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YWish List


We are currently accepting only new and unopened items. All donations may be delivered by appointment only. To schedule, contact Kelsi Martinez at kmartinez@ywcadayton.org or 937-461-5550 x108.

You can also have donations mailed to us through our online Amazon.com YWish List!

Thank you for your support in these challenging times. A gift of essential items (like baby formula or diapers), cleaning supplies, and even toys, games or family activities can make a big difference to children and families social distancing in shelter or our supportive housing residents social distancing in their apartments.

Want to help the thousands of 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

We appreciate your continued support through our online Amazon.com YWish List!

When a pandemic like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) strikes, it can affect the whole population – shelters included. Since YWCA Dayton provides 24-hour residential services, it is necessary for our services to be continuous, even in the face of a health crisis. Your gifts can help alleviate stress and uncertainty, decrease the effects of isolation, and ensure safe spaces for our clients, residents, and frontline staff:

Cloth or disposable face masks
Small craft kits
Coloring books and crayons, colored pencils, markers (all ages)
Activity books (Sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc.) and pens/pencils (all ages)
Small plants
Stress balls
Fiction/non-fiction books
Diapers, baby wipes & baby formula
Underwear (children/women)
Body wash/body lotion (women/children)
Hair products (especially for women of color)
Canned/non-perishable food
Bottled water
Cleaning & hygiene supplies (especially hand soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)
Home entertainment technologies (i.e., Amazon Fire TV Stick or Echo or WiFi hotspots)
Tablets (i.e., iPads)
Laptop computers
Socks (children/women)

*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.

Shop this list on Amazon.com (and don’t forget to shop Amazon Smile and choose YWCA Dayton as your charity beneficiary).

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.

Underwear (all sizes, all genders)
Socks (all sizes, all genders)
Tennis/casual shoes
Clothing hangers
Hair brushes and wide-tooth combs

Spring & Summer
Short-sleeve shirts
Dresses and skirts
Dress shoes

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
Oven mitts/pot holders
Mixing bowls
Travel mugs

Cleaning Items
Trash cans and garbage bags
Paper towels
All-purpose cleaner
Broom and dust pan
Dish towels
Dishwashing liquid and sponges
Disinfecting wipes and spray
Mop and bucket
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
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 42 years in Dayton and 15 in Preble County. The majority of women and families we serve arrive at our shelters with no, or very few, possessions.

In a hurry? Shop this list on Amazon.com! Plus, if you choose YWCA Dayton as your Amazon Smile beneficiary, YW gets 0.5% back on your purchase.

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
Ethnic hair care products
Body wash
Hand/body lotion
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
Bug spray
Disposable razors
Swim diapers
Desk fans

Children’s Items
Hypoallergenic, scent-free kids’ shampoo and lotion
Baby wipes
Coloring books
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

*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.

YWCA Dayton provides three nutritional meals, plus snacks, every day to clients in our Montgomery County domestic violence shelter. Additionally, we operate a food pantry, an in-house program that provides healthy food items, cooking/baking supplies, and nutritional information and education to the women and families we serve in our domestic violence shelters and transitional housing units. Both are stocked in large part by community donations and operate year-round.

We CANNOT accept:
Meat or eggs
Expired food
Opened food
Dented/damaged containers
Dairy products (milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, shredded/sliced cheese, yogurt, butter)
Refrigerated desserts

As much as possible, we prefer whole grain/wheat and no or low sodium/sugar items. Specialty diet items (i.e., gluten-free, lactose-free), are especially appreciated. Thank you!

Fruits & Vegetables*
Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
Dried fruits
Canned fruits and vegetables (in fruit juice/water)
Tomatoes (canned, crushed, diced)

BBQ sauce
Pasta sauce (tomato and alfredo)
Salad dressings (Italian, French, ranch, Caesar)
Coffee creamer (shelf-stable)
Maple syrup
Soy sauce (low sodium)
Grated Parmesan cheese (shelf stable)
Peanut butter
Fresh or dried herbs
Garlic or onion powder
Salt or pepper
Lemon juice

Cooking spray
Vegetable, olive, or canola oil
Vinegar (apple cider and white)
Flour (all-purpose and whole grain)
Sugar (granulated, brown, and powered)
Cake/muffin mix

Paper Products
Aluminum foil
Sandwich bags
9″ paper plates
12 oz. bowls
Napkins/paper towels
Plastic wrap
Gallon bags (Ziploc closure)
Paper cups

100% juice (apple, orange, grape, cranberry)

Frozen Foods
Waffles/pancakes/French toast
French fries/tater tots
Fruits and vegetables

Breads & Dry Goods
Hamburger/hot dog buns
Sandwich bread
Rolls/French bread
Taco shells

Cereal bars/granola bars
Dried fruit
Nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
Trail mix
Tortilla chips
Baked chips/snacks

*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/unused 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)
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)
Geometry set
Math compasses
Three-hole punches
Single-hole punches
Combination locks
Dictionaries (especially pocket-size)
Lunch boxes
School boxes
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 permanent supportive 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!

Download the Holiday Market Info Packet:
YWCA Dayton Holiday Wish List 2019 Info Pkt

Questions? Email kmartinez@ywcadayton.org.

In a hurry? Shop this list on Amazon.com! Plus, if you choose YWCA Dayton as your Amazon Smile beneficiary, YW gets 0.5% back on your purchase.

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

• Pillows
• Twin sheet sets
• Blankets
• Alarm clocks

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

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

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

Infants & Toddlers (Ages Newborn-3)
New cribs (not drop side)
Diaper bags
Sippy cups
Baby shampoo and lotion
Baby nail clippers
Baby toys
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
Bikes and helmets
DVD movies
Fidget Spinners
Age-appropriate toys

Teens (Ages 13-17)
Hair products and makeup sets
Hand and body lotions
Pajama sets
Sports-themed clothing
MP3 players
Alarm clocks
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









“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.”



“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.”

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)