Wish List

You can help your Austin neighbors through simple acts of generosity. Your thoughtful donation of food, toiletries, or household items will provide someone with the essentials they need when moving into their new home.

Current Needs

Food Items
  • Canned Beans: Pinto, Garbanzo or Kidney
  • Canned Veggies: Peas, Beets, or Spinach - NO green beans or corn please!
  • Canned Fruit: Pineapple, Peaches, Pears, or Mixed Fruit
  • Canned Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • Dry Beans: Kidney or White Northern
  • Dry Cereals
  • Dry Lentils
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Cooking Oil (12 oz)
  • Sugar (2 lb)
  • Salt (24 oz)
Hygiene Items
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Feminine Hygiene Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Razors
  • Bath Soap
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Kitchen Items
  • Rice Cookers*
  • Cookware Sets*
  • Small Appliances (Coffee Pot, Microwave, etc.)*
  • Kitchen Utensil Sets
  • Potholders and Dish Towels
  • Kitchen Tools (Can Opener, Measuring Spoons, etc.)
  • Plastic Storage Containers
Household Items
  • Welcome Home Baskets*
  • New Mop and Bucket
  • New Broom and Dustpan
  • Small Trash Can or Kitchen Trash Can
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap and Cleaning Solution
  • Laundry Detergent
Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Bed Frame (Twin or Full) - New Mattresses only
  • New Sheet Set or Bedding (Twin or Full)
  • Small Dining Table and Chairs
  • Small Sofas and Living Room Chairs
Other
  • Sewing Machine
  • Umbrellas
  • Adult Backpacks
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike Lock
  • Hand Tools
Gift Cards
  • H-E-B*
  • Home Depot*
  • Payless
  • Walmart
  • Target
Children's Items
  • Diapers and Pull ups
  • New toys
  • New School supplies
  • New Backpacks
  • Cribs
  • Car Seats
  • New Baby Clothes

* Most needed items

Download Wish List

Welcome Home Baskets

With new programs and initiatives ramping up, dozens of families and individuals will have a stable place to call home this summer. You can help give them the gift of “Welcome Home” by donating a basket filled with household essentials for move-in day. We’ve even put together an easy-to-shop Amazon list for affordable options!

  • Sheets and comforters (Twin, Full, Queen)
  • Bath towels (bath sheet, hand towel, wash cloth)
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes (serving for 4)
  • Utensils (serving for 4)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundry basket/trash can

Gift Cards

Donated gift cards can help someone pay for their weekly groceries, buy toiletries, or purchase household necessities. Gift cards are a wonderful way to help an individual or family stretch their budget to cover all monthly expenses. A gift card of any amount is greatly appreciated, we but recommend $20-25 each.

Donation Drop Off Information

To schedule your donation drop off, contact Catherine Hood-Foster at choodfoster@caritasofaustin.org or 512-646-1258. Donated items can be dropped off at our offices located at 611 Neches Street during the following times. Please pull your car around to the garage on the north side of our building and ring the bell for assistance.

  • Monday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am – 11:30am

The drop-off entry is located at the garage door on 7th Street. Ring the doorbell and we will assist you with your donation.

Donation Questions FAQs

Unfortunately, Caritas of Austin does not have the capacity to accept clothing donations. If you are interested in donating clothes and shoes, we encourage you to donate to St. Vincent de Paul Store at the address listed below. They generously donate vouchers to Caritas of Austin clients, allowing them to select what they need from the store.

St. Vincent de Paul Store
901 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78745
512-442-5652

We welcome donations of new or gently used household items. Certain categories of donations must be new in their original packaging: toiletries, nonperishable food, toys, children's books, and bedding.

Welcome Home basket contains basic household items that a person might need when they walk into their new home for the first time after experiencing homelessness. We suggest filling a laundry basket with some of these items:

  • Sheets and comforters (Twin, Full, Queen)
  • Bath towels (bath sheet, hand towel, wash cloth)
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes (serving for 4)
  • Utensils (serving for 4)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning products
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