urgent needs

board and picture books (stories)

winter coats for adults (may be slightly used): XL & larger

schedule a drop-off

top 10

See what’s most needed by children and families sheltering at People Serving People.

top 10 wish list

2019 amazon wish list

Order items from our wish lists for delivery to our shelter, for children and families in our programs.

order wish list items


Toiletries must be NEW & UNOPENED, full or travel sized.

toiletries wish list

children & youth

All items must be NEW, with the exception of gently-used books and dress-up costumes (for ages 12 months to 13 years). We do not have storage space for clothes; please donate only the clothes listed.

children & youth wish list

infants & toddlers

All items must be NEW.

infant & toddler wish list

career closet

We can accept new or very gently used career clothing and jewelry. We particularly need women’s petite and larger sized items.

career closet wish list

donation drives

We invite you to consider hosting a donation drive. Offsite drives at a location convenient for you are easy ways to make an immediate impact, benefiting guest families of People Serving People.

host a donation drive

Wish lists are updated regularly to reflect current program needs at both our Emergency Shelter and Center of Excellence locations.  

People Serving People welcomes donations year-round, and donors enjoy the convenience of scheduling their donation in advance.  

Donation Site Hours

Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

All donations are received at our emergency shelter site, located at:                              

614 3rd Street South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

Please donate only those items on the wish lists posted above. We have limited resources to dispose of items we cannot use. 

Wish to donate clothing? Please see our Amazon Wish List for needed items.

We CANNOT accept the following items:

  • Breast pumps
  • Baby formula such as Similac: powder within 2 months of expiration date; ready-made (liquid); soy formula
  • Car seats
  • Cribs & bassinets
  • ELECTRONICS (Best Buy stores accept electronics purchased anywhere for recycling)
  • FOOD ITEMS (dry and perishable, unless pre-approved by food services staff: call 612.277.0203)
  • Furniture, including bed frames, mattresses, and household furnishings
  • Strollers
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys that are used–only new toys accepted


Do you have something to gift that we do not currently accept? Check out our Donation Partner Resource List to identify other agencies, programs, and nonprofit organizations that may accept items we cannot use at this time.


Other questions or ready to donate? Schedule a drop off by emailing Michele Whitney, or calling her at 612.277.0258.

Thank you for thinking of children and families experiencing instability!