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 June 16):

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

  • Gallon ziplock bags (Sams or Costco a good option)
  • Mops and brooms
  • Trash cans (kitchen and bath/office) – can be gently used/clean
  • Boxes of 10-12 markers (washable or other)
  • Boxes of 10-12 colored pencils
  • Specific stuffed animals – unicorns, wolves, dogs for tweens
  • Basketballs and footballs for youth (under the age of 14)
  • Backpacks with characters – Batman, Black Panther, Iron Man, Flash, My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, Dora, Monster High
  • Backpacks for kids in high school (larger to hold the heavier weight)
  • Books – board and other for kids ages 1 – 3; learning books – letters, numbers, colors plus stories; Diary of a Wimpy Kid (esp. the newer in the series); books for tweens especially boysAmelia Bedelia; Dr. Seuss; action and mystery for teenagers; character books such as Batman, Paw Patrol, Minnie Mouse, Princess, Ninja Turtle, Doc McStuffins
  • Small “shopping” bags to put smaller items in for kids who in pre-K or younger. (The older kids get backpacks.)
  • Amazon Fire 7 tablets (esp. when you see them on sale)
  • Cases for Amazon Fire 7 tablets (black, red, blue)
  • See SignUp Genius – link above – for other items, including specific birthday wishes for some children when we have them!

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

  • Candles (taper or pillar)
  • Curtain rods
  • Crib mattresses
  • Baby items especially double strollers, walkers, high chairs
  • DVD players
  • Dish and glass sets (no random dishes or glasses needed)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Microwaves (option –
  • Toasters
  • Crock pots
  • Irons and ironing boards (inexpensive ones at Walmart)
  • Large skillets and pots
  • Baking pans
  • Coffee makers
  • Large, oversized coffee cups/mugs 
  • Casserole dishes (esp larger, preferably with lids)
  • Large serving bowls
  • Sharp/steak knives (esp paring and larger chopping knives)
  • Kid-size plastic cups and other plasticware
  • Silverware and silverware trays
  • Shower curtains (inside and outside) and rings
  • Measuring spoons and cups (small or large)
  • Cutting boards
  • Lightbulbs for lamps (Dollar Tree)
  • Power strips and extension cords
  • Sheets (esp. king)
  • Blankets of all sizes (esp twin, full, queen, king)
  • Comforters of all sizes (esp twin and king)
  • Gaming systems
  • Air mattresses
  • Laptop computers
  • Mattress pads – all sizes esp full and queen
  • Yard tools – shovels, pick axes, pruners, hedge clippers, rakes (for the homeless living in the woods)
  • Small to medium wall art and mirrors
  • Furniture (in good shape – no stains or damage) – bunk beds, kitchen/dining tables and chairsmattresses and box springs (all sizes), queen bed frames, dressers or chests of drawers, cable-ready TVs (working order, not too heavy), 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, large entertainment centers or rugs.
  • 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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