Ever year, Briarpatch programs serve approximately 2,000 unduplicated youth. While cash donations are always appreciated, in-kind items are also accepted. When making this type of donation, we ask that you complete and include an in-kind gift receipt (click here to download) for tax purposes. Please see the list of items currently needed by our youth below.


Clothing Items

New Men's and Women's Socks

New Plain Black or White T-Shirts

Winter Clothing (e.g. gloves, hats, thermals)

Men's and Women's Underwear (sizes Medium-XL)


Household Items

Laundry Detergent

Laundry Baskets


Toilet Paper

Dish Cloths and Bath Towels


Pots, Pans



Cleaning Supplies

Shower Liners with Hooks


Personal Hygiene Items

Hand/Body Soap


Feminine Hygiene Products

Foot Powder

Chap Stick/Lip Balm

Packs of Facial Tissue

Hand Sanitizer


Gift Cards & Bus Tickets

Many of our programs depend on providing transportation for our youth.  Please consider donating ten-ride bus passes from Madison Metro.

Gift cards are also very useful.  Life for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth is tough. We work to mitigate the feelings of shame and guilt these youth often carry by providing opportunities to purchase clothing and hygiene items with a counselor. This act alone can help preserve a youth's diginity and help instill a sense of empowerment in a rough situation. For this reason, we also accept donations of gift cards to places such as Walgreen's, Wal-Mart, Target, Woodman's, Subway, or other local establishments that offer food, clothing, and hygiene items. 

We also accept gift cards for entertainment venues (e.g. movie theaters, mini-golf courses, etc.) for outings with Briarpatch youth.


If you have further questions about donating in-kind items/gift cards, then please contact our 608.245.2550 x 1215