Support LSS Services by Giving Needed Items
Your support makes it possible for LSS to reach one in 65 Minnesotans. Gifts-in-kind are goods and services that individuals, families, congregations, businesses or community groups can donate directly to LSS.
We Do Not Accept
Please note that we do not accept the following items:
- Used clothing
- Used sleeping bags
- Used duffle bags
- Used backpacks
- Baby equipment (such as high-chairs, car seats and pack and plays)
- Game equipment (like pool tables)
Items We Accept
Our services benefit most from donations of specific, requested items and cash donations. Please see the items needed below by region.
Some programs below feature online registries, which offer you the convenient option to purchase items through a vendor who will deliver the items directly to programs. Other services have wish lists on our website. These lists contain frequently needed items and identify a contact who can coordinate where you can deliver items. Both options are offered completely contact-free.
East Central Minnesota
Housing Services works with clients in need to develop a housing plan, find and obtain suitable housing.
St. Cloud Area Crisis Nursery
The Crisis Nursery is here to help families through stressful situations by placing children ages 0-12 with licensed providers in St. Cloud. All items go to the families as well as our licensed providers, so they can care well for the children.
Wright County Area Crisis Nursery
The Crisis Nursery is here to help families through stressful situations by placing children ages 0-12 with licensed providers in Wright County. All items go to the families as well as our licensed providers, so they can care well for the children.
Duluth Homeless Youth and Family Services
LSS has multiple service sites in Northeast Minnesota that support youth and families. Items donated through the registry will be distributed to the location with an immediate need.
Duluth Center for Changing Lives
LSS Center for Changing Lives in Duluth supports youth and families participating in residential and community-based programs.
Duluth Crisis Nursery
When crisis strikes, families may suddenly need 24-hour emergency childcare. Diapers and other baby care products are always needed and appreciated.
South Central Minnesota
Mankato Area Crisis Nursery
Keeping children safe and promoting child and family well-being are the primary goals of the Mankato Area Crisis Nursery. Please be a part of the village needed to raise a child by donating items our families often cannot afford. These donations will be distributed to new and current Crisis Nursery families.
The REACH Resource Center
Mankato: Whether they need help finding a job, a home, access to services, applying to college or a nutritious meal, The REACH is there for youth in Mankato. You can support them by donating frequently needed items like food and household supplies.
Rochester Youth Services
Rochester: The goal of our transitional housing program is to support at-risk youth while they establish and maintain an independent household, and prevent future occurrences of homelessness.
Twin Cities Metro
Saint Paul: 16 and 17-year-old mothers and their children often come to LifeHaven with only the clothes on their backs. Welcome Baskets help them feel at home while providing basic care supplies.
Metro Homeless Youth
Minneapolis & Saint Paul: Youth who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness are eligible for transitional housing through LSS. You can support their new start by collecting household essentials that make their new apartment feel like home.
Metro Youth & Family Services
Minneapolis & Saint Paul: Our mission at Metro Youth & Family Services is to keep our young people safe, healthy, and thriving in their communities and families.
Minneapolis & Saint Paul: Refugee Services provides support to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. These donations will help families as they start anew after losing nearly everything to violence and persecution.
Saint Paul: Rezek House provides transitional housing and resources to build independent living skills to youth ages 16 to 21 who are experiencing homelessness. You can provide youth the necessities to maintain safe and healthy home.
Saint Paul: Safe House provides youth experiencing homelessness a safe place to stay, nourishing meals and caring staff who offer active support. Your donations help us create a welcoming and supportive environment for youth, where they feel respected and heard.
Multiple locations: Street outreach workers extend confidential, nonjudgmental support to homeless and runaway youth. You can equip them with items they need like winter clothing and hygiene products.
Multiple locations: A collaboration of nonprofit organizations, StreetWorks partners combine their resources to assist youth experiencing homelessness. Your donations enable our team to provide youth with necessities that offer comfort and hope for the future.
Multiple locations: Foster families open their hearts and homes to children in need of temporary care. You can help them provide a welcoming environment by supplying commonly needed items.
People with Disabilities
Brainerd, Faribault, LeRoy & Red Wing: People with disabilities need support to set and accomplish their own goals and participate in community life. Your donations help LSS offer them a comfortable, life-enriching home environment.