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    Donations of Clothing and Hygiene Items

When survivors arrive at AWAIC’s emergency shelter they often have few, if any, personal belongings. By donating essential items like clothing and hygiene items, you are helping survivors take their first steps toward a safer future!

**IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ** Updated Donation Guidelines – May 2021

  • We are accepting donations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, weekdays (Monday-Friday) between 8am and 5pm at AWAIC (100 W 13th Ave).
  • Unscheduled donation walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • We are able to accept up to two (2) kitchen-size (13 gallon) trash bags of gently used clothing per donor.
  • We may be able to accept larger quantities of new clothing and toiletries, but this will be on a case-by-case basis based on available storage space.
REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT: To request a donation drop off appointment, please fill out this form and our team will contact you within 2 business days. We can accept donations on weekdays (Monday – Friday) between 8am and 5pm. Please do not attempt to drop off donations without confirmation from AWAIC staff.

QUESTIONS? If you have questions about donations, please reach out to our Development team.

DONATION DRIVES: If you are interested in holding a donation drive with your friends, group, or workplace, please contact our Development team.


Clothing

Please refer to the list below for a list of the items we can currently accept. This list is updated frequently as our needs change. All clothing and linens must be new or gently used and freshly laundered. Any clothing that is ripped, stained, worn out, or unwashed will not be accepted.

Current Needs:

  • Hoodies
  • Comfortable t-shirts (long or short sleeve) 
  • Elastic-waisted pants (sweatpants, leggings, yoga pants, etc.) 
  • Pajamas 
  • Tennis shoes/sneakers 
  • Flip flops 
  • NEW underwear 
  • NEW bras 
We are unable to accept the following:

  • Any types of clothing not listed above
  • Professional/business attire
  • Any clothing that is "dry clean only"
  • Pants with zippers
Due to limited storage space available, AWAIC cannot accept other types of clothing that are not on this list. Valuable volunteer or staff time is used to carefully sort through each donation and any items that we cannot use are donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We encourage donors with large quantities of other types of clothing to use Big Brothers Big Sisters’ free donation pick-up service!

Hygiene Items

AWAIC frequently needs new, unopened, and unused toiletries and hygiene products. Travel-size toiletries are the most useful for our participants, but we can accept regular size toiletries too. Please refer to the lists below for our current needs. 


Current Needs:

  • Pads and tampons 
  • Deodorant 
  • Lotion* 
  • Chapstick 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Dental floss 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Shampoo* 
  • Conditioner* 
  • Body wash* 
  • Loofahs 
  • Hairbrushes/Combs 
  • Hair dye 
  • Hair accessories 
  • Makeup 
  • Tweezers 
  • Nail polish 
  • Nail clippers
Items marked with an asterisk (*) are currently an urgent need.

Household Goods & Furniture

At this time, we are unable to accept donations of gently used household goods or furniture. Please consider donating these items to Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Amazon Wishlist

Please consider purchasing new clothing, toiletries, and other much-needed supplies from our Amazon Wishlist. These items are conveniently shipped directly to AWAIC from Amazon. The items marked "High Priority" are currently in high demand at the shelter.

My Little Napper

My Little Napper is a children’s pajama business started by our friend and a survivor, Sharita Napper. Sharita stayed at AWAIC’s emergency shelter as a young child with her mother on two different occasions. Now as a survivor, she is working to make a positive impact in our community and give back to survivors of domestic violence with her new business!

There are three ways you can support AWAIC through My Little Napper:

  1. Purchase pajamas for the little one in your life by using this link and 10% of the sales from your purchase will go to AWAIC!
  2. Purchase pajamas for the kids currently staying at AWAIC’s emergency shelter! Simply enter AWAIC’s address as the Shipping Address to send pajamas directly to the shelter: AWAIC, Attn: Pajamas, 100 W 13th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501.
  3. Purchase a My Little Napper gift card and email it to development@awaic.org so our children’s advocates can order pajamas in the sizes currently needed. 

Thank you for making a difference for survivors of domestic violence!