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YWish List

Want to help the 2,000+ women and children served each year by YWCA Dayton? Thank you! Please donate only items found on our YWish Lists; these lists are carefully curated by our clinical team to best meet ongoing and urgent client needs and ensure no items are wasted or unused. We appreciate your support!

We CANNOT accept:
Clothing that is damaged, faded, and/or stained
Used undergarments
Used outerwear other than jackets/coats (hats, ear muffs, scarves, mittens/gloves)
Open toiletries/hygiene products
Used stuffed animals
Large appliances
Used car seats
Paint

ALL DONATIONS CAN BE DELIVERED TO:
YWCA DAYTON
141 W. THIRD ST.
DAYTON, OH 45402

Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: The donation drop-off door on North Wilkinson Street is currently closed due to renovations. All donations should be delivered to our front desk (entrance on West Third Street). For your convenience, the City of Dayton is allowing temporary, 15-minute flasher parking in front of our main doors during construction.
Nights & Weekends: Front desk; enter through main doors on West Third Street.

 

Hope’s Closet is an in-house thrift shop exclusively serving clients of YWCA Dayton. Established in 2003 by the Junior League of Dayton, it ensures women and children fleeing violence have access to warm, clean clothes at any hour of the day or night. Hope’s Closet is also a resource for children’s school attire, job interview and/or work uniforms and apparel for women, and next-size clothing for children who outgrow what they arrive in shelter wearing.

Year-Round
Underwear (all sizes, all genders)
Socks (all sizes, all genders)
Bras
Tennis/casual shoes
Clothing hangers

Fall & Winter
Long-sleeve shirts
Slippers
Jeans
Dress pants & shoes
Outerwear (jackets, coats, hats, ear muffs, scarves, mittens/gloves)

Kitchen Items
Small appliances (toasters, microwaves, hand mixers, etc.)
Cooking & baking utensils
Baking pans & sheets
Aluminum foil & cling wrap
Disposable napkins, plates, bowls and cups
Silverware
Oven mitts/pot holders
Mixing bowls
Travel mugs

Cleaning Items
Trash cans and garbage bags
Paper towels
All-purpose cleaner
Bleach
Broom and dust pan
Dish towels
Dishwashing liquid and sponges
Disinfecting wipes and spray
Mop and bucket
Plunger
Toilet bowel brush and cleaner
Toilet paper
Toilet/bath tub mats
Tub and shower cleaner
Laundry baskets/hampers
Laundry detergent & dryer sheets

Household Items
Small appliances (irons, hair dryers, etc.)
Twin-sized sheet sets and blankets
Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths

Personal Care Items
Perfume and body spray
Nail polish
Makeup
Jewelry and decorative hair ties/clips
Wall and desk art (especially inspirational pieces)

*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.

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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We accept:
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
Shampoo/conditioner
Ethnic hair care products
Body wash
Hand/body lotion
Deodorant
Disposable razors
Toothbrushes & toothpaste
Depends (XL and XXL)
Tampons and sanitary napkins
Clothing hangers
Twin-sized sheet sets
Twin-sized comforters/blankets
Towels & wash cloths
First aid kits
Umbrellas

Children’s Items
Hypoallergenic, scent-free kids’ shampoo and lotion
Baby wipes
Coloring books
Markers/Crayons
Infant thermometers
Soy-based infant formula
Hypoallergenic infant formula (i.e., Similac Alimentum)
Premature infant formula (i.e., Similac Neosure)
Burp cloths
Diapers (including swim diapers and Pull-Ups)
Infant/toddler toys (especially musical, light-up or vibrating toys)
Playing cards`
Small/medium-sized Lego sets
Hair brushes and wide-tooth combs
Strollers

*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.

The YWCA Dayton Food Pantry is an in-house program that provides healthy food items, cooking/baking supplies, and nutritional information to the women and families we serve in our domestic violence shelters and transitional housing units. It is stocked in large part by community donations and operates year-round.

We CANNOT accept:
Meat or eggs
Expired food
Opened food

Fruits & Vegetables
Apples
Oranges
Potatoes
Bananas
Grapes
Raisins
Berries (fresh or frozen)
Canned fruits & veggies (esp. peas, green beans, pineapple, pears, and mandarin oranges)

Condiments/Seasonings
BBQ sauce
Pasta sauce (tomato and alfredo)
Salad dressings (Italian, French, ranch)
Coffee creamer
Maple syrup
Jelly/jam
Ketchup
Mustard
Relish
Soy sauce
Garlic powder
Grated parmesan cheese
Peanut butter

Baking/Cooking
Cooking spray
Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Vinegar (apple cider and white)
Flour (all-purpose)
Sugar (granulated and brown)
Cake/muffin mix

Paper Products
Aluminum foil
Sandwich bags
Paper plates/bowls
Napkins/paper towels

Beverages
Juice (apple, orange, grape, cranberry)
Coffee
Lemonade
Water
Tea

Frozen Foods
Breakfast burritos/sandwiches
Chicken nuggets
Waffles/pancakes/French toast
Pizza
Chili
Bagels
Hamburgers
French fries/tater tots
Fruits and vegetables
Pot pies

Dairy
Milk
Cottage cheese
Sour cream
Shredded/sliced cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, swiss)
Yogurt
Cream cheese
Butter

Breads & Dry Goods
Hamburger/hot dog buns
Sandwich bread
Bagels
Rolls/French bread
Meal kits (tacos, pizza, etc.)
Pasta
Cereal/oatmeal
Soup/Ramen noodles

Snacks
Crackers
Popcorn
Pretzels/chips
Jell-O
Pudding
Cereal bars/granola bars
Dried fruit
Nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)

*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.

Did you know? YWCA Dayton serves approximately 40 children in shelter every month. Working with local school districts, our shelter team ensures all school-age children maintain their school attendance and performance while their mother focuses on building safety and stability for her family.

We accept:
New and gently used items

We CANNOT accept:
Items that are damaged, broken and/or missing parts

School Supplies
2-pocket folders
3-ring binders (½” and 1”)
5-tab dividers
Backpacks/book bags
Graphing paper
Drawing paper
Construction paper
Copy paper
Index cards (ruled and unruled)
Highlighters
Ballpoint pens (black, blue, and red)
Colored pencils (12 count)
Pencil crayons
Mechanical pencils and pencil leads
Large, fat pencils with erasers
Yellow No. 2 pencils (12 count)
Removable pencil erasers (12 count)
Pencil sharpeners
Washable markers
Scissors (blunt and sharp)
Staplers and staple removers
Scotch tape
Correction fluid
Calculators (basic and scientific)
Protractors
Geometry set
Math compasses
Three-hole punches
Single-hole punches
Combination locks
Planners/calendars/agendas
Dictionaries (especially pocket-size)
Thesauruses
Lunch boxes
School boxes
Tissues
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Plastic sandwich bags

YWCA Dayton has spent 148 years addressing some of the most crucial social needs in our community: intimate partner violence; affordable housing and economic empowerment; youth leadership and educational attainment; and racial justice.

The need for these services continues to increase, making donations from our community more than appreciated – they are critical to helping the women and children we serve regain their dignity and rebuild their lives.

This holiday season, we invite you to join our Holiday Wish List program. Donations to this program are arranged in an onsite Holiday Market for the women and families in our domestic violence shelters and single-room occupancy housing units, allowing them to choose and wrap gifts for their children or grandchildren and acquire the essential household items needed to start anew.

Your gifts help us provide women and children with as much normalcy as possible during a time of trauma and transition. Thank you!

To request a Holiday Market info packet, email kmartinez@ywcadayton.org.

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We accept:
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

Household Items for New Beginnings
Kitchen (sets or individual items)
• Pots and pans
• Baking sheets
• Mixing bowls
• Cooking utensils
• Small appliances
• Plates, bowls and cups
• Silverware
• Kitchen towels

Bathroom (sets or individual items)
• Bath and hand towels
• Wash cloths
• Soap dispensers
• Laundry baskets
• Shower caddies

Bedroom
• Pillows
• Twin sheet sets
• Blankets
• Alarm clocks

General
• Throw blankets
• Trash cans
• Decorative pillows
• Gift cards (Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, etc.)

Women
Full-size Toiletries
• Bath sets
• Shampoo/Conditioner
• Hair styling products and brushes
• Hair dryers/curling irons, etc.
• Luxury hand/body lotion
• Nail polish
• Makeup

Apparel (all sizes)
• Bathrobes and nightgowns/pajamas
• Bras and underwear
• Socks and slippers
• Coats

General
• Jewelry
• Journals
• Adult coloring books
• Books (novels, inspiration, cooking, etc.)

Infants & Toddlers (Ages Newborn-3)
New cribs (not drop side)
Diaper bags
Diapers
Sippy cups
Blankets
Baby shampoo and lotion
Socks
Baby nail clippers
Baby toys
Onesies/Bodysuits
Baby thermometers
Bottles w/liners and extra nipples
Pacifiers and teething rings
Age-appropriate toys

Children (Ages 3-12)
New clothing (incl. pajamas and coats)
Board games
Books
Bikes and helmets
DVD movies
Fidget Spinners
Age-appropriate toys

Teens (Ages 13-17)
Jewelry
Hair products and makeup sets
Hand and body lotions
Journals
Hoodies
Pajama sets
Sports-themed clothing
MP3 players
Alarm clocks
Headphones/Earbuds
Backpacks/draw-string bags
Bean bag chairs
Board games
Books and DVD movies
Video games/Video game players
Gift cards (Walmart, Meijer, iTunes, etc.)

We serve both male and female children of all ages.

Complete the contact form found in the info packet above and deliver as follows:

Dropoff Location/Times
141 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402
24/7 to Central Building Lobby
(15-minute flasher parking on W. Third St. is allowed)

Holiday Wish List Contact:
Kelsi Martinez
Volunteer Coordinator
937-461-5550 x108
kmartinez@ywcadayton.org

2,118 ITEMS DONATED

EVERY YEAR

1,781 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP

SORT DONATIONS

$74,000 IN-KIND VALUE

ALLOWING MORE PROGRAM DOLLARS

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Tracy

“I entered shelter at such a low point. But now, for the first time in years, I feel in control of my life. I am so thankful to YWCA Dayton. Now, I feel I have the strength to overcome anything.”

DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Cinta

“I entered shelter at such a low point. But now, for the first time in years, I feel in control of my life. I am so thankful to YWCA Dayton. Now, I feel I have the strength to overcome anything.”