Immediate Needs

For the past few months, we at Shelter KC – like the rest of the world – have been busy working to meet the challenges of COVID-19. At this time, our goals are simple but not easy…to do our very best to keep our guests encouraged, sheltered, fed and safe. "Safe and responsible" are our guiding principles as we make decisions about our services, staff and finances. Now that helping men and women "shelter in place,"Keeping up with everyday supplies is especially challenging! We appreciate your interest in helping stock our supplies. Here are our most pressing needs:

Go here to read answers to frequently asked questions about giving in-kind donations. Please bring any items to our Administrative Office at 1520 Cherry in KCMO. We we can assist you with your donation(s) and provide you with a receipt.

Updated: 06/08/2020

Needs that are bold indicate our most urgent, immediate needs.

Food Needs

*please do not donate spoiled or expired food

  • Sliced bread
  • Lunch meat
  • Sliced cheese
  • Hamburgers and hotdogs
  • Oatmeal and grits
  • Cold cereals
  • Food handling gloves and caps
  • Canned goods (vegetables) 
  • Bottled water

Shower Kit Needs

  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Travel size deodorant
  • Travel size mouthwash
  • Travel size shaving cream
  • Toothbrushes
  • Disposable razors
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Shower shoes or flip flops, all sizes
  • Sunscreen

Medical Needs

  • Multi-vitamins and
  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Band-Aids - all sizes
  • Gloves, size M
  • Medical Masks (purchased or handmade)
  • Reading glasses, any strength

ongoing needs

  • Weekly pill containers
  • Benedryl or generic
  • Loratadine
  • Zyrtec
  • Any allergy OTC med in generic form
  • Personal facial tissue packs

Women's Center Needs

(New or gently used only, please. We can only accept in-season clothing.)

  • Bras, all sizes, new only
  • Sports bras, all sizes, new only
  • Underwear, sizes 5-7, new only
  • Shoes, sizes 8-11
  • Pajamas, nightgowns, all sizes
  • Ankle socks and athletic socks, new only
  • Arts & craft supplies

Men's Center Needs

(New or gently used only, please. We can only accept in-season clothing.

  • Vests, jackets and coats, 3XL
  • Undershirts, sizes 2XL and 3XL, new only
  • T-shirts, all sizes
  • 4XL boxers and briefs, new only
  • New or gently used jeans, all sizes (especially waist size 50)
  • Sneakers, sized 10 through 11.5
  • Giant print Bibles (font size 13 or larger)

Housekeeping Needs

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lysol wipes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Pinesol
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Boxed rags
  • XL exam gloves
  • Liquid HE laundry detergent (no pods, please)

Items We CANNOT Use

From time to time, a well-meaning donor will bring in donations we are unable to use. Some items don’t match the population we serve and other items may be broken, and we cannot make needed repairs. Below is a list of items we simply can’t use - we knew you’d want to know. Thank you for your generosity and partnership!

  • Old, outdated electronic equipment (please call before donating any computer-related item)
  • Televisions
  • Beds, mattresses, bed frames
  • Sofa sleepers
  • Stoves
  • Refrigerators
  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Used underwear
  • Used socks
  • Children’s items (clothing, toys, etc.)
  • Spoiled or expired food

Special Requests

Occasionally, we will have a special request. To be alerted about those needs, follow our Facebook page.

Thank you for your generosity!