Other Ways to Help

We’re an organization that works between what is and what’s possible, but our funding from public dollars often falls far short of the needs of our children and families. So, as we strive for maximum development of our programs and thoughtful use of our resources, we rely on donations from individuals and businesses to help fill budgetary gaps. Outside of making a monetary donation, here are some other ways you can help. 

Donate furniture or household items.

Because we care for so many, we frequently need the kinds of things you would expect to find in any home. Things like gently used furniture, new bedding, clothing, laundry supplies, hygiene products and games are all on our list of needs. When donating furniture contact Brooke directly. Here’s what we can and cannot accept due to space or safety considerations:

What we can accept

  • Clothing (new)
  • Shoes (new and gently used)
  • Blankets (new)
  • Twin sheet sets/pillowcases (new)
  • Pillows (new)
  • Twin waterproof mattress covers (new)
  • Towels and washcloths (new)
  • Plastic reusable water bottles
  • Duffel bags
  • Laundry baskets and laundry supplies
  • Art supplies and coloring books
  • School supplies
  • Journals (not spiral bound)
  • Stuffed animals (new)
  • Fidget toys (new)
  • Face masks (new) 
  • Board and card games
  • Newly released DVDs
  • Hygiene products (new)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Natural hair care (leave-in conditioner, curling cream, hair gels, edge brushes, etc.)
  • Men’s and women’s deodorant
  • Body wash (gender-neutral)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Face wash
  •  Sunscreen
  • Nail polish

What we cannot accept

  • Used clothing
  • Used bedding, sheets and pillows
  • Clothing for older adults (we acceptclothing that a kid would want to wear)
  • High-heeled shoes, cleats and spikes
  • Partially opened hygiene products
  • Used towels and washcloths
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Used stuffed animals
  • Metal water bottles
  • Used toys
  • Cribs, Pack 'n Plays and car seats
  • Suitcases (wer prefer duffel bags due to space limitaitons)
  • Books (please see our Amazon Book Wish List for specific needs)
  • Scissors, razors and other sharp objects

Donate for the holidays.

Ellipsis has an ongoing wish list of toys and other items that can make the upcoming holiday season one to remember for our kids. You can view our list on Amazon. If there’s something you’d like to donate that’s not on our list, please contact us! 

All these needs make every dollar we have essential to not only our success, but the success of the kids and families we serve. For more information or questions about our giving programs, contact Brooke at brookethul@ellipsisiowa.org.

Contact Brooke

 Please consider donating to help build successful futures in Iowa!