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UPDATE: We are accepting donations on Mondays and Thursdays only between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm (excluding toys and books due to space limitations).  Donation drop-off is contact-free (donors are asked to place donations in bins) and receipts are available.  Please call 515-222-3663 if you have a specific donation you would like to drop off outside of these hours. Donations will be accepted at the NE corner of our building (please follow the signage).  Once you arrive, there will be bins for you to drop your donations into.  Please note, volunteers will remain behind the bins and will be unable to help transfer your donations at this time.  We ask that you wear a face mask and please keep a minimum of 6' of distance from those around you. Thank you for holding your donations for us. We appreciate your patience!

We appreciate and depend on donations to run our programs. Following are some of the ways you can help support West Des Moines Human Services...

On-going Needs:

  • Personal care items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc)
  • Clothing and Shoes (new or gently-used - for all ages)   
  • Small Household Items (fans, lamps, sheets, blankets, kitchen items, dishes, pots and pans, etc.)        
  • Grocery food cards

View Detailed Needs List
View and Order from our Amazon Needs List
View List of Items Not Accepted

Need of the Month:
We welcome your donations at any time. We have also set up an annual "need of the month" schedule to encourage donations - many of these items are listed on our Amazon needs list where you can order and have the products shipped directly to us:
January:      Paper products (toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels)
February:     Feminine Supplies
March:          Diapers & Wipes
April:             Laundry Detergent
May:              Soap & Deodorant
June:             Sunscreen & Bug Spray
July:              Shampoo & Conditioner
August:         School Supplies
September:   Toothpaste, Toothbrushes & Floss
October:        Winter Apparel (coats, boots, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.)
November:    Grocery food cards
December:     New, unwrapped toys & teen gifts

Donations may be dropped off at West Des Moines Human Services located at 139 6th Street between 8:30 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month through November. 

Collection Drives & Fundraisers:
If you are interested in holding a drive to collect items we are in need of, or a fundraiser to benefit our programs, please contact us for more information on partnering with West Des Moines Human Services.  Click here for some collection drive ideas

Monetary Donations:
Monetary gifts are greatly appreciated and can help us purchase needed items at a discount. Donations can be made online by clicking DONATE NOW or you may mail or drop off a check to the address below. Please make checks payable to West Des Moines Human Services.

West Des Moines Human Services
139 6th Street
P.O. Box 65320
West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320

Thank you for your support!  Please contact us with any questions at 515-222-3663.


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