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

  • Donations are accepted Wednesday between 1:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Zach Rus, Community Outreach Manager, is willing and eager to answer your questions and to provide suggestions if you or your group are planning a donation drive. Call or text (515) 515-2262 or email [email protected].
  • We are located at 918 SE 11th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 and donations are accepted at the northeast side of the building under the small blue awning 

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.)
  • Laundry baskets
  • Oriental Trading gift cards
  • 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
  • Bedding 
  • 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)