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Donate Items

Due to CAN's 501(c)(3) status, CAN cannot accept any religious and/or political materials.
In most cases, we prefer new items. Please view the lists below of our most-needed items.


To donate items to CAN, please email info@canwashtenaw.org or call (734) 994-2985 to coordinate a drop-off time and location. Thank you!

School Supply List

  • Durable backpacks

  • Pencils and pens

  • Pencil pouches/boxes

  • Scissors

  • Erasers

  • Rulers

  • Pencil sharpeners

  • Folders

  • Binders (1-2 inch)

  • Binder dividers

  • Index cards

  • College-ruled loose-leaf paper

  • Spiral notebooks

  • Composition notebooks

  • Highlighters

  • Markers (12-pack)

  • Crayons (24-pack)

  • Colored Pencils (12/24-pack)

  • Glue sticks

We kindly request that all backpacks and school supplies that are donated be NEW, not used or gently used.

CAN Art & Design Supply List

Used items are welcome!

  • Acrylic paint

  • Embroidery thread

  • Fabric

  • Modeling clay

  • Oil pastels

  • Paintbrushes

  • Puffy paint

  • Scissors

  • Sewing supplies

  • Tempera paint

  • Utility brushes

  • Watercolor sets

  • X-Acto knives

  • Beads

  • Chalk

  • Glue bottles

  • Glue dots

  • Glue sticks

  • Glue guns

  • Butcher paper roll

  • Colored construction paper

  • Colored pencils

  • Crayons

  • Erasers

  • Graphite pencils

  • Pencil sharpeners

  • Magazines

  • Markers

  • Sharpies

  • Rulers

  • White paper

  • Foam paper

  • Masking tape

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Scotch tape

  • Straws

  • Yarn

  • Feathers

  • Aprons

  • Buckets

  • Clorox wipes

  • Drop cloths

  • Plastic cups

  • Rags

  • Styrofoam bowls

  • Styrofoam plates

  • Ziploc bags

  • Clothespins

  • Paperclips

  • People figurines

  • Rubber bands

  • Zip ties

  • Plastic spoons

  • Paper bowls

  • Pie tins

  • Recycled materials (paper towel tubes, empty plastic water bottles, egg cartons)

Food List

Food donations must be unopened and not expired. Thank you!

  • Canned vegetables (low sodium preferred)

  • Canned fruit (no sugar added preferred)

  • Cereal, rice, pasta, quinoa, crackers (whole grain preferred)

  • Popcorn

  • Granola bars and protein bars

  • Canned meat and fish

  • Canned beans (low sodium preferred)

  • Dried beans, lentils, and peas

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Nuts and seed butters

  • Flour

  • Spices

  • Vegetable oil or olive oil

  • Broth (low sodium preferred)

  • Canned or boxed soups and stews (low sodium preferred)

  • Boxed meals

  • Canned tomato sauce

  • Shelf-stable milk

  • Baby food

  • Baby formula

Household Items and Personal Care List

Household and personal care items must be unopened and new. Thank you!

  • ​Diapers

  • Baby wipes

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • Hand soap and body soap

  • Hair care products

  • Pads, tampons, and other period products

  • Toilet paper

  • Deodorant

  • First-aid supplies

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dish soap

  • Disinfecting wipes

  • Toilet cleaner

  • Bus tokens

  • Grocery or gas gift cards

Site Specific Items

For needs specific to CAN's community centers, please view our Site Wishlists on Amazon

Or contact us at info@canwashtenaw.org if you have a specific item you'd like to donate!

If CAN is unable to accept your donation at this time, we welcome you to check with other Washtenaw County organizations that may be able to help: 

Please contact info@canwashtenaw.org or call 734.994.2985 for more information.
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