Casa Youth Shelter Wish List for the Holidays

Thank you for thinking of our youth ages 12-17 during this special time of year!


  • iPods (MP3 players) and accessories (headphones/ear buds)
  • Gift cards
  • Restaurants ($5-$20): Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, In-N-Out, Chipotle, Polly’s Pies, Hof’s Hut, El Pollo Loco, etc.
      • Clothing stores ($10-$20): Target, Kohl’s, Marshalls, Tillys, other youth discount stores
      • Specialty stores ($10-$20): Amazon, Ulta, Bath & Body Works, Bed Bath & Beyond
      • Outings: movies, miniature golf, bowling, skating, museums, John’s Incredible Pizza, etc.

Casa Youth Shelter Holiday Wish List

  • Wallets
  • Books
  • Card games: playing cards, Phase10, Uno, Skip-Bo, etc.
  • New release DVDs rated G, PG, and PG-13
  • Video games for PlayStation 4, Wii U, and XBOX One
  • Loungewear: sweatshirts, yoga pants, pajamas in all sizes (including Plus sizes)
  • Jeans, socks, cotton undergarments (sports bras, briefs, boxers, boxer briefs — no thongs)
  • Washable slippers
  • Accessories: nail polish, jewelry, eye masks, hair brushes, hair styling equipment, etc.
  • Hand-held electronic games
  • Stocking stuffers: portable chargers, travel games/puzzles, book lights, journals and pens, art supplies, etc.
  • Other gift items that might be appropriate for your own children or young relatives ages 12-17


The following items are not allowed:

  • Clothing: sagging pants, spaghetti straps, midriff tops, low-cut clothing, shirts with logos
  • Shoes: open-toed shoes or sandals
  • Disposable razors
  • Cell phones
  • Cameras


Holiday Gift Ideas: Create Buckets o’ Fun!

Rainy Day Baskets (great for holidays, weekends, and school breaks)

  • Activities/craft kits
  • Movie Night In: new release DVDs (rated G, PG, or PG-13), popcorn, candy, etc.
  • Movie Night Out: movie passes and fast food restaurant gift cards
  • Game Night: board games, card games


  • Craft kits


  • Electric menorah
  • Dreidels
  • Gelt (chocolate coins)
  • Craft kits


  • Gingerbread house kits
  • Small individual Christmas trees and decorations
  • 3D light glasses
  • Wallets/purses and gift cards
  • Stocking stuffers: fidget spinners, headphones, travel games/puzzles, book lights, portable chargers, watches, origami papers, journals and pens, fun socks, etc.


  • Craft kits
  • Candleholder

New Year’s Eve

  • Poppers, blowers, hats, 2020 glasses
  • Sparkling cider, plastic champagne flutes


Big Ticket Items

If you are interested in sponsoring a resident or a family, or contributing to the purchase of furniture or other large items for the shelter, please contact Kathleen Cyr at (562) 742-3953. Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!



Casa Youth Shelter Wish List

Please see the following list of items we use most often to support our daily shelter operations. Our greatest needs include such staples as canned food and fresh consumables, new, unworn clothing, shoes, socks, and accessories, new personal hygiene products, and household supplies in original packaging. All donations are gratefully accepted.  


Purchase Items for Our “Caught Ya” Store

Residents are awarded “Caught Ya” dollars whenever staff “catches” them doing something helpful or kind or compassionate. The dollars then may be spent at our shelter’s Caught Ya Store for all kinds of great stuff. Help us keep the Caught Ya Store stocked! We always need: playing cards and card games, comic books, blank journals, hair accessories, and posters.  


Support Our Community Outreach Efforts

Our community-based outreach program offers targeted crisis-prevention, and education through parenting classes, presentations, tabling events, workshops, and more. Help us reach more youth with an in-kind donation of the following items:

  • Button maker with supplies (similar to these)
  • Non-chocolate candy
  • Inflatable couch
  • Inflatable arm chair
  • Sponsorship of events or promotional items for events


Purchase Items to Ship Directly to Our Shelter

Purchase items and ship directly to Casa Youth Shelter through our Amazon Wish List. Go to and choose Casa Youth Shelter as your preferred charity to support Casa Youth Shelter while you shop!  


Make a Cash Donation

If you’d prefer to make a financial contribution, click here.    


Household Supplies

  • 13 gallon garbage bags
  • Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Disposable gloves 
  • Hand soap
  • High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent
  • Simple Green/Lysol cleaning spray
  • Ziploc bags (gallon and quart)


Food Items and Canned Goods 

  • Baking soda
  • Cans of tuna, salmon, and chicken
  • Chicken and beef broth (large cans)
  • Chili con carne and chili with beans
  • Cooking oil
  • Gravy (jars or cans)
  • Hearty soups and chowders (large cans)
  • Hot sauce: Tapatio, Cholula
  • Orange and apple juice
  • Perishable foods: milk, bread, cheese, poultry, beef, fruits, vegetables
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic salt, Lawry’s
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned tomatoes: whole, diced, stewed, paste
  • Canned vegetables: corn, peas, green beans


Paper Products 

  • Bathroom tissue 
  • Bowls: soup/chili size
  • Cups: styrofoam (hot), plastic (large and small)
  • Kleenex facial tissue
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels: rolls and Z-fold
  • Toilet seat covers


Office Supplies 

  • Batteries (all sizes; especially AA and AAA)
  • Binder clips (small, medium, and large)
  • Brown mailing envelopes (large and half-size)
  • Copy paper
  • Manila folders (tri-cut)
  • Packing tape


School Supplies 

  • 1- and 1.5-inch 3-ring binders
  • Backpacks
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Lunch bags/boxes
  • Notebook paper: 3-ring (plain & ruled)
  • Post-Its (small and medium, and Pop-Up)
  • Scotch tape refills
  • Spiral bound journals/notebooks
  • Wite-Out correction fluid
  • Writing pads (white or yellow, large and small)




  • Bath mats
  • Bedspreads and cotton blankets (twin size)
  • Laundry bags
  • Pillow and waterproof (plastic) mattress protectors
  • Sheets (twin size)
  • Towels (bath size and washcloths)


Resident Supplies (ages 12-17)

  • Clothes (new)
    • Cotton boxers/boxer briefs (men’s M, L, XL)
    • Cotton briefs (women’s 5-10)
    • Cotton socks
    • Cotton sweats (adult size M, L, XL)
    • Pajama sets
    • Pants (men’s and womens; contact us for sizes)
    • Sport bras (women’s S, M, L, XL)
  • Deodorant 
  • Electric razors
  • Eye/sleep masks
  • Hair styling products (non-aerosol)
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover 
  • Sanitary napkins and tampons 
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion (full size)


Arts and Crafts Supplies 

  • Construction paper
  • Crayola markers, crayons, and colored pencils
  • Paints: watercolor and pastels
  • Paint brushes
  • Pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks
  • Sculpting clay (all colors)
  • Sewing materials: Poly-Fil stuffing


Recreation Supplies 

  • Basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, ping pong balls, foosballs, hand balls
  • Basketball and ping pong netting
  • Blu-Ray movies and DVDs (rated G, PG, and PG-13)
  • iPods (MP3 players) and accessories (headphones/ear buds)
  • Playing cards, card games, and board games
  • PlayStation 4 accessories, and games
  • XBOX One controllers, accessories, and games
  • Wii Switch console, accessories, and games


Gift cards 

  • Multipurpose stores: Costco, Target, Kohl’s, etc.
  • Specialty Stores: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bath & Body Works, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ulta, etc.
  • Food: Starbucks, Taco Bell, In-N-Out, Jack in the Box
  • Outings: movies, bowling, miniature golf, museums, aquarium, John’s Incredible Pizza, etc.


Financial Needs 

  • Monetary donations can be made payable to Casa Youth Shelter or by clicking here.