Thank you for thinking of the needs of the women and children who are in the programs at House of Ruth Maryland!

Current needs – bolded items indicate urgent needs.

  • Food for our food pantry, non-perishable, non-expired food items – rice, pasta, canned vegetables & beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, granola bars are some high use items
  • Diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, all size pull ups
  • NEW wash cloths
  • Wire Hair Brushes
  • Deodorant
  • EW undershirts sizes 24 months to 3T
  • NEW boys undergarments, all sizes (including men’s for the older boys)
  • NEW girls undergarments, size 2T-6X
  • NEW girls socks, toddler sizes
  • New socks and undergarments for women and children
  • New pillows
  • New twin-size blankets, comforters, and sheet sets
  • New air mattresses

Baby Supplies

  • Baby wipes
  • Pampers sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6, Pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T
  • Crib sheets for small cribs and cots, Crib sheets that fit mattresses sized 23 3/8 x 37 1/4 (not standard size)
  • NEW Infant and Toddler Sleepwear
  • Swim diapers
  • Baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder, diapering cream Baby formula, baby food (stages 2 and 3), baby cereal baby snacks
  • Individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes for children coming to therapy after school
  • Baby bottles 8 to 9 oz., pacifiers, aspirators, thermometers, baby Tylenol and Motrin
  • New High chairs
  • Strollers
  • New convertible car seats only (no used)

School Supplies

  • Day planners/calendars
  • School uniforms (khaki pants and dark polo shirts)
  • loose-leaf paper
  • pocket folders
  • subject dividers
  • labels
  • pencil boxes
  • colored pencils
  • sharpeners
  • glue sticks/bottle glue
  • round-tipped scissors
  • construction paper
  • hand sanitizer
  • boxes of tissues
  • all kinds and sizes of book bags
  • index cards
  • paper reinforcers
  • rulers
  • play dough
  • tissue paper
  • all kinds of flash cards for preschoolers and elementary grades


  • Infant & toddler toys: play mats, rattles, baby mirrors, stacking cups and boxes, Jack in the boxes, Lego Duplo, Fisher-Price Learning Toys, nesting blocks
  • Multi-cultural doll house families
  • Multi-cultural baby dolls
  • Lego sets for ages 6 and older, “Friends” Legos
  • Dress up clothes for young children, i.e. doctor, fireman, vet, etc.
  • Water play and sand tables for child care
  • 4 seat original Bye- bye Buggy
  • Disney Princess toys
  • My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop Toys, Tea Party Sets
  • Hello Kitty Toys
  • Dora the Explorer Toys
  • Kitchen Toy Food

Craft Supplies

  • Poster board and construction paper (multi-colored)
  • Paint
  • Finger paint and finger paint paper
  • Arts and craft materials such as: glitter and fabric glue, glue sticks, puff balls, feathers, pipe cleaners, liquid glue, star stickers, stickers, colored duct tape, scissors, glitter, etc.
  • Art & craft kits
  • Gel pens & Washable markers


  • New socks and undergarments for women and children (all sizes)
  • NEW undershirts sizes 24 months to 36 months
  • NEW umbrellas
  • New Sleepwear for adults and children
  • New clothing, shoes, and accessories for women and children
  • Bathing suits for children

Personal Care Items

  • Toothpaste (3oz and 4oz tubes), toothbrushes, toiletries (full size)
  • Women’s hair brushes
  • Tweezers and nail clippers
  • Sanitary Products (Pads and Tampons), Deodorant, Bar Soap


  • New Twin size sheets
  • New twin size blankets
  • New twin size comforters
  • New bed pillows
  • Laundry baskets
  • New Bath towels and washcloths


  • Gift Cards: Gas, Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Giant, etc.
  • Family oriented DVDs
  • Rolling racks for clothing
  • Child and Adult passes to: movies, Zoo, Aquarium, Port Discovery, Science Center, sporting events
  • Non-perishable food (i.e., peanut butter and jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, granola bars, juice boxes, etc.)
  • Pots for plants about 4 inches in diameter
  • 8.5 x 11 Frames

Office Supplies

  • Day planners and calendars
  • Transparent tape, dispensers
  • Journals, ink pens
  • Adult size scissors,
  • White 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper
  • Masking tape

Household & Cleaning Supplies

  • New Vacuum cleaners
  • Toilet paper, Cleaning supplies, Laundry Detergent, Paper products (plates, cups, napkins)
  • Plastic storage containers with lids – small, medium and large sizes
  • Humidifiers, oscillating floor fans
  • New household items: plates, glasses, flatware, pots & pans, toasters, crock pots

Unfortunately, for health, safety and storage reasons, we DO NOT ACCEPT the following items:
Used TV’s;
Used household items
Used toys; Used stuffed animals; Bicycles and Roller blades;
Used car seats; Used cribs; Used high chairs;
Sample/travel size or partially used toiletries;
Men’s clothing;
Adult diapers; Medical equipment;
Large quantities of used books;
Christmas decorations;

Please call House of Ruth Maryland at 410-554-8449 before bringing donations of home electronics, appliances, house wares and kitchen items. We have limited storage space and are not always able to accept these items. Thank you!