Updated August 14, 2017

Items listed below can be dropped off at 659 S River Street, Door B, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm or after-hours at the entrance to the PADS shelter on the upper south side of the building. To receive a receipt for your donation, please be sure to fill out the duplicate Gift in Kind Donation Form at the time you drop off your donation and keep a copy for your records.

Please note: We use all donated items to serve the needs of homeless individuals in your community. First, our guests/residents receive all of the items they need. Second, excess items may be converted into resources to purchase food, counseling, case management and other services that help end homelessness, one person, one family at a time.

At this time we do not have a donation pick-up service. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any questions about your gift in kind donation, please send an e-mail to donate@hesedhouse.org or call 630-914-6428.

At this time we are unable to accept the following: tube televisions, used pillows or blankets, full or larger used bedding items, used toys (including new/used stuffed animals) and new/used books.

Blessings Bags: We provide our guests with all of the items traditionally found in “Blessings Bags” however, we pass these items out one at a time to individuals as needed. This helps us conserve and ensure unneeded items found in these bags do not go to waste. Therefore, we prefer to receive these items individually rather than in a kit whenever possible.

Immediate Needs

  • Benadryl
  • Size 5 and 6 Pull-Ups
  • Combs/brushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Cough drops
  • Size 5 diapers
  • Razors
  • Fitted and flat twin sheets
  • Earbud headphones
  • Bike locks
  • Deodorant
  • Travel size mouthwash (alcohol free)
  • Shorts (mens/womens, all sizes)
  • Rolaids/antacids
  • Gift cards for gas
  • Window AC units
  • Baby wipes and bottles
  • Cough/Cold medicine (without acetaminophen)
  • Orgajel
  • Sleep aid
  • Travel size mouthwash (alcohol free)
  • Kleenex
  • Benadryl
  • Washcloths
  • Ibuprofen
  • TUMS, Rolaids or the like
  • Foot and/or baby powder
  • Toothpaste (travel-size)
  • Eye drops
  • Paper towels
  • Sheets, flat and fitted (twin-sized)
  • Air mattresses
  • Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
  • ACE bandages
  • Grocery coupons (we have a volunteer who uses them to buy items on our list)
  • Mosquito/insect repellent
  • Oragel
  • Shampoo (travel size)
  • Children’s allergy medication
  • Multivitamins (adult and children’s)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Towels
  • Reading glasses
  • Eyeglass repair kits
  • Shoes
  • Workboots (steel-toed)
  • Shoelaces
  • Athletic (white) socks (men’s and women’s)
  • Underwear (men’s and women’s)
  • Belts
  • Band-Aids (or other adhesive bandage strips)
  • Medical tape
  • Imodium (anti-diarrhea)
  • Ex-Lax (or other laxative)
  • Neosporin/antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream
  • Tampons

Food/Non-perishable Items

  • Sugar
  • Coffee creamer
  • Drink mixes (lemonade, Kool-aid, Tang, iced tea)
  • Sliced cheese
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Sandwich bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Milk
  • Lunchmeat
  • Cans of vegetables 
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Frozen orange juice

Miscellaneous Items

  • Fabric softener/dryer sheets
  • New or gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
  • Basic tools (wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, allen wrenches, etc.)
  • Baby monitors
  • Futons
  • Baseball caps
  • USB/flash/thumb drives
  • Microwaves (for guests moving into new housing)
  • Window A/C units (for newly-housed guests)
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometers (and covers)
  • Shaving cream
  • Q-tips
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Vaseline
  • Hair brushes
  • Hair clippers
  • Facial tissue (travel size preferred)
  • Iron pills (ferrous sulfate)
  • Bicycle locks and chains
  • Bicycle pump
  • Bicycle tire patches
  • Metra train tickets (Zone A-H)
  • Pace bus passes
  • Guitar
  • Life Recovery Bible(s)
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards from CVS, Jewel, Meijer, Target, Walgreens or Walmart
  • Gift cards from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s

Art Supplies

  • Watercolor paper pads
  • Acrylic paper pads
  • Canvas pads (9×12)
  • Synthetic paintbrushes
  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Watercolor paints
  • Gel pens
  • Canvas packs

And, of course, your prayers are always welcome!
Thank you so much!

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