Donate Items - Youthlink

Donate Items Donating new, or gently used, items is another way to support homeless youth in our community.

We are grateful for all your support, donations and gifts that we have been receiving each year. Thank you for being kind, generous and amazing!

If you have questions about donations, please contact KaMia Watson at or 612-252-1206.

As a part of our December holiday celebration, we give young people in need gifts of new items, like sweatshirts, coats, hats, gloves, new dish sets, children’s toys and clothing, and sheet sets. Many of our young people start out with only a backpack full of clothing, and it’s a wonderful gift for them to have something new over the holidays.


Youth Gift Bags, ct 300 of each item, new.

If you are interested in helping us get items from this category, please consider the count (300 of each). It is our hope that we will be able to create 300 equal bags.

Donations needed by Thursday 12/13/18.

  • Bus pass $10
  • Hoodie sweatshirt
  • earbuds

We would also like to give young people the opportunity to give gifts to their loved ones. Below is the list of items that we are collecting for our “Santa Shop”, where young people can choose the gifts for a partner, child and/or friend:

Gifts for Loved Ones, new.

This category does not have a particular requirement for the number of items.

Donations needed by Thursday 12/13/18.

  • Children’s toys and games for ages 0-5
  • New sheet sets, twin or full sized
  • Dish sets
  • Utensil sets
  • New house ware items like pots and pans, can openers, and cooking utensils
  • Small appliances: irons, toasters, coffee pots
  • Games and sporting equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, board games and hand held electronic games, playing cards, etc.

We also accept financial donations for the gift shop: $100 buys a gift for 4 youth and their loved one or a child.

If you would like to sponsor our holiday festivities, a donation of $600.00 provides a holiday meal to 120-150 young people in our drop-in center.

  • We have options to sponsor both Thanksgiving meal and the holiday meal.
  • For these donations, please donate at this link: and put “holiday meal” or “holiday gift” in the memo line.

The list of items we are able to accept  at this time:

  • Gently used or new fall clothing (all sizes both men and women)
  • Bras (NEW ONLY, all sizes)
  • Men’s and Women’s underwear (NEW ONLY, all sizes)
  • Travel size hygiene products (i.e. deodorant; body wash; lotion, tooth brushes, toothpaste)
  • Gift cards $10.00 value (i.e. Cub Foods, Aldi, S.A., Holiday, Target, Walmart, Subway ect.)
  • Baby diapers and wipes
  • Welcome baskets for St. Barnabas apartments: please go to our Amazon Wish List for details.

Please also check our Amazon Wish List for easy-to-order and easy-to-deliver items here, and our Target Gift List for easy-to-deliver gift cards here.

The list of items we are not able to accept at this time:

  • Full size hygiene care products of any kind (full size is too heavy to carry in a backpack and takes up a lot of space)
  • New or used socks
  • Children’s clothing for ages 5-15
  • Feminine hygiene products

The list of items we are not able to accept at all:

  • Broken, torn or stained items of any kind
  • Electronics of any kind
  • Used toys and stuffed animals
  • Books
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Furniture (except by approval: please contact KaMia for more information at
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