Needed Items for LSS Faith Mission and CHOICES

Each year, Faith Mission and CHOICES provide approximately 3,000 people shelter and care. Your donations of needed items help to provide our residents with a dignified and welcoming environment while they work on finding permanent housing.

General Info

Donated items can be dropped off at the Shelter Donation Center, 217 N. Grant Ave. in Columbus, at the McKee Alley door (see map).

The Donation Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment (excluding holidays).

Donated items are directed to the LSS program with the greatest need.  We accept only new or unused items unless otherwise noted.

Are you planning a donation drive?  Please contact us first to find out what items are most needed on a larger scale!

Watch our video on the in-kind donation process to learn more about how we put your material donations to work as well as our philosophy on providing needed items to clients.

Please do not leave donations unattended outside of the donation center.  For health and safety reasons, these items will have to be discarded. Please also do not distribute donations directly to residents on or around the Faith Mission campus. All items should be received and distributed by staff.

Accepted Items

View our full list of accepted items

Currently, our most needed items are:

  • New adult sweatpants
  • New men’s sweatshirts
  • New men’s underwear
  • New or gently used and laundered men’s coats
  • New men’s flip flops
  • Full-sized body lotion
  • Full-sized toothpaste
  • Pull ups (all sizes) and diapers (size 5 and up)

You can also order items directly from our Faith Mission and CHOICES Amazon wish lists for both of those programs.

Want to support Faith Mission in Fairfield County?  Click here for the Amazon wish list.

Please click here to see needed kits for residents in shelter that you can assemble off site and donate.

Items we cannot accept

Used clothing, shoes, housewares or toys
Expired products
New or used formal wear or business wear
Used hygiene items and cleaning supplies
New or used furniture, appliances or mattresses
New or used car seats, cribs, bouncers, nursing supplies, etc.
New or used Full, Queen or King size bedding
New or used medical supplies or equipment
New or used cell phones
Food items (please see our give meals and food page)

We are also unable to accept the following items as we are currently at capacity: cold weather accessories, travel sized hygiene items, blankets and school supplies.

Please click here and choose the “Where to Donate” icon to see a referral list of community partners accepting various items.


Still have questions about donated items? Contact us!

LSS Shelter Donation Center Contacts

Faith Mission – Miranda Dean, 614-228-2346

CHOICES – Laura Thompson, 614-224-7218

Thank you for your support of LSS Faith Mission and CHOICES!

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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