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CSE Wish List


The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment is able to provide for the needs of the families we serve thanks to the generosity of our community. All donated items should be new unless otherwise noted.

One-time needs:

We are remodeling our toy room and in need of some new or gently used items to help children feel more comfortable.


  • Quick play games (Uno, Connect Four, Press Here)
  • Hot Wheels cars
  • Little People (Fisher Price) people figures and cars
  • Toy instruments
  • Chunky wood puzzles
  • Toy organizer 



  • Non-perishable food, especially items with protein
  • Kid's snacks (fruit snacks, juice boxes, crackers, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Fun-size candy (for public education)


  • Trash bags
  • Twin sheets and blankets (new or gently used)
  • Bath towels and washcloths (new or gently used)
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Plastic cups, sippy cups and bowls (dishwasher safe)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Ziplock bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clear, plastic storage tubs with lids
  • Paper towels
  • Furniture is needed on a case-by-case basis. Call the office for more information.

Hygiene and Health

  • Ethnic hair care products (Motions Brand)
  • Maxi pads
  • Full-size shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Shave gel and razors
  • Cosmetics
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Band-Aids

Children's Items

  • Diapers, especially larger sizes
  • School supplies
  • Coloring books
  • Playdough or modeling clay
  • Children's and teen's backpacks (new or gently used)
  • Passes or gift certificates for activities (mini golf, movies, etc.)
  • Baby wash
  • Individually packaged, healthy snacks for kids


Our limited storage space only allows us to accept new women's and children's clothing.

  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts
  • Socks
  • Bras and underwear
  • Sleeping shirts
  • Winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves


  • Android Phone Chargers
  • Topeka Transit bus tickets
  • Gas vouchers
  • Phone cards
  • Office supplies
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Chlorox Wipes
  • Magic Erasers
  • Gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Michael's, JoAnne's, Office supply stores)

updated 7/26/17