Wish List In-Kind Items

FamilyMeans Donation Wish ListFamilyMeans accepts new and gently-used donations of in-kind items all throughout the year.

Suggestions appear below, but if you have ideas on how your specific resources can be put to good use, please contact our Development & Communications Director at 651-789-4057 or communications@FamilyMeans.org. Thank you.


  • Puzzles: Under 200- and large-pieces
  • Board games
  • Bean bag tosses
  • Nintendo Wii


Food/Basic Needs

  • Weekend backpacks-in partnership with Valley Outreach: food to offset weekend food instability (cereal, ramen soups, peanut butter, bread, mac-n-cheese, juice, microwavable meals, etc.)
  • Movie Night Snacks: soda, juice, pizza, chips, or movie-candy
  • Toiletries: toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, etc.

Arts & Crafts / Music

  • Markers/Pens/Pencils: Crayola washable thin or regular markers, Sharpie markers, dry erase markers or erasers, colored pencils or crayons
  • Paper: lined paper, math/grid paper, construction paper, sketch pads or drawing tablets, and poster board
  • Crafts: glue and glue sticks, paper, slime kits, craft sticks, or pompoms
  • Painting supplies: canvases, paints, or brushes

Indoor Recreation & Music

  • Computer games: DVDs for Mac or PC, XBOX 360 and 1G Wii or headphones
  • Learning toys: math or manipulative-type toys that can be stored in buckets (e.g. Legos, Magnetix or building blocks) 
  • Musical Instruments

Outdoor Recreation & Sports

  • Rain Apparel: rain jackets (preferably of waterproof and breathable), larger youth sizes and any adult sizes
  • Winter gloves and hats
  • Bicycles: youth and adult-sized mountain bikes, small frame road bikes, new or used panniers (saddle bags)
  • Sports equipment: playground balls, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, tennis balls and rackets, and air pumps, soccer cleats, soccer socks, goalie gloves, mouth or shin guards
  • Games: Giant Jenga, bean bag toss, or rodeo golf


  • Ideas: novelty notebooks or pencils, headbands/hair-ties, trading cards, fidgets, water bottles, sports bags, or sports-related merchandise