SCS Wish List

High school students sort cans of food for SCS.

Sunnyvale Elks packing and distributing fruits and vegetables on “Produce Monday.” Left to right: Carol Barnhart, Pat Sargent, Sarg Sargent, Carmela Castagnola, and Alan Aana.

SCS receives support from the City of Sunnyvale, County of Santa Clara, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and United Way Silicon Valley. 84% of our revenue comes from the corporate and community sector. Our overhead ranges between 10% and 12%, very low for nonprofits especially smaller ones with fewer cost centers to distribute overhead expenses.

Homeless Supplies

  • Pop top canned food items (soups, vegetables and fruit)
  • Nutritious single serving dried fruit and snacks
  • New men’s and women’s underwear
  • Nail care and food care items
  • Lip balm
  • Combs and Brushes

Download our Homeless Supply flyer for a complete list of items that can be donated to assist the homeless.

For our Food Programs

Food Items (low sugar, whole grain products in plastic or metal containers appreciated)

  • Canned soups
  • Canned tuna and meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned tomato products
  • Cereals (low sugar - Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes)
  • Canola oil
  • Canned pasta meals/chilli
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pinto beans (2lbs)
  • Cake Mixes
  • Instant coffee and teas

Hotel Collectors

Collect unopened hotel size soaps, lotions, shampoos, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and combs. Most of us think of these items as necessitities, but for low-income families and seniors, they are luxuries.

Misc Items (new items only please)

  • Men’s ankle length crew socks
  • Gloves
  • personal grooming items - soap, toothbrush, hair products
  • Detergent
  • Hand soap

Volunteers from AMD sorted the toys they collected and stocked the shelves.

Volunteer Brownies from St. Simon’s school donated toys and food to our Christmas Center.

For our Auction that Benefits the Community Christmas Center

  • vacation homes/condos for a week or weekend
  • electronic items (DVD, TV, pocket PCs, GPS systems, games)
  • sports memorabilia
  • sport event tickets
  • gourmet items, dinners
  • one of a kind items such as a flight in a small plane
  • jewelry
  • hobby to share (trip on a boat, rock climbing lesson)
  • collectibles
  • gift certificates for services and meals
  • anything someone might buy

How You Can Help

Download our flyers for creative ideas for your group.


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Sunnyvale Community Services will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. In our twice-annual newsletter, we list names only of donors giving $1,000 or more annually, and we honor all donor requests for donations to be anonymous.

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