Material donations can be brought to our Home Office at 2301 Hickman Road in Des Moines. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 - 4pm. If you have further questions, please email


For more info on Carlisle/Hartford, email Bob at

  • Individually wrapped snacks (ex: granola bars, Cheez-Its, Pretzels, Raisins, etc)
  • Adventure Bibles
  • Jigsaw Puzzles (25-50 pieces)
  • 3-D Puzzles
  • Gift Cards for program supplies (ex: Casey's, Target, Dollar General, Fareway, True Value)
  • Paper Products
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Games for 2-6 players (ages 6-14) that can be played in under 30 minutes
  • Items from our Amazon Registry List:

Des Moines Hickman

  • Printer paper (white, letter sized)
  • Paper cutter
  • Individually wrapped snacks

Elementary Program

1-3 are most important

Middle School Program

  • Slime Kits
  • Food Gift Cards
  • Store Gift Cards
  • Bath & Body Works Items
  • Fragrances
  • Iowa State Football/Basketball Tickets
  • Movies
  • Video games
  • Shoes
  • Instruments (guitars, ukuleles, drums, keyboards)
  • Scooters

High School Program

  • Visa Gift Cards
  • Basketball Shoes (Nike) for Boys & Girls
  • Gift Cards for Restaurants
  • Gift Cards for Stores
  • Movie Tickets – Flix
  • Sports Balls/Equipment
  • Make-Up & Supplies
  • Cell Phone Accessories
  • Games: ex: Uno, Board Games, etc.
  • Wireless Headphones
  • Books
  • King Size Candy Bars

Des Moines Metro

For more info on DSM Metro programs, email Carmen at


For more info on Huxley programs, email Kaitlyn at

  • Snack & meal items
    • Fruit Snacks
    • Crackers
    • Granola Bars
    • Pretzels
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Hand Soap
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Products
    • Paper Plates
    • Silverware
    • Napkins
    • Paper Towels
    • Toilet Paper
  • Donations for Field Trips: (ex: pool passes to Slater Pool, movie tickets, etc.)
  • Gift Cards
  • Small prizes for K-12th grade students
    • King Sized Candy Bars
    • Craft Kits
    • Books


For more info on Knoxville programs, email Jessica at

  • 2 non-slip door mats for sides doors
  • Trash bags (33 gallon)
  • Dry mop
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Folding chairs
  • Ink cartridge for printer (HP LaserJet 36A CB436A)
  • Small toy prizes & gift cards
  • Snack items (apples, bananas, cheese sticks, celery, etc.)
  • Woodshop needs:
    • 1 jig saw
    • Router bits (both ½ shank & ¼ shank)
    • Pine lumber of 1x4, 1x6, 1x12 in any lengths
    • Fasteners (screws, finish nails, wood glue, etc.)


For more info on Mitchellville programs, email Candy at

  • Small bottles of water
  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, cups, plates, bowls silverware)
  • Non-perishable food items for the local pantry
  • Construction paper and craft supplies
  • Gift cards (Dollar General, grocery stores, etc.)
  • Snacks (ex: individually wrapped fruit snacks, pretzels, crackers, chips)
  • Basketballs, soccer balls, kickballs, chalk, jump rope, bubbles
  • Donations for summer field trips (ex: Adventureland)


For more info on Perry programs, email Jessica at

  • Snacks: granola bars, applesauce, crackers, fresh fruit, pudding, etc.
  • Paper products: cups plates, bowls, paper towels
  • Craft supplies
  • Cleaning supplies: trash bags, dish soap, disinfecting wipes


For more info on Stuart programs, email Leanna at

  • Board Games
  • Books (for all ages)
  • Washable markers
  • Construction paper
  • Dish cloths
  • Cleaning supplies
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper products
    • Paper towels
    • Napkins
  • Individually wrapped snacks


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“Jesus tells us ‘…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’. ?There is No better way to apply what I say I believe than to get plugged in at Freedom For Youth. ?The rewards are immense.” - Cary, Volunteer