Wish List

During times such as these, the people we serve are at often at higher risk. Your compassionate gift of food, toiletries, or household items will provide someone with the essentials they need to stay safe, well, and housed at a crucial time.

Current Needs

Covid-19 Urgent Needs
  • Cell Phones
  • 4G Tablets
  • Refurbished laptops
  • Electronic Signature Pads
  • Portable Scanners
  • Ride Share Gift Cards - Lyft, Uber
  • Hand Soap
  • Disinfectant Cleaning Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometers
  • PPE Kits
  • Toiletry Kits
  • Snack Kits
  • Bottled water
Pantry Items
  • Oil
  • Dry Beans
  • Dry Rice
  • Cans of Beans (Refried, Ranch Style, Pork & Beans, Baked Beans)
  • Cans of Chili, No Beans
  • Cans of Chili with Beans
  • Cans of Vegetables (Spinach, Peas, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Diced Potatoes)
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Cans of Fruit (Pineapple, Peaches, Mixed Fruit, Applesauce, Pears)
  • Cans of Meat (Chicken, Spam, Vienna Sausage, Tuna, Sardines)
  • Cans of Ravioli, Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Mac 'n Cheese (Boxes)
  • Cereals
  • Sugar
  • Oatmeal
Household Items
 
  • Welcome Home Baskets
  • New Mop and Bucket
  • New Broom and Dustpan
  • Tupperware Set
  • Small Trash Can or Kitchen Trash Can
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap and Cleaning Solution
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Large bath towels
  • Hand towels
Gift Cards
  • H-E-B*
  • Home Depot*
  • Payless
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Goodwill
Hygiene Items
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner
  • Toilet Paper
  • Razors
  • Body Wash*
  • Deodorant*
Kitchen Items
  • Cookware Sets*
  • Small Appliances (Coffee Pot, Microwave, etc.)*
  • Kitchen Utensil Sets
  • Potholders and Dish Towels
  • Kitchen Tools (Can Opener, Measuring Spoons, etc.)
Activities and Job Readiness
  • Journals
  • Art Supplies
  • New Puzzles and Games
  • Umbrellas
  • Adult Backpacks
  • Digital Watches
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike Lock
  • Hand Tools
Children's Items
  • Diapers (size 1-3)
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes
  • New baby clothes
  • New blankets and crib sheets
  • Baby bottles
  • Baby nail trimmers

* Most needed items

Shipping Information

Our Amazon Wish List provides an easy option for shipping the most needed items directly to us. If you are ordering from the wish list, please let us know so we can expect the item.

Our shipping address is 611 Neches Street, Austin TX, 78701.

Donation Drop Off Information

Donated items can be dropped off at our offices located at 611 Neches Street. To schedule your donation drop off, contact Erika Morin at emorin@caritasofaustin.org or 512-646-1288.

During social distancing, a no-contact drop off option is available. When you arrive, please call our front desk at 512-479-4610 and let us know you are here. A staff member will come out to get the donation from your vehicle. This option is not available during lunch hour, from 11-12.

Community Kitchen Donations

During this time, our Community Kitchen is continuing to serve our neighbors with sack lunches five days a week. We currently have a need for:

  • Personal size chips
  • Snack sticks
  • Trail mix packets
  • Cheese and cracker packets
  • Personal hygiene kits or first aid kits
  • New reusable water bottles

Prepared or perishable food, such as pre-made deli sandwiches and salad kits may be donated from licensed producers.

Welcome Home Baskets

Most people we serve have nothing to fill an apartment with when moving in, but you can change that. Help give them the gift of “Welcome Home” by donating a basket filled with household essentials for move-in day. We’ve even put together an easy-to-shop Amazon list for affordable options!

  • Sheets and comforters (Twin, Full, Queen)
  • Bath towels (bath sheet, hand towel, wash cloth)
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils (serving for 4)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundry basket/trash can
  • Tupperware set

You can also provide a special welcome for families with a new baby! This Amazon list has helpful donations for Baby Welcome Kits.

Gift Cards

Donated gift cards can help someone pay for their weekly groceries, buy toiletries, or purchase household necessities. Gift cards are a wonderful way to help an individual or family stretch their budget to cover all monthly expenses. A gift card of any amount is greatly appreciated, we but recommend $20-25 each.

Donation Questions FAQs

Unfortunately, Caritas of Austin does not have the capacity to accept clothing donations. If you are interested in donating clothes and shoes, we encourage you to donate to St. Vincent de Paul Store at the address listed below. They generously donate vouchers to Caritas of Austin clients, allowing them to select what they need from the store.

St. Vincent de Paul Store
901 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78745
512-442-5652

We welcome donations of new or gently used household items. Certain categories of donations must be new in their original packaging: toiletries, nonperishable food, toys, children's books, and bedding.

Welcome Home basket contains basic household items that a person might need when they walk into their new home for the first time after experiencing homelessness. We suggest filling a laundry basket with some of these items:

  • Sheets and comforters (Twin, Full, Queen)
  • Bath towels (bath sheet, hand towel, wash cloth)
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils (serving for 4)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning products
Host A Food Drive CTA - LEFT

Keep Our Pantry Stocked

Your food donations can provide reliable meals to families in Austin. Learn more about how you can put food on the table for Austin families.

Host A Community Event CTA - RIGHT

Host A Community Event

Hosting a community event that benefits Caritas of Austin is a great way to join the fight to end homelessness and make Austin stronger together.

Latest Articles

From Homelessness to Entrepreneur
Emergency Funding for Austinites Affected by COVID-19