friday between 8:30-17:30. Drop off items from Monday to Friday between 8:00-12:00 or 16:00-17:30. Address: Ace of Clubs, St Alphonsus Road, London SW4 7AS.

Please know your donations are valued

Donations of things we need make a massive difference, especially at Christmas. Personal hygiene is crucial for self-respect, dignity, and mental health. Many of our guests work hard to look and feel clean and put together.

On behalf of everyone who uses our services, thank you.