In-kind Donations



URGENT NEEDS LIST for Simpson ShelterIf you are able to help with in-kind donations, here is what is most urgently needed at the shelter:
· Disposable shaving razors
· Travel size shampoo
· New thermal long underwear for men and women

Thank you in advance. If you have questions please call 612.874.8683

Items can be dropped off at:


Simpson Administrative Office - Bell House

2100 Pillsbury Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404




Here is a list of items we need for our shelter guests:

• Shaving razors
• Deodorant for men and women
• Travel size shampoo
• Toothbrushes for adults
• Nail clippers
• Winter wear - gloves and hats (must be new)

Here is a list of items we always need:
• Women’s underwear, new, all sizes
• Tampons, pads

• T-shirts, new, all sizes

• Men’s boxers, new, sizes S, M, and L (no XL or XXL)

• Blankets, gently used or new
• Bath towels, gently used or new
• Twin sized flat sheets, gently used or new
• 3 Microwaves, new


Please contact Christina (, 612.455.0859) if you have any questions.
Thanks for your help!



Please note: Due to lack of space, we are unable to accept donations of: used winter coats, clothing
(other than new socks, t-shirts, underwear and bras), or used stuffed animals, due to health concerns.


Items we are always in need of:


Personal Hygiene Items

  • Baby Powder (no talc)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Oil
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Diapers & Pull-ups (sizes 1-5)
  • Maxi Pads & Tampons
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Foot Powder
  • Disinfectant Spray for Shoes & Feet
  • Lotion
  • Q-Tips
  • Facial Tissue
  • Combs & Brushes
  • African American Hair & Skin Care products
  • Toilet paper
  • Bar soap



  • Coffee, including decaf
  • Hot Cocoa Packets
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Tea Bags
  • Non-refrigerated Juice
  • Instant Breakfast Cereal
  • Infant Formula


Cleaning Products

  • Laundry Detergent
  • New Brooms & Mops
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaners
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper towels



  • New Adult & Child Underwear
  • New Adult T-shirts (all sizes)
  • New Adult & Child socks
  • New bras


Household Items

  • Small Microwaves (10 years old or newer)
  • TVs & VCR/DVD Players, no console TVs
  • Bath Towels (new or used)
  • Wash Cloths
  • Sheet sets & Pillow Cases
  • Twin size flat sheets
  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Dishes & Silverware
  • Pots & Pans
  • New Rugs
  • Vacuums in good working condition
  • Telephones and Answering Machines
  • Clock Radios
  • Welcome Home Baskets more info
  • New Shower Curtains
  • Air Mattresses
  • Foam Sleeping Pads



  • Bus Tokens & Passes
  • New Baby Strollers
  • New Car Seats and Booster Seats
  • Backpacks & Duffle Bags
  • Culturally Diverse Children's Books
  • Current calendars and appointment books
  • Phone cards


Items we do not accept

  • Clothing (except as listed above)
  • Shoes
  • Used Car Seats
  • Cribs
  • Household knick-knacks
  • Used Toys
  • Mouthwash
  • Medicine


Overnight Shelter Donations and Sandwiches

Donation hours
Monday-Friday, 3pm-5pm
Simpson Overnight Shelter
2740 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Please use the intercom on the 28th Street side of the building to enter.


Family Housing and Household Donations

Donation hours
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, or by appointment
Simpson Administrative offices
Bell House

2100 Pillsbury Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Contact: Pat Botten 612.455.0842



Simpson Housing Services has met all standards
and is qualified to display the Charities Review Council Seal,
which demonstrates accountability to donors and funders.