Charity Choice Monday – Bread of Life Mission – Real Change 1

I help my clients, and for that matter myself, by hunting up charities for gifts-in-kind – in other words, stuff. It can be much easier to let something go if you know it’s still being honored, will still be in use for its intended purpose, or maybe even a better purpose – mascara brushes to wildlife rescue centers, heirloom letters to a historical society. I once gave a snow blower to a nature center. I would have been sorely grieved if I hadn’t found it a worthy home because I unabashedly relished using the contraption.


So when I chanced on Real Change’s Emerald City Resource Guide – treasure! I’m going to reach for a new habit. Highlight a new charity a week which needs gifts-in-kind, starting with the ones in the Guide. Page by page.

Bread of Life Mission is old. Venerable old, founded January 1939, and occupying its present location since 1945. And it has resolutely honored its principles unchanged,

“Bringing hope, healing, and recovery to Seattle’s homeless through a Christ-centered approach.”

This is the wish list from its website:

  • Paper napkins
  • Paper drinking cups (for hot and cold liquids)
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic knives, forks, & spoons
  • Sets of silverware (knives, forks and spoons)
  • Cooking utensils & cutlery
  • Extra-large pots, pans, & woks
  • Latex gloves (M – XL)
  • Sponges & dish cloths
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach & sanitizers
  • Commercial sized trash bags



We accept a wide variety of men’s and women’s clothing – everything from warm layer-able clothes to attire that would be appropriate for job interviews.

  • Coats & sweaters
  • M – 3XL clothing (men & women)
  • Undergarments including socks and underwear (men & women)
  • Knit hats & gloves
  • Shoes including sneakers, rain boots, and work boots (new or in good condition)


  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo & body wash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable razors
  • Women’s hygiene items (discreetly wrapped is appreciated)


  • Blankets & comforters
  • Sleeping bags
  • Twin XL sheets
  • Bath towels
  • Ultra-storage lidded plastic bins (for food)
  • Bibles
  • Costco gas cards (covers cost to pick up food donations)

Those items serve soup kitchen meals, make up care packages for the homeless, let people have a hot shower. Those things say “Welcome home.”

About Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Virtual Professional Organizer®

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