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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 picture of your item and its dimensions to
  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 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.

Current Donation Needs

Furniture: 3-drawer and 5-drawer chests, nightstands
Appliances: vacuums, small microwaves (17″ L x 13″ W x 10″ H), TV antennas
Housewares: coat hangers, new pillows, twin mattress pads, full size sheets, small first aid kits, rugs (various sizes)

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

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish detergent and dishwasher detergent
  • All-purpose cleaners like PineSol
  • New brooms and dustpans
  • New toilet brushes and cleaners
  • Laundry detergent

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
  • Sheets and pillow cases, twin and full
  • Pillows (must be new)
  • Blankets
  • Clean quilts and comforters, twin and full
  • Plug-in alarm clocks

Miscellaneous Items

  • Vacuum cleaners in good working order, extra bags
  • Smaller flat-screen TVs
  • TV remotes and antennas
  • Floor and table lamps
  • Doormats and boot trays
  • Clothes hangers
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First-aid kits
  • New small fire extinguishers

Items We Don’t Accept

  • Sleeper sofas
  • Bed frames (other than bunk beds)
  • Mattresses
  • Box springs
  • Used pillows
  • Clothes (other than outer winter wear)
  • Non-stick cookware

Items We Cannot Accept

Bed frames, mattresses, box springs, child car seats, clothing, non-stick cookware, queen or king sheet sets, wine glasses, recliners, luggage, bookshelves, hutches, down blankets, gliders, recliners, strollers, high chairs, coffee makers, and other small kitchen appliances.