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Urgent Needs

Needs List & In-Kind Donations

YWCA is only able to accept donations of items from our needs list below. Items may be dropped off or shipped to YWCA Emergency Shelter.

3000 S. University Drive, Fargo, ND 58103
8am-5pm, Monday–Friday. Ring the buzzer upon arrival and staff will assist.

YWCA Cass Clay is grateful and overwhelmed by the community’s outpouring of generosity in donating used goods in support of women and children escaping violence and homelessness. We thank all who have donated in the past!

YWCA is now only accepting donations of urgently needed items from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday at the Emergency Shelter (3000 S University Drive in Fargo). All other used goods can be delivered to our partner, Savers Thrift Store. YWCA donation bins have been closed. Through this approach, the YWCA team will focus on our mission of providing safety, support, and hope to families while receiving critical financial support from Savers for the items the community donates there.

Savers Thrift Store is located at 1623 38th Street SW, Fargo, ND 58103.

Urgent Needs

  • Waterproof gloves & mittens, new or gently used (kids and adults)
  • Winter hats (kids, all sizes)
  • Women’s winter coats (sizes XL, 2XL+)
  • Ice scrapers
  • Similac Total Comfort baby formula
  • Cleaning Supplies (toilet bowl cleaner, toilet bowl brushes, window cleaner, mop solution, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, scouring pads)


  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Q-tips
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Hand soap
  • Flat iron


  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, etc.)
  • Bleach (scented and unscented)
  • Brooms & dust pans
  • Mops & buckets
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish soap & scrubbers
  • Magic erasers

Food & Medication

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Maple syrup
  • Melatonin (adult & children’s)

Children’s Items

  • Girls’ clothing (sizes 3-9 months)
  • Boys’ pants (all sizes)
  • Kids’ body wash
  • Baby oil
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Kids’ snow boots & snow pants (all sizes)
  • Baby monitors

Adult Clothing

  • Women’s underwear (new, sizes 5-7)
  • Women’s boots (sizes 8-10)
  • Maternity clothes (sizes M & L)
  • Women’s robes (size M)
  • Bras (new/like new, sizes sizes 36B, 40DD, 42DD, 44DD, 46DD & 48DD)
  • Women’s jeans (sizes 3-5)
  • Women’s pajamas (size 2XL+)
  • Women’s leggings and sweatpants (sizes M & L)
  • Women’s long-sleeve/sweaters (sizes M, XL)
  • Women’s shoes & tennis shoes (sizes 5-8½)
  • Men’s snow boots (sizes 8,9,10)
  • Men’s winter jackets (sizes S, M, L)


  • Towels
  • Vacuums (new/gently used)
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Laundry pods
  • Twin- & Full-size mattress pads (new)
  • Twin-size comforters (new)
  • Water bottles (new)


  • Phone chargers (all brands)
  • Bus passes (valid, not expired)
  • Gas, phone, & grocery gift cards
  • Women’s wallets

Shopping on Amazon

You can easily donate items from our needs list by shopping online on our Amazon Wish List and shipping directly to the Shelter!

Additionally, select YWCA Cass Clay as your favorite charity on smile.amazon.com and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases every time you shop.

Host a Donation Drive

Thank you for your enthusiasm to help women and children in crisis. A donation drive at your business, club, or church will make a valuable difference to women changing the course of their lives. Things we may take for granted are vitally needed by women escaping domestic violence and poverty.

“Thank you, and please know what this means to me. I can’t remember the time I last had six pairs of underwear all at one time.” – Shelter resident

There are typically 65+ women and children at the emergency shelter, and another 75 in our supportive housing and human trafficking units – and they need many practical items. Most things? They’re exactly the same as those you need for your own health and hygiene, or to run your own home!

Beyond the items we need all the time there is room to get creative. A particular time, we might need women’s bras and underwear (new, with tags on), or seasonal items for our kids at the shelter at Christmas or swimsuits and sunscreen in the summer. If you want to hold a drive that’s themed around particular needs rather than a general donation drive, contact the YWCA Volunteer & Donations Coordinator at volunteer@ywcacassclay.org or 701-232-3449 for current needs or ideas particularly suited to your team!

We want your giving passions to be fulfilled as practical items are supplied for women and children.


  1. Contact the Volunteer & Donations Coordinator at volunteer@ywcacassclay.org or 701-232-3449 to alert us about your drive, find ideas of what to collect, and learn about our latest urgent needs.
  2. Request the YWCA Cass Clay logo for use on posters and promotions.
  3. If you wish, we can provide fact sheets about the shelter or come and talk to employee groups about our inspiring mission.
  4. Send promotional materials to YWCA for final approval to ensure consistent branding and correct information.
  5. Finally, discuss with our Volunteer & Donations Coordinator a drop-off date to plan smooth delivery to the shelter. We like to recognize these gifts and often announce them on our social media.