Wish List

Your donation from our Wish List can help directly support Avivo and the people we serve. For more information or to schedule a donation drop-off, contact giving@avivomn.org. Another option for donations is to ship items directly to Avivo via our Target Charity registry, Amazon Wish List, or Walmart Wish List. You can download a printable list of Wish List items.

Another Wish List is that of American House and Kimball Court, two housing communities Avivo provides housing supports for. We provide housing to individual adults with disabling conditions as well as assist them with getting connected to community resources and helping them achieve their goals. See their wish list needs


June Wish List Item of the Month: Spiral Notebooks

Help support the Avivo participants enrolled in our career education programs! Notebooks are available at your favorite discount store, or on Avivo’s Amazon Wish List or Walmart Wish List, which could be shipped or dropped off at our 1900 Chicago Avenue location in Minneapolis.


Wish list needs

Most-Needed Items

These are an assortment of items that could make an impact today.

  • Bedding items: Twin-sized sheets, comforters, and pillows.
  • Cleaning supplies: All-purpose cleaner spray or wipes, Swiffer or similar sweepers, dish soap, kitchen sponges, and laundry pods.
  • Adult, full-sized, hygiene items: Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving razors and creams.

Unique Needs

Our programs are often seeking ways to innovate and try new things to better support those we serve, and need one-time support of a donation to get started. Items below can be new or gently used.

Organizational Products

  • Bookshelves
  • Metal Shelving Unit
  • Clear bins (for art supplies)

Programming Needs

  • Hairdresser chair
  • Sewing machine (in good, working order)

Other Needs

  • Indoor Plants

Hygiene Products

These items will be given to program participants in Avivo programs, including those participants in our residential and/or outpatient treatment programs, street outreach programs, or housing programs. Please consider providing products that can be used for diverse hair types and skin needs.

Full-size product needs

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bar soap or Body wash
  • Loofas
  • Body lotion
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Comb, brush, or pick
  • Alcohol free hand sanitizer

Travel-size product needs

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bar soap or Body wash
  • Loofas
  • Body lotion
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Comb, brush, or pick
  • Alcohol free hand sanitizer

Period Products

  • Pads
  • Tampons
  • Panty liners
  • Personal Wipes

Accessory needs

  • Toiletry bag
  • Shower caddy
  • Reusable bags

Household Goods

These items are provided to families and individuals living in Avivo’s recovery housing, as well as those moving from homelessness to housing.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Trash can — 3 gallon (bathroom) or 13 gallon (kitchen)
  • Trash bags — 3 gallon (bathroom) or 13 gallon (kitchen)
  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Swiffer or Mop (with bucket)
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen sponges
  • Laundry detergent (pods preferred)
  • Dryer sheets

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels

Kitchen Essentials

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Drinking glasses
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Eating Utensils
  • Can Opener
  • Pots and Pans
  • Potholders
  • Coffee Maker
  • Glass baking and storage containers

Home Basics

  • Laundry basket
  • Sheets (twin-sized or twin XL)
  • Bedspread (twin-sized or twin XL)
  • Pillows (with pillow cases)
  • Shower Curtain (with rings)
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Hand Towels
  • Plunger
  • Bathroom Rugs

Other household needs

  • Alarm clock
  • Table/desk top fan
  • Air/inflatable mattress (twin-sized, should include an air pump)

Clothing Needs

We ask that all clothing donated is new. By providing new clothing, Avivo is able to support the dignity and worth of each individual to have access to items that are specifically purchased for them. Please consider giving clothes for any gender or size.

  • Short-sleeve t-shirts
  • Undershirts for men
  • Tank tops for women
  • Joggers
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks

Art Supplies

Whether for basic arts and crafts, or to support professional artists, art supplies are used by all of Avivo’s clients.

Professional artist needs for artists in Avivo’s ArtWorks program (these products should be artist quality)

  • Sketch books
  • Canvas
  • Watercolor paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Coloring Pencils
  • Charcoal Pencils
  • Paintbrushes
  • Art paper
  • Specialized erasers

General art needs

  • Adult Coloring books
  • Children’s Coloring books
  • Coloring Pencils
  • Markers (thin and thick tipped)
  • Jewelry making kits
  • Magazines (can be previously used)
  • Construction paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Origami paper
  • Multicolored card stock
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Canvas
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hooks

Baby & Toddler Needs

These products are given directly to the babies and toddlers within our child development program, as well as to parents who are receiving support through Avivo.

Hygiene Needs

  • Diapers
  • Pull ups
  • Diaper Cream
  • Baby Powder


  • Formula
  • Jars of pureed food
  • Pureed pouches
  • Puffs
  • Cheerios


  • Teething Rings
  • Bibs
  • Diaper Bag
  • Pack and Play
  • Baby Carriers
  • Stroller
  • Car Seat (must be new, can’t be a used car seat)

Food Items

Food is provided to participants in Avivo’s programs during their counseling sessions, as well as to those who live with food insecurity.

Snack Items – individual packed items

  • Fruit cups
  • Granola bars
  • Water bottles
  • Gatorade or Powerade
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Candy

Drink Items – individual packed items

  • Coffee creamer (regular and flavored)
  • Sugar
  • Sugar alternatives (Splenda, Sweet and Low, Equal, Stevia)
  • Water flavor packets

Office/School Supplies

Both clients and their children benefit from these supplies. Whether going through elementary, middle, high school, or Avivo’s own education programs, having the proper supplies sets clients and their children up for success.

Non-electronic needs

  • Briefcase bags
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Paper Clips
  • Flash Drives
  • Calendars/ Agenda notebooks

Electronic Needs (please factory reset previously used items like phones or tablets)

  • Tablets
  • Laptop computers
  • iPad
  • Cell phones

Gift Cards

Gift cards are provided to clients who have needs that cannot be filled by other donations.

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Cub Food
  • Aldi
  • Gas cards
  • Transit passes
  • Uber or Lyft

Volunteer group kit assembly

Both individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer to support individuals and families in Avivo’s programs by donating items on our Wish List, or volunteering to purchase and assemble donated items for a number of different donation kits.