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In-Kind Donations


In-kind donations are all non-monetary gifts, including donations of food, clothing, supplies, services and etcetera.

Due to limited space at the shelter, we can only accept donations that will be put to use right away.  Please call us to find out our immediate needs.

When we don't have space, we are grateful to Community Thrift for accepting gently used clothes, furniture or household goods at their store and making a contribution to AWS.  Please drop your items off at Community Thrift and let them know that you would like the donation to benefit AWS, code #172. They are located at 623 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 861-4910. Community Thrift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency and your donation is tax-deductible.

Please note that there are some items that Community Thrift does not accept such as children's clothing and toys. See their list of acceptable and non-acceptable donations


Please start by viewing our Wishlist below. Contact donate-in-kind@sfaws.org to reconfirm, as our needs and storage may have changed. Please do not drop off items directly at our mailing address.

If you would like a receipt for your donation, please let us know. We will be happy to provide you with one, which will mention all relevant information that you will need for your tax deductions, such as description & quantities of your in-kind items and acknowledgement of receipt by AWS. Please note we do not include the value of the donation in the receipt.


If you'd like to organize a donation drive for AWS with the intention to raise our wishlist items, we will be so grateful! But please check in with us beforehand, so we can share details on the quantitities we're hopeful to receive. We cannot guarantee we can receive items from your drive unless we have checked in beforehand. We'll help you organize the drive in the best possible way; we'll give specific and necessary details of items, quantities, process and more. Unofrtuntely, we do not have unlimited storage space, so we may not be able to accomodate more items than we can manage to store.


fOR April 2019

  • pillows (standard size)
  • women's thermal sets (various sizes)
  • adult raincoats/jackets, children's raincoats (various sizes)
  • towels (new: bath, hand, face)
  • toasters
  • blenders
  • slippers
  • floss
  • vaseline
  • pajama sets (S/M, M/L)
  • women's bras (sizes: 34B/C/D, various)(new)
  • women's underwear (new)
  • umbrellas
  • blankets
  • microwaves
  • toilet tissue
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • bowls (small & large soup bowls)
  • utensils (forks, spoons, kitchen knives, serving spoons)
  • water bolier, warmer and dispenser
  • shampoos, conditioners, shower gel (full-size)
  • toothpaste (full-size)
  • shower curtains
  • bath mats
  • portable heater (energy efficient)

Generally, we also need these additional items throughout the year, but it is a good idea to check with us by contacting us at donate-in-kind@sfaws.org.

For household:

  • toaster
  • blender
  • dvd player with remote
  • toilet tissue
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • laundry detergent
  • bathroom cleansers
  • toilet bowl cleaners
  • bath mats
  • shower curtains
  • utensils (spoons & forks)
  • kitchen knives
  • cutting boards
  • soup bowls (small & large)
  • Brita water filters & pitcher
  • spatulas, soup ladles
  • non-stick frying pans
  • dishwashing detergent
  • hot water dispensers
  • electric tea kettles
  • small rice cookers
  • large rice cooker
  • desk lamps
  • wall clocks & alarm clocks

For adult women:

  • grocery store and household store gift cards
  • sanitary pads
  • jackets (waterproof/resistant with hoods)
  • sweaters
  • umbrellas
  • socks (new)
  • underwear (new)
  • bras (new - various sizes)
  • shoes (various sizes)
  • mouth wash
  • shampoo and conditioner (full-size)
  • shower gel (gull size)
  • towels (new-bath, hand and face)
  • hair brushes, combs
  • sewing kits

For children:

  • raincoats
  • ponchos
  • hoodies (various sizes)
  • socks
  • underwear
  • boy's clothing (3T-7 yrs)
  • girl's clothing / jeans (7-12 yrs)
  • baby wash/ oil



Holiday Wish List



Adult Residents wishlist --> Go here


Children's Wishlist -- > Go here




Thank you for your warm and generous support.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at AWS.


Note about your wishlist donation

1.  If you are purchasing e-gift cards, select email address donate-in-kind@sfaws.org as recepient.
2. Asian Women's Shelter is a 501c3 nonprofit and your purchase is tax deductible. Our Tax EIN is 94-3030212. Your Amazon receipt will serve as your proof of donation. If you want an acknowledgement on our letterhead, please let us know by writing to donate-in-kind@sfaws.org. Include your full name, mailing address, email, phone number, Amazon item and receipt.