Wish List – YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment

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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.

What Can I Donate?

We are in urgent need for these items at this time for our safe shelter clients. New items can be dropped off at our office 225 SW 12th Street, Topeka.

  • Body wash (full size)
  • Combs and brushes (particularly for Black hair)
  • Black hair care products
  • Bath towels
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes and genders)
  • Bras (all sizes)


  • 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 (new or gently used)  
  • 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, 785-354-7927.

Hygiene & Health 

  • Black women’s hair care products (Motions Brand) 
  • Women’s shaving gel and razors 
  • Cosmetics 
  • Over-the-counter medicines 
  • Band-Aids
  • Always UltraThin Maxi Pads 
  • Tampons – Regular 
  • Shampoo – Full Size 
  • Conditioner – Full Size 
  • Body Wash – Full Size 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant 
  • Body Lotion – Full Size 
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Hair Brush/Comb 
  • Journal/Pen 
  • $25 gift card to fast food restaurants

Children’s Items 

  • Diapers, especially larger sizes 
  • School supplies 
  • Coloring books 
  • Play Dough 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 

New Clothing 

Please note: our limited storage space only allows us to accept NEW women’s and children’s clothing.  Used clothing cannot be accepted at this time.

  • Sweatpants: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL  
  • Hoodie sweatshirts: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Cotton Tee Shirts: need sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL 
  • Tank Tops: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Athletic Socks (low cut) – multipack 
  • Sport bras: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL
  • Hanes 6 Pack Cotton Underwear: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Women’s leggings: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Flip flops: need sizes S,M,L 
  • Winter coats: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Hats, gloves and scarves 


  • Topeka Transit Bus Tickets 
  • Gas vouchers 
  • Phone cards 
  • Office supplies 
  • Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Dillon’s, Office supply stores) 
  • Duffel Bags – Preferably a 20-inch bag 
  • Fleece Blanket