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YWish List

Want to help the thousands of women and children served each year by YWCA Dayton? 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 in shelter or our supportive housing residents.

All donations may be dropped off at our Central Building (141 W. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call ahead, if possible. Contact Rick Flynn at rflynn@ywcadayton.org or 937-461-5550 x108. 15-minute flasher parking on W. Third St. is allowed.

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


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

Did you know? YWCA Dayton serves approximately 30 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.

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We accept:
New/unused items

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

School Supplies
Baby wipes
Backpacks
Binders
Book covers
Calculators
Colored pencils
Compasses
Composition books

Construction paper
Correction fluid
Crayons
Erasers
Folders
Glue & glue sticks
Graph paper
Headphones
Highlighters
Loose-leaf paper
Lunch boxes
Markers
Notebooks
Note cards
Paper towels
Pencil pouches & pencil boxes
Pencils & mechanical pencil lead
Pens
Pocket dictionaries
Post-it notes
Protractors
Rulers
Scissors
Tab dividers
Tissues
Uniforms – all sizes
Ziploc bags

*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.

Your gifts help alleviate stress and uncertainty, and provide safety, security and peace-of-mind for the women and children in our shelters, helping our frontline staff provide 24-hour residential services and continuous care.

Dishes & Kitchen Utensils
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.

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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
Hair brushes and wide-tooth combs
Umbrellas

Spring & Summer
Short-sleeve shirts
Blouses
Dresses and skirts
Shorts
Dress shoes
Sandals
Rakes
Gardening Tools

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 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.

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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
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Disposable razors
Desk fans
Strollers

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, 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)

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

Baking/Cooking
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
Utensils

Beverages
100% juice (apple, orange, grape, cranberry)
Coffee
Water
Tea

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

Breads & Dry Goods
Rice
Beans
Hamburger/hot dog buns
Sandwich bread
Bagels
Rolls/French bread
Pasta
Cereal/oatmeal
Taco shells

Snacks*
Crackers
Popcorn
Pretzels
Jell-O
Pudding
Cereal bars/granola bars
Dried fruit
Nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
Trail mix
Tortilla chips
Baked chips/snacks

*Items in ORANGE indicate greatest need.

YWCA Dayton has spent 150 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!

Questions? Email mweil@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 unopened 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 and blankets
• Twin sheet sets
• Headphones and electronics

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.)

Gift and Holiday Supplies
Wrapping paper & tape
Gift bags, boxes & tags
Tissue paper
Bows & ribbon
Stockings
Candy & candy canes

We serve male and female children of all ages.

2,118 ITEMS DONATED

EVERY YEAR

1,781 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP

SORT DONATIONS

$74,000 IN-KIND VALUE

ALLOWING MORE PROGRAM DOLLARS

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)