Shelter Wish List - ACCESS - Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support

Shelter Wish List

Thank you for your interest in donating to ACCESS! 


If you would like to make a donation to one of our offices or to one of our shelter units, please contact Val at or call 515-292-0500 to schedule a drop-off time.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept all donations due to storage constraints. We do have a partnership with Overflow Thrift Store in Ames for items such as clothing, toys, appliances, home decor, etc. Click here for a list of items that Overflow will take. Thank you for understanding!


ACCESS IS ALWAYS IN NEED OF: These are the best ideas for the holiday times as well!

  • Cash donations (cash donations help to meet the various and unique financial needs that victims and survivors may have.)
    • Checks can be mailed to PO Box 1429, Ames IA 50014
    • Cash donations can be dropped off at our Airport Rd. office location.
    • You can also easily donate online by clicking the DONATE button at the top of our website
  • Gift card donations (to help with emergencies, groceries, unique needs) 
    • Target, Walmart and HyVee
  • Gas card donations (to help with gas to get to appointments, shelter, childcare etc.)
    • Casey's, Kum & Go or HyVee Gas
  • Emergency cell phones and phone plan cards
    • Straight talk 30 day plans - Target & Walmart 
  • Universal gift card donations (to help with clothing, groceries, needed items to stay safe)


  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bath Towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Deodorant (all kinds)
  • Lysol spray 
  • Clorox wipes
  • Hair conditioner
  • Hair care products for textured hair (Deep conditioners, leave-in sprays, curl creams and sulfate free shampoo/conditioner)
  • Razors
  • Mattress protector (twin)
  • Mattress protector (queen)
  • Diapers sizes 5 and 6 
  • Liquid body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • New pillows


Our current Target wish list is located here.



  • We are always looking for those who wish to donate their time and energy to the cause! If you or your group is interested in cleaning, decorating, organizing etc. any of our locations or volunteering in some other way, please email us at with your inquiry! 

The ACCESS office in Ames serves as the hub for Story County outreach services and emergency shelter for Boone, Story, and Marshall Counties. 


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