Palm Springs area nonprofits seek food,, clothing donations Giving Tuesday

The Mizell Senior Center is closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Palm Springs, California.

This holiday season, many Coachella Valley residents could benefit from a little extra help—whether it’s extra pet food, canned goods, clothes, or even blood. With that in mind, The Desert Sun has compiled a list of local nonprofits and what they need, other than financial donations.

Helping the elderly during the holidays

The Maisel Center, which has senior support programs in Palm Springs and the rest of the Coachella Valley, is giving holiday gift bags to 300 homegrown seniors this year. The deadline to donate is Friday.

Items required (no travel sized items):

  • shampoo
  • body lotion
  • toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • toilet paper
  • air conditioner
  • soap bars
  • Toothbrushes
  • stockings

To donate: Items can be delivered at the Meisel Center at 480 S.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joslin Center's Meals on Wheels program is now serving 30% more meals than before.

In Palm Desert, the Joslin Center is holding a “Supply to Thrive by Car” through Monday, December 6, and will also provide goods for seniors staying at home.

In addition to the items requested by the Maisel Center, the Jocelyn Center also requests:

  • Paper products (tissues, paper towels, coffee filters)
  • Puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles, books to read
  • scented candles
  • Laundry and dish soap
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils
  • Trash bags
  • Bulbs and batteries
  • Stamps, envelopes and greeting cards
  • household cleaners
  • Dental Care Supplies
  • nail kits
  • Lip balm, hand lotion, and hand sanitizer
  • Cologne or aftershave
  • Hair brushes and combs
  • big screen calculators
  • Matches and toothpicks
  • Notebooks
  • torches

All items must be unused, full size, sealed and individually packed.

To donate: Drop things off at the Joslyn Center reception desk. The center is located at 73750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Melanie at 760-340-3220 ext. 102 or

Volunteers at the Cathedral Center for the Elderly sort donations.

medical supplies

Cathedral City Senior Center has a year-round Medi Closet that provides borrowed medical and mobility supplies to the community. New or gently used items are accepted on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave. in Cathedral City.

Frequently requested items include adult diapers and pads, insurance and scooters. For more information, call 760-321-1548.

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