Friday, November 24, 2017 1:00 am
2017 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 complete list can be found online at www.journalgazette.net. The charities have been listed alphabetically.
Allen County Christmas Bureau Inc.
P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne
4640 Executive Blvd. (street address from Monday through Dec. 6)
Mission: To assist needy families with their Christmas needs and desires by providing gifts and food, personal hygiene items and cleaning products to the families and individuals at Christmastime.
Needs: Personal hygiene items, cleaning products, paper products and non-perishable food
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4640 Executive Blvd. Monday through Dec. 1. Cash contributions can be mailed at any time to P. O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne, IN, 46868
Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium
532 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne
Mission: Provide an effective network to collaboratively prevent substance abuse, primarily by youth, and to reduce the negative impact of alcohol and other drugs in the Allen County and northeast Indiana community. We work with more than 100 organizations, including education, health, law enforcement, business, faith-based, and more.
Needs: $5 and $10 restaurant for pizza or food, fuel cards, movie or bowling passes, table games, crayons and art supplies, small toys or electronics, microwave popcorn, hard candy, copy paper, bottled water, coffee, disposable plates, cups and plastic ware, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, meal servers, and office volunteer time for light duties
Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Other times by appointment
Allen County SPCA
4914 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Promote the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing a safe haven for animals, an effective and comprehensive adoption program, education and outreach programs for the community and deep and broad membership and volunteer programs
Needs: Urgent needs – Can openers; canned tuna, sardines or mackerel; Feliway; puppy pads; belly bands; Ongoing needs – box lids (from copy paper cases), heavy weight paper bowls, egg cartons (prefer paper), Martingale collars (medium and large), Made in the USA rawhide chews and dog treats, disposable cat scratchers, paper towels, trash bags, large dog crates
dog and cat food – Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin, Science Diet Puppy Healthy Growth, Science Diet Kitten Food, Science Diet canned kitten and adult cat
Drop-off: Regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Ave Maria House
432 E Madison St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Provision of a day respite shelter for the homeless and wandering.
Needs: Hygiene items, sleeping bags and blankets, cleaning supplies, dish and laundry detergent, paper goods, coffee, creamer, sugar
Drop-off: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1101 Lafayette St., 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Birthday Bags Inc.
1816 S. Calhoun St., Suite B, Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-341-1990; www.birthdaybags.org
Mission: Enable families the opportunity to celebrate and create shared memories by providing a “birthday-in-a-bag” to children ages 4-12. Distributed to area food banks and agencies that help kids.
Needs: All things birthday for ages 4-12: plates, napkins, cups, hats, candles (no balloons), plastic tablecloths, disposable cake pans, decorations, party favors, small gifts, games (Connect Four, Jenga, Battleship, Uno, etc.), craft projects, puzzles, coloring books including adult coloring books for older kids, books
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call or email for pickup
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
915 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Serving those in need as Christ would have us do
Needs: Angel Tree – baby toys by Fisher-Price, Baby Einstein, Even-flo, etc.; stuffed toys; bath toys; board books; play mats; blocks; balls; learning toys; rattles; musical toys; one-piece infant clothing, sizes 12 months to 2T for boys; one-piece infant clothing, sizes 12 months to 2T for girls; baby/toddler towels, washcloths, blankets; baby/toddler diapers, baby shampoo, baby lotion; books; board games, Candyland, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Life, etc.; arts and crafts; sidewalk chalk, Play-Doh; crayons, washable markers; coloring books; learning toys; baby dolls, accessories; action/Superhero figures, such as Superman, Batman, Pokemon, etc.; cars, trucks, trains, balls, Hot Wheels, Matchbox; hair bows, barrettes, headbands, etc.; pretend play toys; musical toys or instruments; boys or Girls jeans or school pants, sizes 3T to 8; boys or girls long sleeved shirts, sizes 3T to 8, zip-front hoodies especially popular; boys or girls underwear and socks 3T to 8; fashionable hats, gloves, scarves; small Legos; puzzles; character lunchboxes.
Nice-smelling lotions, nail polish and remover; boys or Girls jeans or school pants, sizes 6 to 14; boys or girls long sleeved shirts 6 to 14, zip front hoodies popular; boys or girls underwear and socks 3T to 8; movie tickets; earbuds, headphones; gift cards; backpacks; adult-size winter tops for Boys or Girls, sizes X-small to large; adult size jeans or school pants, sizes zero to 7 for girls; adult-size jeans or school pants, sizes 30 waist to 34 waist for boys or sizes 10 to 18 for boys.
Household items – gift cards, Aldi, Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, etc.; silverware; utensils; dishes; can openers; water pitchers; serving bowls; pots and pans; hot pads; glasses cups; twin, double, queen sheets or blankets; pillows and pillow cases; alarm clocks; shower curtains and rings; bath towels, washcloths; dish towels, sponges; napkins, paper towels; dish soap; bathroom, kitchen cleaner; laundry detergent; laundry basket; mop, broom and dustpan; trash bags; air fragrance; toilet paper; shampoo; bar soap, body wash; razor, shaving cream; toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant; first-aid kit
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 12, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13, fifth floor of the parking garage attached to the Archbishop Noll Center at 915 S. Clinton St.
Disabled American Veterans
VA Hospital, 2121 Lake Ave. Attn: DAV Room 183, Fort Wayne
Mission: Work closely with the Veterans Administration to ensure veterans receive the quality medical treatments they deserve and are entitled to.
Needs: Volunteer drivers, new vehicles or monetary donations toward new vehicle fund.
Drop-off: Call above number or email Paul.Allen@va.gov.
The Disorderly Bear Den
424 Archer Ave., Fort Wayne
Mission: 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: Items can be dropped off during daylight hours or we can have them picked up.
Early Childhood Alliance
3320 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-745-2501, 800-423-1498; ECAlliance.org
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: Materials for the school-age classrooms at ECA's two Learning Centers for before/after school care; Legos; Magna Tiles; iPads; Bluetooth speaker; school-age board games; Big Joe Chairs (washable vinyl only-no fabric); scrapbooking materials ( scissors, hole punches, stickers); bead-making kits, pottery kits, melty beads sets; globe or maps; Amazon gift card
Drop-off: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday
Erin's House for Grieving Children
5670 YMCA Park Drive West behind Jackson Lehman YMCA, Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-423-2466 or Audrey@erinshouse.org
Mission: Provide support for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one
Needs: Board games for ages 3 to teens, hats and ear warmers for ages 3 to adult, gloves and mittens for ages 3 to adult, scarves for ages 3 to adult, stocking stuffers – small items for boys and girls ages 3 to teens, $5 gift cards, candy (individually wrapped), bottled water, holiday cookies/cupcakes, chips/pretzels, wrapping paper, stockings
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry Inc.
H.O.P.E. for Animals Clinic, 1333 Maycrest Drive, Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-478-4851; www.fwpetfoodpantry.com
Mission: Provide pet food at no cost to families who cannot afford it
Needs: Dry and canned cat food, cat litter, dry and canned dog food, dog and cat treats, one-gallon zipper-sealed bags; 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 of the following Fort Wayne locations:
• Pet Supplies Plus, 4714 Coldwater Road and 6101 Stellhorn Road
• Pink Poodle, 6244 W. Jefferson Blvd., Covington Plaza
• 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 Vet, 227 State Road 930 West
• The Dog House Grooming Salon & Spa, 429 Seminary St. in Roanoke
Mail monetary donations to Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry Inc., P.O. Box 10126, Fort Wayne, IN 46850-0126
Fort Wayne Urban League Afterschool Academy
2135 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Help all students become globally competitive through innovative and rigorously challenging instruction preparing students for college and career readiness (K-12th grade)
Needs: Gloves, winter hats, scarves, all sizes coats and clothes, colored paper and pencils, crayons, dry eraser markers and markers, general arts and crafts supplies, puzzles, books for teens, DVDs for K-5th grade; basketballs, footballs, volleyball set, notebook paper, glue sticks, erasers, calculators, toys for Christmas, pack of poster boards size 22 by 28 inches, personal hygiene items (soap, deodorant) etc., day eraser board 12 by 17 inches
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
FreeThought Fort Wayne, Inc.
9502 Marquis Lane, Fort Wayne
Mission: We are a secular humanist group and a chapter of the American Humanist Association. Founded three years ago, we undertake several initiatives each year in support of the local community. These include providing the homeless of Fort Wayne free gift bags twice a year and free haircuts each summer. We also hold quarterly volunteer days at a local food bank and have an ongoing food drive to help feed the needy in Fort Wayne
Needs: Gloves (winter), scarf (winter), hat (winter, stocking hat), can opener (manual), cloth grocery bag (for carrying items), eating utensils (reusable, stainless steel, folding travel size), First Aid kit (travel size), laundry soap (single packets), sewing kit (travel size), water bottle (collapsible or folding)
Drop-off: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Monday through Dec. 22
Friends of the Poor
611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Work to alleviate poverty through self-help programs and training. We market handmade crafts which provide income for producers, share skills With low-income adults in bookkeeping, computer data entry, retail store, Building maintenance, recycling, printing and more
Needs: Used postage stamps (especially international), pallet jack, tree pruner on a pole and working chain saw, food for lunch program including paper plates and bowls, camera and video equipment, working color copier, tall ladder and scaffold, working office phone stem with at least eight phones, late model full-size van
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment
611 W. Berry St., Garden Level, Fort Wayne
Mission: To enhance the health and quality of life of our home-bound community by delivering hot, nutritional meals and through the visits from our volunteer drivers
Needs: 48-60-quart wheeled coolers
Drop-off: 611 W. Berry St. or any Umber's Do it Best Hardware
Hope Alive Inc.
1747 N. Wells St. (Putnam Street entrance), Fort Wayne
Mission: Provide low-cost counseling and support groups to the underserved of Allen County and transitional housing for women with mental and emotional difficulties
Needs: Gift cards, snow blower, new vacuum cleaner, twin-size “bed in a bag,” towels, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues
Drop-off: Any time to the enclosed office porch on Putnam Street
Hope in a Handbag
P.O. Box 5175, Fort Wayne, 46895
Mission: Help women with breast cancer and facing mastectomy surgery in a 13-county area of northeast Indiana. A Necessities Bag tote includes items needed for surgery and hospital stay. Check www.hopeinahandbag.org for details.
Needs: Packages of men's large A undershirts (also called tank tops), packages or containers of flushable wipes, money gifts to buy all items for Necessity Bags at wholesale prices. Each bag costs $50 to assemble and distribute
Drop-off: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne
Ivy Tech Food Cupboard
Carroll Hall, North Campus 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne
Mission: Serve the student population at Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne campus as well as the surrounding communities
Needs: Non-perishable food items, toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, cleaning supplies, trash bags, toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, body wash, bar soap, personal hygiene products for men and women; financial donations to use at the Community Harvest Food Bank also appreciated
Drop-off: Student Life Center, Room 107, 3701 Dean Drive, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (hours can change during holidays)
Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network
2925 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-458 9772
Mission: To serve homeless families by uniting religious congregations, community volunteers and local agencies in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals, and compassionate, comprehensive professional support
Needs: Gas cards, department store cards, boost phone cards for minutes or texting, diapers (newborn to size 6), children's new gifts such as crafts, educational toys and games, sports items, books for teens. No game systems, please.
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or call to arrange another time
10376 Leo Road, Suite A, Fort Wayne
Mission: Through the gifting of new books, Kate's Kart strives to provide a comforting diversion to hospitalized children and their families and to foster the love of books, and ultimately literacy, by encouraging kids to read and parents to read to their children.
Needs: Brand new desktop computer, Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards to purchase new books, Six folding eight-foot tables, HP printer cartridges 952XL Black and also 3 color pack, gas cards, copy paper, Avery 5160 address labels, stamps, gallon Ziploc Bags
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to make other arrangements