Caring Year-Round

Wish List for Monthly Donation Drives

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January - Sweet slumber

Need help starting a donation drive?

Hundreds of men, women, and children in the Fayette Cares shelter sleep and dream of what life will be like once they’re back on their feet.  Donate supplies for a shelter bed and you’ll be sharing in someone’s dreams.

  • Sheets (twin or full)
  • Comforters (twin or full)
  • Blankets (twin or full)
  • Plastic mattress covers (twin or full)
  • Pillows

Shop AmazonSmile and list Fayette Cares as your charity so Amazon will donate!  You can also purchase items from our Amazon wish list.

February – Souper Bowl

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Bowls carry meals for hungry clients.  But being part of this “souper” bowl will be  less expensive than a seat in the nosebleed section!

  • Soups (beef stew, chicken & dumplings, chili, etc.)
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Bowls and plates (reusable or disposable)
  • Cups and glasses  (reusable or disposable)
  • Spoons, forks, and knives  (reusable or disposable)

Hold a Souper Bowl of Caring around the Big Game to collect funds and supplies for Fayette Cares.

March - Spring Cleaning

Donate for clean clothes with morale boost

Being homeless makes it challenging to generally keep things clean.  Your donations help clients find renewed pride in themselves and their surroundings.

  • Laundry detergent
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Dish sponges
  • Trash bags (all sizes)
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Mops
  • Storage tubs

Garden donations needed! If you’re thinning out flower beds, consider donating plants for the Home Grown section of the annual plant sale. Donations of perennials, small shrubs, and more are welcomed! 

April Showers

Donate to clean body and soul

Standing under a stream of icy water sends chills up the toughest spines. A hot shower in the shelter is a luxury for many of our clients. By funding supplies and equipment you warm hearts (and heads, backs and shoulders).

  • Body soap/wash
  • Shampoo
  • Towels (body, hand, face)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Donate to fund replacing and maintaining shelter water heaters.

May - Oh Baby!

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For many little ones the Fayette Cares shelter is their first safe home.  Your gifts make their early years special.

  • Diapers (Sizes 1-5)
  • Baby wipes
  • Car seats
  • Portable cribs

June - Summer Fun

Donate for those precious bundles of joy

School’s out!  But for many this means no free cafeteria breakfast or lunch.  Your donations can help parents assure nutritious meals are still on the menu.

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Ready-to-eat snacks (Lunchables, fruit cups, granola bars, etc.)
  • Canned meals (ravioli, chili, soups)

July - Back to School Already?!

Donate for scholastic success

Homeless children need all the help they can get to focus on learning.  Give essential supplies to assure they are equipped for a great school year.

  • Clear backpacks
  • Lunchboxes/bags
  • Pens/pencils
  • Loose leaf paper/note books
  • Tissues
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue sticks

August Undies

Donate for a fresh foundation

Clients gladly wear gently used clothing donated to Fayette Cares, but nobody wants old underwear!   Fresh undergarments are a special, unseen gift.

  • Boy/girl underwear
  • Men’s/Women’s underwear
  • Socks (assorted sizes)
  • Sports bras (assorted sizes)

September Safety

Donate for all the bumps and bruises

Keep the shelter stocked with supplies to tend to our clients’ cuts, bumps, and scrapes.  Donate first aid supplies and help, for just a moment, make one thing all better.

  • Bandaids
  • Gauze
  • Thermometers
  • Alcohol/peroxide
  • Fever/pain reliever (adult and child)
  • Burn ointment

October - Winter is Coming!

Donate to prepare for hard winter months

It won’t be long before children are waiting for the bus in the cold.  Many of our clients must also face the elements when walking to work.  Your donations will leave our clients feeling warm and fuzzy.

  • Coats (infant/toddler – XXXL)
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Rain coats
  • Umbrellas

The gala is just around the corner.  Can you donate or solicit an auction  item for this fabulous fundraiser?  Contact us to learn more!

November - Holiday Giving

Donate to help make the season bright


A simple act of caring will help families in need this holiday season. Food will be distributed to hundreds of families on Saturday, December 12th. Help organize a donation drive at your church, school or work to collect these items for holiday food baskets:

  • Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, ham, chili)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal/Oatmeal/Grits
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Rice
  • Stuffing
  • Cake Mix
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Pasta

Donations needed by the first Friday in December!

Remember to register your Kroger Plus Card annually – Kroger matches 5% of every dollar spent at no cost to you.

December - Christmas Caring

Donate toys to spread holiday cheer

It’s tough to get in the holiday spirit when you’re barely making ends meet.  Your  gift will spread joy during the holidays.  Please contribute unwrapped presents (infants and tweens ages 8-12 tend to be the greatest need).

  • Basketballs/footballs
  • Bicycles/scooters (helmets too!)
  • Electronic games (include batteries please!)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Educational games

Donations needed by the first Friday in December!


Gifts from caring individuals, like you, make up a majority of the support that allows the doors of Fayette Cares to remain open for those in crisis. Donate now to join Fayette Cares in creating lasting solutions!