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Helping our friends & neighbors in need

When individuals or families make the choice to leave a living situation that involves violence, they often need to leave necessities behind. Or people experiencing homelessness often lack the financial means to buy  needed items. These families need help getting a new start with items you need to set up a new home like kitchenware and utensils, to bare necessity items like toiletries. 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
1009 People Square 
Waterloo, IA 50702

For any donation-related questions, please call Monique at 319-576-2200 or contact us through our online form. Thank you!!


Top needs

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Fleece blankets

Baby formula/food/bottles

Women's underwear - all sizes

Socks - all sizes

Towels & wash cloths


Twin XL sheets

Laundry detergent

We also maintain a current Amazon Wish List where you can order our top needed items and have them shipped directly to us:

Amazon Wish List


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, under garments, 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