Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

Current Needs

Often, individuals and families escaping danger come to Cornerstone with only the clothes on their backs.

It is a turbulent, scary time for our clients and simply having all of their basic needs met upon arriving at Cornerstone offers comfort and shows we care. The following items are in short supply right now. Please check the list often. We can accept donations of new, unused items only. Thank you!

If you have used clothing to donate, please contact Bloomington Covenant Church regarding their Closet of Hope Program at 952.831.8339. 

Current Needs All items must be new and unused. Updated 11/3/2016

  • Items for Holiday Shop (our annual holiday program for hundreds of kids): Items may be dropped off now until Dec. 2, 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday at our Bloomington office. 
    • New, unused gifts for children 0-18 and adults. We especially are in need of gifts for teens and adults. Please see this flier for ideas.
    • We also need supplies for wrapping gifts: wrapping paper, boxes, bows, tape, tags and gift bags.
  • Waterproof mittens for children of all ages
  • Winter boots in all sizes for children and adults
  • Winter coats (adult women sizes M-XXL)
  • Newborn clothing
  • Full-size body wash or lotion
  • Kleenex
  • Liquid laundry detergent (large size)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Air mattresses (twin or full size)
  • Sheet sets (twin, full and queen size)
  • Clorox disinfectant wipes
  • Rice cookers
  • Cookware
  • Silverware
  • Help us furnish our teen lounge — we need these items

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/3/2016

  • Evening Host: Sit at the front desk at our Bloomington office on Thursdays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24) at 6-8:30pm and/or January 5 to January 26 at 6 -8:30pm
  • Create a Winter Planter (outdoor project): Fill two large outdoor pots. We’ll provide the birch logs, but will need evergreen boughs/greenery.
  • Holiday Shop: Various tasks and times available November 30 to December 12. Contact Laura for details.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/3/2016

  • Tuesday Night Make a Meal: Bring, cook and serve food for 50 people. Most dates in 2017 are available.
  • Holiday Shop: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for available dates
  • Toy Sanitizing: Help keep our kid space healthy! (good for all ages with flexible timing)
  • Yardwork before Winter Arrives 
  • Organize a Family Activity: Organize an activity for moms and kids at Cornerstone. Ideas include snacks, crafts, games, face painting, cookies decorating, manicures for mom etc. We can choose a date and time that works for your group.
  • Host a donation drive for warm, waterproof winter outerwear (gloves, boots, scarves, coats); good for all ages of volunteers

Items Needed Year Round

  • Gift certificates for gas, car repair, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, grocery stores and other retail stores to meet specific needs of our clients.
  • Used cell phones (Donated cell phones are sent into Funding Factory to be recycled and Cornerstone receives payment for each qualifying item.)
  • New and recycled ink cartridges
  • Used, broken, or unwanted gold and silver jewelry

Donation Drives

Are you looking for an opportunity to gather coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, a scout troop or members of a religious organization together for a good cause? Consider hosting a donation drive of new, unused items. The following are ideas for themed items our shelter and community program need year-round. We are happy to provide fliers or additional information about Cornerstone to make your donation drive a success.

Good Night, Sleep Tight: New sheets, bath towels, washcloths, pillows and pillow cases, pajamas in all sizes for women and children, robes and slippers, alarm clocks, etc.

Baby Shower: Diapers, baby wipes, bottles, baby food, onesies, new socks, shoes, teethers, baby monitors, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, etc.

Breakfast Bundles: Non-perishable food items, individually packaged cereal cups, granola bars, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc.

Winter Warmth: Waterproof mittens, warm hats, scarfs, boots and waterproof coats in all sizes for women, teens, and children.

Daily Living: (Full sized) toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hair brushes, picks, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, chapstick, etc.

Summer Sunshine: Swimming suits in all sizes for women, teens and children, flip flops, beach towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.