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In-Kind Donations and FAQ

Contributions of in-kind gifts are a significant way to support Chrysalis Center. We welcome and are very appreciative of your support which helps assist our clients and families.

What does in-kind mean?

 Any donation which is non-monetary is considered in-kind. This includes the following: toys, household items, holiday gifts, etc.  These types of contributions allow us to reduce our program expenses by utilizing these donated items instead of using funds to buy items.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our needs are greater than ever, as we keep our clients and families safe, fed and housed during this time of unprecedented crisis. In addition, to providing healthy and nutritious meals to our Freshplace families, we have also been giving out food to clients in our other programs who may have a comprised health situation or are elderly and can’t get to the grocery store.

Please consider donating non-perishable items most in need:

  • Tuna Fish        
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce
  • Soup (Chicken Noodle/Vegetable)
  • Rice
  • Canned Vegetables (Corn, Mixed Vegetables)
  • Healthy Cereal (Hot/Cold)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Crackers 
  • Baby Items (formula, diapers & wipes)
  • Feminine Hygiene Producs
  • Cleaning Products (bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, spray cleaners)
  • Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels)
  • Toilety Items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes)  
  • Cloth Masks for Clients

Deliveries can be sent to: Chrysalis Center, 255 Homestead Ave, Hartford, CT 06112. or drop off M-F 9am-3pm, we ask that you please call ahead at 860-263-4400 to let us know what time you are dropping off food, so we can make arrangements to meet you outside.  We have also created a “wish list” of items on Amazon which makes it easy to donate and send items directly to Chrysalis Center. Link here: Chrysalis Center’s Amazon Wish List

THANK YOU in advance for your wonderful support!

What types of items does Chrysalis Center accept?

  • Freshplace Food Pantry Needs: we serve up to 300 individuals and families each year through Freshplace with healthy and nutritious foods, and rely soley on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help fill our shelves. Items most in need include non-perishable food items such as: canned vegetables, soups, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly and tuna fish.  (No sugar items please.)
  • Butterfly Boutique Needs: we accept new and gently used household items for “Welcome Home Kits” when we place indivduals and families coming from homelessness or challenging situations into new homes. Each kit contains essential kitchen items, including: dishes, bowls, silverware, glasses, etc. In addition, we are always looking for pots and pans, as well as cooking and bakeware items.  
  • Client needs throughout the year:
    • NEW only sheets, bedding and towels
    • NEW only toys
    • NEW only toiletry items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal items)
    • NEW journals and craft supplies
  • Holiday gifts for adults and children: New only socks, gloves, scarves, hats, books and toiletry items. 


Amazon Wish Lists

We have created  several “wish lists” of items on Amazon which makes it easy to donate and send items directly to Chrysalis Center. 

What items are unacceptable?

  • Used linens (towels, sheets, etc.)
  • Used bedding
  • Furniture
  • Electrical items (any items with a cord)
  • Automobiles

How do I donate items or host a collection drive?

To donate items contact Sarah Mitchell at or (860) 263-4418 to arrange a drop off time. We welcome collection drives hosted by individuals, families, companies, community service, boy/girl scouts and Mitzvah projects!  If you would like to host a drive, please contact Sarah Mitchell, Development Associate, at or (860) 263-4418. 

Auction Donations

Chrysalis Center hosts fundraisers throughout the year which benefit all of our clients and families. As part of our events, we gratefully welcome donations for our silent and live auctions, including gift certificates to restaurants, sporting events, wineries, jewelry and other items. If you are interested in donating an item for one of our auctions, please contact Sarah Mitchell, Development Associate at or (860) 263-4418.

                                                            Thank you for your support!