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Charity wish lists

The following nonprofits responded to a Journal Gazette request for charity wish lists. In addition to today’s listing, we will have a list in Saturday’s Journal Gazette from additional charities. The charities are listed alphabetically.

Allen County Education Partnership/Project READS, 709 Clay St., Suite 101, Fort Wayne

Phone: Lisa Fabian at 260-423-6447, ext. 26

Purpose: To improve academic achievement for youth through business, community, and education partnerships

Needs: Monetary donations and gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Kroger and Scotts, United Art & Education, Three Rivers Food Co-Op, The Health Food Shoppe, Ideal Office Source, Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer and area restaurants

Drop-off: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to noon. Please call to inquire about tutoring site sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and the “Buck($1)-a-Book” holiday donation drive

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

Phone: 260-705-1690


Purpose: Day respite center for homeless and disenfranchised people, providing shelter, television, telephone, internet, newspapers, snacks, beverages, hygiene products, laundry and shower facilities, as well as information on local social services

Needs: Sleeping bags, liquid laundry detergent, hygiene products, coffee, creamer, sugar and monetary donations

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the church office, 1101 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne, Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baby’s Closet of Associated Churches, First Christian Church, 800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-3528


Purpose: To offer coupon incentives and quality baby items that encourage families to increase their knowledge and build safe practices for the care of their children

Needs: Baby car seats, cribs/mattresses, diapers and baby hygiene items (baby wash, shampoo, ointment, powder, etc.)

Drop-off: Monday through Friday at Associated Churches’ warehouse, 602 E. Wayne St.

Blue Jacket, 2826 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-744-1900


Purpose: To provide adult ex-offenders and other hard-to-employ people the tools and resources to become productive members of society

Needs: Coffee, creamers, sugar, laser printers, toners, cartridges, flash drives, copy paper, office supplies, letter-size file folders, dish and hand soap, large and extra-large garbage bags, cleaning supplies, disinfectant sprays, paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent for high-efficiency washer, hand sanitizer, brooms, replacement mop heads, bar stools, buckets, fans, small electric heaters, gently used men’s shirts, size 18 and up, shoes, size 10 and up and belts, size 40 and up

Drop-off: Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Crossroad Child & Family Services, 2525 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne

Phone: Zenovia Pearson at 484-4153, ext. 2002

Purpose: To create promising futures for children in difficult circumstances by providing therapy, education and family support services

Needs: Legos, K’nex, craft kits, MP3 players and gift cards to local department stores, pharmacies and fast-food restaurants

Drop-off: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Disorderly Bear Den, 424 Archer Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-409-9886

Purpose: Affiliated with Good Bears of the World, the organization provides Teddy bears to children in trauma situations and lonely adults in Fort Wayne area

Needs: New and gently used, like-new teddy bears and other stuffed animals, as well as cash donations

Drop off: During daylight hours or call Donna Gordon-Hearn at 409-9886 for pickup

Early Childhood Alliance, 3320 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: Jessica Sharpe at 458-0125


Purpose: 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: Batteries (AA, C and D), cotton balls, craft items, flannel story boards and wood puzzles, science activities for preschoolers, children’s CDs, cassette tapes, toy instruments or recordable CDs, multicultural and classic children’s new or gently used books, facial tissue, Dawn soap, all kinds of pasta, folding tables and non-cloth chairs, cloth or paper napkins, wash cloths, crib sheets, cloth bibs, magnetic letters, foam alphabet puzzles, alphabet books and blocks, Wiki Stix, sidewalk chalk, washable markers, crayons, wooden spoons and gift cards

Drop-off: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Erin’s House for Grieving Children, 5670 YMCA Park Drive West, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-243-2466


Purpose: To provide support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one

Needs: Gift cards for merchandise, groceries, pizza, movies and gas, hand-held games or board games, prepackaged holiday treats, craft kits, children’s mittens and hats, DVDs and microwave popcorn, birthday candles, copy paper, bottled water, business-size and large mailing envelopes and stamps, paper products, plastic ware and cups, sanitizing wipes and plastic gloves

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

Friends of Bethany Inc., 7501 Hessen Cassel Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-441-9517


Purpose: Seeking to empower families and children in attaining excellence in education by enhancing personal growth and positive family dynamics

Needs: Learning materials for kids and teens; disposable toiletries for women and children; gift and gas cards, monetary contributions or sponsor a dinner for monthly group mentoring sessions; Bibles; gift baskets and gift items; white and colored paper, pens, pencils, ink cartridges, manila and pocket folders; games, all ages; coloring books; sponsor a child for a week at Bear Lake Camp, projector, laptop, thank-you cards

Drop-off: Mail monetary contributions to Friends of Bethany, P.O. Box 6325, Fort Wayne, IN 46896-0325

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., IPFW campus, Rhinehart Music Center, Suite 230, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-481-0481


Purpose: Providing a choral program that exemplifies educational and artistic excellence for children from diverse backgrounds

Needs: Bottled water, copy paper, two-pocket colored folders, 1-inch black binders, slim CD cases

Drop-off: Monday through Thursday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to noon

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 3837 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-470-4200


Purpose: Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope

Needs: Lawn and garden items, tools, building materials, kitchen cabinets, vanities, material handling carts and volunteers

Drop off: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Helping Hands, 275 Martin St., Rome City

Phone: 260-351-3053

Purpose: Small, not-for-profit organization serving 600 to 700 people a month in need of basic assistance

Needs: Food, clothing and toiletry items or donations of goods or cash

Drop-off: Thursday noon to 5 p.m. or mail monetary donations to P.O. Box 41, Rome City, IN 46784

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

Phone: 260-422-3717

Website: Facebook: Helping-Hands-Center-for-Special-Needs-Inc

Purpose: Helping ages 2 though 12 with varying degrees of developmental delay including autism

Needs: Gift cards to United Arts and Education, office computer and a 5-foot-by-9-foot area carpet or rug for kids’ area

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