Donations can be dropped off at Hesed House
659 S River Street, Aurora, IL, 60506 – DOOR B.
Please note: You can drop donations off
Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.

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 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.

Furniture: Due to a number of reasons, we are NOT currently accepting furniture. As always, we would gladly accept small kitchen appliances, plastic storage bins and organizers, and other non-furniture household goods. There are two very worthwhile agencies that may be able to accept your furniture donation: Wayside Cross Ministries (Downtown Aurora): 630-892-4239 OR St. Vincent DePaul (Westside of Aurora and Geneva): 630-397-8555.

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.

Below is a list of new/used items we are in need of year-round:

Personal Care

  • Benadryl
  • Diapers
  • Combs/brushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Cough drops
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Travel size mouthwash (alcohol free)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Rolaids/antacids
  • Baby wipes and bottles
  • Cough/cold medicine (without acetaminophen)
  • Orgajel
  • Sleep aid
  • Kleenex
  • Shaving cream
  • Ibuprofen
  • TUMS
  • Toothpaste (travel-size)
  • Eye drops
  • ACE bandages
  • Shampoo (travel size)
  • Multivitamins (adult and children’s)
  • 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


  • ANY and ALL types of new/gently used clothing (Infants, children, teenagers, and adults.)
  • New undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Steel toe boots
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Shoelaces

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
  • Basic tools (wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, allen wrenches, etc.)
  • Baby monitors
  • Twin fitted and flat sheets
  • Mosquito/insect repellant
  • Earbud headphones
  • Air mattresses
  • Batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Reading glasses
  • Baseball caps
  • USB/flash/thumb drives
  • Microwaves (for guests moving into new housing)
  • Window A/C units (for newly-housed guests)
  • Bicycle locks and chains
  • Bicycle pump
  • Bicycle tire patches
  • Metra train tickets (zone A-H)
  • Pace bus passes
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards from CVS, Jewel, Meijer, Target, Walgreens or Walmart

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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