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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: 

Updated 1.5.2017

Winter Clothes:

  • 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 - Womens size XL - 3X
  • HS Boys Winter Coats - Mens size Large - 3X
  • Boys and Girls Winter Boots - Warm, Water Resistent/Proof Sizes especially size 5, 8, 9
  • Boys - Crew length socks, Small - Large
  • Girls Crew length winter Socks - All Sizes

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 13.  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.  Plain white or colors.
  • Belts:  small and larger sizes for middle and high school

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 and AA)

Hygiene/First Aid Supplies

  • Large Hand Sanitizers
  • Family Size Conditioners
  • Large Liquid Hand Soap  - family size
  • Conditioner:  Queen Helen Cholesterol Regular or Plus
  • Hair Dress:  Blue Magic, Posner Bergamot, Ultra Sheen, or Soft Touch
  • Hair Sheen:  Pink Oil
  • Hand/body lotion - family size
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant (gender nuetral/travel size)
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tampons – no Super
  • Small Hand mirrors
  • Oral digital thermometers

Gift cards for:

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

School Supplies (not as great a need until late Spring)

  • Backpacks:  Elementary through High School sizes
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Colored pencils
  • 3 x 5 lined index cards
  • Glue sticks (no glue bottles)
  • Markers (wide point or narrow point)
  • Highlighters
  • Small Staplers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Scissors - Middle and High School Size
  • Pencil Boxes- hard plastic and soft side
  • Purse size facial tissue
  • Small pocket dictionary
  • Small thesaurus
  • Rest mats for 4K and 5K
  • Calculators - inexpensive for younger children
  • Small hand mirrors
  • Carabiner Clips (for back packs to attach items, about 2 -3 inch size)

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 - xxlarge
  • Athletic shorts:  girls & boys small - x-large
  • Hoodies/sweat Jackets:  Medium - XXL
  • Master combination locks (for lockers)
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Box Facial tissue
  • 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
  • Combs, picks, large combs
  • Baby powder
  • Baby oil
  • Hair brushes

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