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. Please, no plush toys/stuffed animals.

Use the menu below to navigate this page.

Most Needed Help Yourself Pantries
International Foods Kitchen Supplies House Needs Gift Cards
Caregiver Supplies Beauty Needs News/Mag Subscriptions Entertainment


White rice Jell-O cups Olive oil Canned fruit Apple sauce (squeeze)
Individual cereal Fruit cups Pasta sauce Raisins Granola bars
Pudding cups Jelly Pasta mixes Shelf-stable milk


Help Yourself Pantries

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

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 items like:

  • Fresh fruit (bananas, oranges, apples, etc.)
  • Platters (fruit and vegetable or assorted cheese trays)
  • Baked goods

If you are unsure if an item would make a suitable donation, please call The Inn prior to dropping off the food.



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: and 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

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

Top Items from

Products – Condiments:

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

Products – Regional Specialties –Central and South America:

  • Yuca
  • Pacaya

Products – Regional Specialties – Mexican:

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



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.

Target Registry

Send much-needed supplies directly to The Children’s Inn via our Target Registry.



Kitchen Supplies

  • Rubbermaid and Ziploc disposable food storage containers
  • Cutting boards
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap/storage bags
  • Scrub brushes
  • Paper products – plates, cups, bowls, plastic eating utensils, potato peelers and can openers
  • Assorted kitchen knives


House Needs

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


Gift Cards

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


Caregiver Supplies

Small paper gift bags filled with:

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


Beauty Needs

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



Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions

  • Washington Post
  • USA Today
  • Latino – El Tiempo


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



Sporting/Entertainment Tickets

  • Washington Redskins Football
  • D.C. United Soccer
  • Baltimore Orioles Baseball
  • Baltimore Ravens Football
  • Washington Wizards Basketball
  • Concerts
  • Washington Capitals Hockey
  • Washington Nationals Baseball
  • Movies

Game Room

  • Playing cards
  • Adult coloring books
  • Word searches
  • Pool table supplies (cues of all sizes, chalk, bridge, balls)



For more information about in-kind donations contact Meghan Arbegast at [email protected] or 301-827-6054.