In-Kind Donations

TESSA IS NO LONGER ABLE to accept any used items as donations including clothing, shoes, home goods, furniture, children’s toys/items, electronics, or any other used item. We are only accepting items that are new/unused and listed below on our Amazon Wish List or our Current Needs list.

Amazon Wish List will be updated monthly.
Want suggestions for where to donate your items that we no longer are able to accept?
Check out our FAQs below.

In order to keep our clients and staff safe, all donation drop-offs must call ahead for donation drop off instructions at 719-785-6817 or email Donations

Donations will not be accepted without a call ahead.

We are accepting cellphone donations. Please drop off during Main Office Hours (please erase and reset phones before dropping off and if you have the charger please provide that alongside your donation, no accessories).

TESSA is grateful for your understanding and all the donations we receive to support survivors and our services.

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.

*Due to limited storage, we will only accept items that are NEW*
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Bottles
  • Diapers – Size 3 and 4 are the most asked for sizes
  • Baby Hygiene Products – Ie. Shampoo, Body Wash, Baby Lotion, Rash Lotion
  • Strollers – Infant and Umbrella
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Individual First Aid Kits
  • Paper Towels – Individual or Pack of 2
  • Toilet Paper – for Clients and Safehouse – Individually Wrapped or Packs of 4
  • Trash Bags for Kitchen
  • Tissues with Lotion
  • Adult Women’s Underwear – Medium size
  • Non-Perishable Food and Snacks – Ie. Pasta meals, mac n cheese, canned meat, fruit cups, canned vegetables, soups, hot and cold cereal, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, cookies, microwavable items, etc.
  • Wet and Dry Dog Food
  • Outdoor Blankets
  • Individual Cleaning Products
  • Blankets for Twin and Double Beds
  • Towels – Gently used is acceptable with no holes, stains, or pilling
  • *Mattress Covers – Twin and Double sizes – this need is on-going and imperative for the hygiene and health of our clients and Safehouse
  • Sheets – Twin and Double sizes – Gently used is acceptable with no holes, stains or pilling
  • Suitcases/Duffle Bags/Back Packs

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.

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


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 TESSA, please reach out! We’d love to partner with you.

Questions? Contact our Donor Relations Coordinator at 719-785-6817 or email Donor Relations.