COTS Wish List

Thank you for your interest in supporting COTS!  Due to limited storage, we are only able to accept donations of the following items at this time.

Easily purchase items we need through our Amazon Wish List. Items ship directly to COTS. Use and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to us!

*Please note that COTS no longer accepts used items.*

On-going Needs:

  • New bath towels
  • New wash clothes
  • New, packaged bedding (full and twin size sheet sets, blankets, comforters, pillows, pillowcases)
  • Gift cards for basic needs (in amounts of $5-25 for grocery, clothing, shoes, pharmacy, gas)
  • New, unopened toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrushes, deodorant, foot powder, lotion, baby wipes, sunscreen, pads, tampons, etc)
  • New, unopened cleaning products (disinfecting wipes, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, paper towels, dish soap, sponges, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, laundry baskets)
  • Hats and gloves for adults
  • Hand warmers
  • New socks
  • Bowls & Cups
  • Powdered infant formula (i.e. Enfamil, Similac)
  • Baby wipes
  • GMT Bus Passes (10-ride or 30-day)
  • New kitchen items: pots, pans, cutlery, flatware, dishes
  • New adult sweatpants (Men’s sizes L and XL)
  • New sweatshirts (larger sizes)
  • New shower shoes (flip flops) for adults in larger sizes
  • TracFone (prepaid cell phone) and calling cards
  • Ear plugs
  • Cough Drops

We DO NOT accept:

  • Clothing, other than those items listed above
  • Used shoes/boots
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Furniture
  • Used books/magazines
  • Appliances
  • Opened/partially used toiletries or cleaning products
  • Used toys/games
  • OTC medications/analgesics
  • Pet supplies
  • Used or open towels, linens or bedding

Note: COTS does not do “adopt a family” programs for families in shelters. We do, however, coordinate with organizations for book and toy  drives for children in COTS’ services. We also gladly accept gift cards so parents can shop for gifts for their children (such as clothes in right size).

Questions? Please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at (802) 864-7402 ext. 207 or


If you have donations not on our list, you can still help COTS by supporting our community partners! Download our Donation Referral Guide for information about other local agencies in need.

Wish List items and approved donations may be dropped off at the temporary COTS administrative offices at 95 North Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401

Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

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