Your Support Makes a Difference

Every day we help people experiencing homelessness transition to stable and affordable housing. Donations like yours allow us to meet basic needs, provide comfort, and assist with building trusting relationships with our program participants.

Donation Drop Off Location Information

Amazon Charity Lists

Most items from these lists can be purchased online and sent directly to our admin offices at 2100 Pillsbury Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Drop-offs are available by appointment only. Please contact Nahrissa at volunteer@simpsonhousing.org for an appointment.

Urgent needs for all programs during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Urgent needs for the shelter:

Toiletries
shampoo
conditioner
travel-sized hand sanitizer
liquid body wash
razors
deodorant
boxers
t-shirts

Entertainment
new puzzles
playing cards
magazines
books
games
art/craft supplies
coloring books
markers/crayons/colored pencils

Bingo prizes ($5-10 per item)
headphones
chargers
speakers
hair products and/or accessories
snacks
good chocolate/candy
makeup
slippers
robes

After you have made a donation: access our online in-kind donation form here. 

Please do not use this form to request an appointment for donation drop-offs. For appointments and information, please e-mail volunteer@simpsonhousing.org.

Donation Quality Standards

We welcome donations of high-quality items and most items must be new, except where noted.

Items must meet the following standards:

  • High-quality and in excellent working condition.
  • Manufactured within the last 10 years, except where noted.
  • Clean and freshly laundered, free of stains and pet hair.
  • No rips, tears, holes, dents, or scratches.
  • Toiletry items and food must be unopened and unexpired.

Staff assess items that are donated and may request that you donate items to another agency based on the quality of the items and our current needs.

Donations of assembled toiletry kits may be helpful depending on our storage space. Please contact Nahrissa Rush at nrush@simpsonhousing.org before assembling toiletry kits.

Unsure whether you should donate an item? Ask yourself if you would give the item as a gift to a friend.

It is extra helpful if you sort, count, and label your donation.

Current Program Needs

All items must be new unless noted otherwise.

Please visit our Amazon Charity Lists for specific items that help fulfill these needs.
(You will be asked to log in to your Amazon account if you aren’t already.)

Shelter

  • Products for natural/textured hair
  • Travel size body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
  • Personal tissue packets
  • Men’s boxers – all sizes
  • Men’s t-shirts – all sizes
  • Women’s underwear – sizes 5, 6, and 7
  • Ground coffee
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Tea
  • Gently used or new bath towels
  • Hand sanitizer

Supportive Housing for Families

Supportive Housing for Individuals

  • Bus cards for $10 and $20
  • Cub Foods gift cards for $20 and $30
  • Bath towels: high quality gently used or new
  • Kitchen utensils: high quality gently used or new
  • Pans: high quality gently used or new
  • Toothbrushes
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Bedsheets: high quality gently used or new

Items we can always use

All items must be new unless noted otherwise.

Personal Hygiene Items

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Foot powder
  • Deodorant
  • Disinfectant spray for shoes & feet
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Facial tissue
  • Combs & brushes
  • Natural/textured/curly hair products
  • Toilet paper
  • Bar soap

Food

  • Coffee
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Tea bags
  • Non-refrigerated juice
  • Instant breakfast cereal
  • Infant formula

Cleaning Products

  • Laundry detergent
  • New brooms & mops
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels

Clothing

  • New adult & child underwear
  • New adult t-shirts
  • New adult & child socks
  • New bras

Household Items

  • Small Microwaves: 5 years old or newer
  • TVs: 5 years old or newer, must be small enough for one person to comfortably carry
  • DVD players: 5 years old or newer
  • Bath towels: high quality gently used or new
  • Wash cloths: high quality gently used or new
  • Sheet sets & pillow cases: high quality gently used or new
  • Twin size flat sheets: high quality gently used or new
  • Blankets & pillows: high quality gently used or new
  • Dishes & silverware: high quality gently used or new
  • Pots & pans: high quality gently used or new
  • New rugs
  • Vacuums: 5 years old or newer
  • Clock radios: 5 years old or newer
  • Welcome Home Baskets
  • New shower curtains and rings
  • New air mattresses

Baby Care

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • New strollers
  • New cribs
  • New car seats and booster seats
  • New activity mats and gyms

Other

  • Bus passes
  • Cub Foods gift cards
  • Backpacks & duffle bags: high quality gently used or new
  • Culturally diverse children’s books: high quality gently used or new
  • Combination locks and padlocks with keys

Items we do not accept

  • Hand-knit winter wear
  • Furniture
  • Large appliances
  • Large TVs
  • Used computers and computer equipment
  • Clothing (except as listed above)
  • Shoes
  • Used car seats
  • Used baby cribs
  • Household knick-knacks
  • Used Toys
  • Mouthwash
  • Medicine

Drop Off Locations