Charity wish lists in the Fort Wayne area | Local |

2022-12-01 05:01:21 By : Ms. Tina Wang

Drew Trabel and his mother, Narla, hold a photo of Santa Claus giving Drew a used bicycle last year.

Drew Trabel and his mother, Narla, hold a photo of Santa Claus giving Drew a used bicycle last year. Cotton Flushable Wipes

Charity wish lists in the Fort Wayne area | Local |

The following nonprofit organizations responded to The Journal Gazette’s request for charity wish lists. Charities are listed alphabetically.

Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road, in the former Carson’s store, south side (there is no entrance from inside the mall), Nov. 29 through Dec. 7

Mission: Assist needy families with their Christmas needs and desires by providing gifts, food, personal hygiene items and cleaning products to the families and individuals at Christmas

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at the Coldwater Road address. Monetary contributions can be mailed, at any time, to P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne IN 46868.

Mission: Saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer

Wish list: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Fort Wayne: Generator, outdoor extension cords, folding tables, pop-up tents, metal no dig 4-5-foot fence posts for placing large banner signs, Amazon gift cards for office/event supplies, grocery store gift cards for snacks and beverages for volunteers on event day

Drop-off: Fort Wayne Storage, 12710 Lima Road, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14; If mailing or shipping, send to: Lippert Plant 77, attention: Sara Thornton, HR Dept. – Strides Leadership Committee - 2909 Pleasant Center Road, Yoder IN 46798

Wish list: Relay for Life NACS (Northwest Allen County Schools) Fighting Cancer: Amazon gift cards for office/event supplies; grocery store gift cards for snacks and beverages for volunteers on event day; oversized, Large outdoor yard games (Jenga, checkers, chess, Connect Four, Ring Toss, Sorry, Tic-Tac-Toe, Kerplunk, dominoes, bowling, corn hole, Ladder Ball, Spikeball, etc.); about 500 battery-operated tea light candles; large long) zip ties; duct tape; battery operated purple rope lights (need around 100 individual ropes); paper plates, napkins, silverware, hot cups for Survivor Dinner; first aid items – Band-Aids (all sizes), instant ice packs/compress; gift card to sign – Pro yard sign advertising; face paint (good for 4-year-olds and older); $5 gift cards for prizes for contests/activities (Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Jersey Mike’s, Starbucks, Bigby Coffee, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Meijer, etc.)

Mail, ship, drop off items at: Carroll High School, 3701 Carroll Road; Attention: Tammy Royer – Relay For Life co-chair; Door 1 (main office doors); 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Dec. 5 through Dec. 16

Mission: Feeding families, with the hope of expanding our benevolence funds to also help with other needs, i.e. gas cards, and utilities

Wish list: Reliable minivan to pick up and distribute food to families; all food, perishable and nonperishable; gas cards; monetary donations

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; northwest entrance, back parking lot off County Road 900 West

602 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne

Mission: One hand joining another to build bridges by providing for the needs of the community

Wish list: A baby’s closet – size 4 diapers, size 6 diapers, hooded bath towels, socks (newborn – 6 months), new and gently used girl’s clothing (newborn to 6 years), new hand-made baby blankets

Journey Beside Mothers: Feminine hygiene products, pull-up diapers (all sizes), juice boxes, fruit pouches, Gerber baby formula (Gerber Good Start Gentle, Gerber Good Start Gentle Pro), pack and play portable crib sheets, regular crib sheets

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Friday

1005 W. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 101, Fort Wayne

Mission: Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and potential of youth

Wish list: Personal hygiene items – toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotion, bath soaps, deodorant, sanitary napkins and tampons; cleaning products – bathroom cleaners, Pine-Sol, sanitizer wipes, dish soap, hand soap; laundry products – laundry detergent, bleach, dryer sheets and laundry baskets; cleaning tools – sponges, dish towels, brooms, mops, buckets and dish pans; paper products – toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, paper plates and cups; school supplies – notebooks, crayons, pens, pencils, folders, book bags, glue sticks, erasers, reusable water bottles, blankets and pillows; cold weather accessories – hats, gloves, scarves; fast food gift cards, grocery retailer gift cards, new headphones and chargers, bath and body gift baskets, makeup and costume jewelry; monetary donations

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

1816 S. Calhoun St., Suite B (ABM Building), Fort Wayne

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

Wish list: Games – Connect Four, Twister, Monopoly, Clue, Jenga, Battleship, Uno, Phase 10, etc.; puzzles – ages 4-6; monetary donations to purchase supplies

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 260-341-1990 or email for pickup

Mission: Enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing meaningful resources, information and practical assistance

Wish list: Gas cards, Amazon gift cards, disinfectant wipes or spray, wet wipes or baby wipes (unscented), laundry soap (scent-free and dye-free), dryer sheets (scent free and dye free), batteries (AA and D), postage stamps, shower chairs, extra-long twin sheets (for hospital beds), adult briefs (large and extra-large), nutritional drink, men’s large and extra-large tank top style undershirts, lip balm (unscented), individual packs of tissue (purse size/travel packs), soft head scarves and hats (must not have seams on inside that might irritate scalp)

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Mission: Providing the highest quality, medically supported therapy to children of all ages with autism and developmental/language delays in northeast Indiana

Wish list: Toys for preschool age children – doll sets, playschool toy sets (farms, garage, house, etc.), kitchen sets (plastic food, pots and pans, utensils), puzzles, books; Toys for elementary age children – car sets, Legos, games (Guess Who, Sorry, etc.), remote control cars, books; toys for adolescents – games (Scrabble, checkers, chess, Bop-It etc.), remote control cars, fidgets, games for Nintendo Switch, books; individually wrapped snacks, paper or office products (pens, highlighters, copy paper, paper towels), iPads, or monetary donations

Drop-off: 5601 Coventry Lane and 6131 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne; 500 N. Oak St., Columbia City

3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, Fort Wayne

Mission: Volunteer-driven program providing warm winter coats for children living in poverty

Wish list: New children’s winter coats for boys and girls sizes 8-20

Drop-off: All Kroger, YMCA and Peerless locations, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Volunteer Center, through Nov. 30. Individuals may also donate online at; a $25 donation provides a new coat, hat, gloves and scarf for a child in need

Mission: Ease the burden of transportation so more people are able to maintain life-sustaining and purposeful connections in the community

Wish list: Kitty litter, extendable ice scrapers, bungee cords, push brooms, snow shovels

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

Mission: Create promising futures for children in difficult circumstances by providing therapy, education, and family support services

Wish list: MP3 player with wireless capabilities (this is important because we don’t want children to have cords, strings, etc., that could be used to self-harm), shampoo specifically for women and girls of color, board games, G-rated DVDs, Lego sets, young adult novels

For a full list of items needed:

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

Purpose: Fulfilling promises to the men and women who served, working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure veterans receive the quality medical treatments they deserve and are entitled to.

Needs: Volunteer drivers, coordinators, gas cards, monetary donations toward helping veterans in need and to help build up funding for new vehicles

Drop-off: Call 260-421-1033 or email

3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne

Mission: Build better futures for young children by promoting and providing excellence in early childhood care and education

Wish list: Snap bibs, white wash cloths, any craft items (construction paper, glue, buttons, beads, stickers, yarn, fabrics), bubbles, PlayDoh, play food and dishes, small metal or wooden kitchen utensils (whisks, measuring cups/spoons, cookie cutters), small or medium sleep sacks, car seat ponchos

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

Address: 1515 N. Sutton Circle, Bluffton

Mission: Strengthen the community by empowering families and youth through services that educate and inspire. (Serving Wells, Adams, and Huntington counties)

Wish list: Personal hygiene and household items such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, laundry detergent, clothes softener sheets, dish detergent, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, baby shampoo and baby lotion, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, and sanitizing wipes

Drop off: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to noon Friday

2510 E. Dupont Road, Suite 203 (On the campus of Dupont Hospital in the 2510 medical office building)

Phone: 260-469-3925,

Mission: Help children develop a positive self-image through the improvement of the critical learning skills necessary to be successful learners

Wish list: Clorox wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, printer paper, whiteboard markers, seven chairs for classrooms that can be wiped down

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

611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-422-6821;

Mission: Alleviate poverty through employment training and programs to provide supplemental income for low income families

Wish list: Postage stamps, new and used; paper “lunch” bags or gift bags; medium baskets for gift baskets; old film negatives for recycling; paper plates, soup bowls/food for lunch; working landline phone system; working color copier (not printer); working car, van or small truck; printing equipment or supplies; hygiene supplies for refugees (call for list)

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

1747 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne

Mission: Bring hope and encouragement with Christ-like love to emotionally hurting people by providing transitional housing for homeless women and counseling for the community

Wish list: Twin sheet sets; blankets, pillows, bath towels and washcloths; paper towels; toilet paper,; dish cloths/towels; liquid hand soap; tampons; laundry detergent; bus passes

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

(previously Children’s Hope House)

Mission: Offer temporary, minimal-cost lodging to parents and families of children receiving medical care away from home

Wish list: Pre-packaged food items (granola bars, snacks, nuts, chips, pretzels, etc.); individual frozen meals; laundry detergent; toilet paper; paper towels; paper bowls; bottled water

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

2925 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne

Mission: Serve homeless families by uniting religious congregations, community volunteers and local agencies in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals and compassionate professional support

Wish list: Twin-size sheets, pillows and pillow cases; bath towels and washcloths; blankets; diapers (sizes 3-5); Walmart gift cards; gas cards; hand warmers; Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Starbucks gift cards; Kroger and Walmart gift cards; travel-size personal hygiene and first aid kits; winter gloves

Drop-off: Monday through Friday until 5 p.m.

610 Professional Park Drive, Suite A, New Haven

Mission: Ignite and inspire a mindset for learning by investing in the well-being of children in kindergarten through sixth grade through out-of-school programs and services

Wish list: New books for K-6 children; children’s board games; donations to purchase a 15-passenger van to transport children to service-learning/fun field trips

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment; call before drop-off

2306 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-745-5835, 260-418-7368 (this number can receive texts)

Mission: To make sure the children of our community are prepared for the road that lies ahead

Wish list: Shoes sizes 9.5 C (3), 11.5 UK, 12 M, 8 C, 10 C (2), 8.5 C, 12 UK, 10.5, 10 UK, 12 C; coats sizes 4 (7), 5, 6 (4), 7, youth 14/16, adult M, 7/8, 6/7, youth 12/14

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

921 E. Dupont Road, No. 851, Fort Wayne

Mission: Create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses

Wish list: Wish-granting volunteers (sign up at; corporate partnerships (contact Jenny Boyd at; donations (go to

Drop-off: Mail check donations to above address (ZIP code 46825)

2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne

Purpose: Support local charities and organizations, offer other community assistance through events in Allen County and its adjacent counties

Needs: Monetary donations toward helping veterans in need

Drop-off: VFW Post 857, 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 or email for pickup

413 E. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne

Mission: Provide high-quality medical, dental, vision and mental health services at no charge to low-income, uninsured adults

Needs: Home blood pressure cuffs/machines; wrist braces; pulse oximeters; pill cutters; cough drops; batteries; Kleenex

Drop off: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays

Mission: Unleash the limitless potential of every person to think, learn and thrive; MindCAP is a cognitive-based program that offers hope for those who find themselves hopeless

Wish list: Cash donations for children and adults who are requesting services without the means to pay for them (go to

Mission: Provide household furnishings to families and individuals as they rebuild their lives after suffering disasters, personal tragedy or other misfortunes

Wish list: Items of greatest need: New basic countertop appliances, including electric toasters, can openers, hand mixers and family-size crock pots; new twin-size blankets and or comforters; new cookie/baking sheets; new dish towels (no dish cloths); financial donations

Continual need items: Forever postage stamps (rolls or books); 3M clear 3-inch packaging tape; 3/4-inch painter’s tape for labeling of furniture items (blue or green)

All donations must be in clean, working order and free of any rips, tears, stains, animal hair and cigarette burns

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the rear of 3636 Illinois Road; ring the bell; do not leave items outside

2714 New Haven Ave., Fort Wayne

Mission: Serve the hungry and those in need in the community

Wish list: Cash, check or money order donations; powdered milk; peanut butter; rice; pasta products; canned veggies; canned fruit; ramen noodles and cereal

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday

Mission: Help individuals and families with some extra food and nonperishable items

Wish list: Soup; vegetables; peanut butter; fruit; clothing offered when available

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

1600 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne

Mission: Alleviate poverty by offering hope as well as help to all through the guidance of the Holy Spirit

Wish list: New underwear (all sizes); new socks, gently used men’s winter clothing; infant/toddler winter clothing; appliances; furniture

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; call to schedule pickups (for furniture and appliances only); use Door 9 to drop off clothing donations (same address as above) and Door 6 for appliances and furniture drop-offs

Mission: Provide compassion, comfort and guidance through life’s journey

Wish list: Baby monitors (used in the home so caregivers can hear their loved ones throughout their home); gas cards (for volunteers who deliver patient supplies in our 11-county service area as well as family members who need them to be able to visit their loved one in hospice home); birdseed; full-sized blankets for family members staying over in hospice home; travel-size shampoo; conditioner; body wash and hand lotion; adult coloring books; coloring pencils; boxes of high-quality tissues; small and medium-to-large new stuffed animals

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

1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 307, Fort Wayne

Mission: Empower people and strengthen community through education

Wish List: Forever stamps; closable/sealable storage bags, especially large ones; 5x8-inch lined notepads; double raffle ticket rolls; plastic forks; disposable coffee cups; K-cup-compatible coffee pods; flavored tea bags; pencils; highlighters; copy paper (regular size, white); notebooks; batteries (all sizes); small boxes of tissues; trash can liners; paper towels; whiteboard/dry-erase board liquid cleaner; low-odor dry-erase markers (black); basic math flash cards; small-denomination gas/gift cards; financial donations

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday

2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne

Purpose: Support local charities and organizations, offer other community assistance through events in Allen County and its adjacent counties

Needs: Monetary donations toward helping veterans in need, gas cards and gift cards

Drop-off: VFW Post 857, 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 or email for pickup

Mission: Provide a structured, Christian atmosphere in which women dealing with drug or alcohol addiction can be guided through a holistic approach to recovery

Wish list: Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, etc.; nonperishable food items; brooms, mops and buckets; vacuum cleaners; gift cards for miscellaneous items for new residents; work boots; underwear; bras; socks; pillows; feminine hygiene products; canned meat (canned beef, canned chicken); rubber-back rugs for bathrooms

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

Phone: 260-456-4172; website:

Mission: Provide homeless families a long-term continuum of care, training and resources with empathy, dignity and accountability

Wish list: Dish sets; twin blankets and comforters; twin, full and queen sheet sets; pillows; cooking utensils; bath towel sets; kitchen towel and dish cloth sets; laundry baskets and hampers; storage tubs; under-bed storage tubs

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Vincent House Shelter

200 E. Main St., Suite 910, Fort Wayne

Mission: Offer underserved students personalized educational and socioemotional support, which will provide them with the academic preparation, boldness, tenacity and mental acumen to pursue a college degree and positively impact their communities

Wish list: $2,000 in donations to cover college campus visits (four a year) for 30 students and 10 parents ($500 per visit); 50 Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, black ($108.50 before shipping at; 50 iPad covers (ProCase for iPad 10th Generation Case with Pencil Holder, 2022 iPad 10.9-inch case, $15.98 before shipping); 50 bookbags for junior and high school students (Shaelyka Lightweight School Bag 21L college laptop backpack for men and women, water-resistant travel rucksack for sports, 12 pockets, $21.99 before shipping at

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

Charity wish lists in the Fort Wayne area | Local |

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