New Directions Shelter and Home Connection are always in need of items for our families. Please refer to the list below for items that are needed. For more information on where to bring your tax-deductible donation, email or call Kelsie at (515) 243-7456 or

Don’t have time to shop and deliver items to Hawthorn Hill?
Shop online and send items directly to us using one of these Amazon links:

  • Holiday Amazon Wish List: Each year we coordinate Christmas gifts for the families with children staying at New Directions Shelter and participating in The Home Connection program. We know the holidays can be especially difficult for those families experiencing homelessness, and want to do everything we can to ensure they have a happy holiday season!
  • Hawthorn Hill Reorder List:  These items are things we will always need at the shelter, and can never have enough of!
  • Hawthorn Hill Shopping List: These items are things that are specific to the families that are currently staying with us.

Bolded items are the immediate need.

Personal Hygiene

  • Body Wash
  • Men & Women Deodorant
  • Hair Spray, Mousse, etc.
  • Ethnic Hair Products
  • Hair Dryers and Straighteners
  • Heavy-Duty Brushes
  • Lotion
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers (sizes 4-6), Pull-ups, and Wipes
  • Baby Soap, Shampoo, Lotion, and Powder

Health Products

  • Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  • Children’s Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  • Sore Throat/Cough Drops
  • Cold Medicine (adult and children)
  • Pepto-Bismol and Tums
  • Thermometers
  • Neosporin
  • Vicks Vapor Rub (adult and children)
  • Allergy medication (adult and children)
  • Chap stick

Cleaning Products

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Pine Sol
  • Dish Soap (Not For Dishwashers)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Brushes and Plungers
  • Lysol/Disinfectant Spray and Wipes
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Paper Towels
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Garbage Bags (39 Gallon)
  • Laundry Detergent (Powdered Preferred)
  • Garbage Bags (13-20 Gallon)

Other Needs

  • Gift Cards (Dahl’s, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Target, Casey’s)
  • Long Distance Calling Cards
  • Bus Tokens
  • Postage Stamps
  • Pillows in Good Condition
  • Twin Bed Sheets
  • Twin Comforters and Blankets
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Kid-Friendly Cereal
  • Kid’s Snacks
  • Sandwich-Sized Ziploc Bags
  • Storage-Sized Ziploc
  • Storage Containers (Tupperware)
  • Forks and Spoons
  • Tumbler-Type Drinking Glasses
  • Sippy Cups and Bottles
  • Baby Formula