New Directions Shelter - Needed Items

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

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

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.  

Most Needed Right Now             

  • Bath Towels

  • Men and Women's Deodorant 

  • Multi-Surface Cleaners

  • Adult and Kid's Facemasks (disposable & reusable)

  • Size 3 & 4 diapers

  • Family-sized Body Wash

  • Family-sized Lotion

  • Shaving Cream

School Supplies

  • Gift cards for families to purchase new clothing and shoes for their children (highest need). 

  • Colored pencils

  • Washable markers

  • Dry-erase markers


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 (Powdered Preferred)

Personal Hygiene Products

  • Body Wash

  • Deodorant

  • Hair Spray, Mousse, etc.

  • Ethnic Hair Products

  • Hair Dryers and Straighteners

  • Heavy-Duty Brushes and Combs

  • Lotion

  • Toilet Paper

  • Diapers (sizes 4-6)

  • Pull-ups

  • Baby Wipes

  • Baby Soap, Shampoo, and Lotion

Health Products

  • 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 (adult and children)

  • Allergy medication (adult and children)

  • Chapstick

Household Needs

  • Pillows in Good Condition

  • Twin Bed Sheets

  • Twin Comforters and Blankets

  • Towels and Washcloths

  • Forks and Spoons

  • Tumbler-Type Plastic Drinking Glasses


Other Needs

  • Grocery Gift Cards (Hy-Vee, Walmart)

  • Gasoline Gift Cards

  • Long Distance Calling Cards

  • Postage Stamps

  • Kid-Friendly Cereal

  • Kid’s Snacks

  • Gallon-Sized Ziploc Bags

  • Baby Formula

  • Coffee

Employment Needs

  • Bus Tokens

  • Jump drives- for storing resumes electronically

  • Black two-pocket folders for job fairs