The following nonprofit organizations responded to The Journal Gazette’s request for charity wish lists. Additional lists will be published Saturday. Charities are 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 to the families and individuals.
Wish list: Personal hygiene items, cleaning products, paper products and non-perishable food, cash donations
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 1 through Dec. 4, at 909 Grant Ave. Cash contributions may be mailed to the P.O. Box address at any time.
Birthday Bags Inc.
1816 S. Calhoun St., Suite B, Fort Wayne
Mission: Enable families the opportunity to celebrate and create shared memories by providing a birthday in a bag to ages 4 to 12. Distributed to area food banks and agencies that help children.
Wish list: All things birthday for ages 4 to 12, including plates, napkins, cups, hats, candles, (no balloons), plastic tablecloths, disposable cake pans, decorations, small party favors, small gifts including games such as Connect Four, Jenga, Uno, Battleship, etc., craft projects, puzzles, books and coloring books (both children and adult), and monetary donations used to buy supplies.
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at location, or to set up a time for pickup, call or email email@example.com
Byron Health Center
1661 Beacon St., Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide an inclusive multigenerational community fostering purpose-filled lives by focusing on the individualized strengths of our family members.
Wish list: A utility task vehicle, such as a John Deere Gator or a Polaris Ranger, to assist with maintenance, landscaping and events at our new community campus, any type of personal protective equipment to help with stopping the spread of COVID-19 including masks, face shields, gowns, gloves and goggles, hand sanitizer, travel-sized toiletries to use for bingo prizes for our residents, portable AED defibrillators to place both inside and outside the location for any community events, seven sets of mind-remapping supplies including scented markers, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, fat pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, composition books, white boards, adult coloring books, “Strokes of Color” coloring books (specifically created for CVA residents) and descriptive books about various subjects including dinosaurs, bugs, snakes, frogs, birds, fish, flowers, motorcycles, cars, etc., animal and food flashcards, games including Imagination Patterns, Pattern Play and Brain Box.
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; pickups can also be arranged by calling number listed
Camp Red Cedar
3900 Hursh Road, Fort Wayne
Mission: To encourage children and adults with disabilities to move beyond their boundaries through recreational activities, outdoor education, creative arts and interaction with horses, in an integrated environment, serving people of all abilities.
Wish list: Personal protective equipment including N95 masks, gowns, gloves, disinfecting wipes, mops, brooms (both regular and wide push brooms), dustpans, a pressure washer, hose reels, scissors, a hole punch, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kits, durable shelving, arts and crafts supplies, washable paint, construction paper, yoga mats, beach inflatables, sports equipment including basketballs, soccer balls, kickballs, etc., outdoor games such as ladder ball, corn hole, Spike ball, etc., an English shoulder relief girth, Stick bareback pad
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the main office
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne
Mission: To enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing meaningful resources, information and compassionate assistance.
Wish list: Disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, Wet Wipes or baby wipes (unscented), laundry soap (scent-free and dye-free), dryer sheets (scent-free and dye-free), Mr. Clean dry erasers, batteries (AA and D), postage stamps, shower chairs, extralong twin sheets (for hospital beds), adult briefs (large and extra large), men’s large and extra-large tank top-style undershirts, lip balm (unscented), travel-size packs of tissues, small notebooks or journals, bottled water, soft head scarves and hats (no seams on inside), gift cards for gas stations, grocery stores, office supply stores, craft stores and Amazon (to buy books for Cancer Services reference library).
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Coats for Kids @ Volunteer Center
3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, Fort Wayne
Mission: Provide warm winter coats for low-income children in our community.
Wish list: New children’s winter coats for boys and girls sizes 7-20; can also donate funds for the purchase of new coats at www.volunteerfortwayne.org
Drop-off: Volunteer Center, 3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, and at all Peerless Cleaners and YMCA locations through Dec. 1
Disabled American Veterans
2121 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne
Mission: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. We work closely with the Veterans Administration to ensure our veterans receive the quality medical treatments they deserve and are entitled to.
Wish list: Volunteer drivers, coordinators, gas cards, monetary donations toward helping veterans in need and to help build up funding for new vehicles.
Drop-off: Call above number or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Alliance
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., CC1220, Fort Wayne (Inside Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus)
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.
Wish list: Color-safe bleach, disinfectant wipes, disposable face masks for adults and children, Keurig K-cups including coffee, hot cocoa and tea, multicultural play materials (puzzles, books, dolls), Play-dough, construction paper, Fiskars scissors – round tip, glue sticks, small bottles of glue, washable markers, crayons (large for little hands and normal size), watercolor paints and paint brushes
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the address above
Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry Inc.
2502 Church St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry provides pet food at no cost to pet owners who are struggling financially and cannot afford to feed their pets.
Wish list: Dry dog and cat food, canned dog and cat food, treats for dogs and cats
Drop-off: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or at the following partner sites: Pet Supplies Plus locations on Coldwater Road, Stellhorn Road and Covington Plaza; Pine Valley Vet, Coldwater Road; Pink Poodle, Covington Plaza; St. Joe Vet at Maplecrest and St. Joe Center Road; Flying Colors Canine Academy, 5200 Industrial Road; Dupont Veterinary Clinic, 11605 Coldwater Road; New Haven Pet Hospital, 227 Indiana 930 West; Zach’s Pet Services, 3335 E. 850 N. in Roanoke; and Aboite Animal Hospital on Illinois Road
Fostering Hope for Children
3506 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide a resource for foster children and their caregivers.
Wish list: Diapers, wipes, new baby bottles, new sippy cups, new socks (newborn to adult), new underwear (size 6 to adult), coloring books, crayons, pens, pencils, colored pencils, baby wash, baby lotion, children’s and adult toothbrushes and toothpaste, bars of soap, deodorant, body lotion, black hair care products, men’s body wash, men’s shampoo
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or send a message on the organization’s Facebook page to arrange a different time
Friends of the Poor
611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Friends of the Poor has worked to help unemployed adults work to rise above poverty. We host the Third World Shoppe which sells handmade gifts to provide income for the artisans and provide work experience in retail store operations, graphic arts and printing, building maintenance and repair as well as bookkeeping and computer data entry.
Wish list: Full color copier (not printer), a 3D printer and most printing equipment or supplies, most tools including a small garden tiller, old aluminum frame storm windows, especially those from aluminum storm doors, 24-inch bike, potting soil and vegetable seeds, food and household supplies for lunch program
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by calling the above number