Donaldson Drive for Hygiene Products


Canterbury United Methodist Church

Front Entrance (8am-5pm)

350 Overbrook Road | Mountain Brook, AL 35213


AIDS Alabama

Front Entrance (9am-5pm)

3529 7th Avenue South | Birmingham, AL 35222

Public Drop-Off Sites

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Front Entrance (Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm)

2304 12th Avenue North | Birmingham, AL 35234


The Birmingham Jewish Federation

(at The Levite JCC) entrance left of Sokol Fitness Center

3966 Montclair Road | Birmingham, AL 35213


Division of Social Justice & Racial Equity

at Birmingham City Hall 2nd Floor (9am-5pm) 

710 20th Street North | Birmingham, AL 35203


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Administration (9am-4pm)

520 16th Street North | Birmingham, AL 35203


The Way Station

650 Third Avenue North | Birmingham, AL 35203


Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

Front Entrance (9am-5pm)

4887 Valleydale Road | Birmingham, AL 35242

Donate via Amazon

If you’d prefer to purchase items for donation online, please visit our Amazon wishlist.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution by mail, please send checks to:

JCMP c/o Greater Birmingham Ministries
2304 12th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35234

Please make your check out to Greater Birmingham Ministries, with JCMP – Donaldson Drive noted on the memo line.

Learn More About Donaldson and Mass Incarceration

Hear from the men themselves on their blog.

Why is this drive important?

The men rely on these gifts for the entire year. They can only order these products every four to six months and are limited in how much they can buy.  These gifts help ensure they have access to basic hygiene needs for the year. Additionally, some, but not all, items cost substantially higher to buy through commissary than it does for us to buy them. For example: 

Item Cost at Donaldson Cost at Walmart 
Vaseline 10 oz. Total Moisture Lotion  $6.50  2.98
Neutrogena 3.5 oz. Facial Bar Soap  $4.95  $1.97
Speed Stick Active Fresh Deodorant $3.00 $3.88
Colgate 5 oz. Optic White Toothpaste  $7.00 3.57
Pantene 12.6 oz. Fine Volume Shampoo  $7.95  $6.53

Who are the men who will receive these items?

The prison holds around 1,400 men. The men are there for a variety of sentences. Many serve life sentences for relatively minor offenses because of the Habitual Felony Offender Act, which allows a life sentence for three or more minor offenses. Donaldson also has the largest solitary confinement unit in Alabama and can hold up to 300 inmates. You can hear from the men themselves at www.jeffersoncountymemorial.com/blog

In Solitary Confinement, for 23 hours a day, inmates are kept inside a cell that is approximately 80 square feet, smaller than a typical horse stable. Cells are furnished with a bed, sink and toilet, and rarely much else. Food is delivered through a slot in the door, and each day inmates are allowed just one hour of exercise, in a cage. The mental health concerns of such conditions are dire. Many inmates experience panic attacks, depression and paranoia.

Can I give an item not on the list?

No. The warden has approved only items on the list.

Where is Donaldson located?

In Bessemer, which is in Jefferson County (100 Warrior Lane, Bessemer, AL 35023-7299). 

Are there any Juveniles help at Donaldson?

There are usually between 3-8 teenagers held at Donaldson, who are separated from the rest of the facility and enter Donaldson’s general population when they turn 18. 

How large is Alabama’s Incarcerated population?

In June of 2019, 21,346 individuals were incarcerated across Alabama’s 15 state prisons. 

Where can I learn more?

Prison Reform: Health Care in Alabama’s Prisons, Alex Aubuchon, April 2019  

On Donaldson: “They don’t get to go outside. They’re just sitting in a cell, and they’re not getting any mental health treatment, or minimal mental health treatment,” Maria Morris, lead prosecutor at SPLC. 


This is Alabama, Inmate at Donaldson, April 2019 


For more resources, visit Alabama Fair Justice Initiatives website. AFJ’s Coalition works for prison reform for Alabama: https://alabamafairjustice.org/resources and https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2019.html

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