As a non-profit organization, the shelter depends upon the charity of donors like you. We welcome charitable contributions by credit card via this secure form, or feel free to send a check to:

Meghan Bahn, Community Engagement Manager
Lawrence Community Shelter
3655 E. 25th St.
Lawrence, KS 66046

Our guests rely on your generosity for in-kind donations of various goods as well. Please see the tab on this page or go directly to our Amazon Wish List! (Some items may be unavailable.)

Please note that we CANNOT ACCEPT CLOTHES, which we are unable to sort and store.

If you have furniture or household items to donate, please visit the Move-Out Program page.

Are you interested in turning your commitment to supporting worthy causes into a part of your lasting legacy? Did you know there are various ways you can plan a gift to the Lawrence Community Shelter?

It is possible to make a bequest in your will, arrange for a charitable gift annuity, or use a beneficiary designation for either an IRA, Keogh, 401(k), 403(b), or life insurance plan.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these possibilities, please do not hesitate to contact Melanie Valdez by calling 785-856-2060 or emailing

Thank you for your interest in making an in-kind donation! Please see our ongoing needs list below and feel free to visit our Amazon Wish List.

Donation hours are WEDNESDAYS, 1:00-3:00 PM and THURSDAYS, 10:00 AM-NOON at the roll-up door to the warehouse. Volunteers and/or staff will be there to assist you.


Donations can be shipped to 3655 East 25th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046. 

If you have any questions regarding donations, please email Meghan Bahn at

Please note that we CANNOT ACCEPT CLOTHES, which we are unable to sort and store. If you have clothes to donate, we recommend that you take them to Clare’s Community Closet or to the Social Service League Store (905 Rhode Island Street).

If you have furniture or household items to donate, please visit the Move-Out Program page.

Items in bold are currently the most needed but all listed items will be put to good use.

Personal Care/Hygiene Products
(must be new & unopened)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Bar soap
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Safety razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunblock
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Tampons
  • Maxi pads
  • Adult diapers

COVID-related Needs

  • Trash bags (large black bags especially)
  • Gallon Ziploc bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nitrile/Latex Gloves
  • Face masks
  • Toilet paper
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Bleach
  • Multi-surface cleansers
  • Laundry soap
  • Paper towels

Over the Counter Meds & First Aid Items

  • Aloe gel
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Naproxen
  • Benadryl
  • Melatonin
  • Band-aids
  • Ace bandages
  • 3 oz. Dixie cups
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Alcohol pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Cold medicine packets
  • Triple antibiotic packets
  • Hydrocortisone packets
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Calamine lotion
  • Plastic jewelry bags (for meds)
  • Cough drops
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • First-aid kits


  • Twin sheets/pillow cases
  • Blankets (not too thick, NO FRINGE)
  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths

Clothing/Apparel (NEW, NEVER WORN adult sizes ONLY)

  • Adult cheap flip flops/shower shoes 
  • Adult socks
  • Adult underwear (new in package)
  • Adult cold weather hats
  • Adult cold weather scarves
  • Adult cold weather gloves
  • Adult winter coats (new or gently used are acceptable)

Kitchen Needs

  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups for hot beverages
  • Paper bowls
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Paper napkins

Food & Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Coffee
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Granola/Protein Bars

Other Needs

  • Pens
  • Sharpies
  • Note pads (all sizes)
  • Dry Erase markers & erasers

Please check back, and thank you!