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New Directions Shelter - Needed Items

You can make a difference by donating much-needed items.  

At Hawthorn Hill, new or gently-used items are needed for the families we serve. Items need to be clean, in good condition, in working order, and include all pieces. Donations should not be left outside.  We accept up to 2 bags of seasonally-appropriate clothing at a time. Children's clothing and shoes are always appreciated.  


Our address is:  3001 Grand Avenue, Des Moines Iowa 50312

Donations are accepted at the front door of the shelter.  

Scheduling Donation Drop Offs:  To schedule your donation drop off, please contact New Directions Shelter at 515-243-7456.  You can also reach us by email or by text at 515-346-8895.  

To coordinate a donation drive, contact: Kelsie Pinegar by email at or by phone at 515-243-7456.

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Cleaning Products                 

  • All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Bleach

  • Pine-Sol

  • Dish Soap (Not For Dishwashers)

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Toilet Bowl Brushes

  • Lysol/Disinfectant Spray

  • Disinfectant Wipes

  • Mops

  • Brooms

  • Dustpans

  • Paper Towels

  • Dryer Sheets

  • Garbage Bags (39 Gallon)

  • Garbage Bags (13-Gallon)​

  • Laundry Detergent (Pods Preferred)

Gift Card & Calling Cards

  • Grocery Gift Cards (Hy-Vee, Walmart)

  • Gasoline Gift Cards

  • Long Distance Calling Cards

Personal Hygiene Products

(full size is preferred) 

  • Family-sized Body Wash

  • Men's & Women's Deodorant 

  • Razors (Men's & Women's)

  • Shaving Cream

  • Hair Spray, Mousse, etc.

  • Ethnic Hair Products

  • Hair Dryers and Straighteners

  • Heavy-Duty Brushes and Combs

  • Family-sized Lotion

  • Toilet Paper

  • Diapers (sizes 3-6)

  • Pull-ups

  • Baby Wipes

  • Baby Soap, Shampoo, and Lotion

Household Needs

  • Pillows in Good Condition

  • Twin Bed Sheets

  • Twin Comforters and Blankets

  • Bath Towels and Washcloths

  • Forks and Spoons

  • Tumbler-Type Plastic Drinking Glasses


Health Products

  • Face Masks (Adult & Child Sizes)

  • Children’s Tylenol and Ibuprofen

  • Sore Throat/Cough Drops

  • Cold Medicine (adult and children)

  • Tums

  • Thermometers

  • Neosporin

  • Orajel for babies and adults

  • Vicks Vapor Rub 

  • Allergy medication (adult and children)

  • Chapstick

Other Needs

  • Postage Stamps

  • Kid-Friendly Cereal

  • Kid’s Snacks

  • Gallon-Sized Ziploc Bags

  • Baby Formula

  • Coffee

  • Bus Tokens

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