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Amazon Wishlist

We use for our Wish List.  Items can be purchased anywhere (they do not need to come from Amazon); it merely allows for an easy way to navigate listing of our needs.


If you do use Amazon, try using .  From there, you can choose PADS as a charity that will get a portion of all sales through that portal!

A great and fun project is running an in-kind donation drive, which is a way to collect needed items for PADS’ clients. As the organizer, you select the items you want to ask for from a list of things that we need.

You decide whom you want to approach – neighbors, house-of-worship members, your school, people in your community – and then provide collection bins or boxes.  You advertise the drive (flyers, newspaper coverage, posters, newsletters, etc.), set an end date, and see that all the collection bins are picked up.  You might approach store owners or managers and ask them directly for a donation.  In that case, when you know the donor personally, you would want to send a thank you note to the donor, and be sure to mention them by name in any publicity.  PADS will send a tax letter to any donor, provided we have a complete address and description of the item.  Finally - you would see that the items are then delivered to PADS. 


We have a running wish list, but please be sure to contact us before you begin your drive to find out about our current needs - we try to control inventory, so that we are not inundated with socks, for example.  Due to fire, safety and health codes, we are unable to store most food or clothing, so please don’t plan to collect those things.

Current Wish List

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Latex gloves

  • Toilet paper

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Grocery store gift cards

  • Fast food gift cards

  • Individual, ready-made meals for clients staying in motels

  • Non-perishable, microwavable meals (Easy Mac, Barilla pasta, Hormel Completes, ramen bowls), bread, peanut butter/jelly, fruit cups (with pull tabs), chips/pretzels/snacks, bottled water

  • Reusable shopping bags and boxes

  • Plastic grocery bags

  • Individual meal containers (microwave-safe)

  • Travel-sized spray bottles (for hand sanitizer distribution)

  • Men's and women's sweatpants and sweatshirts

In-kind donations gratefully accepted at our Day Resource Center (1800 Grand Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085) Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4PM.

For more information, and to find out about our current urgent needs, please email our Development Office at

 Please contact us before you plan a donation drive for our most pressing needs.  

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