How would you like to support Star House?


Give Funds

Your contributions have a direct impact for youth experiencing homelessness and are greatly appreciated.

You can also mail checks to:
Star House
Attn: Kat Earles
1220 Corrugated Way • Columbus, OH 43201


If you’d like to drop off a check or cash, please

contact this email to coordinate.

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Donate Items

Star House currently accepts new and gently used items for our guests. Items can be either mailed or dropped off at Star House's drop-in center (1220 Corrugated Way, Columbus OH 43201) between 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your generosity! 

Our seasonal and general priority needs include:

  • Winter coats

  • Large insulated gloves

  • Large wool socks

  • Winter hats

  • Hand warmers

  • New underwear for men and women (boxers/boxer briefs preferred for men)

  • Sweatpants 

  • Women's jeans, of all sizes, especially large

  • Leggings

  • Solid colored T-shirts

  • Boots & Shoes (comfortable for walking long distances)

  • Bikes

  • Tents

  • Backpacks

  • Blankets

  • African American haircare products (oils and gels)

  • Sleeping bags

  • Large towels

  • Other men’s and women's clothing (all kinds)

While we sincerely appreciate donations, please refrain from donating the items below, as we do not have a need for them:​

  • Used socks, underwear, bras, or swimsuits

  • Open or used personal care items such as razors, deodorant, lip balm, makeup, etc.

  • Boys or girls youth clothing, youth socks, or youth shoes for youth under the age of 14 (adult sizes only, please)

  • Baby or toddler clothes

  • Household or kitchen items such as lamps; curtains; electronics; toasters; blenders; utensils; silverware trays; etc.

  • Books; games; toys; or stuffed animals

  • Bedding including sheets; comforters; bedspreads; pillows; pillow cases; etc.

  • Women’s high-heeled (or pumps) shoes or boots

  • Stained or dirty clothing or items covered with pet hair


Amazon Wish Lists

Our donation priorities vary depending on the needs of our drop-in center guests and recently housed youth. Please review our Amazon Wish lists below for the most up-to-date, helpful items.





Consider utilizing AmazonSmile!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Star House every time you shop, at no cost to you. A percentage of every purchase made is donated to us automatically! You just need to
select us as your AmazonSmile charity partner.


Provide Meals

Want to give a fresh meal for our youth to enjoy?

These meals are only to be dropped off, not served, by the donor unless they have been approved for our direct-engagement volunteering. Donated meals need to feed at least 65 people and should be ready to serve upon arrival.


Please email Volunteer Services to coordinate your meal donation and scheduled a time. After meeting the above requirements, when you arrive with your donation, walk through the main entrance door to let the receptionist know that you’ve arrived with a meal donation.

ALSO: Learn how you can visit Star House to help serve the meal!


Send Gift Cards

Gift cards are given to youth by our two on-site therapists based on qualifying circumstances and verifications (food security, work, housing, medical, personal emergency, etc.)

  • $5-$10 Wendy’s, KFC, Church’s, Burger King, McDonald’s & Subway cards

  • $5-$20 Kroger, Giant Eagle and Target cards

You can mail gift cards to:
Star House
Attn: Kat Earles

1220 Corrugated Way • Columbus, OH 43201

If you’d like to drop off gift card donations, please contact this email to coordinate.


Host an Event

Frequently, people spend their own time and money to organize a fundraiser to benefit Star House. These fundraisers include everything from bingo nights, bake sales and car washes, to jean days at work, live music shows and more. 

If you are interested in hosting your own third-party event to benefit Star House, please call us at 614-826-5868 or email Brittany. We can offer guidance to help make your event a success.

Start a Donation Drive

Engaging your company, club, place of worship, community group, or school can help in big ways. Turn your next gathering into a cause! Setup a theme or contest to help stimulate giving—such as a "fill the bus" challenge, a walk-a-thon, a "Souper Bowl" or whatever you think of! Email Donation Services for ideas or if you have questions.

It’s recommended that you pick 2-3 types of items you want your group to give. This helps maximize your giving's impact by concentrating on enough of an item to serve everyone in need of that item (and possibly with extra that will be available for future requests!) 


Below are items that we typically need year-round:

  • Underwear (boxers/boxer briefs preferred for men)

  • Boots & Shoes (comfortable for walking long distances)

  • Bikes

  • Tents

  • Backpacks

  • Blankets

  • African American haircare products (oils and gels)

  • Sleeping bags

  • Large towels

  • Clothing (all kinds—can be new or very gently used)

  • Washcloths

  • Tarps

  • Earbuds/headphones

  • Baby wipes

  • Diapers (all sizes)