Poverty and Disaster Relief

AOI gathers and transports donated materials to poverty- and disaster-stricken areas of West Virginia. Since 2001, we have driven 513,371 miles, delivering 3645 tons of goods and assisting 523,655 individuals across 45 counties in West Virginia (plus one county in Kentucky). Our typical service area consists of over 30 counties throughout the state. We have also served 3899 individuals locally during recent disasters.

Suggested Items

  • Soap, shampoo, and hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash and dental floss
  • Toilet paper
  • Shaving needs
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Disposable diapers or Depends
  • Baby furniture, clothes, and care items
  • Children’s clothes
  • Jackets and boots
  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Bedding and linens
  • Towels and curtains
  • Clean rugs and carpeting
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laundry soap
  • Windows and doors
  • Kitchen and bath cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Vinyl siding and roofing materials
  • Drywall
  • Paint and painting supplies
  • Nails and bolts
  • Hand and power tools
  • Next-to-new furniture and appliances
  • Air conditioners and fans
  • Working televisions
  • Housewares
  • Toys, games, puzzles, and children’s books
  • School and art supplies
  • Sporting goods

Unnecessary Items

  • Dress clothes, suits, or high heels
  • Dirty, rusty, or torn items
  • Books, knickknacks, or junk

Packing Instructions

  • Use boxes with lids or strong bags.
  • Separate and check items before packing.
  • Label each box or bag (e.g., men’s, women’s, children’s, baby, winter, summer).

Baby Bonus Baskets

Newborn babies and their parents need a boost as they leave the hospital to go home. By taking a shoebox or plastic container of similar size and filling it with appropriate items, you can help parents get off to a good start with their new arrival.

Suggested Items

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Baby powder
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby oil
  • Vaseline
  • Thermometers
  • Receiving blankets
  • Onesies
  • Sleepers
  • Shoes and socks
  • Hats
  • Brushes and combs
  • Bottles and nipples
  • Spoons
  • Bibs
  • Pacifiers
  • Rattles
  • Teething rings
  • Stuffed animals

Unused Soap Donations

AOI is partnering with the State of West Virginia and Wild Mountain Soap Company to collect, sanitize, and distribute unused soap. When visiting West Virginia State Park lodges, place you unused soap in the designated basket. Wild Mountain will sanitize these and send them to AOI for statewide distribution.

Other Year-Round Needs

Many adults throughout West Virginia are in need of personal hygiene and small gift items, which are often unaffordable or unavailable through food stamps and other public assistance programs. AOI delivers these items to individuals in need every Christmas season, as well as throughout the year.

Suggested Items

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash and dental floss
  • Denture cleaner and adhesive
  • Razors and blades
  • Shaving cream and aftershave
  • Brushes and combs
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Corn plasters
  • Lotion
  • Perfume
  • Notepads, pens, and pencils
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Large-print cards
  • Stamps
  • Dominoes, checkers, etc.
  • Band-Aids
  • Gloves
  • Hose
  • Folding umbrellas