2018 Giving List
The following nonprofit organizations responded to The Journal Gazette’s request for charity wish lists. Additional charities’ lists will be in Saturday’s edition of The Journal Gazette. The charities have been listed alphabetically.Allen County Christmas Bureau Inc.
P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne
Mission: To assist needy families with their Christmas needs and desires by providing gifts, food, personal hygiene items and cleaning products
Needs: Personal hygiene items, cleaning products, paper products, nonperishable food
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 1320 Production Road, Fort Wayne, beginning Tuesday through Dec. 30; cash donations can be mailed any time to P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne IN, 46868Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
602 E. Wayne St.
Mission: Care for those most in need of material and spiritual support
Needs: Diapers, size 4,5,6; new winter baby clothes (all sizes) for A Baby’s Closet; nonperishable items (no glass) such as boxed dinners, cereal, oatmeal, canned goods, etc., for Neighborhood Food Network
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon FridayAve Maria House
432 E Madison St., Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide a day of respite for the homeless and disenfranchised. In a nonjudgmental atmosphere, clients are made aware of community happenings. Snacks, beverages and hygiene products are provided. Laundry and shower facilities are available.
Needs: Hygiene products, laundry detergent, coffee, creamer, sugar
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. SaturdayBig Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne
Mission: To help children reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact
Needs: New board games and card games, new puzzle and science kits, new art and craft supplies, new coloring books and crayons, new clothing items (hats, gloves, coats, hoodies, sweaters, etc.), new or gently used sporting goods (basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, baseball mitts), admission tickets (Skyzone, Laserx, Ultrazone, Combat Ops, Chuck E. Cheese, Tokens-N-Tickets, arts & crafts, putt-putt), admission tickets for group outings to sporting events, movie passes, concerts and excursions, local retail and restaurant gift cards to purchase meals, supplies and snacks for activities, small gifts/prizes for game nights, computer monitor risers, flash drives and SD cards, laptops for tutoring, Nikon D850 DSLR camera kit, DJI Mavic Pro drone kit, paper folding machine, microwave, coffee maker, vacuum cleaner, large rolling trash cans with lids, lightweight hand dolly, recycle bins, plastic totes with lids (all sizes), disposable tableware, paper plates and plastic storage containers, bottled water, basic school supplies (binders, paper, pencils, pens, markers and highlighters), diaries and journals, whiteboard marker kits and cleaners, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, monetary donations for program support, volunteers
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Door C, or email email@example.com to schedule a pickupBirthday Bags Inc.
1816 S. Calhoun St., Suite B, Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-341-1990; www.birthdaybags.org
Mission: Give families the opportunity to celebrate and create shared memories by providing a “birthday-in-a-bag” to children ages 4 to 12. Distributed to area food banks and agencies that help kids.
Needs: All things birthday for ages 4 to 12 : plates, napkins, cups, hats, candles, plastic tablecloths, disposable cake pans, decorations (no balloons), party favors; small gifts : games such as Connect Four, Jenga, Battleship, Uno, etc., craft projects, puzzles, coloring books for kids and adult ages, books for ages 4 to 12
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call or email for pickupCoats for Kids at the Volunteer Center
3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, Fort Wayne
Mission: Provide warm winter coats for low-income children in our community
Needs: New children’s winter coats for boys and girls sizes 8-20
Drop-off: All Kroger and Peerless locations through Dec. 2, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Volunteer Center through Dec. 10Crossroad Child and Family Services
1825 Beacon St., Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-484-4153, ext. 2002
Mission: To create promising futures for children in difficult circumstances by providing therapy, education, and family support services
Needs: Toys : Lego blocks and kits (for boys or girls), Bakugons (plastic only), K’nex, basketballs, soccer and footballs (Nerf and regular playground balls), new bicycles and helmets, knee pads and elbow pads; Games : Yahtzee and Tetris handheld electronic games, Apples to Apples, Connect Four, Battleship, Sequence, Guess Who?, Trouble, Sorry, checkers, Monopoly, Othello, Kenetics, Pet Shop, Pictionary Junior, Picktureka, Wii and Xbox consoles, Wii or Xbox 360 Kinnect Games (no M-rated), card games (Uno, Skip Bo, etc.), playing cards; Electronics : MP3 players with or without AM/FM radios, miniature handheld radios, DVDs (G and PG ratings), Ear buds and noise-canceling headphones; Arts and crafts : art kits, sketch pads and drawing tablets, journals, origami kits, jewelry-making kits, Level 1 car model kits, woodcraft kits, photo albums, mosaic masterpieces, oil paints and canvases; Miscellaneous : men’s and women’s body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, ceramic flat irons, curling irons; Clothing and accessories : pajamas, non-skid slippers, socks, underwear (request sizes), robes, casual watches, sweatpants and sweatshirts (no hoodies), plain-colored T-shirts; Gift cards : Target, Walmart, Meijer, Michael’s Crafts, CVS, Walgreens; Extra-curricular activities : zoo passes, Mad Ants, TinCaps or Komets tickets, Allen County Parks passes, Science Central passes
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointmentThe Disorderly Bear Den
5404 Butterfield Drive, Fort Wayne
Mission: We provide teddy bears to children in trauma situations and lonely adults in the Fort Wayne area
Needs: New and gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals, any kind, color or size (used items must be in like-new condition), cash donations
Drop-off: During daylight hours, or call to arrange pickupEarly Childhood Alliance
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
Mission: To build better futures for young children by promoting and providing quality early-childhood education and services for families, early-childhood professionals and the community
Needs: 50 pocket folders, 25 Play-Doh, 1-25 packages of chubby crayons, 1-20 sets Legos (all ages), 20 watercolor paints, colored construction paper, pipe cleaners, stickers, 5-6 packs of AA and AAA batteries, 20 washable markers, 20 bingo washable markers, Gladware containers (all sizes), board games for ages 5 to 10, crib sheets, 2 can racks, 23 dish tubes, 23 knives, 23 sets measuring cups, 10 playground balls, 4-6 panels blue sheer curtains, wash cloths, hand towels, 25 sleep sacks, bibs, 25 art aprons, 6 Bluetooth speakers, 10 musical instruments, 5 activity mats, Fiskar-brand child scissors, lunch- and gift-size paper bags, coffee filters, paper plates (small and large white plates, plates with animal faces), clothes pins without hinges, craft bells, bags of dry beans and white rice, craft feathers, Elmer’s glue sticks, Crayola washable markers, crayons and erasable colored pencils, paper fasteners
Drop-off: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FridayErin’s House for Grieving Children
5670 YMCA Park Drive West, behind Jackson Lehman YMCA, Fort Wayne
Mission: Erin’s House provides support services for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one
Needs: Santa’s workshop : Age-appropriate board games for babies to teens, new gloves, hats and scarves for all ages, holiday stockings big enough to stuff, stocking stuffers, individually wrapped candies and candy bars for all ages; Babies and children : small board books, finger puppets, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Play-doh, Hot Wheels, crayons, stickers, small coloring books, small dolls, bath toys, watercolor paints, dress-up jewelry, Legos, fun socks; Tweens : craft items, gel pens, nail polish, mini flashlights, hair accessories, jewelry, ear buds, card games, boundy balls, fun socks, diaries/journals, Legos; Teens/young adults : $5 gift cards for fast-food restaurants or iTunes, jewelry, makeup, beanie hats, fidget spinners, pens, journals, coffee mugs, colored pencils, adult coloring books, comic books; Holiday food/drinks : hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, spoons, cups, plates, holiday napkins, bottled water, holiday cookies, chips
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Erin’s House, on or before Dec. 4Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry Inc.
2502 Church St., Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide pet food at no cost to people who are struggling financially and cannot afford to feed their pets
Needs: Greatest need is dry cat food and cat litter; also need dry and canned dog food, canned cat food, dog and cat treats, one-gallon zipper-sealed baggies and volunteers to help bag pet food every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Drop-off: During normal business hours at any Fort Wayne location: Pet Supplies Plus, 4714 Coldwater Road and 6101 Stellhorn Road; Pink Poodle, 6244 W. Jefferson Blvd.; PETCO, 315 Coliseum Blvd. E.; Pine Valley Vet, 10116 Coldwater Road; H.O.P.E. for Animals Clinic, 1333 Maycrest Drive; Dupont Vet, 11605 Coldwater Road; St. Joe Vet, 6358 St. Joe Center Road; Flying Colors Canine Academy, 5200 Industrial Road; New Haven Pet Hospital, 227 Indiana 930 West; The Dog House Grooming Salon & Spa, 429 Seminary St. in Roanoke; Aboite Animal Clinic, 7711 Illinois Road; Bentley’s Pet Stuff, 4824 Illinois Road and 6409 Lima Road; Zach’s Pet Services, 3335 E. 850 North in Roanoke; Monetary donations can be mailed to the pantryHope Alive Inc.
1747 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide transitional housing for women going through emotional difficulties and mental health issues as well as counseling and support groups for Fort Wayne and surrounding areas
Needs: Gift cards to Kroger, Walmart and Walgreens, paper products, laundry detergent, general cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, new bed pillows, 13-gallon trash bags and monetary donations
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or anytime on the enclosed porch at 1747 N. Wells St. (porch faces Putnam)