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Your donations are urgently needed. You will make a difference in so many people’s lives. Please click the links on this page to make a secure online donation, and also consider becoming a friend of the shelter to receive important news and updates. Thank you.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Open Door Shelter, Inc. is supported by individual contributions, faith groups, government and foundation grants and corporate sponsorships.

Our Commitment to Our Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings or emails to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by The Open Door Shelter, Inc. both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes The Open Door Shelter website, crowd funding and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

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Meal Sponsorship

The Open Door Shelter and the Manna House of Hospitality are open 365 days a year. The Manna House serves three meals a day, every day of the year. This translates to over 50,000 meals served monthly. Because of this need we have developed a Meal Sponsorship Program that enables you to:

  • Provide funding to feed a person or family one meal a day for a year.
  • Sponsor a meal or two every month (or a meal a week) for the entire Manna House of Hospitality.

Individual as well as corporate support is sorely needed. We can also devise a customized program to meet your desired level of commitment. And no matter which sponsorship level you choose, please know that every expression of support is truly appreciated.

Patron Sponsorship Monthly Contribution For 12 Months
Patron of Hospitality Buy sponsorship $10
Patron of Hope Buy sponsorship $25

Personal Sponsorship : Individual Meals Monthly Contribution For 12 Months
Breakfast Buy sponsorship $45 Buy sponsorship $150
Lunch Buy sponsorship $65 Buy sponsorship $250
Dinner Buy sponsorship $85 Buy sponsorship $350
Feed a person a meal a day Feed a family a meal a day

Corporate Sponsorship : Meals for the Entire Shelter Monthly Contribution For 12 Months
Breakfast Buy sponsorship $299 Buy sponsorship $599 Buy sponsorship $1199
Lunch Buy sponsorship $499 Buy sponsorship $699 Buy sponsorship $1999
Dinner Buy sponsorship $999 Buy sponsorship $1299 Buy sponsorship $2599
1 Meal per month 2 Meals per month 3 Meals per month


Wish List
Most of the families and individuals who come to Open Door Shelter arrive with practically nothing, and depend on community donations for household goods, food, and other necessities. There is a particular need for department store or grocery gift certificates, kitchenware, baby clothes and supplies, and toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, and paper products. Donations can be dropped off at The Open Door Shelter at 4 Merritt Street in South Norwalk. You may drop off donations at any time, however, we encourage donors to avoid making deliveries during the hours of 12:00pm to 2:00pm, as we are preparing and serving lunch during this time. Should this be the only time available to you, we will gladly accept the donation. The shelter appreciates any donation individuals or corporations can make.
Personal Supplies
  • Individual-sized soap
  • Disposable razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant (spray preferred)
  • Skin cream/lotion
  • Athlete’s foot powder/spray
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • New combs
  • Brushes
  • Non-alcoholic mouthwash
  • Small jars of Vaseline
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Bath and shower shoes
School Supplies
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Remedial workbooks (writing, reading)
  • Writing pads
  • Writing paper
  • Educational, G and PG rated movies
Office Supplies
  • Heavy Black Magic Markers
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • Copy Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Labels
  • Scotch Tape
  • Glue Sticks
  • File Folders
  • Correction Fluid
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Ruled Writing Tablets

Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Glass cleaner
  • Tilex
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lysol spray
  • Anti-bacterial disinfectant cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pushbrooms
  • Mops
  • Light bulbs
  • Heavy duty extension cords
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
    (AA, AAA, 9 volt, D)
  • Hedge clipper
  • New Underwear and Socks
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Shoes
  • Boots
  • Diapers
  • Pull-Ups
  • Coloring books
  • Puzzles for very young
    (4-12 pieces)
  • Thermometers
  • Band Aids
  • Wipes
  • Spill proof sippy cups
  • Night lights
  • Electrical outlet protective safety covers
  • We now accept all used clothing, shoes & boots in CLEAN GOOD condition.
  • Please bring your clothing donations directly to shelter at 4 Merritt St.
  • *NEW ONLY UNDERWEAR (men and women)
  • Sports Bras
  • Socks
  • T-Shirts & Undershirts
  • Thermal Underwear
    (men & women’s large & x-tra large)
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Bathrobes
  • Men’s pajamas
  • Totes-like umbrellas
  • Belts
Breakfast Foods
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Spam
  • Eggs
  • Cold
  • Fruit juice
  • Cereal
  • Grits
  • Coffee (reg/instant)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Grape jelly
  • Complete pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Sardines
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt/pepper
  • Milk
  • Powdered milk
  • Evaporated milk
Lunch & Dinner/Snack Foods
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Fresh/canned fruit
  • Salad dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned salmon
  • Canned luncheon meats
  • Cheeses
  • Bouillon
  • Punch (Powder Mix)
  • Raisins
  • Canned pasta dinners
  • Pork & beans
  • Canned beef stews
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni & cheese dinners
  • Chilies
  • Corned beef hash
  • Hot dogs
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned soups
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned
  • Vegetables
  • Canned ham
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pimientos
  • Onions
  • Cornstarch
  • BBQ sauce
  • Rice
  • Chili
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Zip-lock baggies
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet tissue
  • Kleenex
  • Hot and cold cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper plates
  • Large garbage bags
  • Brown paper lunchbags
  • Oven mitts
  • Dish towels
  • Restaurant style cotton aprons
  • Baskets
  • SOS pads
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • 4-slice toaster
  • Upholstery Covers for Sofa and Loveseat
  • Table Cloths
  • Place Mats
  • Pillowcases
  • Bath-sized towels
  • Washcloths
  • Sheets especially TWIN fitted
  • Washable blankets
    (no comforters)
    Used is fine
  • Upholstery Covers for Sofa and Loveseat
  • Table Cloths
  • Place Mats
Could your furniture help one of our families? Several families have moved into their own apartments – definitely a time to celebrate, and also a time to help them furnish their new homes! Right now we’re asking for: – twin-sized sheets, comforters, and pillows – 2 baby gates – 1 set of pots and pans – 1 microwave oven – 1 vacuum cleaner – 4 window air conditioning units Let us know if have any items to donate or if you’d like us to add you to our furniture request list by contacting us at or 203-866-1057 x29, and we’ll email you directly with furniture needs we have in the future!