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In Kind Donations

Due to storage limitations we are unable to accept the following donations:
Large appliances, furniture (including cribs), or expired car seats.
Used/open hygiene products, medical supplies, used breast pumps, perishable/open food and used toys.

Thanks for understanding!

Due to partnerships with other regional organizations, these items can be provided free to TESSA’s clients.

Donate broken or soiled items
Leave items outside our building (see main office hours)
donate items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards

Current Needs:

Urgent Needs

New & Full Sized Only

  • winter jackets/winter specific clothing for children and adults
  • Chapsticks
  • Razors & Shaving Cream
  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers, Sizes 4 & 5

Gift Cards

Increments of $15, $20, $25+

  • Grocery stores
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Gasoline cards
  • Hardware stores
  • Phone/calling cards


  • City bus passes (719.385.7433)
  • Taxi cab
  • Hotel vouchers

Personal Care

New & Full-Size Only

  • Hair products
    • Brushes
    • Hair ties/barrettes
    • Ethnic hair products (hair grease, oil sheen, big combs/boar bristle brushes, hair gel)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hand soap
  • Face care products

Home Goods

  • Kitchen goods
    • Silverware
    • Plastic cups, bowls, and pitchers
    • Small paper cups- used in bathrooms
    • Mugs
  • Cleaning supplies
    • Sponges
    • Dish soap (dishwasher & liquid)
    • Sanitizing Cleaners (bleach, lysol, clorox wipes, etc.
    • Vinegar & baking soda
    • Laundry detergent & fabric softener
  • Paper products
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels
    • Napkins
  • New pillows
  • New or gently used large blankets
  • New bedding
  • New bath towels
  • Night lights
  • Batteries

Children’s Products

  • Art supplies
    • Crayons
    • Fine tip markers
    • Craft paper
    • Oil pastels
  • School Supplies
    • Pencils
    • Notebooks
    • Backpacks
  • New Toys
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Tickets for events/activities/movies


  • Cell phones (accessories not necessary, but appreciated)
  • First aid items
  • Mattress covers
  • Suitcases/duffel bags
  • Day planners/journals
  • Non-perishable food

TESSA is continually looking for partners in the community to help us with current and ongoing needs. If you, your business, or a group you are a part of feel inclined to give to a local organization focused on helping those in need in our community, please take a minute to read over the needs listed below! Questions? Contact Development & Outreach Coordinator Rica 719.785.6813 or [email protected].

Needed Items for our clients

Imagine having to flee your home right now in order to protect yourself and/or your children. What could you grab on the way out the door without wasting a second? Probably not much. Most of the more than 900 women and children who find safe shelter in our Safehouse arrive with very little.

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Needed Services/Expertise

While we prefer to be thought of as a high-impact agency, they don’t call us nonprofit for nothin’. Prefer to donate your time and skills? Then let’s talk! We’ve been the grateful recipients of many services over the years, services that can be the difference between money spent on things and money spent on survivors. Here are a few ideas, but we’d love to hear what you have in mind whether it’s listed below or not:

• Interior Painting
• Printing of Informational/Educational Materials
• Handyman Projects
• Sponsor a Donation Drive


Needed Support for all Survivors

Accessibility to support services for survivors is paramount and for those ready to start new lives, the simplest things can mean the most. You can give someone the opportunity to get life-changing help or change their life by donating:

• Baby Wipes
• Gas Cards
• Bus Passes
• Used or New Cell Phones
• Grocery Cards

Needs at TESSA are ever-changing. To inquire about donating items not listed above, or to learn how and where to make a donation, please email us or call 719.785.6817.