The Institute For Human Services (IHS) is the only 24-hour walk-in emergency shelter on Oahu that provides a full range of services to men, women and families with children that are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. You can support their work by making a donation, here’s a list of items you can donate:

canned food

Non‐perishable Basic Food

  •  Baby formula
  •  Beans
  •  Canned fruits
  •  Canned meats and tuna, including stew, chili, Spam, Vienna sausages, and pork & beans
  •  Canned vegetables
  •  Carnation evaporated milk
  •  Cereals, especially healthy types
  •  Coffee, tea and creamer
  •  Cooking oil
  •  Fruit juices, including apple and orange
  •  Instant mashed potatoes
  •  Jams and jellies
  •  Pasta and pasta sauce, including spaghetti and elbow macaroni
    Peanut butter
  •  Powdered milk
  •  Rice/brown rice
  •  Salad dressing
  •  Sugar and sugar substitute


Non‐perishable “Special” Food and Supplies

  •  Cake mixes
  •  Canned gravy
  •  Cranberry sauce
  •  Grocery store gift cards
  •  Piecrusts
  •  Pie fillings
  •  Stuffing mix
  •  Various paper products including napkins,paper plates and paper towels

Perishable Food

  • Breads including whole wheat
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh potatoes
  • Fresh Vegetables


Toiletries, Clothing and Personal Care

  • Baby shampoo and soap
  • Clothing (new and gently used) – please make sure all items are clean
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Gift certificates for haircuts, groceries, toiletries and movies
  • Hand wipes and sanitizers
  • Lotion – all sizes
  • Personal care products, including antiperspirant/deodorant, cotton swabs, facial cleanser, and sun block
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Shampoo and conditioner – all sizes
  • Shoes (new and gently used)
  • Soap and shower gel – all sizes
  • Toothpaste, dental floss and toothbrushes
  • Underwear and socks (new only)

Household Supplies and Welcome Home Baskets

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dust cloths, dust pans and brooms, and regular brooms
  • Laundry supplies and laundry baskets
  • Pots, pans, dishes, cooking and dining utensils
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Towels and washcloths

IHS does not accept these items:

• Stuffed animals
• Computers, monitors, printers and fax machines

The following may be approved sometimes, please check with drives@ihs-hawaii.org

• Most bulky furniture
• Broken items
• Most toys

For more information on donations or sponsoring drives contact IHS at 808.447.2810 or info@ihs‐hawaii.org

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