Give Furniture and Household Items

Important: Physical donations are only accepted in the Madison WI area.

Current Donation Needs

Appliances: vacuums
Housewares: full size sheets, small first aid kits, rugs (various sizes), twin and full sized mattress pads (not waterproof and not mattress protectors), new bed pillows, new brooms and dustpans, floor and table lamps, 13-gallon kitchen trash cans (new or clean), pots and pans (no non-stick), toilet bowl cleaner, boot trays, sewing supplies (accessories, fabric, shears), , skin lotion, unscented deoderant, shampoo, bathroom plungers (unused), laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, dish sets (microwavable), toothbrushes and toothpaste, dish and dishwasher detergent, zip lock bags, razors and shaving cream, bath and hand towels, kitchen towels, cutting boards, basic kids toys, kitchen knives, twin and full sheets and blankets

If your organization would like to organize a household items drive for us, please contact [email protected]. There are several key items we are always in need of and truly appreciate any help from the community to secure these items.

Want to donate? Just 1-2-3!

  1. Check below for a full list of items we can and cannot accept. We ask that any items you donate be new or gently used, clean, and in good condition.
  2. Email a description of your item(s) to [email protected]. For furniture, please include its dimensions and a photo.
  3. Wait to hear back from us for confirmation! We will let you know whether we are able to take your items and will either schedule a pick up or give you a drop-off location convenient for you.

Questions? Email [email protected]. Thank you for your generosity!

Donating Furniture and Household Items

Open Doors collects and stores furniture, appliances, and household items generously given to us by the Madison community, and uses these items to furnish apartments for new refugee families. This is a crucial and initial part of helping welcome them into a safe, warm, and inviting home as they start new lives here in Madison.

Giving refugee families a furnished home would be impossible without your generosity. Thank you for your interest in our work and your willingness to give.

Items Collected by Open Doors

This is a comprehensive list of the items we collect and use to stock apartments for new arrivals, but our needs vary depending on what we have in storage. For our most current list of needed items, please see our Facebook page. We ask that donated items be clean and either new or gently used and in good condition. Thank you for your generosity!


  • Dorm-sized microwaves
  • Microwave-safe dish sets
  • Drinking glasses (no stemware)
  • Pots and pans with lids (no non-stick)
  • Skillets with lids (no non-stick)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Serving bowls and platters
  • Colanders and sieves
  • Platters
  • Baking pans
  • Cookie sheets
  • Flatware
  • Cutlery organizers
  • Teapots and kettles
  • Water pitchers
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Can openers
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Graters
  • Dish drainers
  • Food storage containers
  • Potholders
  • Hot pads
  • Dish towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Placemats and napkins
  • Paper towels and holders
  • Aluminum foil
  • Zippered bags in all sizes
  • Tall kitchen trash cans (13-gallon)
  • Trash can liners


  • Sofas and loveseats in good condition (no sleeper sofas)
  • Easy chairs in good condition (no recliners)
  • Dining tables (to seat 4-6)
  • Dining chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables
  • TV stands
  • Dressers
  • Night stands
  • Cribs (up-to-code)

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish detergent and dishwasher detergent
  • All-purpose cleaners like PineSol
  • New brooms and dustpans
  • New toilet brushes and cleaners
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bathroom plungers (unused)

Bathroom Supplies

  • Shower curtains and liners
  • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Bath mats
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo, deodorant, razors, shave cream
  • Lotions
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Bath soap
  • Soap dishes and toothbrush holders
  • Feminine hygiene (pads only)

Bedroom Supplies

  • Laundry baskets
  • Mattress pads, twin and full (not waterproof)
  • Sheets and pillow cases, twin and full
  • Pillows (must be new)
  • Blankets
  • Clean quilts and comforters, twin and full

Miscellaneous Items

  • Vacuum cleaners in good working order, extra bags
  • Smaller flat-screen TVs
  • TV remotes and indoor antennas
  • Floor and table lamps
  • Doormats and boot trays
  • Clothes hangers
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First-aid kits
  • New small fire extinguishers
  • Sewing machines (new or need fixing)
  • Sewing supplies (accessories, fabric, shears)
  • Box fans

Items We Cannot Accept


  • Non-stick cookware
  • Coffee makers and other small kitchen appliances.
  • Wine glasses


  • Sleeper sofas
  • Recliners and gliders
  • Bookshelves
  • Hutches

Bedroom Supplies

  • Bed frames (other than bunk beds)
  • Box springs
  • Mattresses
  • Mattress protectors
  • Waterproof mattress pads
  • Queen or king sheet sets
  • Down blankets
  • Used pillows

Miscellaneous Items

  • Clothes (other than outer winter wear)
  • Luggage
  • Strollers
  • High chairs
  • Child car seats