Wish List

The people we serve who are experiencing homelessness – either living outside, staying at our shelters, or getting ready to move into their own apartments – are in need of the items below. Will you help?

Please contact Sheree at (203) 401-4400, ext. 138 before purchasing items, to schedule a drop-off, and for any questions. Thank you!

Urgent Needs


New Clothing

Women’s underwear (sizes 7-12, new only)

Men’s boxer shorts (sizes medium to extra-large, new only)

New cotton or nylon shorts, elastic waist, all sizes, neutral colors

New sweatshirts & sweatpants in neutral colors, size medium to x-large

New t-shirts, all sizes, all genders, neutral colors

New children's clothing, all genders, sizes infant and up

Rain ponchos



Bottled water

Juice boxes, any flavor

Healthy snacks (granola bars, snack crackers, pretzels, trail mix, etc.) 

Fresh fruit

Instant oatmeal

Canned coffee

Fruit cups

Grocery store gift cards in $20-25 increments

Groceries, takeout, deliveries (contact Sheree for list) 



Adult incontinence products 

Diapers, all sizes

Full & travel size body wash


Toothpaste, full & travel size

Women's & men’s razors & shaving cream 


Insect repellent

Hand sanitizer


Household Items

New air mattresses (full and queen size preferred), sheets, blankets, pillows

New twin size comforters and blankets

New bath towels

Toilet paper

Gift cards to Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Family Dollar, Target, Big Lots

Welcome Kits 


Other Client Needs

CT Transit and River Valley Transit bus passes

The "Big Book" – the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous


Special Requests

New 50” flatscreen TV for Recovery House

New 5qt dutch oven with a lid Recovery House

Board games such as Trouble, Sorry, Yahtzee, and Connect 4, for Recovery House 


Client & Staff Needs

16-inch laptop bags/backpacks (such as these)


Due to your overwhelming generous support, we currently have ample supplies of PPE to keep staff and clients safe. Thank you!

Ongoing Needs   


New Clothing

New underwear (all sizes, men & women, boxers for men)

New t-shirts (all sizes men & women)

New cotton or nylon shorts, elastic waist, all sizes, neutral colors


Adult incontinence products 

Diapers, all sizes

Menstrual products

Full-size body wash

Full-size shampoo

Lip balm (like ChapStick or Blistex with sunscreen/SPF)


Insect repellent



Bath towels & face cloths (new only)

Twin-size bed sheet sets (new only)

Twin bed comforters (unisex, new only) 

Other Needs

CT Transit and River Valley Transit bus passes

Waist/hip packs in neutral colors


Pocket calendars

Books of stamps




***Due to space constraints, Columbus House is not accepting any used clothing donations.***