At Simple Needs GA, our top priority is always the safety of our volunteers, donors and clients. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in our county. As of the date of this note, we have decided to again hold our Donation Drives (see below) but are asking that you contact us via email if you plan to donate something for several reasons: 1) We can only take what we need so want to be sure what you have will be put to use for our clients; 2) We have limited volunteers helping right now (by design) so need to understand how many folks plan to pop by; 3) We have limited space to hold new donations where we can quarantine everything for a few days.
We will come to your car to look at what you have and put everything outside (donors are not coming inside our space at this time). If it’s raining hard, it will be difficult to take too many donations (the ramp to our door is short).
Furniture – We are picking up gently used, stain-free mattresses and box springs from outside donor’s homes (by appt). We are not picking up any other furniture. If you have essential furniture that you can deliver and unload yourself, you can bring to our Marietta storage location (2.2 miles away from our Donation Drive warehouse). If you have something to donate, please email email@example.com and we will arrange for you to drop off.
Thank you for your support of Simple Needs GA. We wish you safety and strength during this difficult period.
–Simple Needs GA board of directors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Here are our furniture donation guidelines (see above for COVID details)
Current most-needed items (as of June 27):
New items (most needed in bold; if we have none or almost none right now, in bold red):
- Socks for toddlers, women and men (ankle for the adults)
- Kitchen and bath trash cans – can be gently used/clean
- Backpacks for kids in high school (larger to hold the heavier weight), especially blue, red and pink (most requested colors)
- Stuffed animals for younger kids with the eyes sewn on
- Books – board and other for kids ages 1 – 3; books for kids ages 3–4; learning books – letters, numbers, colors plus stories; Dr. Seuss; books for tween boys; classics for tweens/teens; Amelia Bedelia; action and mystery for teenagers; character books such as Batman, Paw Patrol, Minnie Mouse, Princess, Ninja Turtle, Doc McStuffins
- Amazon Fire 7 cases (black/red/blue/pink)
- Art kits for kids ages 3-12
- Size 1, 4 and 6 diapers / size 2T-3T pullups for boys and girls
- Mops and brooms
- 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):
- Mattresses (especially twin), box springs (especially queen), bunk beds (gently used – no stains, damage or excessive wear and tear)
- 2- or 4-slice toasters
- DVD players
- Toaster ovens
- Mattress pads
- Blankets – all sizes
- Floor lamps (inexpensive at Walmart)
- Table lamps
- Comforters – full/queen (good on twin and king for now but we can still accept gently used)
- Bath towels
- Dish towels
- Baby items especially pack ‘n plays, strollers (single or double), walkers
- Large drinking glasses (sets preferred)
- Microwaves (options – https://www.walmart.com/search/?page=1&query=microwave&sort=price_low)
- Irons and ironing boards (inexpensive smaller ones at Walmart)
- Pots (4qt and larger), pans, and skillets
- Coffee makers
- Large, oversized coffee cups/mugs
- Casserole dishes (esp larger, preferably with lids)
- Baking dishes (such as for lasagna)
- Baking items – cookie sheets, muffin tins, brownie and loaf pans, etc.
- Sharp/steak knives (paring and larger chopping knives)
- Plastic drinking cups – both kid and adult sizes
- Dollar Tree items (all $1) – strainers, pot holders and oven mitts, paper towel holders, light bulbs, pizza cutters, cheese graters, can openers, vegetable peelers, flipping spatulas, whisks, cookie sheets, serving spoons, kitchen scissors, cutting boards, plastic water pitchers, larger measuring cups, screwdrivers, measuring tapes
- Electric fry pans or burners
- Adult hangers (no kid needed) – preferably bagged in qty of 20
- Wall art – small and medium
- Small wall mirrors
- Power strips and extension cords
- Gaming systems
- Air mattresses esp those with built-in pumps (or an external pump)
- Laptop computers
- Yard tools – shovels, pick axes, pruners, hedge clippers, rakes (for the homeless living in the woods)
- DVDs for kids and adults
- Empty egg cartons for Sweetwater Mission in Austell (we will get to them)
- 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, used pillows, plastic bags (we have enough for now), used cleaning supplies, or clothing (except for school uniforms and outerwear in the fall/winter). We also do not need decorative items other than small/medium artwork. [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.] 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, Paw Patrol, 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): 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 shoes for the kids.
Simple Household Needs:
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 (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.