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Urgent & Essential Needs List

Donating new products from our Essential Needs List helps to ensure that Women’s Center & Shelter can provide adult and child survivors of domestic abuse with the basic necessities they so often must leave behind. Your contributions empower survivors to move forward with their lives safely and with confidence.

Urgent Needs

These are the items we need right now. If you’re looking to make an impact by making an in-kind donation, please consider donating one or more of these items.

  Gift Cards

Gift cards are always our biggest need. Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Giant Eagle, and VISA gift cards give us the flexibility to respond to the needs of our clients quickly, no matter what their needs are.

    • $10 and $15 Giant Eagle Gift Cards
    • Sizes S-4XL in all: hoodies, long sleeve tees, leggings, joggers, and underwear
    • Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant
    • Canvas shoes - adults size 7-9 and all children's sizes
    • Size 4 Diapers
    • Kids Shampoo
    • Kids Conditioner
    • Kids Toothbrushes
    • POC Hair Care Products - full size bottles
    • Mouthwash (8 oz - 8.5 oz bottles)
    • Bath Poufs
    • Hair accessories (hair ties, etc.)
    • Floss
    • Bath Towels
    • Diaper Genie refills
    • Pull Ups - all sizes
    • New Air Mattresses
    • Linens - Sheet Sets, Comforters, Pillow Cases, Blankets
    • Shower curtains/hooks
    • Snacks - Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, Chips, Microwave Popcorn, Packaged Cookies/Crackers, etc.
    • Cleaning Products
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Reusable Tote Bags
    • Clorox Wipes
    • Paper Plates & Bowls
    • Plastic Silverware
    • Dish Soap
    • Dish Sponges

Essential Needs

These are essential items we keep in stock for our clients. If you have these items already and wish to donate them, we will gladly accept them. If you are looking to purchase new items or collect in-kind donations on our behalf, please consider choosing items from our Urgent Needs list above.

Hygiene Products

    • Body Wash (Full-sized)
    • Hair Oils (Full-sized)
    • Body Lotion (Full-sized)
    • New Towels

Babies & Children

    • Diapers (sizes 0-6, and Training Pants)
    • Baby Wipes
    • Baby Powder
    • New Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups
    • New Pacifiers
    • Baby Shampoo (Full-sized)
    • New Baby Bibs
    • New Baby Blankets
  •  Clothing
    • New Athletic Wear (t-shirts, yoga pants, etc. - all sizes)
    • New Underwear
    • New Bras
    • New Socks
    • New Women’s Pajamas
    • New Robes
    • New Slippers
    • New Baby/Toddler Clothes

Other Needs

    • New Journals and Notebooks
    • Tissues
    • Toilet Paper

* Due to limited storage, we currently are not accepting donations of these items: period products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, and wash cloths.  

Gently Used Items

Due to very limited storage space, we are unable to accept any used items at this time. However, Women’s Center & Shelter has established partnerships with local thrift stores to allow our clients the freedom to shop for their own families. If you bring your used clothing or other items to one of the listed locations, our clients receive vouchers to shop!

View a list of participating thrift stores to find a nearby donation partner.

Online Wishlist

Shop online for items on our Urgent and Essential Needs lists through our Amazon wish list (you must be logged in to an Amazon account to view the list). When checking out, please be sure to choose the gift receipt message option and include your name and contact information so that we can acknowledge your donation.

Select Women’s Center & Shelter as your chosen charity and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items. Learn more about the AmazonSmile program on our Other Ways to Give page.

Meal Donation

Support WC&S and local businesses by donating a restaurant-prepared meal for adult and child residents. To coordinate a meal drop-off or restaurant order, contact Jake at (412) 687-8017 ext. 331 or


For product donation questions, please contact email

Visit our Other Ways to Give section for more information and more ways to help survivors of domestic violence build new lives.