As many of our longtime donors and followers know, every month we put out a traffic light shopping guide blog post about a week before each giveaway. We decided to permanently add the list to our website so it can be continuously updated as donations come in & go out. This way, you can see what we need, when we need it.

If you have a donation that you’d like for us to pick up, please email We have volunteers all over the Austin metro area that will be happy to make arrangements that work with your schedule.

If you’re not in the Austin area, or prefer to order your donation online, please visit our Amazon Wish List. If you click Filter & Sort, then Priority, the list will match the traffic light guide: High Priority = Green Light, Medium Priority = Yellow Light, and Low Priority = Red Light.

For a complete list of everything we do and don’t accept, please see our Donate page.

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Last updated on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Green Light (we really need these items!):
*Insect repellent
Women’s underwear
Men’s socks
First aid kits
Emergency blankets
Hand warmers
Men’s underwear
Hand sanitizer
Body wipes
Toilet paper
Women’s socks

*means that we are completely out of these items!

Yellow Light (we probably have enough of these items, but a few more wouldn’t hurt):
Nail clippers
Dental floss/floss picks/mouthwash
Toothbrush covers

Red Light (we don’t need any more of these items right now):
Soap & body wash
Feminine hygiene (pads, tampons, pantiliners)
Hair elastics
Cotton balls & q-tips
Combs & brushes
Lip balm

A note about clothing donations: We accept clothing year-round! However, we have noticed that certain types of clothing, specifically business & dressier clothes, aren’t getting taken at our giveaways very often. We are now asking that those types of clothing be donated to Dress For Success Austin.