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6 Useful In-Kind Donations for orphanages

Octubre 17, 2022

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Orphanages are a great way to help children who can’t return home due to financial or personal issues. They give the kids a stable place with people that watch over them and help them grow into happy, healthy adults.

Orphanages are also very expensive to operate. The staff has to be paid, utilities have to be covered, and food needs to be bought for the kids on a regular basis. It’s a lot for the organization to take on financially, which is why so many orphanages have fundraising drives and ask people to donate goods.

There are plenty of ways you can help an orphanage with in-kind donations. These small gestures go a long way in giving back while also helping these children get back on their feet again. 


Food donations are perfect for orphanages, and they can be used in a variety of ways. You can donate canned foods, fresh produce, and even boxed meals that can be heated up quickly. 

The government may have specific requirements for what can be donated, so make sure to check due diligence before ordering a truckload full of food for the kids.

If you have a specific type of food you want to donate, like a certain brand of cereal, the staff may not be able to use it. If you want to donate healthy food, but the orphanage only accepts non-perishable food, you can always donate the food to a food bank and let them pass it along.

Furniture and Bedding

Orphanages are often very spartan places, with nothing but basic beds, tables, and chairs. You can really help out the kids by donating furniture and bedding to replace the very basic stuff they have.

Orphanages often get requests for specific furniture items, like couches, tables, and beds. If that’s the case, make sure to contact the organization before buying anything.  

If there isn’t a specific type of furniture you’re asked to donate, then you can pretty much donate whatever you want. Couches, tables, chairs, dressers, and even blankets and sheets are all good furniture items to donate.

Clothing and Hygiene

Kids grow quickly and will outgrow most of their clothing quickly. Donating clothing to an orphanage will help the kids stay warm and hygienic. You can donate clothing in any size or type, but it’s especially helpful to donate larger items like sweatshirts and jackets.

If the orphanage is in a warmer climate, consider donating hygiene items like soap, shampoo, socks, undergarments, and so forth. These items are often used by kids and staff members alike.

Books and Educational Materials 

Orphanages often have small libraries where the kids can check out books from. You can donate new books to the library, or you can donate money so that the staff can buy new books for the kids to read.

Orphanages often have specific genres or topics they’re looking for. If you’re donating books, make sure to check with the staff first. Orphanages often have specific needs when it comes to educational materials. A small donation of new books can be a great way to help the kids learn

Games and Activities

Kids need to have fun while they’re growing up, and they can do that by playing games. You can donate new games to the library, or you can donate money so that the staff can purchase new games for the kids to play.

Computer Labs/ Digital Classrooms 

If you’re donating a computer, make sure it’s in working order. If it has a cracked screen or is missing a part, the staff can’t use it. If you’re donating money, the staff can purchase new computers and equipment for the lab. A few hundred dollars can go a long way in helping the kids learn to use a computer.

In-kind donations are a great way to help an orphanage in or out of your community. These organizations take in kids that can’t return to their families due to a variety of circumstances.

They need all the help they can get to keep running every day. If you want to help an orphanage, make sure to check with them or with an organization to see what they need. Chances are you may have something they can use in your home.

At Fundación Esperanza Contigo we make sure that the orphanages in Tijuana have everything they need so that the children live in the best conditions and can develop their potential and have a bright future.

Become a donor or volunteer by registering here to transform the life of a vulnerable child and fill their life with opportunities and positive experiences. 


Con la sociedad

Gracias al apoyo de nuestros donantes, así como al esfuerzo de nuestra red de voluntarios, aliados y equipo de trabajo, hemos logrado impactar positivamente la vida de niños y jóvenes en situación de abandono en toda la ciudad.