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SAFV can provide its important services to program participants in part from generous donations from community members. Our shelter is open 24 hours a day and we can accept donations at any time, by mail, in person, or online. These donations assist in moving SAFV's mission forward.

If you would like to donate goods, you can drop them off at SAFV shelter 24 hours a day. There are certain items we always accept and others that we cannot accept. Below are our donation guidelines, followed by an updated list of SAFV's current needs. For questions about goods donations, contact our shelter manager at

SAFV accepts Visa and Mastercard, and after you submit your donation you will receive a receipt by email. You can also mail a check or money order to SAFV: P.O. Box 6136, Sitka, AK 99835, or bring it in person to the SAFV shelter. Monetary donations are tax deductible. If you have questions about monetary donations, contact our finance director at

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SAFV ALWAYS accepts the following donations:


  • Gently used pillows, twin-sized bed sheets, blankets, and bathroom towels 

  • Paper products for the kitchen, like paper towels and napkins

  • Unexpired canned goods and other items to be stored in the pantry

  • Small quantities of fresh milk, cheese, butter, bread, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables

  • Unopened toiletries, including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hygiene products, and razors 

  • Specific clothing (all genders and ages), including:

    • New children's winter coats

    • Rain coats

    • New adult-sized sweatpants and sweatshirts

    • New underwear

    • New tennis shoes and rain boots

  • Children's and beginner reader books


SAFV DOES NOT accept the following donations: 


  • Expired or opened food of any kind

  • Toys (we have a lot already, but you can contact the children's advocate to see if we can accept specific items:

  • All other clothing

Additional Donation Options


  • COFFEE! (ground or whole bean)

  • Shelf stable creamer

  • Herbal tea

  • Lipton tea

  • Hot chocolate mix

  • Juices

  • Cup of noodles or ramen noodles

  • Chili and Dinty Moore-type canned meals

  • Chicken noodle soup

  • Hamburger Helper

  • Rice mixes

  • Pilot bread



  • Silverware sets (for people moving out)

  • Pots & pans sets (for people moving out)

  • Mixing bowls

  • Spatulas

  • Paper plates and forks & spoons

  • Mixing spoons

  • Aluminum foil & plastic wrap




  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Bleach

  • Bona for laminate floors

  • Sponges

  • Disposable gloves

  • Swiffer sweeper

  • Dishwasher Detergent

  • Laundry detergent

  • Hand soap (bulk and little ones)

  • Dr. Bonner's castille soap

  • Simple Green

  • 13-gallon garbage bags

  • Extra-tough large garbage bags


  • New sports bras and underwear (various sizes)

  • Cleats for shoes, e.g. Yaktrax (various sizes)

  • Calling cards

  • Airline miles

  • Visa cards or grocery store gift cards

  • Bus passes (adults punchcards)

  • Pepto Bismol and Ibuprofen

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Emergen-C or Airborne

  • Vitamins

  • Cake mixes/baked good mixes & frosting (for kids' birthdays)

  • Sugar

  • Cookies

  • Chocolate

  • Candy

  • Microwave popcorn

  • Saltines and Ritz crackers

  • Other snack items



  • Jams and jellies

  • Mayonnaise

  • Peanut butter

  • Apple butter


  • Toilet paper

  • Kleenex



  • Deodorant

  • Shampoo & conditioner

  • Razors & shaving cream

  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes

  • Sanitary products (mostly tampons)

  • Q-tips


  • Flash lights

  • Alarm clocks

  • Shower curtains

  • Pillows

  • Full-size bath towels

  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D)

  • Hanging lamps

  • Small desk lamps

Tongass Threads Donations

There is a new way to donate to SAFV! Tongass Threads Consignment Store allows individuals to allocate the proceeds of clothes they bring in for consignment to different charitable organizations in the community. Any funds that SAFV receives will go into an account that can be utilized by SAFV's residents to purchase clothes and shoes. Please think of SAFV when bringing your clothes in for consignment! For more information, fee free to call SAFV at 747-3370 or Tongass Threads at 747-2792.

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