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Giving list

The following is a list of local agencies that are seeking donations for the holiday season.


Project Linus, Fort Wayne/NE Indiana Chapter, 1711 Greythorn Drive, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-479-6595


Purpose: To provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans

Needs: Finished blankets according to organization guidelines; volunteers to make blankets; 4-ply washable

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information

Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne, 915 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-4611, ext. 3315

Purpose: Provides tutoring for reading and math skills, coats for kids program, backpacks for foster children and support for women's care center

Needs: Diapers (size 3 through 6 and pull-ups), clothing (newborn through 4T) pajamas, girl's tights, boy's jeans, winter coats, cotton fabric, warm and natural batting, thread, children's books, small and regular-sized hair brushes, deodorant, wide-ruled loose leaf paper, two-pocket folders (without prongs), colored pencils, scissors, coloring and activity books, stuffed animals, flash cards or books that help children learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors, potty seats and pack-n-play beds

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana , 330 Madison St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-426-3347, ext. 324


Purpose: Providing services to empower individuals and families to move toward social, emotional and spiritual wholeness

Needs: Little Tikes basketball goals and shopping carts, six sand/water centers by Community Play Things, four mini art floor easels by Community Play Things (contact agency for specific model), diapers and wet wipes

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. Friday

Metro Youth Sports Inc., 801 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-6502

Purpose: An educational study table to help with reading and math for children who participate in a sports program

Needs: 100 new helmets for the Pee Wee football program

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information

Headwaters Counseling, 2712 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-744-4326


Purpose: Promoting and developing healthy relationships in individuals, families and communities

Needs: Toy doctor's kit, crayons, markers and other items for play therapy rooms

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays

Early Childhood Alliance, 3320 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-458-0125

Website: Purpose: Parenting programs for low-income families to promote a child's growth and development

Needs: Cans of Play-Doh, washable Crayola markers, wipe-off crayons for boards, non-holiday cookie cutters, Elmer's glue sticks, colored pencils, rolls of Scotch tape, watercolor paint, Oballs, sidewalk chalk, moon sand, new and gently used children's books, multicultural books

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information

Crossroad Child and Family Services, 2525 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-484-4153, ext. 2002


Purpose: Providing therapy, education and family support services to children in difficult circumstances

Needs: Woodcraft and jewelry-making kits, Wii console and Wii games, playground balls, Legos

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Volunteer Center RSVP, 3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-424-3505

Website: Purpose: A corps of volunteers to fill important community roles, to provide for its volunteers meaningful opportunities for community service relevant to their skills, abilities and interests

Needs: Children's warm winter coats sizes newborn to 5X, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, yarn

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 to 11 a.m. Friday

The Closet: A Program of Family Centered Services, 123 S. Marion, Bluffton

Phone: 800-824-6111

Purpose: Providing free clothing and necessities for infants and preschool-aged children

Needs: Children's clothing size newborn to 6, winter coats and accessories, shoes and boots, underwear and socks, sippy cups, toothbrushes, bibs, pacifiers, bottles, toys, high chairs, bouncy seats, exersaucers, etc.

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; call ahead for additional drop-off information

Whitington Homes and Services for Children and Families, 2423 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-745-9431, ext. 106

Purpose: To develop independent life skills that lead to self-sufficient families

Needs: Car seats, baby gates, outlet safety covers, child-proof safety locks, bed-in-a-bag sets, infant and toddler sheet sets

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Northeast Indiana Deaf Awareness Council, P.O. Box 80212, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-344-1477

Purpose: Christmas gifts for boys and girls who are deaf or have deaf parents or grandparents

Needs: Toys $15 or less for boys and girls up to age 10

Drop-off: Mail to address above

The Disorderly Bear Den, 424 Archer Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-409-9886

Purpose: 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; used items must be in like-new condition

Drop-off: Items can be dropped off during daylight hours; call ahead for more information

A Hope Center Pregnancy and Relationship Resources, 3630 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-3544


Purpose: To provide life-transforming services related to pregnancy and sexual integrity; donations will benefit the "Earn While You Learn" educational assistance program for clients affected by an unexpected pregnancy

Needs: Diapers (newborn to size 6, pull-ups in all sizes), diaper wipes, baby clothing to size 2 (sleepers and onesies), baby bottles, lotion, shampoo, baby wash, jars of baby food, formula (powdered), swings, playpens, high chairs, strollers, bassinettes (new or like-new), cribs (new only)

Drop-off: 3630 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne closed Mondays and Saturdays and open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; 3701 S. Calhoun St., Suite C., Fort Wayne closed Saturdays and open Monday evenings; 4705 Illinois Road, Suite 115, Fort Wayne closed Wednesdays, open Saturdays; 13410 Main St., Grabill, open 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays only; call ahead for specific hours of operation

The Salvation Army, 2901 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-438-9205


Purpose: Providing children's clothing and toys for Christmas

Needs: Children's clothing and toys needed for Angel Tree. Gift cards needed for Card a Teen program. Tags for these programs are available in early November at The Salvation Army and the deadline for gifts is Dec. 10. Toys, clothes and gift certificate for a Christmas meal needed for Adopt a Family program. The deadline to adopt a family was Nov. 12 and gifts are due by Dec. 3. Volunteers are also needed for ringing red kettles.

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information

SCAN Inc., 500 W. Main St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-421-5000, ext. 2237

Website: Purpose: To eliminate the abuse and neglect of children through family services, education and community partnerships

Needs: Play-Doh, watercolor sets, construction paper, glue sticks, white tube socks, Matchbox cars, baby bottles, sippy cups, cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper products

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Land of Lakes Family Health Services Inc., 317 S. Wayne St., Angola

Phone: 260-665-2403

Purpose: Free medical, dental and vision care to children ages birth to 12 from low- to-moderate-income families

Needs: 12 to 14 nonfolding, stackable chairs for children

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call to make arrangements

Helping Hands Center for Special Needs, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-3717

Purpose: Nonprofit school for children age 2 to 12 specializing in individual ABA therapy in a classroom setting for children with learning, communication, and developmental delays

Needs: Dresser, twin bed, 36-inch tricycle, iPad

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

March of Dimes, 303 Stable Drive, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-482-4201

Purpose: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality

Needs: Card tables, 10-by-10 and 12-by-12 popup canopies

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Healthier Moms and Babies, 700 Broadway, Medical Office Building Suite 216, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-425-3348


Purpose: Health education and case-management services to low-income pregnant women and their families

Needs: Baby clothes and sleep sacks for newborns to age 24 months, electric breast pumps

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information


St. Andrews Soup Kitchen, 2714 New Haven Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-423-6326

Purpose: Soup, bread and food items to families in need

Needs: Canned foods, boxed dinners

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Helping Hands, 275 Martin St., Rome City

Phone: 260-351-3053

Purpose: Assisting people in need from Orange and Johnson Townships

Needs: Food

Drop-off: Starting at noon Thursdays at 276 Martin St., Rome City

Friends of the Poor, 611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-6821

Purpose: To provide employment training for low income adults in retail clerk, bookkeeping, graphic arts, building maintenance and shipping and receiving; also markets handmade crafts

Needs: Food for lunch program

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment

Fort Wayne Center for Learning, 800 Broadway, Suite 215, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-469-3925


Purpose: Help children develop critical learning skills to promote success in school and a positive self-image

Needs: Individually wrapped snacks

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off information

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, 1316 Broadway, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-6618

Purpose: People of faith working together to support and enrich lives

Needs: Food items including butter/margarine, cheese slices, powdered milk packets and shampoo

Drop-off : 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays

Ave Maria House, 432 E. Madison St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-705-1690

Purpose: To provide a day shelter for homeless and those in need of socialization; men and women who visit the shelter shower, do laundry, search for work on a computer or have coffee and donated food

Needs: Coffee, creamer, sugar

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ave Maria House; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church office

Hope House Inc., 1115 and 1129 Garden St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-424-3711


Purpose: Provide homeless, chemically dependent women with opportunities to pursue recovery and self-sufficiency in a healthy, supportive living environment

Needs: Canned food

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Homebound Meals Inc., 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-3296


Purpose: Enhance the quality of life of the homebound community by delivering hot, nutritional meals and visits of volunteer drivers

Needs: Campbell's Healthy Choice soup

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or Umber's Do it Best stores during business hours

Saint Martin's Soup Kitchen, 300 W. Houston, Garrett

Phone: 260-357-3472

Purpose: Serving hot meals to anyone in need

Needs: No. 10 cans of corn, green beans, yellow wax beans, carrots, chili beans, kidney beans, red beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, mixed vegetables, applesauce, pudding

Drop-off: 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, call ahead for additional drop-off times

Allen County Christmas Bureau Inc., P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne

Phone : 260-710-2163

Purpose: Provide for the Christmas needs and desires of needy families by providing gifts and food, personal-hygiene items and cleaning products to families and individuals; all 359 Allen County families have been adopted this year

Needs: Non-perishable food

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 26 to 30 at 3674 N. Wells St. in the Wells Commerce Center

Partnering with Families, 7501 Hessen Cassel Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-441-9517

Purpose: Empowering families and children in attaining excellence in education and enhancing personal growth and positive family dynamics

Needs: Food for monthly meetings

Drop-off: Call ahead for drop-off times

St. Mary's Soup Kitchen, 1101 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-426-1217

Purpose: Provides nourishing meals seven days a week to low-income families in the Fort Wayne area

Needs: Instant potatoes, extra-wide noodles, macaroni, rice

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Items can also be dropped at the St. Mary's Church office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Community Center of Caring Food Pantry, 113 W. Fifth St., Auburn

Phone: 260-925-0917

Purpose: To serve the needs of the poor and impoverished

Needs: Bath soap, deodorant, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, feminine hygiene items, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, peanut butter, jelly, baby food, formula, instant potatoes, soups, crackers, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, canned pastas, canned stew, cake mixes, frosting, baking mix, pancake mix, flour, sugar, syrup, noodles, spaghetti noodles and sauce, cooking oil, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, mayonnaise, canned meat, canned tuna, powdered milk, shelf milk, boxed dinners, can openers

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 107 W. Fifth St., Auburn

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, 999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-447-3696

Website: Purpose: Seeking to alleviate hunger through the use of donated food and other resources

Needs: Frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items

Drop-off: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday