General information

How You Can Help

All donations made to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento are tax deductible. Please be sure to fill out a donation receipt available in our lobby so we can thank you and send you a tax-deduction letter.

Immediate Needs

The Children’s Receiving Home’s needs tend to ebb and flow as the age and gender of children coming through our door is always unknown. However, the ages of those at CRH tend toward teenagers and young adults of both genders. Currently, we are in need of the following items:

  • Pillows
  • Twin-Size Comforters and Blankets
  • Twin-Size Sheets
  • Monthly Planners
  • Towels (bath towels and wash cloths)
  • TVs
  • Cordless Phones
  • Reliable 4 door vehicle and/or van
  • First Aid supplies – Band-Aids (all sizes) 4×4 and 2×2 gauze pads, Neosporin, medical tape, Ace bandages, ice and heating packs
  • Tampons and sanitary pads and liners
  • Long Construction Paper (colored)
  • Earbuds 
  • Traininghead
  • Calendars
  • Yoga Mats 
  • Learning DVDs, kids’ movies on DVD
  • Batteries – especially AA
  • Musical Instruments
  • Fidget/Sensory Items
  • Kaleidoscopes 
  • Lakeshore Learning gift cards
  • DVD Players; new or used (in working condition); MP3 players
  • White T-Shirts: Men’s large and extra-large
  • Men’s body wash and cologne (preferably brand name, such as Old Spice)
  • Women’s body wash and body spray
  • Hair products (especially styling products for African-American hair), also conditioner for all hair types, boar hair type brushes, hair wraps, Pink Oil hair conditioner, Cream of Nature shampoo. Please no aerosol cans
  • Hair cuts/styles for African-American hair
  • Aveeno/Eucerin types of body lotion
  • Sports-themed decorations for adolescent dorms
  • Ethnic Family Dolls for a Dollhouse
  • Sand for Sand Table and Kinetic Sand
  • 6×6 Canvases
  • Left-handed scissors
  • Play police car
  • Paw Patrol Items

Ongoing Needs

The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento serves between 1,200 and 1,800 youth and children annually.

In order to provide each child with the proper services we depend on donations from our community. Donations of all kinds are helpful. In-kind donations such as new or gently used clothing and shoes, new toys, and brand-new stuffed animals are a way for us to defray costs while monetary donations help fill in funding gaps in other programs. Gift cards are also a great gift and a way for us to purchase what we need when we need it.

Here is a list of items we need throughout the year:

  • New or gently used clothing (especially in XL, 2XL, and 3XL) shoes, and accessories (such as belts, hats, etc.)
  • New socks (all sizes, especially adult sizes)
  • New underwear (briefs, boxer-briefs, boxers, girls and women’s underwear of all sizes)
  • New bras (all sizes, especially larger sizes)
  • Men’s swim trunks and women’s and girls’ one piece bathing suits (all sizes)
  • Boys/Men’s plain white undershirts
  • Boys/Men’s plain white t-shirts
  • Boys basketball shorts
  • Gift cards (Target, WalMart, DD’s Discounts, Ross, Burlington, TJX)
  • DVD players
  • Toiletries – toothpaste, deodorant, bodywash, etc.
  • Magazines (to be used for art projects/collages, etc.)

Clothing Room

Our clothing room is stocked with 100% donated material given to us by members of the community. We are able to give children who come in with nothing a full tote of clothing items, hygiene products, shoes, socks, and all the necessities! We accept both new and gently used clothing items.

Activities & Recreation Needs

Off-Site Outings: Need for Gift Certificates

As a way to keep our youth and children engaged in healthy and fun activities, we take them on as many off-site outings as we can.

To donate tickets to an event or local venue please call Alex Gonzalez at (916) 349-7530 Ext. 1207 or email

You can also mail tickets to:

Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
Attn: Alex Gonzalez
3555 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95821

Recreation Equipment

As many as 1,200 youth and children may stay at our facility within just one year. Due to the high turnover of clients, we are constantly replacing lost or damaged equipment. The following items are recreational supplies we can use throughout the year:

  • Arts & Crafts Materials:
    • acrylic paint,
    • blank canvases
    • chalk, poster boards
    • construction paper
    • Crayons
    • pencils
    • stickers
    • modeling clay
    • latch hook kits
    • marker posters
    • sketching pencils
    • plain picture frames (small, no glass) for kids to decorate
  • Sporting Equipment:
    • sports jerseys (mesh for team sports)
    • basketballs,softballs, soccer balls
    • portable soccer net
    • footballs
    • flags for flag football
    • volleyball/net sets
  • Bunch O Balloons: $14.99
  • Games for all types of gaming systems (including handheld games)