In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations provide the basic necessities and personal care items that connect children with comfort and safety when their lives are surrounded by chaos. Thank you for your interest in making our shelter feel a little bit closer to home.


Donation Drop Off

Please contact Brette Puhl, Community Outreach Manager, by phone at 515-557-2262 or by email at [email protected] with any questions. Please contact us prior to dropping off in-kind donations at the shelter (918 SE 11th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309) or beginning a donation drive. Unscheduled drop-offs may be turned away.

Used Clothing Policy: Please note that we can no longer accept gently-used clothing due to space limitations.

Shop Online

Provide vital items for kids in shelter with the click of a button! The Amazon Wish Lists below include general agency needs, as well as special items needed for Art Therapy and books needed for our library. When you order off of these lists, you can even ship the items directly to the shelter.

Don't forget to make YESS your designated nonprofit for Amazon Smile and they will donate an additional 0.5% on every qualified purchase!

Please note that Amazon does not share donor information with us. If you send us items from our wish list and would like a donation invoice, please reach out to [email protected]


Needs List

Below are the items we currently need for children living in shelter. Thank you for helping us ensure every child living under YESS' roof has the necessary items to feel safe and cared for.

  • Ethnic hair care products (Shea Moisture, ORS Olive Oil, etc.)
  • AM/FM Radios (alarm clock radios work well)
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plastic storage totes with lids
  • Oriental Trading gift cards
  • New or gently used LEGO bricks & pieces
  • Gift Certificates to local events/field trips (i.e. Adventureland, Science Center, I-Cubs)
  • NEW girls underwear (youth & adult sizes)
  • NEW sports bras (all sizes)
  • NEW boys underwear, boxers, or boxer briefs (large boys' and adult sizes)
  • NEW mens undershirts (adult sizes, especially L and XL)
  • NEW athletic-style shorts or leggings (male and female, teen/adult sizes most needed

    **At this time the ONLY clothing donations YESS can accept are NEW t-shirts, sweatpants/lounge pants, and athletic shorts. Storage is incredibly limited and these items are most universal to all shapes and sizes. 

Used Items We CANNOT Accept (due to space and safety limitations)

  • Clothes 
  • Car seats
  • Baby bottles, sippy cups, etc.
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys (due to the incredible generosity of our community and the number of toy donations we have recently received, we are unable to accept gently used toys at this time)