We rely primarily on in-kind donations to meet the needs of our clients. We are very happy with reusable items. We do have a meat and dairy specific fund as these items are not donated frequently.

Urgent Needs

We are completely out of backpacks! And boxer shorts and women's undies.

Help us Build Social Buzz by Collecting in Season

We take things all year long, but we do monthly collection focus to help build more momentum and fun! Do a collection drive at work, at school, in your neighborhood, at church, or in your social groups to help us out and build social buzz:

 Month Items Hashtag
 Jan Coats #SYMcoats
 Feb Shoes #SYMshoes
 Mar Hats & Gloves #SYMhatsgloves
 Apr Dog Equipment (leashes, collars, harnesses) #SYMpegs
 May Shorts and Canned Food #SYMshorts
 and
 #SYMpantry
 Jun FlipFlops, Bug Spray, and Sunscreen   #SYMsummer
 Jul Water Bottles #SYMwater
 Aug Backpacks #SYMbackpacks
 Sep Long pants and shirts #SYMclothing
 Oct First aid and over-the-counter items #SYMhealth
 Nov Blankets and Sleeping bags   #SYMblankets
 Dec Books and trinkets (for our Christmas party) #SYMgrabbag

Wishlists for Specific Items

We work hard to find the best supplier of cost-effective goods when we are not able to get already-owned items donated. People always ask us what we need the most of right now, so we update our these wishlists frequently. You can ship items to 408 W 23rd Street Basement, Austin TX 78705 phone 512 553 3796. Local items can be dropped off as well. We are happy to take gently used versions of similar items.

http://a.co/axX3JV8for items frequently requested by clients or for daily operations. List compiled by Billy, our volunteer coordinator.


for items mostly needed for growth and capacity building. List compiled by Terry.


Dollar Tree Wishlist for low cost consumablesfor low cost consumables and some things they are just really great at! We have to email you this one -- just fill the form and we'll send it the next day.

Westaurant.com Wishlistfor commercial quality things to use in our kitchen when that makes the best sense. 



Items Always Needed 
In addition, we always need these items which can be brought to any of our drop-off sites shown on the map below the list. We provide email receipts if you use a drop-off form available at each site.

Food
  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, chili, beans, meaty soup)
  • Whole cooked beef roasts, pork roast,  turkey or chicken
  • BBQ or fried chicken
  • Raw frozen venison, beef, or turkey to make jerky in our dehydrator
  • Sugar to candy fruit before we dehydrate them or make preserves from donated fruits/vegetables
  • Cold breakfast cereal
        Note: We receive a good quantity of fresh baked bread, fruits, and vegetables from Wheatsville Co-op

Fun Stuff
  • Game prizes (sub-$5, new or used, white elephant type of thing!) 
  • Books (Bibles, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers), activity books (trivia,  coloring, puzzle, crossword)
  • Art supplies (drawing pads, markers, clay, mechanical pencils, oil/chalk pastels)
  • Music supplies ( guitars, cases, strings, picks, individual drums, tambourines)
  • Cards (playing, UNO, role play games)
Hard to find Items
  • Shoes: practical adult shoes, work/military boots
  • Outdoor equipment:  backpacks (any kind), tents
  • Hygiene: deodorant, bug spray
  • Clothes: overalls (any kind), athletic/sweat pants, adult jeans, men's and women's underwear (including bras), swimwear
  • Batteries: AA and AAA batteries
Pet Items
  • Dog food (in 3/4-filled gallon ziplock bags) and  cat-food (dry or wet)
  • Leashes, harnesses, and collars of all sizes
  • Dog bowls (metal, plastic or collapsing)
Summer Clothes & Items
  • Water bottles, bottled water, sports drinks
  • Bug-spray, sunscreen
  • Shorts, shirts/tops, flip-flops, hats, low-cut socks
Winter Clothes & Supplies
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, long johns, thermals
  • Hats, gloves, scarves, coats, jackets
  • Long pants, long sleeves, sweaters
Hygiene, Health & First Aid Supplies
  • First aid supplies (Band-Aids, tape, gauze, individual OTC pain killers), braces ( knee, hand, foot, back); vitamins, Emergen-C
  • Toiletries (samples and small bottles: lotion, shampoo, conditioner), deodorant, razors (in Ziplock bags of 2), Q-tips (in Ziplock bags of 10)

Questions? Suggestions?

Do you have an idea of something we could use? Someone who could be donating things to help out our clients? Just ask below!

Special Angel List

Here is a list of projects that are beyond our budget right now but which would be great to get done. You can rate them, ask questions about them, or ask questions to explore any of them more fully!

Drop-off Sites