YWCA Dayton shelters upwards of 100 women and children every day at its facilities in Montgomery and Preble counties, doing so for 40 years in Dayton and nearly 15 in Preble County. The majority of women and families we serve arrive at our shelters with no, or very few, possessions.
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New and gently used items
We CANNOT accept:
Items that are damaged, broken and/or missing parts
Open toiletries/hygiene products
Used stuffed animals
Used car seats
Shelter Intake Items
Ethnic hair care products
Toothbrushes & toothpaste
Depends (XL and XXL)
Tampons and sanitary napkins
Twin-sized sheet sets
Towels & wash cloths
First aid kits
Hypoallergenic, scent-free kids’ shampoo and lotion
Soy-based infant formula
Hypoallergenic infant formula (i.e., Similac Alimentum)
Premature infant formula (i.e., Similac Neosure)
Diapers (including swim diapers and Pull-Ups)
Infant/toddler toys (especially musical, light-up or vibrating toys)
Small/medium-sized Lego sets
Hair brushes and wide-tooth combs
*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.
Note: Gift cards are also extremely helpful! They allow case managers to purchase baby supplies, toys and birthday gifts as needed and tailor them to individual children’s abilities. Most frequently visited stores include: Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kmart, Big Lots and Carter’s.