With COVID-19 closing businesses and postponing re-openings, it has hit families and individuals hard this season.

Damiano Center has been there to help. Their clothes that work had provided dress clothes for people that can't afford them to go to job interviews. There aren't as many interviews and people are doing what they can to get by. As I said, families are hit hard. People have been donating children's clothes and needs, and women's clothes.

Men are a different story. Men wear their clothes forever and don't buy a lot of new clothes. Damiano Center posted on their Facebook page that they need some things for Men.

They also recently posted they need dishes, silverware, pots & pans. They are also looking for sheets, blankets, and towel sets.

Times are different so they are asking that if you do have these things that you can donate that you email Robin at rtomczak@damianocenter.org or call 218-727-1834. They are also asking that you schedule an appointment to drop off your donation.

Here is a list of items that are listed online that you can bet Damiano Center will need if you want to drop of more items for families.

  • Sweets/Chocolates.  While they may not be a necessity, these treats are often left off of donation lists and might provide a smile for a younger child in the family of need.
  • Baby Items.  Necessary items like diapers and wipes, formula, even pacifiers, and accessories can be expensive.  Often, families that are utilizing food shelf programs have young or infant children.
  • Toiletries/Over-The-Counter Medicines.  Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste,.  Antacid, Band-Aids, First-aid items, Aspirin or other pain relievers.
  • Feminine Products.  Much like baby items, feminine products are a necessity that can be expensive.
  • Crackers.  The shelf life on items like crackers can be extended and they make a good item that helps stretch a food budget and meal plan.  Add cheese and/or meat and you have a nutritious meal.
  • Spices.  It's as simple as adding salt and pepper or get some chili powder or something else that can transform simple items or meats into many other meals.
  • Dry Soup Packets.  While it seems like everyone donates cans of soup, dried envelopes of soup can also be put to good use. Ramen and cup a soup can go a long way too.
  • Other Canned Fruits and Vegetables.  Some of the most popular donations are corn, beans, and pineapple. There are other healthy vegetables you could donate like asparagus, squash, plums, and canned pie filling? Being they are in cans they can stay on the shelf for a while.
  • Flour and Sugar. Baking items to make meals or treats can go a long way in stretching the food and giving a variety to the family.