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Holiday Gifts

It is our tradition to give a gift to each of our hundreds of guests during the December holiday season.  We also enjoy celebrating various holidays throughout the year.   From giving to the holiday gift bag to centerpieces, candy or cards, please be in touch.  We would love to hear from you!

Bread and Roses Holiday Season Wish List

If you are interested in helping us in our December gift bag effort, we are always in need of warm winter gloves, hats and socks.  Again, any and all appropriate donations are welcomed.  Our most needed items are listed below:

Shampoo: 15-20 oz. bottles (VO5, Suave, White Rain)
Soap: Bath size bars (Dial, Ivory or Irish Spring)
Toothpaste: 3-6oz. (Colgate, Crest)
Deodorant: solid stick
Shaving Cream: Mens, 11oz. (Gillette, Barbasol)
T-Shirts: Men's M-XL
Socks: Men's Large tube socks
Underwear: Men's size 32-36 and Women's size 5-9

Other Special Occasion Donation Opportunities

Table centerpieces for holidays   

Candy treats for the Fourth of July or Halloween

Cards for Valentines

Your own creative ideas...

 Thank you for your generosity throughout the year and especially during the holiday season!

Critical Items Needed

Our shopping list is pretty consistent, but some weeks we run low on certain items.  Below you will find a list of critical needs we welcome when we need a little extra help.

We welcome donations of any and all kinds.  If you're looking for some ideas, here are some of our critical needs:

Broth (Chicken and Beef)
Canned Meat (chicken, spam, hash)
Cranberry Sauce
Coffee & Tea
Instant baby formula
Jelly or Jam
 Peanut Butter
Pineapple Chunks
Vegetables (canned carrots, mixed, beans)
We gladly accept donations delivered to 58 Newbury St. – just call us first (978-681-8768) so we know it’s on the way.

Thank you!

Other Necessary Items for Donations

Kitchen Items:
Cleaning supplies *all purpose* 
Dish soap
Hand sanitizer
Melamine plates, serving bowls
Paper towels

Baby goods:
Diapers, wipes
Baby food 

Men's Large Tube Socks
Men's underwear (size 32-36)
Women's underwear (size 5-9)

Adult Volunteers:

Volunteer (18 years of age or older) are needed to staff our community meal from 4:15 PM to 7:30 PM on Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.   Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Bread & Roses is encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation which are held throughout the year.  If you are interested in attending an orientation, please call (978) 681-8768 for info about the next orientation date.

Youth Volunteers:

High School students are welcome to volunteer during the evening meal with their teachers or parents.  To learn how your high school can participate in our student volunteer program, please contact Bread & Roses  at (978) 681-8768 or via email at

If you cannot serve, students of all ages can contribute greatly to Bread & Roses by donating baked goods, organizing food drives, participating in "cleaning days", coordinating a fundraiser, donating holiday gifts, as well as creating special cards, placemats and table favors for our nightly guests.  Please call to see how you can help.

Volunteer Manual

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or interested in learning about the volunteer experience at Bread & Roses, download the Volunteer Form and view the Orientation Manual (located at the bottom of this page) to view operating procedures, and volunteer guidelines.

Either bring the completed form in to our office, or fax it to (978) 237-5957.

Support Our Contributors

Another way to help Bread & Roses is to support those who have supported our work. This network of dedicated individuals and organizations have helped Bread & Roses feed hungry families in our community.

Thank you for supporting them.

Creative Contributions

In the past, donors have been most creative in their efforts to ease the suffering of people in our community by sharing their talents and their resources.  Volunteers have supplied our dining room tables with flowers, painted murals on our walls, designed curtains for our windows, planted flowers in our yard.   Is there some way that you can add beauty and comfort to others' lives?  We welcome your ideas.

Financial Contributions

We rely totally on private donations to support our work of hunger relief and hospitality.  Any gift, great or small, would be a significant help in our ongoing efforts to respond to the needs of the hungry in our community.   Donations may be mailed to Bread & Roses 58 Newbury Street Lawrence, MA 01840.   Bread and Roses is a charitable, non profit organization.  Contributions to Bread & Roses are tax deductible.

If you are interested in giving a gift in honor of  or in memory of someone you know, please click on donation form located at the bottom of this page, print and fill it out, and mail it to Bread & Roses with your contribution. An acknowledgement will be sent to the honoree or, in the case of a memorial contribution, to the family member indicated.


Food Donations

In addition to our critical needs, we welcome any and all other food donations with limited restrictions.  With a walk-in freezer and dedicated dessert and soup freezers, we have the ability to accept and keep many varieties of nutritious food. We ask that you follow safe food handling procedures for perishables – be willing to put it in your freezer at end of each day, so it can be delivered in good shape to be given away.

We gladly accept donations delivered to 58 Newbury St. – just call us first (978-681-8768) so we know it’s on the way.

Hot dog rolls
Dinner rolls
Sandwich loaves
Dry Goods:
Coffee, tea
Hot chocolate
Sugar, Sweet ’n Low
Cereals, cereal bars
Elbow macaroni
Macaroni and cheese
Mustard, ketchup, relish
Peanut butter
Salad dressing
Soy sauce
Vanilla wafers
Canned Goods: 
Industrial size no. 10 cans are preferred but any size cans are accepted.  When serving dinner using no. 10 cans, we only have to open six cans instead of two cases of smaller sized canned goods.

Broth: beef, chicken, vegetable
Fruits: fruit cocktail, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, Pumpkin
Jelly, Preserves
Meats: tuna, chicken, stew
Tomato juice
Vegetables: green beans, carrots, corn, peas, tomatoes
Refrigerated items:
Hot dogs

Now you can donate without leaving your computer!

You may purchase a donation and have it shipped right to our door.  Simply click on the logo above and view the "Bread and Roses Needs List." Purchase and ship whatever you'd like from the comfort of your own home.

We appreciate your generosity! 



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