Wish List: Metro Youth & Family Services

Help Support Families in the Metro Area

Our mission at Metro Youth & Family Services is to keep our young people safe, healthy, and thriving in their communities and families through three primary services: Seeing & Exploring Life's Future (SELF), Empowering Student to Achieve (ESA), and LSS STEAM Freedom School.

Where to Give

Below are items we need regularly. Host drives or service events! Invite us to speak about our services. To learn more, please email Ness Swann at ness.swann@lssmn.org. We accept items individually or in a backpack, bag, basket or bucket to give to a family. Thank you for your support!

In-Kind Donation Needs

School Success

For all ages and genders. Please separate by grade: Elementary, Middle and High School.

  • Pens (Red, Blue, Black) & Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Notebooks
  • USB cables/Flash Drives
  • Notecards
  • 3-Ring Binders
  • Loose Leaf Papers
  • Folders & Folder Dividers
  • Easels
  • Combination Padlocks (for 9th-12th graders)
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Markers & Highlighters
  • Socks & Underwear Sizes 8-16 (all genders)
  • Rain Ponchos

New Baby or Young Child Support

Items can be placed in small laundry basket or diaper bags for parents’ easy access.

  • Diapers & Pull-ups (sizes NB-5)
  • Training Pants
  • Wipes (non-allergenic)
  • Infant Formula (all brands)
  • Bottles, Pacifiers & Teethers
  • Receiving Blankets
  • Bath Towels
  • Sippy Cups
  • Baby Wash, Lotion & Cotton Swabs
  • Board Books (all languages)
  • Infant Toys
  • Diaper Bags
  • Baby Carriers (new or gently used)
  • New Baby/Child Clothing (NB-5T)

Welcome to a New Home

  • Household Cleaning Supplies (Ajax, Tilex, Lysol, Pinesol)
  • Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
  • Hygiene Products (shampoo, soap)
  • Accordion File with Tabs/Sections A-Z
  • Toilet Brush & Holder
  • Paper Towels & Sponges
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Flatware & Table Settings
  • Trash Bags
  • Single & Queen Mattress Covers
  • Laundry Soap

Gift Cards for Family Crisis and Basic Needs

  • Target or Walmart
  • Aldi or Cub Foods
  • Gas Cards
  • Household Goods: IKEA or Dollar Tree
  • Bookstores: Barnes & Noble or Half-Price Books

Youth Wellness

  • Hygiene Kits for Highly Mobile and Low-Income Youth
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush
    • Hair Pick or Comb
    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Pads
  • Lotion for All Skin Types
  • Wrapped Healthy Snacks for After School
  • Hair Products for All Hair Textures and Types (Mixed Chicks, Cantu Beauty, etc.)