Needed Items



We hold our Donation Drives on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please email us at for our address or any questions about anything you’d like to donate. Further down on this page are donations needed for each of our programs. Specific birthday needs for the kids are listed on our SignUp Genius – link above. Current most-needed items (as of Dec 9):

New items (most needed in bold; if we have none or close to none right now, in bold red)::

  • Pattern and matching solid fleece 1.5′ x 1.5′ (or no-sew blanket fleece kits)
  • African American dolls
  • Gallon ziplock bags (Sams or Costco a good option)
  • Stuffed dinosaurs
  • Spiderman coloring books
  • Mops and brooms
  • Trash cans (kitchen) – can be gently used/clean
  • Pencil sharpeners 
  • Men’s socks for older teens (larger size)
  • Women’s socks for older teens (larger sizes)
  • Backpacks with characters – Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Minecraft, Flash, My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, Dora, Monster High, Shopkins
  • Backpacks for kids in high school (larger to hold the heavier weight)
  • Books – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (esp. the newer in the series), books for tweensAmelia Bedelia, Dr. Seuss, action and mystery for teenagers, Paw Patrol, Minnie Mouse, Princess, Ninja Turtle, Doc McStuffins, other characters
  • Coloring books – Moana, WWE/wrestling, Thomas the Train, Dora, Doc McStuffins, Elmo, Sesame Street
  • Small “shopping” bags to put smaller items in for kids who in pre-K or younger. (Older kids get backpacks.)
  • Amazon Fire 7 tablets (when you see them on sale)
  • Cases for Amazon Fire 7 tablets (black, red, blue, orange, pink)
  • See SignUp Genius – link above – for other items, including specific birthday wishes for some children!

New or gently used items / many at good price at Walmart and Dollar Tree (most needed in bold; if we have none right now, in bold red):

  • Candles (taper or pillar)
  • Dental floss and women’s brushes (Dollar Tree)
  • Winter outerwear for adults and kids (jackets, coats, gloves, scarves, etc.) – especially adult warm coats
  • Curtain rods
  • Baby items (no crib mattresses needed) especially double strollers, walkers, high chairs
  • DVD players
  • Dish and glass sets (no random dishes or glasses needed)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Microwaves
  • Toasters
  • Irons and ironing boards (inexpensive ones at Walmart)
  • Large skillets and pots
  • Baking pans/cookie sheets
  • Casserole dishes (esp larger, preferably with lids)
  • Large serving bowls
  • Shower curtains (inside new; outside can be gently used) and rings
  • Strainers (88 cents at Walmart)
  • Sharp/steak knives (good set at Walmart)
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Cutting boards
  • Pot holders and trivets
  • Spatulas
  • Kid-size plastic cups
  • Silverwarand silverware trays
  • Can openers
  • Water pitchers
  • Vegetable peelers
  • Wire wisks
  • Measuring spoons and cups (small or large)
  • Pizza cutters
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Lamps in good working order / lampshades
  • Lightbulbs for lamps
  • Fans (summer) and space heaters (winter)
  • Power strips
  • Bath towels (new if possible when you see on sale)
  • Hand towels
  • Bath rugs
  • Washcloths
  • Dish towels
  • Sheets (esp. full and queen)
  • Blankets of all sizes
  • Comforters of all sizes 
  • Curtains
  • Gaming systems
  • Air mattresses
  • Laptop computers
  • Mattress pads – all sizes esp queen
  • Yard tools – shovels, pick axes, pruners, hedge clippers, rakes (for the homeless living in the woods)
  • Cable-ready TVs (tube or flat screen; not too large or heavy)
  • Smaller wall art and mirrors
  • Furniture (in good shape – no stains or damage) – bunk beds, dining tables and chairs, couches, mattresses and box springs (all sizes, especially twin), bed frames, dressers or chests of drawers, TVs, TV stands, bookshelves, end tables, nightstands, coffee tables, small desks (let us know about any furniture; our needs change all the time). We do not need china cabinets or large entertainment centers.
  • Men’s 26″ bikes in good condition (or needing slight repair)
  • Men’s sneakers or boots (for the homeless population)

See below for our full wish list by program. We do not need used toys, used pillows, plastic bags (we have enough for now), used cleaning supplies or adult clothing (except outerwear in the fall/winter).  [NOTES: Please do NOT drop off large furniture at our space; we will schedule a pick up or drop off at our storage unit (separate location) if you have items we need at the time. We do not publicly post our address because we cannot accept donations when we are not at the warehouse.] Tent1 Here are some of the items we routinely collect.

Simply Sheltered: (new or gently used) blankets, sleeping bags, sheets, square throw pillows, tarps, tents, camping supplies, bicycles and locks (new helmets), bug spray, sunscreen, backpacks, coats, jackets, hats, hoodies, gloves, scarves, candles, boots, sneakers and thermals/long underwear. New batteries, bus passes. Yard tools – shovels, pick axes, pruners, hedge clippers, rakes.

Uniforms for Excellence: school uniforms for social workers to distribute to families in need. (Some public schools in Cobb County require uniforms such as khakis and certain color polo shirts, and not all the families can afford them since many of their kids’ clothes are hand-me-downs.) Keep an eye on clearance racks at discount-oriented retailers like Walmart. On one trip, we were able to buy 10 pair of khakis for just $7 or $9 each, along with 30 polo shirts at just $3 each!


My Birthday Matters (new donations only): Art supplies/kits and drawing pads; character toys such as Batman, Doc McStuffins, Hello Kitty, Dora the Explorer, Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Monster High, Frozen; sports equipment (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, bats & balls & gloves); backpacks (especially those with the characters listed above or larger ones for teens who need to carry a lot); books for children (esp. educational for 4-5 yr olds) and teenagers (such as Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, mysteries); children’s and teen’s wrapping paper (especially for boys); no-sew “character” blanket kits or fleece (1.5-2 yards of print and a matching solid). We also need new underwear and socks for boys and girls (including teens/adult sizes). NOTE: To support the school social workers, we also need new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves in various sizes for schoolchildren of all ages.

Comfort Kits (new items only):20140321_174937 20′ or larger duffel bags, toiletry and hygiene items (see our web page for a full list), flip flops (to be used as shower shoes – mens’ sizes L and XL preferred)

Shoe Them Love (new items only): $25 Walmart or Payless Shoes gift cards or brand new shoes for schoolchildren of all ages.The shoes will go to the school clothes closet; the gift cards go to the social workers who purchase shoes for the kids.

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Laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies. (For these cleaning kits, we use new items only.) Gently used items can include small kitchen and household appliances (washers/dryers, microwaves/toaster ovens/vacuum cleaners), bedding, electronics, pots and pans, flatware, glasses, furniture (see note above about donation process) and more. See our SHN webpage for more details.


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