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A renewed call for donations to aid the unhoused community

The political climate remains unfriendly to the unhoused. Oakland continues to enforce its Encampment Management Policy with recent sweeps of encampments at Mosswood Park and near the High Street Home Depot.  Meanwhile, Caltrans removed a large encampment in Berkeley, and continues to threaten encampments in West Oakland, despite a recent multimillion dollar settlement for destruction of personal property.

The Kehilla Homeless Action Committee continues to collect clothing, tents, and other essentials for distribution to our unsheltered neighbors, especially at the Cobb on Wood Street encampment.  You can help!

Donations to the Homeless Depot at Kehilla

All items donated should be CLEAN and in good condition / new or gently-used / something that you would use yourself. Please, no dress clothes, no open-toe shoes or shoes with heels (just flat shoes).  No children’s clothes.

Please do not bring any items not on this list without prior approval from the Homeless Action Committee.

Volunteers Needed!  We’re looking for help with sorting donations and distributing them to the unsheltered community.  Please contact the Homeless Action Committee for more information or join us at an upcoming donation drop-off date.

The Next Donation Drop-Off Dates at Kehilla:  Sunday morning, October 24th, Friday morning, November 5th, and Sunday morning, November 14th — 10 AM to noon on each drop off day.  Please bring your donations to the side door on Grand Avenue near the bus stop.

General Items

  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Gift cards for food (Safeway, etc.)
  • Rodent-proof containers (5 gallon w/lid)
  • Water containers with spigots
  • Small plastic bottles – travel sized, clean, flip top.
  • Masks
  • Headlamps
  • Pillows
  • Suitcases with wheels
Hygiene Items

  • Toiletry bags – waterproof and opaque
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • New bars of Soap
  • Tampons and Pads (menstrual and incontinence)
  • Condoms
  • Bottles of Shampoo
  • New tubes of Toothpaste
  • New toothbrushes
  • Baby Wipes
  • First Aid supplies (bandages, antibiotic cream, tylenol, etc.)
  • Towels
Women’s Clothing

  • Warm Jackets
  • Warm Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Bras
  • T Shirts
  • Sweat Shirts
  • Casual Pants
  • Sweaters
  • New Underwear
  • New socks
Men’s Clothing

  • Warm jackets
  • Warm Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • New Underwear
  • New socks
  • Belts
  • T Shirts
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (not dress shirts)
  • Casual Pants


Pet Supplies

  • Dog Food
Gift Cards

  • Gas cards, Target, etc.

Finally, don’t miss the amazing March issue of The Street Spirit with amazing poster art dramatizing the plight of the unhoused.

Naomi Stein accepting donations at Kehilla

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