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Help Survivors in Need

When individuals or families make the choice to leave a living situation that involves violence or domestic assault, they often need to leave necessities behind. From items you need to set up a new home like kitchenware and utensils, to bare necessity items like toiletries, these families need help getting a new start. You can help make that happen by making a donation to Friends of the Family.

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Thank you for considering a donation to Friends of the Family. To donate safely online, you can use our secure form.

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If you would like to donate by mail please send check to:

Friends of the Family
PO Box 784
Waverly, IA 50677

For any donation-related questions, please call 319-352-1108 or contact us through our online form. Thank you!



In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, our office are closed to the public. If you wish to donate items from our top donation needs listed below, please call 319-352-1108 to arrange drop off.


Supply Donation Needs at FOF

Our Top Donation Needs Include:

  • New air mattresses
  • New bras, underwear and socks - all sizes, new towels & wash clothes
  • 13-gallon trash bags
  • Paper products - toilet paper, paper towels
  • Cleaning products - hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, laundry soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, mop, broom, sponges/rags
  • Hygiene products - body wash, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, lotion

We also take donations for our shelter that include can and non-perishable food items, milk, juice and gift cards to local gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores and duffel bags or backpacks. 

Family Starter Kits

To help families start over, FOF has a list of “starter kits” that can help families. We give these kits out throughout the year as families leave our shelter and move into their own homes.

  • Bathroom Kit: Towels, Washcloths, Toilet Paper, Shower Curtain & Liner, Rug, Small Trash Can, Hygiene Products
  • Kitchen Kit: Pots and Pans, Silverware, Hand Towels, Dishware, 13-Gallon Trash Can and Bags, Cooking Utensils 
  • General Cleaning Kit: Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, General Disinfectant, Paper Towels, Mop, Broom, Dustpan, Sponges/Rags, Dish Soap 
  • Laundry Kit: Laundry Basket, Detergent, Fabric Softener, Hangers
  • Kid’s Kit: Board Games, Puzzles, Activity/Coloring Books, Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils, Toys

Donation Items We Cannot Accept

  • Used clothing
  • Shoes
  • Used underwear or socks
  • Items that are dirty, smelly, or covered in pet hair
  • Decorative household items
  • Used electronics/technology
  • Used toys & stuffed animals
  • Large furniture items