The American Red Cross accepts sizeable, bulk donations if they meet a need that would offset an operating cost. Examples of such items are: office supplies, vehicles, vehicle maintenance, fuel for vehicles, phone service, phone cards, restaurant support for meals and events, motel/hotel lodging for those displaced by disaster, janitorial supplies and services and printing services for training material.
Though we are grateful for the kindness and good intent, the Red Cross is unable to accept small, individual in-kind donations or collections of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies. The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is often greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally – and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in an equitable way. Therefore, we recommend that you support our community by donating these items to an organization that is equipped to put them to the best possible local use.