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We hold our Donation Drives on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (We are at our space other Sats as well; check in with us.) Please email us at brenda@simpleneedsga.org for our address or any questions about anything you’d like to donate. Further down on this page are items needed for each of our programs; a sub-set of those needs are in the list on top (most-needed items). There are many things that we do not need since our programs are very specific – see below. Specific birthday needs for the kids are listed on our SignUp Genius – link above (updated on May 10).

Here are our furniture donation guidelines (email photos to brenda@simpleneedsga.org).

Current most-needed items (as of May 22) are listed below. We can take any of these items at any time (other than furniture – please check with us on that). The lists below (“new” or “new or gently used”) are our top needed items.

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

  • Standard pillows
  • Stuffed animals, specifically dogs (we are out!), cats, monkeys, larger teddy bears, tigers, sharks, elephants, giraffes
  • Women’s socks (esp other than ankle)
  • Boy’s underwear sizes 2T-3T, 4T-5T, and 8-10
  • Girl’s underwear sizes 2T-3T, 4T-5T and 18
  • Women’s underwear sizes 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Men’s underwear size 2X
  • Boys & girls toddler socks, all sizes esp girls 3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 18-24 mo, 4T-5T. Boys 2T-3T, 4T-5T.
  • Pencil sharpeners (with case for shavings)
  • Markers and colored pencils (boxes of 10-12)
  • Kitchen trash cans (hold 13 gallon bags) (Target and Publix have for around $12)
  • Specific books – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0945aba82ca2f94-snga
  • Boys’ birthday wrapping paper
  • Amazon Fire 8 tablets (and cases)
  • LeapFrog 100 First Words and 100 First Animals (very popular toys)
  • Certain character coloring books (email us for that list)
  • Certain character/themed backpacks – Barbie, Batman, cars/hot wheels, Fortnite, Frozen, LOL, mermaid, Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig, PJ Mask, Pokeman, Princess, Roblox, Trolls, Spiderman, sports, superheroes
  • Supplies needed for our programs and warehouse: 13 gallon garbage bags (we include in our cleaning kits), 33 or 39 gallon garbage bags, gallon (only) ziploc bags
  • Maxi pads
  • Sippy cups and toddler trays/bowls/cups sets ($5 @ Walmart)
  • Dental floss (55 yards or more) (Dollar Tree for $1.25)

New or gently used items which are most needed in bold; if we have none right now, in bold red (all used items should be clean/laundered with no stains or damage):

  • Hangers (box of 50 is $6.87 at Walmart)
  • TVs in working order, cable-ready, and has a stand (not wall mount only). And can be lifted/carried by one strong person.
  • Candles (larger size; no tea)
  • Check with us on any furniture you’d like to donate (email photos to brenda@simpleneedsga.org). Must be in good shape – mattresses and upholstered items must have no stains or damage. All must be clean. 
  • Gently used, dark colored backpacks (for the homeless)
  • Sharp knives (paring and other)
  • Silver/flatware (nice sets at Walmart)
  • DVD players ($25ish at Walmart or Amazon)
  • Crockpots
  • Toaster ovens
  • Coffee makers 
  • Vacuums (stick or otherwise)
  • Irons and ironing boards (inexpensive smaller ones at Walmart)
  • Dish sets (don’t need random dishes – nice sets at Walmart for less than $10)
  • Drinking glasses 
  • Bowls
  • Blankets – all sizes esp twin and full (for all bedding, it’s helpful if you could mark the size on the bag)
  • Comforters esp neutral-gender or for boys/men
  • Sheets – esp full and queen
  • Mattress pads – all sizes
  • Throw blankets
  • Crib sheets, crib mattress covers and other baby bedding/blankets
  • Floor lamps (around $10 at Walmart and Target)
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths
  • Plastic containers/tupperware – larger only needed
  • Larger – Pots, pans, stockpots and skillets
  • Casserole dishes (preferably with lids)
  • Roasters and baking dishes 9×13 – metal or glass 
  • Extension cords (Walmart – less than $2)
  • Power strips
  • (gently used or Dollar Tree items) small bath trash cans, peelers, dish pans, measuring spoons (or cup/spoon sets), serving spoons, ladles, kitchen scissors, brooms
  • Blenders, mixers, teapots
  • Small wall mirrors
  • Small and medium wall art
  • Gaming systems
  • Air mattresses preferably those with built-in pumps (or an external pump)
  • Computers (laptops and desktops)
  • DVDs for kids and adults 
  • School uniforms without logos
  • Men’s 26″ bikes in good condition (or needing slight repair)
  • Men’s boots (for the homeless population)

See below for our full wish list by program. We do not need used: toys, pillows, cleaning supplies, or kids’ backpacks (can take adult used). We no longer need egg cartons. We also do not need clothing (except for school uniforms and outerwear – coats, hats, gloves, scarves) or decorative items other than small/medium artwork and mirrors. For furniture, we don’t need curio/china cabinets, entertainment centers, futons, sleeper sofas, reclining sofas, or bed pieces (such as a random headboard). [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!

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My Birthday Matters (new donations only): Art supplies/kits and drawing pads; character toys such as Batman, Black Panther, Spiderman, Paw Patrol, Frozen, Cocomelon; 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); 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).

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 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 specific shoes for the kids.

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Laundry baskets, detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies. (For cleaning kits, we use new items only.) Gently used items can include small kitchen and household appliances (microwaves/toaster ovens/vacuums), bedding, electronics, pots/pans, flatware, glasses, furniture (see donation guidelines above) and more. See SHN webpage for more detail.

21 thoughts on “Needed Items

  1. I have recently down sized and have extras.
    child’s white twin bed with mattress –white dresser
    cherry double dresser with mirror
    2 Sofas
    1 chair
    1 white table with 4 white chairs
    many girl clothing

    kathy foster
    678-35-75671

    I have no way to get these items to you.

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  2. I am desperate need of the living room sofa and loveseat mine has been totally destroyed if you could please return my call at 770-837-8465

  3. I’m the mother of 7 in need of housing items bedding ,we are displaced due to a domestic situation an on the waiting list for housing program ,

    1. Thanks for your inquiry. Please communicate with us via email: info @ simpleneedsga .org
      Please note that we work exclusively in Cobb County.

  4. When is your upcoming donation drive? For March/April? Also, what is the address of where to deliver items?

    1. Thanks for your inquiry. Please communicate with us via email: info @ simpleneedsga .org
      Please note that we work exclusively in Cobb County.

  5. Hi,
    Maggie Clark’s husband told me about this organization. I have stuffed animals, clothes, a computer desk, etc. Can you use them?

    1. Thanks for your inquiry. Please communicate with us via email: info @ simpleneedsga .org
      Please note that we work exclusively in Cobb County.

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