The Homeless Survival Kits provide key items that those we serve require year-round as there is a continuous need for them. They are as follows:
- Nonperishable, easy-access, no need to heat foods (healthy and high protein foods are best) (e.g., beef jerky, granola bars, power bars, cheese and cracker kits, peanut butter crackers, canned cheese with crackers), nuts, cleaned apples, oranges, bananas. Treats such as chocolate bars and chips – and hand wipes so individuals can eat them with clean hands.)
- Dry shampoo and conditioner
- Face and hand lotion
- Men’s shavers (for the bags given to males), women shavers (for the bags given to women), roll-on deodorant, face wash, women’s feminine products, hairbrushes and combs, scrunchies and hair ties, women’s hair care products (including products such as grease for those whose hair requires it for styling), toilet paper or toilet wipes
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth wash
- Bottled water
- Hand sanitizer
- Adults sized heavy socks, heavy gloves, scarves, knit winter hats, plastic rain capes, hand warmers (found at places like Walmart)
- Adult masks, plastic adult-sized gloves, plastic garbage bags for disposing of waste (e.g., small kitchen bags)
- Gift cards in small amounts – e.g., $10 (e.g, Starbucks-so the recipient can get a warm drink and a light breakfast or CVS-so they can purchase hygiene items as needed)
- Other items you would like to provide
And, because winter is coming: RPSV is also seeking winter coats, backpacks, small tents, heavily-insulated sleeping bags for those we serve who are not affiliated with shelters!
Completed kits can be dropped off at our Centers in Annandale, Arlington, and South County Alexandria. Please call (800) 374-4198 to arrange a drop-off time. **For the safety of our team and those we serve, please follow CDC guidelines when putting the kits together by using gloves and gloves when managing (and delivering) items.
Please note, because these kits will be given to homeless individuals, they will be carrying the items with them. It is ideal to place items in cinch drawstring bags or cloth bags that are easier to carry (such as cloth grocery bags).
Please feel free to include a notecard in each bag with an uplifting message for the recipient. Those who are homeless often feel invisible. Letting them know you are thinking of them will mean the world to them!
Thank you again for wanting to assist those we serve.