items needed

This list is reviewed and updated regularly. 

See List in PDF Form
Print and take this list with you to shop your favorite places.

Help Us Track Our Families’ Needs
Complete our Online Donation Form before or after you drop-off your donation at the loading dock. This helps us track our donations and needs for the families.

We can only accept certain sizes of clothing. Please refer to our list of Needed Clothing before donating.
Current Most Needed Items
Bilingual Books – All ages – Spanish Preferred
Body Wash
Box Fans
Diapers Sizes 1-7
Enfamil Gentlease Powder Formula
GoodNites – Boys and Girls – All Sizes
Liquid Laundry Detergent
6-can/4-liter Mini Fridges (for breast milk)
Pillows – Standard Size
Pull-ups – Boys and Girls – Sizes 3T, 4T, 5T
Sheet Sets – Twin/Twin XL or Full
Similac® Advance Powder Formula
Similac® NeoSure OptiGRO Formula
Similac® Sensitive Powder Formula
Similac® Soy Isomil Powder Formula
Tampons – Size S
Towels – Bath size and washcloths
Trash Bags with Drawstring

Items Always Needed
Air Mattress – Twin, Full, or Queen
Art Supplies – New
Baby Bottles
Baby Bottle Brushes
Baby Socks – Grippy
Baby Washcloths
Baby Wipes
Beauty Products – New (Make-up, Skincare, Haircare, etc.)
Blankets – New
Board games – New
Body Lotion
Body Wash
Books – New or Used, All Ages (BIPOC Books and Bilingual Books Preferred)
Bottled Water
Cable Signal Strength Tester – New or Used
Card games – New
Clorox Wipes
Coloring Books – New
Colored Pencils – New
Comforters- New
Commercial Hammer Drill – New or Used
Conditioner – Full Sized
Crayons – New
Dish Detergent
Dish Towels
Dryer Sheets
Electric Paint Shaker -New or Used
Facial Tissues/Kleenex
Forever Stamps
Gift Bags
Gift Cards (Amazon and Target preferred)
Granola Bars
Goo Goo Squeeze
Haircare Products
Hair Beads
Hair Elastics
Headphones/Earbuds – New
Individually packaged snacks (Goldfish, Cheez-its, etc.)
Infant Play Mats
Infrared Camera – New or Used
Juice Boxes (Juicy Juice brand preferred)
Laundry Hamper/Basket
New Pots and Pans Sets
New Dishware Sets
New Silverware Sets
New Glass Cup Sets
Pack and Play – New only
Paper Towels
Pillow Cases
Pop-its/Fidget Toys – New
Reusable Water Bottles
Scrubbing Bubbles
Shampoo – Full Sized
Shower Curtains
Shower Hooks
Shower Rods
Shower Towels
Sippy Cups
Sketch Books
Skincare Products
Sleep Sacks – New
Speakers – New
Stereo Receiver – New or Used (Must be Audio and Visual)
Storage Bins with Lids – New or Used
Surface Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Toilet Paper
Toiletries – Full Sized Preferred
Wash Clothes
White Letter-Sized Paper
Ziploc Bags – Sandwich, Quart, or Gallon size

Seasonal ItemsItems only needed during certain months of the year
Contact if you have questions on specific items or drop-off times.

Winter (November-February)
Holiday Gifts – Amazon/Target Registries listed on website in November
Winter Accessories – Adult, Youth, and Infant (Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarves)
Winter Coats – Adult, Youth, and Infant

Spring (March-May)
Box Fans

Summer (June-August)
Box Fans
Backpacks – New Only
Clothing – New Only – Sizes Youth through Young Adults (For Back to School)
Hair Care Products – Beads, Elastics, Gel, ect. (For Back to School)
School Supplies – Amazon/Target Registries listed on website in August

Fall (September-October)
Halloween Costumes – New or Gently Used, No Weapons
Fall Jackets – Adult, Youth, and Infant

Our goal at People Serving People is to build stability and confidence within families. If an item needs repair or is too worn or damaged to use it yourself, we ask you not to donate it. Please read our In-Kind Giving Policy to learn more about why we can only accept certain items.

Questions, or ready to donate? Contact us at or by calling 612.277.0216.

Looking to donate to St. Anne’s Place? Read more here, and email Kathy for more details.

Have something to donate that we don’t accept? Try reaching out to one of these organizations.

Thank you for supporting children and families experiencing instability!