Holiday Wish List

 Holiday Wish List

Thank you for making the holidays brighter for the clients at Arlington Life Shelter!

Each year we are amazed at your generosity and your tender care in following our gift guidelines.


Due to renovation and expansion of the shelter, which has resulted in less storage space and a temporary decrease in residents, we ask that your donations be limited to the following high priority items:

·         Women/Men

  • Gift Cards- Target, Wal-Mart, Gas Cards, Academy, Amazon, Kid2Kid, Kohls, CVS, Walgreens
  • Underwear/Sports Bras- All sizes including plus size
  • Undershirts/Underwear for men (all sizes)

·         Infants/Toddlers

  • Baby Dolls/Character Dolls
  • Blankets/Lovies

·         Children (4-12)

  • Games-Board Games/Rubix Cube/Puzzles/Card Games
  • Lego Sets for boys and girls
  • Play Sets/Figures-Star Wars, Disney, Toy Story, etc
  • Underwear/Undershirts
  • Stocking Stuff Type Items

·         Teens

  • Puzzles/Card Games/Uno/Skip-Bo
  • Gift Cards (Movies, Restaurants, Retail Stores)
  • Bluetooth Headphones and Speakers
  • Underwear/Undershirts/Sports Bras
  • Stocking Stuffer Type Items

General Items that can be used for all residents once our renovation and expansion are completed in June 2020. We request that these items be new.

  • Twin Size Sheet Sets and Pillowcases (Men, Women and Children)
  • Twin and Full Size Blankets
  • Standard Size Pillows
  • Bath Towels and Washcloths
  • Nine Televisions 36" and larger
  • DVD Players
  • Two laptops or Chrome Books for Teen Room
  • Two Gaming Systems with Games
  • Glider for nursery
  • Learning/Tactile Toys for Infants and Toddlers
  • Soft Room Size Rugs
  • Two Wooden Toy Boxes
  • Changing Table with Padding

The following items are NOT a good fit for our residents and space constraints currently:

  • Electronic devices
  • Remote control items (cars/trucks/drones)
  • Battery-operated items (games/toys)
  • Bikes/Scooters and accessories/Riding Toys for Toddlers and Small Children
  • Large play items (kitchen sets, tents, etc)
  • Baseballs/Bats/Gloves
  • Nerf Guns/Toy Guns/Toy Bow and Arrows
  • Play-Doh/Slime

Donation Guidelines

·        We prefer that all items be new. Used items will not be given as Christmas gifts.

·        Please do not gift wrap your donation – this makes it easier to match the items with the right client.

·        Due to privacy and safety, gifts may not be delivered directly to the clients

Items must be received by Wednesday, December 18th to allow time for residents to "shop" for gifts for themselves and their families.


Due to construction and expansion of the shelter, deliveries must be scheduled by calling or emailing Dawn Chapman at
817-548-9885 ext 3308 or  


Mission & Services

To promote self-sufficiency by providing shelter, employment programs, and transitional services for North Texans impacted by homelessness.


Make a Donation

Now more than ever we need your help to continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the men, women and children we serve. We provide keys to success such as food, shelter, health and social services, etc.



To volunteer when the residents are present, volunteers MUST be age 18 or older. This includes food teams serving breakfast or dinner. This is to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of our youngest residents.


Contact Us

325 W. Division St., Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 548-9885

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