Wish List for People in Need

Catholic Charities serves nearly 35,000 people every year with a diverse range of programs, offering basic necessities and help in moving toward greater stability. Our programs and the people we serve rely on the community for gifts of time and treasure. Several items are always needed to continue our services to men, women and children. In whatever way you choose to give, thank you for your positive impact on the lives of those most in need.

Effective February 1, 2014, Catholic Charities is no longer able to accept used items. For your convenience, we have listed local organizations that will accept used items.

6023 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN

Salvation Army
3740 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN

Sabathani Community Center,
M-F 9a-4p
310 East 38th St.
Minneapolis, MN

We thank you for your continued support.

School Supplies

Catholic Charities provides new backpacks stuffed with age appropriate school supplies for children and youth ensuring that they start school “ready to learn”. While we are in need of backpacks from Kindergarten through High School, we are especially in need of new larger sized packs to accommodate our middle and high school aged students. As you are shopping, please consider donating these more generous sized packs. If you are interested in coordinating a school supply drive please contact the In Kind Warehouse at 612-204-8295 for further information on the most needed items.

School Supply Wish List:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks (non-spiral preferred)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Graphing Calculators
  • USB Flash Drives
  • Pocket Folders
  • Binder Dividers
  • Printer/Copy Paper
  • Pencil Boxes or pouches
  • Blank Journals
  • Monthly Planners

Hygiene Items:

  • Deodorant (greatly needed)
  • African American Hair Products (greatly needed)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • ChapStick products
  • Men’s Shaving products
  • Soap (Bar and liquid type)
  • Lotion (full size bottles greatly needed)
  • Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Cleansing Wipes
  • Travel size items always needed

New Household Items:

  • Blankets (twin, full, and queen)
  • Mattress pads (twin, full, and queen)
  • Air Mattresses (twin, full, and queen)
  • Pillows
  • Bath Towels
  • Crock pots/slow cookers
  • Electric Skillets
  • Toasters
  • Coffee Makers
  • Shower Curtains and hooks (greatly needed)
  • Mops

Gift Cards:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Grocery Store
  • Pharmacy
  • Gas Cards

School Uniform Clothing:

Within the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public School System, some schools now have a school uniform policy. In addition, school based counseling programs with Catholic Charities are in eight inner-city schools are providing children and youth with mental health and social services integrated into their every day school experience.

New, unused clothing in all sizes is needed for school uniforms in the following styles and colors:

  • Pants—Tan or Khaki, Black, Navy, and Burgundy
  • Shirts—(though Polo shirts are preferred, long sleeve or short sleeve shirts are acceptable)—Black, Navy, White, Tan, Red, and Burgundy

New Clothing Items for Older Teens and Adults:

  • Shoes—Athletic, Casual, winter boots
  • New Clothing items size small—5XL
    *sweatpants and sweatshirts greatly needed
  • Underwear, all sizes and gender
  • For women—sports type bras are desired
  • Socks—men and women

New Clothing Items for Children and Younger Teens:

  • New Clothing items sizes 2T—size 16
  • Especially needed—sweatshirts, sweatpants, and activity pants—all sizes (boys and girls)
  • Shoes—athletic, casual, winter boots
  • Underwear—boys and girls
  • Socks—boys and girls


  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Bottles
  • Diaper bags
  • Clothing Newborn-2T

Miscellaneous Items:

  • MTC bus cards/tokens
  • Prepaid cell phone cards
  • Ethnic Dolls
  • Wooden Puzzles, especially preschool age
  • Nerf ball type of play toys
  • Books focused on African American or Latino families/stories
  • Duffel Bags
  • Fidgets or sensory type items—ex. Googly balls, stress relievers
If you have any questions or are planning a drive to collect specific items, please contact our warehouse personnel to get the current up to date information on our agencies most immediate needs. Catholic Charities In-Kind Warehouse: 612-204-8295

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis 1200 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55403  Tel: 612.204.8500   Email:info@cctwincities.org
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