Host Your Own Drive


Every year, St. Vincent de Paul provides food, coats, personal care items and other services to more than 100,000 individuals in need. But we couldn’t do it without you. While we hold large drives with businesses and sports teams around town that tend to generate a lot of publicity and attention, a great deal of the goods that we are able to distribute come from generous individuals like you who conduct their own drives and collections.

Every Drive Makes a Big Difference


Common collections are for food or personal care items that are immediately sorted and distributed through our food pantry network to local families in need, or clothes and household goods that are distributed through our thrift stores. Items donated to thrift stores are given out free-of-charge to neighbors in need through a voucher system or sold with proceeds benefiting the many programs of St. Vincent de Paul.

To find out more information about hosting your own drive, please contact

If you are hosting a drive on our behalf, or need other assistance, please let us know at

Most-Needed Personal Care Items

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Dish soap
  • Disinfectant spray/wipes
  • Body wash
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toddler pull-ups
  • Adult diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand soap


  • Coloring books
  • Sleeping bags

Most-Needed Food Pantry Items

  • Cooking oil
  • Spices
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned protein (such as tuna or chicken)
  • Cereal
  • “Meals-in-a-Can,” such as Ravioli, Beef Stew, etc.
  • Low sodium/lite syrup canned veggies & fruits
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Brown rice

Most Needed Thrift Store Items

  • Clothing and jewelry
  • Clean, usable furniture
  • Household items
  • Small appliances
  • Shoes (Men’s and children’s are especially needed)
  • Household decorations
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Tools
  • Sporting goods, bikes and toys
  • Dishes, pots and pans
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Baby products

Convenient Drop Off

Food and personal care items can be dropped off at our Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center, 1146 Bank Street in the West End. Thrift store items can be picked up for free by calling 513-421-CARE (2273) or dropped off at seven locations across Cincinnati or one of our convenient donation boxes.