New Directions Shelter
Holiday Support

Thank you for supporting the families of Hawthorn Hill this holiday season! 


Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help families "shop" for the gifts provided through Hawthorn Hill's Wish List. (Everything is free to the families staying with us.) Then, help the families wrap their presents. Volunteers are needed December 14th - December 23rd. Times are flexible - suggested times include: 

Mornings 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Afternoons 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Evenings 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This is a great project for an individual or up to 4 volunteers at a time.  

To schedule a time to help, contact Missy Reams by email at, or by phone at 515-244-6251 Option 5. Please sign up 2 days in advance so we can communicate shopping times with the families. 

Donate: We also need presents for the families staying at the shelter! Please see the list below for suggested items. 
Donation delivery – When you are ready to drop things off at the shelter (3001 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312), please call us at 515-243-7456 before bringing the donations. Once we know you are on your way, we will meet you at the back door unloading area by our Administrative Office. Please drop off the donations by Friday, December 9th.

We ask that all gifts remain unwrapped so families can experience the joy in picking items out and wrapping them for their loved ones.

All items can also be purchased on our Amazon List and shipped directly to us:

If you are planning on purchasing items, please click the button below to fill out a short form so we can ensure equal distribution of gifts throughout the families participating in our programs. Thank you in advance!

Teenagers (13-18)

  • Ear buds/headphones

  • Bluetooth speakers

  • 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)

  • $10 gift cards for fast food places


  • Blankets and throws

  • Coffee pot 

  • Travel coffee thermos

  • Slow cooker & Air fryer

  • Pajamas/comfy clothes (all sizes/genders)

  • Socks/Underwear/Bras (all sizes & genders)

  • Slippers/house shoes

  • Bath towels & sheet sets

  • Pillows

  • Bath and body sets (both genders)

  • Shave kits for men

  • Essential tool kit

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

  • Phone chargers (Android)

  • Wallets

  • Portable speaker

Stocking Stuffers

  • Fun candy/snack items

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

  • Small toys/games for boys and girls


Babies & Toddlers (0- 5)

  • Baby soap sets

  • Hooded towels and burp cloths

  • Learning toys

  • Stuffed animals

  • Diapers (size 3 and up) Pull Ups (all sizes)

  • Pajamas

  • Night light/noise machines

Young Children (6 -12)

  • Puzzles & Board games

  • Craft kits

  • Pajamas (variety of sizes and genders)

  • Activity/learning books

  • Card games

  • Lego sets

  • Action figures/dolls

  • Water bottle

Please contact Melanie Wright if you have any questions. 
Office Phone 515-244-9748 | Cell 515-371-2958 | Email