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:

Ande Johnson, Director of Finance and Operations
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.)

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 Ande Johnson 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.

Donations are accepted at the front desk every day between 8 AM – 6 PM. Furniture donations MUST be scheduled ahead of time. 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 Mercedes Roland at

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


ONGOING NEEDS 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)

  • Mosquito Repellent / Bug Spray
  • Sunblock / Sunscreen
  • Ethnic hair care products
  • Body wash (NOT bar soap)
  • Safety razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Shampoo
  • Hair brushes/combs
  • Tampons
  • Maxi pads
  • Tissue Boxes & Travel Packs
  • Adult diapers (unisex)

Cleaning/PPE Needs

  • Trash bags (large 30-50 gallon bags especially)
  • Gallon Ziploc bags
  • Nitrile/Latex Gloves
  • Multi-surface cleansers
  • Laundry soap (tide pods preferred)
  • Paper towels
  • Windex Cleaner
  • Furniture Cleaner
  • Swiffer Dusters & Refills

Over the Counter Meds & First Aid Items

  • Aloe gel
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Naproxen
  • Benadryl
  • Melatonin
  • Band-aids
  • Ace bandages
  • 3 oz. Dixie cups
  • Alcohol pads
  • 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 (travel size)

Bedding/Linens (must be clean, NO animal hair)

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

Clothing/Apparel (adult sizes ONLY)

  • Adult cheap flip flops/shower shoes (new, sizes 7-12)
  • Adult underwear (new in package, all sizes needed)
  • Sweatpants or shorts (clean, no holes)
  • Winter coats (clean, no holes)
  • Work Shoes/Boots (sizes 7-12)
  • Belts (neutral colors, adult sizes)
  • Any new or gently used adult clothing

Kitchen Needs

  • Paper cups with lids for hot beverages (new in-package)
  • Plastic cutlery (new in-package)
  • Paper napkins (new in-package)

Food & Beverages

  • Individually-Packaged Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Shelf-Stable Milk / Powdered Milk
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Sugar / Artificial Sweetener
  • Granola/Protein Bars
  • Fruit Juice
  • Lunch Meat
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Meat Snack Sticks/Jerky
  • Cheese sticks
  • Nut-Free Snacks
  • Canned meat or tuna
  • Ramen
  • Soup cups

Outreach/Weather-related Needs

  • Tarps
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Power Bank
  • Hand & Foot Warmers
  • Flashlights/Headlamps
  • Emergency Ponchos

Pet Supplies

  • Dog muzzles
  • Dog leashes
  • Animal collars
  • Dog poop bags
  • Dog and cat beds
  • Cat litter
  • Bags of dry pet food (new, unopened)
  • Canned pet food (new, unopened)
  • Dog and cat toys (new, unopened)

Other Needs

  • AA/AAA Batteries
  • Drawstring Bags
  • Earbuds (new)
  • Pens
  • Sharpies
  • Note pads (all sizes)
  • Dry Erase markers & erasers

Please check back, and thank you!

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