Thinking of giving to HQ?

Thanks for thinking of us! Here’s what we need at the moment:

(and remember, an exhaustive list + suggestions can be found on our Amazon Wishlist!)

Food Basic Needs Clothing Hygiene Personal HQ Household
Sponsor a meal Blankets* Undershirts (men + women, all sizes) Deodorant 31 Day bus passes Ziploc bags (gallon, quart, sandwich)
Gift cards so we can buy fresh produce Sleeping bags* Bras* (all sizes/styles) Lip balm Phone chargers (apple + android) Liquid dish soap (Dawn or similar)
Bottled water Hand warmers Athletic shorts* Shaving cream Backpacks* Plastic silverware
Individually packaged, to-go snack foods (pop-tarts, noodle cups/ramen, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.) Thermal underwear (men + women) Travel size tissues Headphones (skull candy or similar) Paper plates + bowls
Sweatshirts + pants Shower caps Hair ties
Winter boots African American hair care products for relaxed and/or natural hair

We can always accept…

No matter the season, we are always in need of basic hygiene items and basic clothing options:

Note: We do not distribute care packages–we find it’s more helpful to receive pre-sorted items, as we distribute what we receive individually, which empowers youth to take what they need.

  • Athletic clothing
  • Towels
  • Socks (mens + womens)
  • Bras (all sizes)
  • Underwear (mens + womens)
  • Hair care products/items, especially for natural hair
  • Shaving cream
  • Chapstick

Products for African American hair

We are always in need of products and items to care for African American hair that is both relaxed and natural. A list of requested products is available on our Amazon Wishlist. We welcome donations of these products in both travel size and off-brand as well. Thank you!

*=Gently used OK


We cannot accept:

  • Expired food (including canned goods)
  • Partially used hygiene items
  • Large recreational items like pool or air hockey tables

Other ways to give

Prepare a Meal

We’re dedicated to making sure there’s a hot meal at HQ, every single drop-in. Help us make warm, yummy food a reality by making us a freezer meal! More info here.

Please contact us at [email protected] for recipes, preparation instructions and drop-off times.

Amazon Wish List

HQ has it’s own Wish List at Amazon.com,  where we’ve listed items that our youth consistently need. Your donation can be shipped directly to HQ or you can have them delivered to your home and make arrangements with us to drop them off. Some of these items can also be purchased from other stores and the delivery arrangements can be made with us.

Keep this list handy by pressing the “Remember” button at left on our page to stay updated on our Wish List when shopping at Amazon.

Amazon Smiles

When you sign up for an AmazonSmile account through Amazon Smiles – Grand Rapids HQ, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to HQ. When selecting a charity, search for “Grand Rapids HQ,” then start shopping!

Have questions? Send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 616-406-3945.