Caring Community

The Caring Community is a group of community members who help fulfill Doorways’ urgent needs for our clients and shelters, mainly personal care and household items. As a member of the Caring Community, we will email you to notify you of our needs as they arise. We do not expect every member to be able to donate every time—that’s the power of community. Together, we can make it happen. See how it works and sign up below. Contact Anna MacNiven at (703) 504-9291 or to learn more.

How It Works

When we need donations—for example, when we’re running low on paper towels or toilet paper in our shelters—we will email our Caring Community to request the item(s).

Items can be ordered online through Doorways’ online wish list so they will be delivered to us directly via Amazon. Alternatively, you can purchase items at a local store and deliver them to our administrative offices. To arrange an in-person donation drop-off, please contact Anna MacNiven at (703) 504-9291 or Please see our donation guidelines for additional information.

Sample items that may be requested include the following new, unopened, and full-sized household, personal care, and baby items:

  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent (liquid or pods)
  • Lysol wipes
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Swiffer WetJet refills
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby wipes

How to Shop Doorways’ Amazon Wish List

  1. Visit our Amazon Wish List at to see our urgently needed items.
  2. Choose a shipping address: To ship to Doorways directly, please select our Gift Registry Address. Alternatively, you can ship the item(s) to yourself, and then arrange an in-person donation drop off.
  3. Choose gift options: Please leave your name, address and contact information in the “Gift Message” section. This information will then be printed on the gift receipt. Otherwise, we will not know the gift came from you. Save gift options and continue with your checkout as normal. Thank you for your support!