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

Due to Limited Space and manpower, PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR PRE-APPROVAL. Plan in Advance. Please allow 24-48 business hours to return calls.

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 Holiday Shoppe

Our Annual Holiday Shoppe is back! This December, we hope to provide a free shopping experience for our clients who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or human trafficking living within El Paso County. We need your help to make this holiday a memberable one for them and their kiddos.

Please email Christine Miller at: [email protected] to schedule a donation drop-off.

Thank you for your generosity!

All Holiday Shoppe items need to be received no later than Friday, December 1, 2023.
Amazon Holiday Shoppe Wish List

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*
  • Women’s Full-Size Regular and Hypo-Allergenic Hygiene Products:
  • o Deodorant Body Lotion Shampoo Conditioner Body Wash o Toothbrushes Tampons (super/super plus mostly) Feminine Pads (light to super heavy) o NEW Hairbrushes & Combs
  • Adult Cough and Cold Medicines
  • Infant/Toddler/Children’s Any Size Regular and Hypo-Allergenic Hygiene Products:
  • o Shampoo (no tears) Baby Wash Baby Lotion Kid’s Toothpaste o Infant Training & Mild Toothpaste Diaper Rash Cream/Ointment
  • Infant/Toddler/Children’s Cold Medicines
  • Paper Towels: Individually Wrapped Cases or Packs of 2
  • Toilet Paper: Individually Wrapped Cases or Packs of 4
  • Facial Tissues – Soft
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Dishwashing Detergent Pods
  • Laundry Detergent Pods
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dish Washing Scrub Pads and Sponges
  • Diapers: Sizes 7, Size 6, Size 5, Size 4
  • Pull-ups: Sizes 3T - 4T and 4T - 5T
  • Baby Wipes
  • Non-Perishable Food and Snacks: I.e. Pasta meals, Mac n Cheese, Ramen Noodles, Canned Meat, Fruit Cups, Pop-Top Canned Vegetables and Fruits, Pop-Top Soup Cans/Boxes, Individually Wrapped Snacks, Crackers, and Cookies, Protein Bars, Peanut Butter/Jelly, etc.
  • Girls -Teen Underwear: Sizes 4 – 16
  • Boys-Teen Underwear: Sizes XS - XLg
  • Women’s Underwear: Sizes Small (5) to 4x-Lg (11)
  • Men’s Underwear: Sizes M - 2XL
  • Women’s/Men’s/Girls/Boys/Toddler/Baby Socks! – We need socks of ALL SIZES!
  • Women’s Bras of ALL SIZES – Girls training/ 30 – 46 and cups AA – DDD/F/G/H
  • New Sneakers: ALL SIZES! For Women’s needing sizes 7-11 *GENTLY worn may be accepted with pre-approval.
  • Larger Women’s Clothing – Sizes XXL – XXXXL (18 – 24) *GENTLY worn may be accepted with pre-approval
  • Gas and Grocery Gift Cards: $25 Increments for King Soopers, Kum n Go, Walmart, Safeway
  • Winter Blankets – Twin or Queen *GENTLY used may be accepted with pictures and pre-approval
  • Mattress Protectors: Twin and Full Size! Gently used may be acceptable with NO holes, tears, stains, pilling or animal/human hair. ALL used items must be washed beforehand!
  • Suitcases/Duffle Bags/Back Packs: LIMITED tears/stains please! Zippers, wheels, and handle MUST be in good working order!
  • Rear Facing Car Seats: NEW ONLY for safety purposes!

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.