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.

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?

The Holiday Store is an annual Center for Safety and Empowerment tradition for clients and their families. The end of the year is a time to celebrate, and you can ensure that everyone in our community is included.

Please bring your items (or ship directly) to YWCA Northeast Kansas 225 SW 12th Street location by December 5th to be included in the Holiday Store. If shipping, please call to let us know when to expect your delivery (785) 354-7927.

For the Kids:

  • Non-violent toys
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports balls / equipment / toys
  • Dolls / action figures of all ethnicities
  • Puzzles
  • Building blocks
  • Lego
  • Board games
  • Character clothing, costumes, character accessories
  • Dress-up clothes and make-believe accessories
  • Headphones
  • Electronics
  • Bluetooth speakers

For the Family:

  • Blankets
  • Hats, scarves, gloves (kids and adults)
  • Winter coats (kids and adults)
  • Gift cards (movie theater, grocery store, gas station, shopping)
  • Socks and underwear (kids and adults, all sizes)
  • Purses, makeup, bath products
  • Home appliances
  • Bed sheets
  • Twin-sized character bed linens


  • 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.

Clients oftentimes request hair care products specifically for black hair textures.

  • 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


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

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