In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations provide the basic necessities and personal care items that connect children and families with comfort and safety when their lives are surrounded by chaos. Thank you for your interest in making a difference in the lives of those we serve. 


Donation Drop Off

  • Donations are accepted Wednesday between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
  • Sue Royce is willing and eager to answer your questions and to provide suggestions if you or your group are planning a donation drive. Call (515) 557-7825 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/Bedding Policy: Please note that we can no longer accept gently-used clothing or bedding due to space limitations.

Shop Online

Provide vital items for the kids and families we serve with the click of a button! The Amazon Wish Lists below include urgent 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]

During the month of April, you can also shop select items at Hy-Vee and support YESS. Learn more about this special.  


Needs List

Below are the items we currently need for children living in shelter and people we serve in our community. Thank you for helping us ensure that the kids and families we serve feel safe and cared for.