Donating large items to your local Waterfront Rescue Mission has never been easier. You can now schedule your donation pickup online using the link below, or by calling your nearest thrift store to arrange a free, no-hassle pickup from your home or office. 

A Waterfront thrift store truck


Waterfront Rescue Mission has received hundreds of motor vehicle donations from community members through the years. As a result, these donations have contributed to countless shelter supplies, meals, recovery programs and changed lives. A generous portion of the proceeds from your motor vehicle donation goes directly toward supporting the ministry of Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Your charitable motor vehicle donation of cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, motorcycles, RVs and boats are not only tax-deductible; you’ll appreciate knowing that your contribution to the Mission is helping the less fortunate in your community.

Arrange a free vehicle donation and pickup by calling 1-800-GIVE-CAR.

Photo of two volunteers smiling and holding a box of donations


An important way you can help those served at Waterfront is through item donations.

You can donate food, as well as new or gently-used items to the Mission to help stock and fund our emergency shelters and Recovery Programs, and other services we provide to the less fortunate in our community.

Photo of two volunteers smiling and holding a box of donations


Waterfront Rescue Mission provides not only meals and shelters but also clothing, hygiene supplies, and much-needed items to our homeless neighbors.

Below is a list of items the Mission needs most. Please call 850-436-7868 in Pensacola or 251-433-1847 in Mobile to find out where to deliver your donations. Or you can have them shipped from Amazon or other retailers directly to the Mission.

Donating food and organizing food drives are great ways to help the Mission serve thousands of meals to the hungry and homeless every year!

  • Lemonade and Kool-Aid drink powder
  • Individual-size juices
  • White/brown sugar
  • Olive oil/cooking oil
  • Pancake syrup
  • Grits
  • Canned vegetables (huge cans preferred)
  • Cans of cream soup (mushroom, chicken, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Seasonings (Italian, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, coriander)
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Fruit cups/individual applesauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper/garlic salt
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta/sauce
  • Coffee/creamer
  • Pancake mix
  • Dry milk
  • Canned tuna/salmon
  • Individual bags of chips/snacks
  • Canned beans
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Beef/chicken stock or broth
  • Salad dressings
  • Jelly
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mayonnaise/mustard/ketchup (large size and individual packets)


  • Cough or cold medicine
  • Ibuprofen
  • Allergy medication
  • Cough drops

Other Supplies

  • Linens (twin size sheets and pillow cases)
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Dishtowels and sponges
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Steno pads/writing tablets
  • Pens
  • Reading glasses
  • Laundry detergent
  • Batteries
  • Backpacks
  • Used vehicles

When homeless men and women come to us from the streets, they are often in need of more than a hot meal and a safe place to stay. Having a clean set of clothes is often the first step toward restoring their sense of dignity.

  • New underwear
  • Gently-used
    • T-shirts
    • Denim jeans
    • Shoes
    • Sweatshirts/Jackets

(Waterfront Thrift Stores also accept gently-used clothing.)

Hygiene and Medical Supplies
Men and women who visit the Mission are in constant need of hygiene supplies (travel sizes are best!). These items can also be easily collected through an Item Drive through your church, group or business. Or have them shipped directly to the Mission from your favorite retailer.

  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Facial tissue
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Thermometers
  • Deodorant

Gift Cards
Gift card donations are an excellent way to provide for more specific needs of Waterfront Rescue Mission and the homeless people that are served and supported every day.

  • Grocery stores
  • Department stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, etc.)
  • Gas stations



  • Storage, either adding to existing structures or building a new one. A POD would even work!
  • Recreation Equipment. More physical fitness equipment would be helpful in keeping our clients healthy.
  • New outdoor lighting for our parking lot and kitchen entryway.
  • Powering our storage shed and installing a camera for security.
  • Soundproof our chapel offices. Clients and chaplains have many meetings that we would like to keep private and right now these offices are open.
  • Covered walkways to keep our clients and guests out of the rain.
  • New flooring for our Chapel.
  • Painting the facility.
  • Clothing area shelves in the Day Resources.

Material Needs

  • Lockers.
  • Wand metal detectors.
  • 20 6-foot long folding tables.
  • 6 6-foot round tables.
  • 50 white, plastic folding chairs.
  • Card Printer: For printing durable homeless ID cards.
  • 300 comforters. Thin, twin sized, and cozy!
  • Smart TV with DVD player and media connections for new classroom.
  • New desktop computers for clients.
  • Computers. Our clients use them for finding and applying for jobs in Day Resources and our Computer Lab.
  • New copy machine.
  • Lawn and Garden equipment.
  • Vacuum cleaner.
  • Microwave. One that would be hardy and durable, but also very simple to use.

Together, we are making our community a better place to work and live — one restored life at a time! Make an investment into our community by investing into the lives of others.