Donate Items from our Wish List

A donation drive is a terrific way to connect with your community while collecting needed items for PADS’ clients. As the organizer, you select the items you want to ask for from our wish list. Every item makes a tremendous difference for the people we serve!

Please be sure to contact us before you begin your drive to learn more about our most urgent needs. Please email our Development Office at for more information.

Food Donation Requests

We currently need shelf-stable items in microwaveable ready bowls:

  • Easy Mac
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Dinty Moore meals
  • Cup of Soup
  • Ramen Cups
Two people standing in front of a car trunk full of items.
A man and woman standing in front of a jeep.

Current Wishlist

  • New Toddler and Kids Winter Coats
  • Men’s and Women’s sweatpants and sweatshirts, M-XL
  • New Women’s underwear and sports bras, S-2XL
  • New Men’s underwear/boxers, M-2XL
  • New Men’s and Women’s Tshirts, M-2XL
  • New Long johns-thermals (various sizes)

  • We are fully stocked at the moment!

  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Duffle Bags
  • Backpacks (larger size)

  • Grocery store gift cards (Jewel or Walmart preferred)
  • Gas gift cards
  • Fast food gift cards

You can also directly purchase needed items from our Amazon Wish List!

Housewarming Project

Moving into housing is an exciting time that offers hope for individuals and families who have been living in shelters or on the streets. However, many of our clients are moving into their new homes with very few personal possessions. To help ease the transition into stable housing, we work with volunteers to provide the household items that are crucial for our clients to make a fresh start and make their new units feel more like home.

By providing a Housewarming Kit, you and your family, business, or community group can help our neighbors experiencing homelessness create a home that will provide the stability and comfort necessary to creating a brighter future for themselves so that can be a part of our thriving community.

In-kind donations gratefully accepted at our Day Resource Center (1800 Grand Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085) Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM.