Inn Wish List

Our Wish List details the ongoing and most current needs of The Inn. You can use this information to make in-kind donations or organize a special drive to benefit our families. The list includes furnishings, kitchen supplies, office supplies and equipment. Services such as printing and landscaping may also be needed.

Due to the health conditions of our residents, we ask for only new, unused items.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
White rice
Individual cereal
Pudding cups
Jello cups
Fruit cups
Jelly
Olive oil
Pasta sauce
Pasta mixes
Pizza sauce
Canned fruit
Raisins
Shelf-stable milk
Apple sauce (squeeze)
Granola bars

 Help Yourself Pantries

  • Tuna cracker kits
  • Canned fruit, fruit cups, dried fruit, raisin/craisin boxes
  • Cereal in single-serve boxes
  • Individual-sized snacks, especially healthy snacks (applesauce, granola bars, pretzels, pudding, Jell-O, etc.)
  • International Food
  • Shelf-stable food & reduced-fat milk, Horizon milks (regular, vanilla and chocolate)
  • Juice boxes, bottled water
  • Cooking essentials (spices, olive oil, non-stick cooking spray, etc.)
  • Nutella, Nutella kits
  • Condiments: mayonaise, mustard, ketchup, honey, syrup, agave, BBQ sauce
  • Long grain white rice, regular brown rice

Please be sure to check the expiration date on food you donate, as this helps us in stocking the shelves with fresh, and safe to consume, food for the families. Also, we prefer small serving sizes and individually packaged items for the families here.

In addition to non-perishable items for our pantries, The Inn is also happy to accept fresh fruit (bananas, oranges, apples, etc.), platters (fruit and vegetable or assorted cheese trays) and baked goods. If you are unsure if an item would make a suitable donation, please call The Inn prior to dropping off the food.

Amazon Wish List

View our Amazon wish list and simply select the items you would like to donate and Amazon will ship your order directly to us! Enter your name and email (or other contact information) in the text box that reads “Enter your free gift note for this item here.” Note: If you choose not to enter your contact information, your donation will be anonymous.

Kitchen Supplies

  • Rubbermaid and Ziploc disposable food storage container
  • Scrub brushes
  • Cutting boards
  • Kitchen utensils – tongs, ice cream scoops, cheese graters, whisks
  • Paper products – plates, cups, bowls, plastic eating utensils, potato peelers and can openers
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap/storage bags
  • Assorted kitchen knives

House Needs

  • Stamps
  • Adapters/power converters
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers (6 – 18 months)
  • Books/maps of things to do around DC
  • Finger nail clippers and files
  • Travel size cans of hairspray
  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Umbrellas
  • Batteries
  • Birthday decorations

Gift Cards

  • Target
  • Sears
  • McDonald’s
  • Best Buy
  • Safeway
  • Walmart
  • Giant Food
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse
  • Long distance/International calling cards
  • Area restaurants
  • Metro card passes

Caregiver Supplies

Small paper gift bags filled with:

  • Bottled water
  • Sports drinks
  • Tea bags
  • Postage/stamps
  • Chewing gum/breath mints
  • Instant coffee
  • Flavored liquid or drink packets (ex: Crystal Light)
  • Note cards/pens
  • Puzzles/Sudoku
  • Travel-size toiletries

Beauty Needs

  • Hair brushes
  • Hair accessories
  • Makeup kits
  • Shaving kits
  • Nail polish kits
  • Donation of services for haircuts from salons and barbershops

Transition Baskets

  • Laundry baskets
  • Full/twin size sheets
  • Bath linens/towels

Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions

Newspapers:

  • Washington Post
  • USA Today
  • Latino – El Tiempo

Magazines:

  • Art
  • Children focused
  • Sports/Cars
  • Fashion/Teen
  • Educational
  • Home & Garden

Sporting/Entertainment Tickets

  • Theatre performances
  • Washington Redskins Football
  • Baltimore Ravens Football
  • Washington Capitals Hockey
  • DC United Soccer
  • Washington Wizards Basketball
  • Washington Nationals Baseball
  • Baltimore Orioles Baseball
  • Concerts
  • Movies

International Foods

In an effort to provide a larger variety of food in our “Help Yourself Pantry” you can order food for our Spanish speaking families ONLINE!

Instructions for ordering food online:

MexGrocer.com and Goya.com deliver food to any valid address within the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and APO/FPO Military addresses. All you need to do is fill your basket with items, and click Check Out. There is no minimum order amount. You will need to identify where to ship your order, and what credit card payment method you want to use.

Top Items from Mexgrocer.com:

  • Choco Milk Chocolate Drink Mix
  • Jugos del Valle
  • Ducal beans
  • Gamesa cookies and pasta
  • Hunt’s ketchup and tomato sauce
  • Knorr soups, sazon, mole sauce and bouillon
  • La Costeña Mexican Foods
  • Maggi
  • Maseca tortillas and tamales (flour)

Top Items from Goya.com:

Products – Condiments:

  • Adobo (any flavor)
  • Olive oil
  • Marinades and cooking ingredients
  • Spices
  • Sauces, salsa and hot spices

Products – Regional Specialties –Central and South America:

  • Yuca
  • Pacaya

Products – Regional Specialties – Mexican:

  • Tejocotes
  • Salsa Pico de Gallo
  • Pozole (ready-to-eat)

Electronics/Game Room

  • DVDs (family friendly)
  • Playing cards
  • Sony Playstation 4 and related accessories and video games
  • Xbox One and Kinect accessories and video games (family friendly)
  • Wii Games (family friendly)
  • Pool table supplies (cues of all sizes, chalk, bridge, balls)

For More information about in-kind donations contact Meghan Arbegast at [email protected] or 301-594-5364.