Wish List

YWCA Northeast Kansas 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.

New items can be dropped off at our office 225 SW 12th Street, Topeka, or shipped directly (please call to notify us of an expected delivery, (785) 354-7927).

If you choose to use Amazon Prime, you can also choose to have a percentage of your purchase given to us as a monetary donation (at no cost to you or to us). Just order through smile.amazon.com and choose “Young Women’s Christian Association of Topeka, Kansas” as your charity to support. Thank you!

What Can I Donate?

As our world adapts to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some specific needs in order to best serve the Topeka community. To read more about YWCA Northeast Kansas’ commitment to health and safety, please refer to this blog post

The most urgent items that we need are:

·       BIPOC hair care products (e.g., oils, leave-in treatment, shampoo, conditioner, wide-tooth combs, etc.)

·       Toothbrushes and toothpaste

·       Hair brushes and combs

·       Full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner (ideally gender neutral scents)

·       Bar soap or body wash

·       Feminine hygiene products (e.g., pads, tampons)

·       Shaving cream and razors

·       Deodorant

·       Body lotion

·       Bath towels and wash cloths

·       3 oz. containers of shampoo and condition (ideally gender neutral scents)

·       Adult socks (e.g., ankle, tube, fuzzy/winter socks, etc.)

·       Blankets

We are looking for FULL SIZED personal care items. Please visit our “Hygiene & Health” and “Black Hair Care” tabs for specific information.

  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Body Lotion
  • Hair Care products for various textures
  • Body wash (non-floral scents)

We are also looking for donations of new or previously enjoyed:

  • Art supplies
  • Adult Coloring Books
  • Playing Cards
  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • DVDs
  • Word search/crossword puzzles


Hygiene & Health 

  • Black women’s hair care products (please see dedicated tab for brands and product recommendations).
  • 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 restaurant gift cards

Clients oftentimes request hair care products specifically for black hair textures. These tend to be some of our most requested items.

  • Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner
  • Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Hydrating Cream Conditioner
  • Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves and Naturals Curl Sealer
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
  • Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel
  • SheaMoisture Leave-in or Rinse-out Conditioner (with Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter + Flaxseed Oil)
  • Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
  • TCB Naturals Hair & Scalp Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Conditioner
  • Wild Growth Hair Oil
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
  • Pura d’Or Castor Oil 100% Pure Natural USDA Organic Carrier Oil 
  • Shower caps


The Early Learning Center (ELC) provides high quality, affordable childcare services for children 1 year old (and walking) to Pre-Kindergarten. Many of our families receive public assistance, and approximately one-third of our ELC children are in foster or kinship care. Our licensed staff follow the “Love and Logic” method, developing children’s sense of positive decision-making, empathy, and healthy relationships. To learn more, please visit our Youth Services page, or our article Could our Early Learning Center Save the Universe?

  • Double Stroller or Wagon for walks

  • Bean bag chairs/couch
  • Art Supplies

  • Children’s Furniture

  • Scooters

  • Tricycles

  • Sand Box

  • Beach toys

  • Tea party dishes

  • Puppets

  • Puppet Stage

  • Dress-up and make-believe clothing

  • Children’s Garden Equipment

  • Children’s clothes boy and girls starting from size 18 months to size 5T

  • Outdoor picnic tables

  • Outdoor toys

  • Mats and/or Cots


  • URGENTLY NEEDED Standard-sized pillows and pillowcases (new or gently used)  
  • URGENTLY NEEDED Antibacterial Hand Soap Refill
  • URGENTLY NEEDED Toilet paper 
  • Twin sheets and blankets (new or gently used) 
  • Bath towels and washcloths (new or gently used) 
  • Plastic cups, sippy cups and bowls (dishwasher safe) 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Ziplock bags 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Clear, plastic storage tubs with lids 
  • Furniture is needed on a case-by-case basis. Call the office for more information, 785-354-7927.


  • Microwaveable food items/ non-perishables that do not need a can opener
  • Non-perishable food, especially items with protein 
  • Kid’s snacks (fruit snacks, juice boxes, crackers, etc.) 
  • Bottled water 
  • Fun-size candy (for public education) 

Children’s Items 

  • Diapers, especially larger sizes 
  • School supplies 
  • Coloring books 
  • Gel Pens and Coloring Pencils
  • 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.

  • Hanes Women’s 6-Pack Cotton Underwear: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • Sport bras: need sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL
  •  Athletic Socks (low cut) – multipack 
  • Flip Flops or slip on shoes (new)
  • Women’s leggings: sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL 
  • 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 
  • 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