Needs List

Now more than ever, homeless families in Montgomery County need help from donors like you.
Before donating items to Stepping Stones, please read over our entire needs list. If you would like to donate an item that is not on the needs list, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Jadelle Fox-Minors, to see if it is something that we can accept.Please feel free to reach out by email at, or by phone at 301-251-0567.
If you would like to download an electronic copy of our Urgent Needs List, please click here.

April 2018 Urgent Needs

Gift cards of all varieties (visa, restaurants, movie theater, grocery stores, etc.) needed to give to residents for positive outcomes and as rewards for extra hard work.

Stepping Stones Shelter

March  2018

Urgent Needs List

Donate Online! We have a ‘Wish List’ on that you can send us items through.

Visit the list here:

Household Items

  • Toaster
  • Pots and pans
  • Knife set
  • Tupperware
  • Children’s utensils
  • Dinner plate sets


  • Brand new pillows
  • Brand new twin/full sized comforters/sheets
  • Brand new queen sized comforters/sets
  • Brand new toddler/crib sized comforters/sheets
  • Brand new towels/washcloths
  • Brand new baby towels
  • Laundry baskets
  • Brand new twin/full sized comforters /sheets

Cleaning Supplies

  • Body and hand soap
  • Disinfectant spray/air freshener
  • All purpose cleaning products (Lysol, 409, Fantastic, etc)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clorox wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Detergent PODS
  • Dish liquid soap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Mops and buckets
  • Hardwood floor brooms

Resident Items

  • New pillows
  • Unscented lotion
  • Silverware – new or used
  • Diaper wipes
  • Batteries- AA, AAA, and C
  • Men’s Deodorant
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Kids’ toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Pullups/Pampers
  • Baby wipes
  • Lotion
  • Baby soap, baby lotion, and vaseline
  • Woman’s shaving cream
  • Kleenex
Food Items
  • Juice and juice boxes
  • Seasonings
  • Family size lasagna
  • Jelly
  • Child friendly cereal/oatmeal
  • Waffles
  • Syrup
  • Frozen Meats
  • Snack foods-cookiees, crackers, apple sauce, dried fruit, etc.

Everyday Needs List

Wish List for Residents Upon Departure

Our residents are given the opportunity to fill out a wish list for household items that they may need to set up their new place when they leave the shelter. In order to give the residents what they need, we have to rely on your generosity. We accept brand new or gently used items. The following is a list of what we need at this time:

  • Televisions (32” or smaller- flat screen ONLY)
  • DVD players
  • Alarm clocks
  • Baking/Cooking Items
  • Toasters and Microwaves
  • Hand Mixers and Blenders
  • Pots, pans, skillets – Sets
  • Coffee pots
  • Kitchen knife/silverware sets
  • Ironing boards, irons
  • Wastepaper baskets – bathroom & kitchen
  • Small bathroom & kitchen rugs
  • Toilet bowl brushes & holders (NEW)
  • Shower curtains & hooks
  • Umbrellas
  • Day planners/calendars
  • Shower totes, soap dish containers