Donations can be dropped off at the Day By Day Warming Shelter, 449 High Ave., Oshkosh, WI. Please call ahead to schedule a drop off time. Please fill out a donation form, which assists us with IRS reporting requirements.


Please note: Due to limited storage we are unable to accept donations of towels, blankets, and pillows at this time. For immediate needs or any other inquiries please call the shelter at 920-203-4536. 

Check out our Amazon list for easy access to our needs list. Our list is just a guideline. If you would like to purchase a different brand or amount, feel free.

​Wish List

Monetary donations are the most useful, but Day By Day Warming Shelter is currently in need of the following items for the next season:


  • 33+ gallon black garbage bags (use about 1000 bags per season)

  • Paper towels (use about 300 rolls per season)

  • Paper bowls

  • 54 cup coffee maker (1-2)

  • Food Service Gloves (polyethylene/thin disposable)(about 100 boxes of 100 gloves)

  • Styrofoam Cups (2000 cups per season)

  • Paper Plates-Sturdy- Currently fulfilled

  • Breakfast Bags 

    • Juice boxes (need about 600 individual/single juice boxes/cans)- Fulfilled

    • Fruit Cups/Applesauce Cups (about 600 individual/single snack cups)-Fulfilled

    • Granola Bars- soft & chewy bars please-Fulfilled

    • Hardboiled Eggs (50-100 of each per month)

  • Coffee (No Decaf Please) Cans (20 cans)- Currently fulfilled

  • Dry Coffee Creamer (25 cans)-Currently fulfilled

  • Instant Oatmeal (variety flavors: 50 boxes)-Fulfilled

  • Hot Chocolate Packets/Apple Cider Packets/Tea Bags (variety: 50 boxes)-Fulfilled

  • Sugar (5 lb packages and individual packets)

  • Salt & Pepper (refills or packets)

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (15 jars of each)-Currently fulfilled

Shelter Guest Needs

  • Adhesive Full Boot or Toe Warmers (as many as possible)

  • Ear Plugs (without the cord) (about 1000 pairs)

  • Chapstick (100 sticks)

Hygiene and Clothing Items Needed

  • Insulated Winter gloves (100 pairs plus)- Most needed item- Ongoing

  • Warm Winter Hats (100+)- Most needed item- Ongoing

  • Sleeping Bags (about 10)- Most needed item- Ongoing

  • Deodorant men (200 sticks)

  • Men's and Women's long underwear (about 50 of each in various sizes)

  • Men's and Women's underwear (about 50 of each in various sizes)

  • Body Wash (men's and women's)- Currently fulfilled

  • Disposable Razors (1000 razors: men's and women's)- Fulfilled

  • Shaving Cream men's and women's (50 cans)- Currently Fulfilled

  • Individual Nail Manicure Sets

  • Hair Brushes

  • Men's Combs-New (about 100)

  • Back packs (about 100)

  • Flip Flops (Used for shower shoes) (200 pairs: men's and women's in various sizes)- Fulfilled

  • Vinyl gloves (medical gloves/Med/Large/non-powdered) (about 50 boxes of 100)

  • Hand Sanitizer (20 large bottles)-Fulfilled

Cleaning Supplies

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

  • Bathroom Antibacterial Spray Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

  • Floor Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

  • Mesh Laundry Bags (50 bags)

  • Anti-bacterial Multi-surface Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

  • Empty Spray bottles (about 25)

  • Urinal Scent blocks (15 boxes of 25)

  • Two new medium mops (we already have buckets)

  • Spray Air Fresheners (25 canisters)-Fulfilled

  • Bleach

  • Dryer Sheets


Did you know...?

Day By Day Warming Shelter has a 25 bed capacity. Some evenings, we have to turn guests away when we have already reached capacity. On these evenings, we like to give each guest a blanket or sleeping bag and a gift card for a local fast food restaurant.


Because we ask our meal volunteers to prepare food for 30-35 people, we cannot allow additional guests to eat and leave for the night. The gift cards ensure that those turned away will be able to eat a warm evening meal. 

Bus token, vouchers, and passes are a crucial need for our guests. Access to public transportation allows guests to get to work, doctor's appointments, job interviews, and other local resources.



Insulated hats & gloves are our most highly used item during our operating season. These are especially critical on the coldest winter days. Guests are able to take what they need to make it through the cold winter days.


These are also used when we are at capacity and have to turn away guests. We want them to be equipped as much as possible.


Other high frequency items include paper towel, breakfast bag items, and 33+ gallon garbage bags. 

Shelter Office Supplies and Staff Needs

  • Colored Ink (EPSON 252 –Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) -2 per month (15 cartridges a season)

  • Black Ink (EPSON 252 XL)- 3 per month (20 cartridges a season)

  • 3 Tab Fastener Folders (Letter size) -5 boxes of 50 count folders- Fulfilled

  • Clothes Pins (200 needed)- Fulfilled

Shelter Needs

  • Twin vinyl, waterproof mattresses  (call in advance for specific measurements: 25 needed)-Fulfilled

Gift Cards and Tokens for Guests

  • Bus tokens/vouchers/passes (about 500-as many as you can get)

  • Gift Cards for Hardees/Burger King/McDonalds. (about 200 of $5 gift cards)

  • $25 Walmart gift cards- For case management purposes, in case guests need to buy items for work such as steel-toed boots, tools, safety glasses, etc.

Contact Us

Shelter : 920-203-4865

Administration : 920-203-4536
Email :


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449 High Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Day by Day Warming Shelter is a tax-exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S.  Internal Revenue Code.