HELP Center Community Collections

Our HELP Center is in Bristol, PA, but serves people county-wide. It looks and feels like a retail store, full of brand new essential items like furniture, home goods, toiletries, food, and more. But unlike a retail store, everything at the HELP Center is free to those in need.

Securing basic household supplies is often impossible for families who are barely making ends meet. The center fills the gap for local families in need by providing essentials through a dignified personal shopping experience. The HELP Center served over 2,900 people through the shopper referral program in the last year.

Each quarter we ask our community to collect items to help stock the HELP Center. And each quarter we focus on a different theme. Take a look below at what essential items we are collecting this year!

January - March: Personal Hygiene Items

YOU CAN HELP! We are collecting personal hygiene items for the HELP Center. Host a supply drive with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to collect the supplies listed below. If it's something you need at home, it's something our shoppers need, too.

*We can only accept unused, in-date items.

  • Bath towel & washcloth
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Comb & brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Nail clippers & file
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Floss & mouthwash
  • Bodywash & soap
  • Body lotion & hand cream
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors
  • Band-Aids & ointment
  • Depends
  • Sunblock & chapstick
  • And more!

Click here to download our January-March 2022 - Personal Hygiene Items Collection Flyer

April - June: Snacks and Meal Supplies

YOU CAN HELP! We are collecting snacks and meal supplies for the HELP Center. Host a supply drive with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to collect the supplies listed below. If it's something you need at home, it's something our shoppers need, too.

*We can only accept unused, in-date items.

  • Nut butters & fruit spread
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Pasta, rice, & noodles
  • Breakfast cereal & oatmeal
  • Snack size chips & pretzels
  • Canned soups & chili
  • Nuts, canned & dried fruit
  • Condiments
  • Canned tomatoes & sauce
  • Shelf stable & dry milk
  • Shelf stable protein drinks
  • Dried herbs & spices
  • Baking supplies
  • Fruit snacks & granola bars
  • And more!

Click here to download our April-June 2022 - Snack and Meal Supplies Collection Flyer

July - September: Supplies for Babies and Young Kids

YOU CAN HELP! We are collecting supplies for babies & young kids for the HELP Center. Host a supply drive with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to collect the supplies listed below. If it's something you need at home, it's something our shoppers need, too.

*We can only accept unused, in-date items.

  • Diapers & wipes
  • Baby wash & lotion
  • Baby food & snacks
  • Formula & bottles
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Coloring books & crayons
  • Stuffed animals & books
  • Teethers & pacifiers
  • Breast pumps
  • Breast milk storage
  • Baby towels & washcloths
  • Child safe sunblock
  • Sunglasses & hats
  • Digital thermometer
  • And more!

Click here to download our July-September 2022 - Supplies for Babies and Young Kids Collection Flyer

October - December: Cleaning Supplies and Home Goods

YOU CAN HELP! We are collecting cleaning supplies and home goods for the HELP Center. Host a supply drive with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to collect the supplies listed below. If it's something you need at home, it's something our shoppers need, too.

*We can only accept unused, in-date items.

  • Laundry detergent
  • Kitchen & bath towels
  • Disinfectant wipes & spray
  • Paper goods
  • Disposable plates & cutlery
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Toilet & bathroom cleaner
  • Sponges & dishcloths
  • Pots, pans, & bakeware
  • Mops, brooms, & Swiffers
  • Food storage bags & containers
  • Aluminum foil & plastic wrap
  • Trash cans & liners
  • Cleaning bucket & bleach
  • And more!

Click here to download our October-December 2022 - Cleaning Supplies and Home Goods Collection Flyer

Click here to download out HELP Center Community Collection flyer.

If you want to help organize a HELP Center Community Collection contact Sheri Ratner at sherir@uwbucks.org.