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Your donations are greatly appreciated and support homeless students and their families.  

Please review our list below of currently accepted items. This may change seasonally based on needs. We accept new and a few "like new" items. The accepted clothing items should be new, outerwear and footwear can be "like new". All "like new" items should be laundered and in a condition to provide directly to students.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We recommend calling ahead at 204-2272 to be sure someone is available to assist you. Please park at the loading dock on the parking lot side. There is a large raised platform and two entrances to the building. Do not leave items outside if there is no one available. Instead, drop items off in room 100 (located on Bedford St. side of building). There is an entrance to the right of the loading dock.

Our address is:

Madison Metropolitan School District

(located at Doyle Administrative Building next to UW Kohl Center)

Transition Education Program

545 West Dayton Street, Rm 124F

Madison, WI 53703



Current High Need Items: 

Printable Supply List

Updated 8.10.17

School Supplies

  • Backpacks:  Elementary through High School sizes
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket Folders (all colors)
  • Markers (wide point or narrow point)
  • Small Staplers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencil Boxes- hard plastic and soft side
  • Rest mats for 4K and 5K
  • Box Facial Tissue
  • Hand Sanitizer (Large and Small)
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Regular Playing Cards

Other High Need Items:

  • Small reusable gel ice packs (about 4-6") for first aid kits
  • Small folding scissors for first aid kits
  • Good quality safety pins for first aid kits
  • 2" gauze pads for first aid kits
  • Small rolls of medical tape for first aid kit
  • Travel size and full size gender neutral deodorant
  • Facial tissue - large boxes or travel size
  • Conditioner: Queen Helen Cholesterol Regular or Plus
  • Hair Dress:  Blue Magic, Posner Bergamot, Ultra Sheen or Soft Touch
  • Hair Sheen:  Pink Oil

Clothing item - New:  All clothes should be new. Underwear/socks should be in original packages for sizing purposes

  • Tennis shoes starting at young child size 13 through adult sized 14.  Needed for boys and girls. (New or like new)
  • Underwear:  Girls and boys (size 4 - 16), larger sizes for middle/high school
  • Men's Undershirts (multi-pack) - Sizes Small - XXL. (Boxer or boxer briefs for middle school and up)
  • Sweat Pants - size XS - XXL
  • Sweat Shirts - size XS - XXL
  • Belts:  small and larger sizes for middle and high school
  • Socks - Girls and Boys size small up to women's size 10 and men's size 14. Prefer black crew or no show socks for boys and any color no show for girls but all types are welcomed.

Other items:

  • Laundry Detergent (especially HE)
  • Warm Blankets (hand tied and/or blankets that can be rolled up are preferred) - new or very gently used
  • Sleeping bags - new
  • Alarm clocks
  • Batteries (AAA, AA and 9 volt)

Hygiene/First Aid Supplies

  • Family Size Conditioner
  • Hand/body lotion - family size
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant (gender neutral/travel size)
  • Oral digital thermometers
  • Combs, picks, large combs
  • Hair brushes
  • Feminine Napkins/Tampons

Gift cards for:

  • Gas 
  • Food (grocery stores)
  • Walmart
  • Target

Winter Clothes: (Not a high need until fall)

  • Boys and Girls Waterproof Gloves - All sizes
  • Boys Scarves
  • Boys and Girls Snowpants - Black - size10-12, 14-16 and XL/Size 18
  • HS Girls Winter Coats - Women's size XL - 3X
  • HS Boys Winter Coats - Men's size Large - 3X
  • Boys and Girls Winter Boots - Warm, Water Resistant/Proof Sizes especially size 5, 8, 9
  • Boys - Crew length socks, Small - Large
  • Girls Crew length winter Socks - All Sizes

 Items currently not needed

  • Bathing Suits for boys and girls sizes 5-18 (new or like new)
  • Swim towels (new or like new)
  • Bras and sports bras:  small - XXL
  • Athletic shorts:  girls & boys small - XL
  • Master combination locks (for lockers)
  • 3x5 lined index cards
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Scissors - Middle and High School Size
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Small pocket dictionary
  • Small thesaurus
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Calculators - inexpensive for younger children
  • Small hand mirrors
  • Carabiner Clips (for back packs to attach items, about 2-3 inch size)
  • Baggies
  • Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, body wash, mouth wash, soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner (Family Size)
  • Bar Soap
  • Tooth brush/Toothpaste
  • Hair accessories:  ponytail holders, scrunchies, ties, barrettes
  • Baby powder
  • Baby oil

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