This is McHenry County PADS general wish list. At times, we may be in need of more items than others and we may have surplus of certain items. Before you plan to donate an in-kind gift, please contact Lori Lattanzio, Marketing and Development Assistant for approval. We want to control our inventory, keep our storage spaces accessible and have our staff working with those experiencing homelessness as much as possible. Donations will ONLY be accepted through Pioneer Center at 3941 W. Dayton Street by approval first. The McHenry County PADS day shelter will no longer be a location for a donation drop-off.

We are thankful for all donors of our community who contribute to the fight to end homelessness. As we empower individuals to achieve their full potential, this policy allows us to fulfill our mission to the full extent. We would love for you to donate in the most beneficial way possible!

For an understanding of in-kinds donations, check out this video!

To inquire about acceptance of in-kind donations, questions, or concerns please contact Lori Lattanzio at or (815)759.7114.

  • Hand warmers
  • Twin sheets
  • $5 gift cards to Wal-mart, Jewel, Target, CVS, etc.
  • Gas cards
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sterno
  • Blankets
  • Tarps
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Ponchos
  • Travel size shampoo/conditioner
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Coffee, instant coffee
  • Coffee filters
  • Liquid hand/dish soap
  • Ziploc bags (various sizes)
  • Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, etc.)

Questions?  Contact Lori Lattanzio at 815.759.7114 or