Palm Springs area nonprofits seek food and clothing donations


This holiday season, many Coachella Valley residents could benefit from a little extra help, whether it’s extra pet food, canned goods, clothing, or even blood. With that in mind, The Desert Sun has compiled a list of local nonprofits and what they need, other than monetary donations.

Helping seniors during the holidays

The Mizell Center, which offers senior support programs in Palm Springs and the rest of the Coachella Valley, is providing holiday gift bags to 300 homebound seniors this year. The deadline to donate is Friday.

Items requested (no travel size items):

  • shampoo
  • body lotion
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • toilet paper
  • conditioner
  • Pieces of soap
  • toothbrushes
  • socks

Make a donation: Articles can be dropped off at the Mizell Center at 480 S. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm For more information, email [email protected]

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joslyn Center Meals on Wheels program is now serving 30% more meals than before.

In Palm Desert, the Joslyn Center is organizing its “Supplies to Thrive Drive” until Monday, December 6th. He will also provide goods for his homebound elderly.

In addition to the items requested by the Mizell Center, the Joslyn Center also requests:

  • paper products (napkins, paper towels, coffee filters)
  • puzzle books, puzzles and books to read
  • scented candles
  • laundry and dish soap
  • disposable plates, cups, utensils
  • garbage bag
  • bulbs and batteries
  • stamps, envelopes and greeting cards
  • household cleaners
  • dental care supplies
  • nail sets
  • lip balm, hand lotion and hand sanitizer
  • cologne or aftershave
  • hair brushes and combs
  • large screen calculators
  • matches and toothpicks
  • notepads
  • flashlights

All items must be unused, full size, sealed and individually wrapped.

Make a donation: Drop off the items at the Joslyn Center reception. The center is located at 73750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Mélanie at 760-340-3220 ext. 102 or [email protected]

Cathedral City Senior Center volunteers sort the donations.

Medical supplies

The Cathedral City Seniors Center has a year-round medical practice that provides medical and mobility supplies on loan to the community. New or lightly used items are accepted weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seniors Center, 37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave. in Cathedral City.

Frequently requested items include adult diapers and towels, Ensure, and scooters. For more information, call 760-321-1548.

The senior center also accepts canned and canned food for its pantry. Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Peanut butter, preserves and other food products

FIND Food Bank, the Community food bank at the Center, and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission help feed Coachella Valley residents year round, so they accept donations year round, too.

All three nonprofits need canned goods, including tuna, chicken and vegetables; bagged and canned beans, pasta and rice; cereals, oatmeal, nuts and seeds; and canned fruit.

FIND Food Bank encourages donations of healthy food – items low in sodium, low in sugar, low in fat, no fat, no salt and / or no added salt or sugar.

Make a donation: Drop off donations at the FIND Administrative Office and Warehouse at 83775 Citrus Ave. at Indio. Hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Ring the doorbell upon arrival.

AmeriCorps volunteer Katie Lennon works with members of the National Guard at the FIND Food Bank, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Indio, Calif.

The Community food bank at the Center also asks for macaroni and cheese, ramen, crackers, protein and granola bars, pasta sauce and cat and dog food.

Make a donation: Drop off your donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon or between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Center, 610 S. Belardo Rd. In Palm Springs. For self-service, a collection barrel is also available on the street outside the Center.

In addition to the above, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission accepts cold dairy products and fresh meats. Its needs include:

  • butter, milk, cream, sour cream
  • sugar and brown sugar
  • flour, pancake mix, oatmeal, dry cereal
  • cooking oil (vegetable, canola, corn, olive)
  • vinegar (red, white, balsamic)
  • syrup, jams and jellies, peanut butter, pot of applesauce and cuts of applesauce
  • pasta, macaroni and cheese
  • condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish, salsa, coffee cream)
  • preserves (corn, peas, green beans, refried beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, chili, soup, enchilada sauce)
  • spices and herbs (seasoning salt, lemon pepper, garlic, paprika, rosemary, oregano, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper)
  • drinks (coffee, sports drinks, fruit juices, water)
  • fresh and canned meats (chicken, beef, pork and fish)

The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission also accepts household and hygiene supplies as well as clothing and other items.

  • cleaning products (bleach, laundry soap, floor cleaner, plastic gloves)
  • grill bricks
  • shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap bars, face wash
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash (alcohol-free)
  • feminine hygiene products
  • razors, shaving cream
  • body lotion and cream
  • toilet paper, Q-Tips, Kleenex
  • diapers, baby wipes
  • baby food and infant formula
  • baby clothes
  • strollers, unused car seats
  • clothing and footwear for men and women
  • over-the-counter medications and cough drops
  • Office supplies

Make a donation: Drop off donations every day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the donation dock at 47470 rue Van Buren in Indio, or after security office hours. For large donations, call 760-347-3512 ext. 300 to arrange a pickup.

The river at Rancho Mirage CA., July 27, 2021.

The Well in the Desert, which focuses much of its efforts on helping the homeless, also feeds residents of Coachella Valley year-round. Her “wish list”, however, is mostly filled with personal hygiene items and clothing. Items requested only by the association include:

  • Solar cream
  • blankets
  • backpack
  • deodorant
  • eye drops
  • sleeping bags
  • shopping bags
  • Zipped bags

Make a donation: Call the Well at 760-656-8905.

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Toys for children

Ben & Jerry’s and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are holding a toy drive from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the River Amphitheater, 71-800 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. The toys will go to disadvantaged children 12 and under.

Make a donation: Bring new, unwrapped sports equipment or toys valued at $ 10 or more to the event. In return, those who donate will receive a free scoop of ice cream.

Pet Food and Supplies

The Center, which also accepts pet food, hosts its annual pet food drive and winter social event on Monday, December 6. The event, dubbed “PAWS n ‘CLAUS”, will be held from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge in Palm Springs, 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

Customers can dress up or wear ugly holiday sweaters.

The Coachella Valley Cat Club and Guide dogs of the desert also accept pet-related donations and each has their own “wish list” on The Cat Club asks for cat litter and food. Guide Dogs of the Desert asks for dog food, leashes and collars, trash bags, paper towels, kennels, and other items.

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter also has an Amazon “wish list”; However, his website also lists household and pet items that he typically needs.

The shelter accepts donations of new or lightly used items such as:

  • bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • small and medium blankets
  • flat sheets
  • small office supplies (paper, pens, tape)
  • cat litter boxes (new or very clean)
  • cat litter (new only)
  • cat trees
  • dog and cat bowls
  • leashes and collars (no harness)
  • puppy pads (new only)
  • pet food and treats (unopened and not expired), especially Friskies and Fancy Feast canned cat food
  • pet toys (no tennis balls)
  • kennels and carriers
  • pet beds (not very large sizes)
  • pet medication (call before bringing)
Students examine some of the cats for adoption at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter on Saturday, November 13, 2021, in Palm Springs, California.

Community blood drives

If you can’t afford to donate goods, you can always help the community by donating something else: your blood.

LifeStream Blood Bank has several upcoming blood drives, including:

  • November 30: 73510 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • December 2: Desert Water Agency at 1200 S. Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • December 3: Sky Valley Resort at 74-711 Dillon Road. at Desert Hot Springs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors receive LifeStream coverage (while flexibility is exhausted) and a free mini-medical exam, including readings of blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, iron level and temperature. All donors must wear a mask or face covering and undergo an examination for symptoms of COVID-19 before being admitted to the donor waiting room.

To make an appointment for these drives or at a LifeStream location, call 800-879-4484 or visit

Maria Sestito covers aging issues in the Coachella Valley. She is also a member of the Report for America Corps. Follow her on Twitter @RiaSestito, on Instagram @RiaSestito_Reporter or email her at [email protected]


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