Foster Youth Needs List

AFS is in need of the following items on a year round basis to distribute to foster youth and families. You may drop off your donation of NEW items to any AFS location:

Funding for Extra Curricular Activities - HIGH NEED

Foster youth often do not have the same opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities like their peers. Your donation will help fund the opportunity for foster youth to participate in:

  • Sports
  • Art and music
  • Enrichment classes

CLICK HERE to make a monetary donation to contribute directly towards extra-curricular activities for foster youth. Select "General Funds" from the drop down list and put, "extra-curricular activities" in the comments box.

Gift Cards - HIGH NEED

Gift cards are used to directly benefit foster youth and families for everything from basic needs to gifts for birthdays, graduation and holidays. You may even choose to donate your gift cards that have remaining balances. Please write amount of gift card on card. Gift card examples:

  • clothing retailers
  • school supply retailer
  • sporting good retailer
  • arts and craft retailer
  • restaurant gift certificates
  • movie passes

Please send gift cards to:
AFS c/o Development Department 401 Roland Way #150, Oakland, CA 94621

Diapers and Bath Supplies - HIGH NEED

More than $72,000 worth of diapers alone are required for foster babies and toddlers served by AFS. Your donation of any size diapers and bath supplies for foster youth would greatly benefit AFS clients.

Backpacks and School Supplies for all ages

​Foster youth are removed from their homes without notice, often leaving behind backpacks and school supplies. Foster youth need:

  • All styles of backpacks, shoulder bags and duffle bags
  • All types of school supplies (pencils, paper, calculators, colored pencils)

New Packages of Socks, Underwear and T-shirts

  • All sizes and colors of t-shirts
  • Onsies for babies
  • Packages of socks all styles, all sizes
  • New packages of underwear: youth sizes

Hygiene Supplies

Foster youth are in need of:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste for all ages
  • Hygiene kits for men and women (for older foster youth)
  • Deoderant
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash for all ages
  • Lotion

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