About CSS



Community Shelter Services welcomes gifts of gently used or new clothing, furniture, linens, toys, laundry and cleaning supplies, personal care items as well as non-perishable food.

The drop-off location for these items is the vendor entrance to our Emergency Shelter at 655 West 16th Street, Erie, PA 16502.  Calling ahead is appreciated. For larger furniture donations, we can schedule CSS staff to pick them up. Due to limited space, we appreciate photos of furniture at this time.  

Please email Brittiny Rafferty, or call her at Ext. 128 or 814-314-8023, with any donation questions or to schedule a pickup/drop-off.

Items of particular help:

  • Halloween candy
  • New towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Storage sheds
  • Freezers and refrigerators 
  • Smaller furniture items (love seats and smaller chairs)
  • Plastic Tupperware (with lids)
  • Preemie baby clothing
  • 14 to 16 inch (industrial) cooking pots and pans
  • Office furniture (especially desks)
  • Credenzas/large entertainment centers
  • EMTA bus tickets
  • Paper products (paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex)
  • Laundry soap
  • Summer apparel for men, women, and children
  • Children’s outdoor riding toys (in good condition)
  • Twin-size bedsheets
  • Cans of ground coffee
  • Packaged men’s socks and underwear
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Crayon boxes

Items we can’t use at this time:


 Items we can’t accept:

  • Open and partially used toiletries and cleaners
  • Used mattresses
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Personal undergarments (unless new and still in the original packaging)
  • Glass top tables
  • Older box TVs
  • Holiday Decor’