As you consider what you’d like to donate to Daybreak, we invite you to consider cash.

Cash donations of any amount–whether via check, credit card, or currency–are always needed. They don’t require storage space or have an expiration date. Cash donations allow us to purchase exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

If you’re interested in making a cash donation, you can:

  • Make your online donation now with your MasterCard, Visa, American Express. or Discover card using our secure donation site.

  • Call Joan Schiml at 937-395-4600 ext. 114 to charge your donation to your MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover card.

  • Send your check (with, if you like, a copy of this donation form) to:
    Daybreak Development Department
    605 S. Patterson Boulevard
    Dayton, OH 45402-2649

In addition to cash, Daybreak welcomes your donations of goods from the list below. Personal and baby care items must be new and unopened. Please, no sample-sized toiletries or food that has passed its sell-by, use-by, or expire date.

Make it super easy on yourself  and visit our Amazon Wish List to purchase selected items and have Amazon ship them directly to Daybreak. The video at the bottom of this page walks you through the process of ordering from our Amazon Wish List.

Except for specific items listed below, Daybreak does not accept donations of clothing. Daybreak does not accept donations of furniture.

In addition to the items below, we welcome Walmart gift cards ($10 or $20) and McDonald’s gift cards ($5 or $10).

Contact Travis Rindler at 937-395-4600 ext. 805 or for more information about our Wish List.

Food & Beverage

Pop-top/easy-open canned foods:

  • Soup, chili, SpaghettiOs, ravioli

  • Tuna, chicken & Vienna sausage

  • Fruit

Dried foods:

  • Boxed dinners (mac & cheese, etc.)

  • Top Ramen

  • Cup-a-Soup

  • Instant oatmeal


  • Cheese & crackers

  • Peanut butter & crackers

  • Granola bars & Pop-Tarts

  • Instant oatmeal

  • Single-serving pudding & applesauce

  • Peanut butter

  • Bottled water

  • Heater Meals (self-heating meals available for purchase at

Household Essentials

  • Unbreakable dinnerware sets, service for 4

  • Unbreakable drinkware sets, service for 4

  • Laundry baskets

  • Flashlights & batteries

  • Small battery-powered travel clocks & batteries

  • Clock radios

  • Disinfecting wipes

  • Facial tissue

  • Small paper cups

Linens (must be new & unused):

  • Beds in a bag (full size)

  • Sheet sets (twin)

  • Bed pillows

  • Bath towels & washcloths

  • Dish towels & dishcloths

School, Employment and Recreation

  • Backpacks

  • Wallets

  • Planners

  • Neckties & belts

  • Work shoes (non-slip & steel-toe boots)

  • Small umbrellas

  • Sports equipment

  • Xbox 360 games

  • Board games

  • Musical instruments

Personal & Baby Care

  • Toiletries (full size and travel size)

  • Natural hair care products

  • Disposable razors

  • Tampons

  • Pregnancy tests

  • Men’s boxer briefs (S/M/L, new & unopened)

  • Women’s underwear (S/M/L, new & unopened)

  • Crew socks (new & unopened)

  • Shower shoes

  • Disposable diapers, sizes 1-6

  • Baby wipes