Immediate Needs

Hundreds of people in need turn to Shelter KC each week for help. Keeping up everyday supplies can be a challenge! 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: 12/8/19

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

View our 2019 Christmas Wishlist

During winter, we especially need HUGS items (hats, underwear, gloves, socks) and medicines (see below).

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) 

Shower Kit Needs

  • Travel size soap (bar or body wash)
  • Travel size shampoo
  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Travel size deodorant
  • Travel size shaving cream
  • Toothbrushes
  • Disposable razors
  • Shower shoes or flip flops, all sizes

Medical Needs

(cold weather needs)

  • cold and flu medication without alcohol (pill form won't contain it)
  • Multi-vitamins and vitamin C tablets
  • hand sanitizer
  • kleenex
  • cough drops 
  • Robitussin CF or Robitussin DM
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Thera-Flu
  • Mucinex
  • Excedrin
  • Band-Aids - all sizes
  • Gloves, size M

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.)

  • Coats, gloves and hats
  • Bras, all sizes, new only
  • Sports bras, all sizes, new only
  • Underwear, sizes 5-7, new only
  • Shoes, sizes 9-11
  • Cowboy boots (any size)
  • Pajamas, nightgowns, all sizes
  • Knee 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.)

  • Coats, gloves and hats
  • Crew socks, black or white, new only
  • Underwear, sizes L, XL and XXL, new only 
  • Undershirts, sizes L, XL, new only
  • New or gently used jeans, all sizes
  • Twin blankets

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!