** As of March 17th, St. Stephen's is temporarily narrowing its wishlist to the most critical items we need at this time. Please schedule an appointment to drop off these items with Amanda ( or 612-481-9501), and please wear a mask to your appointment**
The only items we are currently accepting (by appointment) are:
- Emergency blankets
- 1-2 person tents
- NEW or freshly laundered adult sleeping bags
- Rain ponchos/jackets for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
- Backpacks (drawstring or traditional)
- Jackets for all bodies (all sizes)
- Warm winter gloves (all sizes)
- Sturdy winter boots (all sizes)
- NEW long underwear for all bodies (all sizes)
- NEW wool socks
- NEW underwear for all bodies (all sizes)
- NEW white t-shirts for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
- Travel-sized toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, lotion, toothbrushes/toothpaste
- Hand sanitizer (60%+ alcohol, travel size preferred)
- Wet wipes (individual packs)
- Lounge pants for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
- Gift cards for fast food or gas
- Infrared and traditional thermometers
- Cell phones
Please schedule drop-off's (of these items only) in advance with Amanda, Volunteer & Giving Coordinator ( or 612-481-9501). Don't forget to wear a mask when you drop items off. If you have any questions about whether we are able to accept an item, please contact Amanda in advance. We deeply appreciate your support.
*MASKS: Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommends the public wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are currently seeking donations of homemade cloth masks for our staff and clients. The CDC provided a guide on making both sewn and no-sew cloth face coverings that can be found here. We ask that donated masks are gender-neutral colors and patterns. If you have a more advanced level of sewing skills and are looking for a challenge, our shelter manager has found that this style of mask is more comfortable to wear than some of the simpler designs. All styles of mask donations will be accepted.
St. Stephen's accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-2PM -- at 2309 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Contact Amanda at 612-481-9501 or with questions. We do not have the capacity to pick up donations from your location.
If browsing by mobile phone, please click here to purchase items from our Amazon Wish List. Due to storage capacity, we can ONLY accept the items listed below. St. Stephen's no longer accepts general clothing or hand-knit/crocheted items. Clothing can be donated to the Central Lutheran Free Store. For Clients Moving Into Housing Clean Linens: Blankets (Twin, Full, Queen), Sheets (Twin, Full, Queen), NEW Pillows, Towels, Washcloths Kitchenware: Pots, Pans, Cooking Utensils, Silverware, Plates, Drinking Glasses, Mugs Cleaning Products: Lysol Wipes, All-Purpose Cleaning Spray, New Mops, Brooms, Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Sponges, Paper Towels, Dish Cloths NEW Bathroom Supplies: Shower Curtains, Shower Curtain Rings, Toilet Paper For Clients with Children: NEW Car Seats, NEW Disposable Baby Diapers and Pull-Ups, Baby Wipes, Unopened Powdered Formula, New or Gently-Used High Chairs, New or Gently Used Strollers Small Household Electronics: Flat Screen TV’s with Converter, Microwaves, Toasters, Vacuums, Coffee Makers, Power Strips, Extension Cords, 9V Batteries
For Shelter Guests and Clients Sleeping Outdoors Outdoor Gear: Winter Gloves, Winter Hats, NEW Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms, Warm Adult Sleeping Bags, Emergency Blankets, Tents, Backpacks, Belts, Tarps, Bungee Cords NEW Undergarments: Underwear, Boxers, White T-Shirts, Sweatpants, Wool Socks NEW Hygiene Products (travel-sized): Shampoo, Body Wash, Deodorant, Razors, Shaving Cream, Feminine Hygiene Products, Conditioner, Lip Balm, Lotion, Nail Clippers, Combs/Picks, Tweezers, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Facial Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Q-Tips, Kleenex, Sunscreen NEW First Aid Supplies: Bandages, Ointment, Gauze, Bottles of Water Other: Cell Phones and Minutes; Bus Tokens/Passes If you are planning to purchase and donate new items, please know that quality is more valuable to our clients than quantity. Five $20 pairs of gloves that will keep people warm for several winters are more useful than 20 pairs of $5 gloves that may not serve their purpose. Please feel free to contact us and ask what items would help our clients the most at this time.