Hawthorn Hill Holiday Donations

Each year we coordinate Christmas gifts for the families with children staying at New Directions Shelter and participating in The Home Connection program. We know the holidays can be especially difficult for those families experiencing homelessness, and want to do everything we can to ensure they have a happy holiday season! 

If you wish to provide any of the following items for Hawthorn Hill’s families, please feel free to wrap and tag the gift with a short description of the item, (pj’s/girl/size 3T).

We are also in need of holiday meal donations for New Directions Shelter. You can learn more here. 

Stocking stuffers

  • Fun candy/snack items

  • Face masks (bath and body kind)/nail polish/Chapstick/lip gloss

  • Face masks (COVID-19 kind) 

  • Small toys/games for boys and girls

Young Kids (0 -12)

  • Baby toys

  • Puzzles 

  • Craft kits

  • Board games

  • Books (especially things like Guinness World Records and Ripley’s)

  • Pajamas (variety of sizes and genders)

  • Activity/learning books

Teenagers (13-18)

  • Ear buds 

  • Young adult books 

  • Adult coloring books

  • Hair accessories (scrunchies and headbands)

  • Joggers and leggings

  • Hoodies and graphic tees (both genders)

  • Underwear and bras (especially bralettes and sports bras)

  • Soap/body spray sets (both genders)

  • Art sets 

  • Small gift cards for fast food places


  • Blankets and throws 

  • Coffee pot and coffee/thermos/mugs

  • Slow cooker

  • Pajamas/comfy clothes (all sizes/genders)

  • Underwear/bras (bralettes and sports bras)

  • Towels

  • Bath and body sets (both genders) 

  • Shave kits for men 

  • Car items (jumper cables, winter kits, snow scrapers)

  • Phone chargers (Android)

  • Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Caseys, QuickTrip, and HyVee)

The Home Connection Christmas Household Laundry Gift Basket Needed Items

Please place any/all items below in a laundry basket unwrapped.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner

  • Windex

  • All-purpose spray cleaner

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Dryer Sheets

  • Pinesol

  • Lysol spray

  • Paper towels

  • Toilet Paper

  • Hand soap

  • Disinfectant wipes