SCS Wish List

High school students sort cans of food for SCS.

Download our 2015 Holiday Drive flyer

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.

Holiday Toy Drive

SCS distributes almost 3,000 toys to local children during the holiday season and we need your help! All toy donations should be brand new, in their original packaging and unwrapped. The toys we donate are the main gifts these children will be receiving, so please consider a toy of at least $35 in retail value. If toys require batteries or accessories, please include with your donation.

We are in greatest need of gifts for children 7 - 11:

  • Legos for boys and girls
  • Nerf Sets
  • Latest Disney Brand Movie Gifts (dolls, action figures, playsets, games)
  • High Quality Art Kits
  • Horse and Dinosaur play sets
  • Remote Control Toys with batteries

Food needed for Pantry Program

SCS accepts almost any kind of commercially packaged, unexpired food to distribute to our low income and homeless clients during grocery food distributions. Please donate food in standard size containers (no industrial sized cans or bags), in plastic or metal containers. We appreciate low sugar content, whole grain healthy foods where possible.

Perishable foods accepted Mondays and Tuesdays only.

Non-perishable foods accepted Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at 725 Kifer Road in Sunnvyale.

Food items we need most:

  • Soups (low sodium)
  • Cereals (low sugar - Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Oatmeal)
  • Canola or Olive oil
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Seasonings and honey
  • Detergent and cleaning supplies

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.

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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