The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:01 am

Charity wish lists

The following nonprofit organizations responded to The Journal Gazette's request for charity wish lists. 

Allen County Christmas Bureau Inc. 

P.O. Box 13265 Fort Wayne; 4201 Coldwater Road (Glenbrook Square, former Carson's, southwest side; no entrance from inside mall; street address from Nov. 30 through Dec. 8) 

Phone: 260-710-2163, 260-710-2163 for specific directions 

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

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Monetary contributions can be mailed any time to: P.O. Box 13265, Fort Wayne IN 46868


Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County

602 E. Wayne St, Fort Wayne 46802

Phone: 260-422-3528

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

Needs: For A Baby's Closet ministry of Associated Churches:

Diapers (specifically sizes newborn, 4, 6 are most requested), toiletries (baby shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion), baby wipes, baby formula (Gerber Good Start GentlePro and Gerber Good Start SoothePro), baby safety gates (new only please)

Needs: For the Neighborhood Food Network, supplying 21 food pantries in Allen County: 

Canned chicken, beef, tuna & other canned goods (soup, fruit, veggies), peanut butter, crackers, hygiene items (deodorant, body wash, laundry soap, dishwashing soap, feminine hygiene products)

Drop off times: Mon-Weds from 9:30am-2:30pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-11:30am. Other times, please call for an appointment


Babe of Whitley County 

533 N. Line St., Columbia City, 46725 

Phone: 260-244-2820. 

Mission: Provides quality incentives to parents who participate in preventive and prenatal care, including parenting, educational, and nutritional classes to promote healthy pregnancy, birth outcome, and early-childhood development 

Wish list: Diapers size 4 and up, pull-ups, wipes, baby wash, diaper cream, sippy cups, bottles, new clothing and pajamas and monetary donations 

Drop-off: Noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday or call to arrange another time 


Central Noble Food Pantry 

601 N. Orange St., Albion 

Phone: 260-564-8160 

Mission: Serve anyone in need of nutritional assistance 

Wish list: Cake mixes, juices, Ramen noodles, chicken noodle soup, canned meat, cereal, boxed meals, health and beauty products 

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fridays, or call 260-564-8160; someone will meet you there


Coats for Kids at the Volunteer Center 

3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-424-3505 

Mission: Provide warm winter coats for low-income children in our community while promoting volunteerism and philanthropy 

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

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 3401 Lake Ave. and during regular business hours at YMCAs, Peerless Cleaners, Sweetwater and Darlington Holiday Warehouse. Monetary donations at; $25 provides a new winter coat, hat, gloves and scarf for a child in need


Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana 

999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-447-3696 

Mission: Alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources 

Wish list: 2 desks, 2 desk chairs, 2 new printers, floor buffer for warehouse, windows washed 

Drop-off: Call 260-447-3696 to make arrangements


Early Childhood Alliance 

3800 N. Anthony Blvd., CC1220, Fort Wayne (inside Ivy Tech's Coliseum Boulevard Campus) 

Phone: 260-745-2501 

Mission: 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; K-Cups Keurig coffee pods – coffee, hot cocoa, 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 too); watercolor paints; paint brushes 

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


Faith United Methodist Church 

207 E. Dewald St., Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-744-4238 

Mission: Provide Christmas blessing Bags for the homeless (hygiene items) 

Wish list: Travel size wipes, body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, tissues, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, tampons, panty liners 

Drop-off: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays; also, 24/7 drop-off donation bin in church parking lot by the handicap access ramp


Fort Wayne Children's Choir 

Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., Fort Wayne (Modular Classroom Building, across from Parking Garage 3)

Phone: 260-481-0481 

Mission: Teach music literacy to children from diverse backgrounds through song and performance 

Wish list: Printer paper, cardstock, pencils, black disposable face masks (adult and child size), postage stamps 

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 15


Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry 

2502 Church St., Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-385-3362, or email 

Mission: Provide pet food at no cost to pet owners who are struggling financially and cannot afford to feed their pets 

Wish list: Cat treats, dry cat food, canned dog food, paper towels, 30-gallon trash bags 

Drop-off: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 2502 Church St. and every Pet Supplies Plus location


Friends of the Poor 

611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-422-6821 

Mission: Help unemployed adults rise above poverty. Hosts 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: 3D printer and most printing equipment or supplies; most tools including a small garden tiller; old aluminum frame storm windows, especially those from storm doors; 24-inch bike; potting soil and vegetable seeds; food and household supplies; used or new postage stamps; working camcorder; solar collectors and useable wood for building 

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


From This Day Forward Wedding & Events Ministry 

14625 Lima Road, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-403-7323 

Mission: Demonstrate the power of Christ's love to those in need as they celebrate life events. Work with individuals as they plan a special event on a limited budget 

Wish list: Women's, young women's and children's formal wear; gently used/new wedding gowns especially plus sizes for all types; dress shoes in women's and children's sizes; jewelry; wedding veils and formal accessories; cash donations to put into Bridal Gown scholarship and toward building garden shed; packing materials such as bubble wrap, tape, large storage containers with lids; batteries of all sizes; Ziploc storage bags; large garment bags for wedding gowns; mailing stamps; color printer paper, white printer paper; Home Depot/Lowes gift cards; gas station gift cards; Christmas wrapping paper 

Drop-off: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. boutique hours Saturday or in the outside donation bin by the door entrance at 14625 Lima Road. Email with questions to 

Cash/check and gift card donations mailed to: 14625 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818



130 W. Main St., Suite 150, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-602-3276 

Mission: That no person be prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss 

Wish list: New hearing aid batteries, new and used hearing aids, new and gently used children's books 

Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at GiveHear office; you can also request a postage-paid envelope to send your used hearing aids by calling 260-602-3276


Healthier Moms and Babies 

1025 W. Rudisill Ave., Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-469-4076 

Mission: Reduce infant mortality and improve the outcome of pregnancy in Allen County by offering health education and case management services to low-income, high-risk pregnant women and their families 

Wish list: Diapers (all sizes, especially newborn), wipes, diaper rash cream, pacifiers, feminine hygiene supplies, lanolin for nursing mothers, disposable nursing pads, self-care kits for mothers during hospital stays, travel size toiletries 

Link to our Target registry: 

Link to our Amazon registry: 

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29-30; noon to 4 p.m. Dec 1; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec 2, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 9, Dec. 13-16


House of Grace Center for Pregnant Teens and Single Moms United 

1118 Jones St., near Jefferson Boulevard and College Street, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-602-1803 

Mission: Provide pregnant teens and single moms items needed for their babies before birth and beyond 

Wish list: Diapers, formula and clothes as well as food and hygiene items for moms 

Drop off: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday


LEARN Resource Center

610 Professional Park Drive, Suite A, New Haven

Phone: 260-749-9516

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 children in kindergarten through sixth grade, children board games, craft supplies, blank writing journals, $5-$10 gift cards for youth incentives, video camera, minivan to deliver free summer meals to five meal sites, 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, 610 Professional Park Drive, New Haven; always call prior to drop-off


Literacy Alliance

1005 W Rudisill Blvd., Suite 307, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-426-7323

Mission: End illiteracy by teaching students through learning centers, literacy programs and tutoring services that empower individuals to succeed at work, at home and in the community

Wish list: Forever stamps, closable/sealable storage bags, plastic forks, pencils, highlighters, copy paper (regular size, white), notebooks, batteries (all sizes), small boxes of tissues, trash can liners, 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 


Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

921 E. Dupont Road No. 851, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-215-9292

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

Wish list: Grant wishes by donating at 

Drop-off: Mail check donations to Make-A-Wish NEIN, 921 E. Dupont Road No. 851, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Mission: Motherhood

999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne 

Phone: 260-338-8939

Mission: Providing mothers with practical, social and emotional support 

Wish list: All sizes of diapers, pull-ups, wipes and formula 

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

Mail to Community Harvest Food Bank c/o Mission: Motherhood, 999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816


Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne Inc.

3636 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-471-5802, press 1 

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 counter-top appliances: Toasters, can openers, hand mixers, crock pots and coffee pots, new twin-size blankets and/of comforters and sheet sets, gift cards to Macy's, Wal-Mart and/or Lassus, financial donations for Beds4Kids Program and/or Mission; items of continual need – Forever stamps (rolls and/or books), reams/cases of white paper – 20 pounds 81/2 x 11, 3M clear 3-inch packaging tape, 3/4-inch painters tape for labeling of furniture items – blue or green  

For a list of larger furniture items that are accepted, go to  

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

Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, rear of building, ring the doorbell; do not leave items outside  

Financial support may be mailed, dropped off or by using the PayPal tab at


All pickups are scheduled with advanced notice 


The Rose Home Inc.

2208 Wayne Trace, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-424-1600 

Mission: Provide a structured, Christian atmosphere in which a drug/alcohol addicted woman can be guided through a holistic approach to recovery

Wish list: Paper products – 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 7 p.m. Monday through Friday


St. Andrews Soup Kitchen

2714 New Haven Ave., Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-423-6326

Mission: Serve the hungry and those in need

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 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday


Vincent Village

2827 Holton Ave, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-456-4172

Mission: Provide shelter, care, advocacy, affordable housing, and supportive services for homeless families; provide a long-term continuum of care, training, and resources with empathy, dignity, and accountability

Wish list: Bed in a bag, pillows, bed linen-sheets sets, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, baby wipes, conditioner, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, toothpaste, razors, diapers and Pull-Ups ages 2-5, shaving cream, Q-Tips, hangers 

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


St. Joseph Missions

3505 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-426-7358

Mission: Provide emergency shelter and resources for single women experiencing homelessness, regardless of their faith, in an environment that respects their dignity as human persons, affords them the opportunity to live individually and collectively with others in a safe environment of self-government, and empowers them to network with local businesses and social services for employment and self-sufficiency

Wish list: Laundry detergent, hand soap, loofahs, razors, Q-Tips, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, hair brushes, black hair care products, earplugs, twin-size sheets, copy paper, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, towels, Tylenol, Excedrin, bleach, latex gloves, trash bags 

Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily


Visiting Nurse

5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-435-3236

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

Wish list: Baby monitors, bird seed, lap blankets, adult coloring books, coloring pencils, gas gift cards, Arts United gift cards, Model Magic Modeling Clay

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


YWCA Northeast Indiana

5920 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-424-4908

Mission: Empower women, eliminate racism, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all

Wish list: Linens – twin blankets, bath towels and washcloths, twin sheet sets including pillowcases, pillows. Hygiene – travel-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash); menstrual products; diapers; hairspray and hair products, ethnic hair products/hair products for African-American hair. Clothing – women's T-shirts/undershirts, women's sweatpants/leggings/T-shirts (size small-2X), bras and underwear for women, clothing for children (shoes, underwear, boys pants and shorts, girls clothing size 7-10), women's plus-size jeans, winter clothes for women and children, pajamas, slippers or non-slip socks

Empowerment: Bicycles, board games, card games, activity books, art supplies (paint, markers, crayons, etc.), weekly and monthly planners, cleaning supplies, earbuds/headphones, journals, planners, or pocket calendars; home items – small décor items, picture frames; kitchen items – dish sets, kitchen towels, oven mitts, silverware

Drop-off: Call ahead before bringing donations. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Used clothing and items not accepted 

Share this article

Email story

Subscribe to our newsletters

* indicates required