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 Christmas needs and desires by providing gifts, food, personal hygiene items and cleaning products to 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 Dec. 11 at 909 Grant Ave. The warehouse is in the former AALCO distributing building. Grant Avenue runs between East Wayne Street and East Washington Boulevard. The building is on the east side of Grant Avenue. Look for Christmas Bureau signs and volunteers who will be available to assist in unloading your vehicle. Cash contributions may be mailed to the P.O. Box address at any time.
Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
602 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne
Mission: One hand joining another to build bridges by providing for the needs of the community.
Wish List: New baby items, including diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6, wipes, car seats, clothes for infants to 3T, baby gates, bassinets, cribs, crib mattresses, canned food, monetary donations for buying food and baby items in bulk at a discounted price.
Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday
Ave Maria House
432 E. Madison St., Fort Wayne
Phone Number: 260-424-3355
Mission: To provide a day respite for the homeless and disenfranchised. In a nonjudgmental atmosphere, clients are made aware of community happenings. Snacks, beverages and hygiene products are provided. Laundry and shower facilities are available.
Wish List: Hygiene products, laundry detergent, coffee, creamer, sugar
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
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 children 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 games such as Twister, Connect Four, Jenga, Battleship, Uno, etc., craft projects, puzzles, books, plates, napkins, cups, candles, plastic tablecloths (no balloons), and monetary donations used to purchase 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 for pickup
Bishop Luers High School
333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide a quality Catholic secondary education that is available to all
Wish List: Dry erase markers, sticky note pads, Clorox wipes, Kleenex boxes, highlighters, pens, pencils, erasers, boxes of granola bars, cases of bottled water, feminine hygiene products, gently used storage cabinets, Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus graphing calculators
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the front office
Broken Radiance Inc.
4810 Imperial Park Drive, Fort Wayne
Mission:Community Residential Care home providing shelter, food, transportation, medical supervision and recreational opportunities in a privately owned neighborhood home for four mentally ill veterans
Wish List: In-kind and cash donations for a new HVAC system for the home, sugar-free snacks, candy, pudding cups and Jell-O cups, sugar-free cake mixes or cakes and pies, no-sugar-added ice cream, gift cards for restaurants, men's shirts in sizes large and XL, Walmart gift cards, men's gloves, hats, caps, socks, slippers, cologne, tickets to plays, musicals, concerts, rides on Uber or for local taxis to go to Georgetown Square, Northwood Shopping Center or Chapel Ridge on Maysville Road, DVDs, diet soda, decaf coffee and hot chocolate k-cups, hand lotion, foot lotion, whole wheat berry, Kosher salt, lemon powder, green tea k-cups, checkers game, Yahtzee, unique playing cards
Drop-off: Tangible items can be delivered to 4810 Imperial Park Drive. Call or text 419-230-3682 to schedule a time with Donna Bolinger-Harris. Send cash donations to Broken Radiance Inc., c/o Donna Bolinger-Harris, 4810 Imperial Park Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835; make checks out to Broken Radiance Inc.
Byron Health Center
12101 Lima Road, 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 the new community campus, new or gently used luggage, backpacks, duffle bags or carry-ons to make the move, travel-sized toiletries to use for Bingo prizes for residents, portable AED defibrillators to place inside and outside the location for community events, mind-remapping supplies (times seven – one set for each area of new facility) including scented markers, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, fat pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, composition books and white boards, mind-remapping books (times seven – one set for each area of new facility) including adult coloring books, “Strokes of Color” coloring books (specifically created for CVA residents) and descriptive books (about various items including dinosaurs, bugs, snakes, frogs, birds, fish, flowers, motorcycles, cars, etc.), mind-remapping flashcards (times seven – one set for each area of new facility) such as animal and food flashcards, mind-remapping games (times seven – one set for each area of new facility) such as Imagination Patterns, Pattern Play and Brain Box
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
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: Desktop label printer and labels, commercial shredder, accessible hayride trailer, heavy-duty pickup truck, heavy-duty tractor, hands-free phone connector headset, sports equipment (basketballs, volleyballs, kick balls, hula hoops, etc.), round hay bales, plastic manure forks, decorations and prizes for events, mops and brooms, push brooms, new single files, adaptive equipment, wheelchair, first-aid supplies, trauma kit, neck-brace, AED defibrillator, adult life jackets, inflatable rings for the lake, kayaks, canoes, water toys, fishing equipment, portable fishing pole organizer, new or gently used adult sweatshirts in all sizes, new or gently used adult pant/sweatpants in all sizes, new or gently used adult swimwear in all sizes, new or gently used adult formal wear in both genders, new adult undergarments, new extra-long twin sheets and blankets, drain plug stock tank heater, hose reels on wheels, western covered safety stirrups (or something that can attach to existing stirrup), horse feed: Tribute Kalm Ultra, Tribute Senior Sport or Senority, moving dollies (four-wheel wooden carts with 1,000-pound capacity), cordless drill, portable air compressor (or carry tank), Himalayan salt bricks or salt on a rope, Hydration Hay (Purina-Smart Pak or Big Dee's), Renew Gold, alfalfa pellets or alfalfa cubes, beet pulp pellets, young living animal scents ointment, equine fly spray, horse detangler, Smart Pak senior stride pellet, SmartHoof horse supplements
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Mission: To serve those in need as Christ would have us do.
East Region (Fort Wayne)
915 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne
Wish List: Community services – Baby items (diapers and wipes), kitchenware (bowls, pans, pots, glasses, silverware, etc.), gently used or new children's books, gently used or new coats for all sizes, school supplies, hygiene items (toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, feminine supplies, shampoo, condition, etc.), cleaning supplies (paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, cleaner, sponges, etc.), new socks, T-shirts, etc. for children and adults, toys. Immigration services – kitchenware (bowls, pans, pots, glasses, silverware, etc.), hygiene items (toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, feminine supplies, shampoo, condition, etc.), cleaning supplies (paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, cleaner, sponges, etc.), bus passes, toys. Refugee services – kitchenware (bowls, pans, pots, glasses, silverware, etc.), hygiene items (toilet paper, tooth brush, tooth paste, lotion, feminine supplies, shampoo, condition, etc.), cleaning supplies (paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, cleaner, sponges, etc.), bus passes, toys
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday until Dec. 15
North Region (Auburn)107 W. 5th St., Auburn
Wish List: Diapers, backpacks, school supplies, baseball or hockey tickets for mentoring program, cereal, oatmeal, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, baking supplies (flour or sugar), personal hygiene items (deodorant, body wash, floss, mouth wash, toothpaste), laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday until Dec. 15
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
Drop-off: All Kroger, Peerless Cleaners, YMCA locations through Dec. 1, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Volunteer Center through Dec. 10
Combined Community Services
1195 Mariners Drive, Warsaw
Mission: To provide comfort, hope and resources for neighbors in need.
Wish List: Monetary donations for utility assistance and agency operations, food pantry items including pasta, sauce, mac and cheese dinners, soup, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, household supplies, gas cards, adopters for Adopt A Family program
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
Community Care of Wells County
1001 S. Clark Ave., Bluffton
Phone: 260-353-1006 or 260-307-5125
Mission: To offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to women, men and children of Wells County who are seeking assistance with difficulties in their daily lives.
Wish List: Paper products (not Charmin brand), toiletries, canned goods, meat/freezer items, baking items, snacks, soups, crackers and breakfast food, postage stamps, business envelopes, 20-pound reams of paper, toner for copier, twin-size bed sheets, blankets and pillows, monetary donations
Drop-off: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Inc.
999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne
Mission: To alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources.
Wish List: Industrial fans for warehouse, paper sacks, plastic and recycled bags for produce, racks for storage, warehouse racking, sit-down forklift, accessibility lift for mobility-impaired people, 4-footby-4-foot resin bins to transport produce, carpet cleaning, windows washed
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Disabled American Veterans
2121 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne
Mission: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served; work closely with Veterans Administration to ensure 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 to arrange a time.
Disorderly Bear Den
5404 Butterfield Drive, Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide teddy bears to children in trauma situations and lonely adults in the area.
Wish List: New and gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals, any kind, color or size (used items must be in like-new condition), monetary donations
Drop-off: Items may be dropped off during daylight hours, or contact Donna Gordon-Hearn at the above number.
Early Childhood Alliance
3800 N. Anthony Blvd, CC1220, Fort Wayne
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: Construction paper, Fiskars scissors with the round tip, glue sticks, small bottles of glue, washable markers, crayons (large for little hands and normal size), watercolor paints, paint brushes
Drop-off: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 11 a.m. Friday
Erin's House for Grieving Children
5670 YMCA Park Drive W., Fort Wayne
Mission: Provides support for children, teens and their families who have experienced a death.
Wish List: Age-appropriate board games for littles, tweens and teens (195 needed in total), new gloves, mittens, hats and scarves for all ages, 210 stockings big enough to stuff with goodies, stocking stuffers, individually wrapped candy. For littles – small board books, finger puppets, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Play-Doh, Hot Wheels, crayons, stickers, small coloring books, small dolls, bath toys, watercolor paints, dress-up jewelry, Legos, fun socks, stacking cups. For tweens – craft items, gel pens, nail polish, mini flashlights, hair accessories, jewelry, earbuds, card games, bouncy balls, fun socks, diaries or journals, Legos. For teens and young adults – $5 gift cards to Taco Bell, Wendy's, Target, iTunes, etc., jewelry, makeup, beanie hats, fidget spinners, pens, journals, coffee mugs, colored pencils, adult coloring books, comic books. Holiday gathering – food and drinks, hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, spoons, Styrofoam cups, paper plates, holiday napkins, bottled water, cookies, chips
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on or before Dec. 10.
Fort Wayne Center for Learning
2510 E. Dupont Road, Suite 203, Fort Wayne
Mission: To help children develop positive self-image through the improvement of critical learning skills necessary to be successful learners.
Wish List: Individually wrapped snacks, copy paper, postage stamps, tissues, Clorox or Lysol wipes, paper towels, dry erase markers, black sharpie markers, black fine-tip sharpie markers, blank index cards
Drop-off: At the offices between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry
2502 Church St., Fort Wayne
Mission: 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, dog and cat treats, 1-gallon Ziploc bags, 81/2-by-11 printer paper, paper towels
Drop-off: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the pantry on the upcoming Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 18; or at the following partner sites: Miss Emily's Pet Salon, 3426 N. Anthony Blvd.; Pet Supplies Plus locations at 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; Aboite Animal Hospital on Illinois Road
Fostering Hope for Children
3520 B Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne
Mission: To provide a resource for foster children and their caregivers.
Wish List: Fun supplies for kids, crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, puzzle and activity books for older kids, board books, games for all ages, clothing, pajamas in sizes 5-14 for boys and girls, winter clothes in size 7 for boys, underwear for boys and girls in sizes 2T/3T through size 14, socks size newborn to adult boys and girls, toiletries and hygiene items, diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, shampoo for babies, kids and older children, soap, body wash for men, kids and girls, deodorant for boys and girls, kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste, baby wash, baby lotion
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at 3520 B Stellhorn Road. It is a brown building at the back of the complex with a POD sitting in front of it, ask for Juliette. You may also call to schedule a time.
The Franciscan Center Inc.
1015 E. Maple Grove Ave., Fort Wayne
Mission: To serve the community in the example of Saint Francis of Assisi in poverty, humility and love; and to provide opportunities for our community to share their time, talent and treasure. Through the generous donations of money, food, time and gifts, the center is dedicated to making a difference in our community for those that need our help with no questions asked.
Wish List: For medicine cabinet – over-the-counter child and adult medicines, razors and shaving cream, body wash and bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, household cleaners, toilet paper and paper towels, diapers and baby wipes, tooth paste and toothbrushes, first aid items. For food pantry – canned soups, fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, mashed potatoes and stuffing, salad dressing, cooking oil, rice, noodles, pasta, Hamburger and Tuna Helper boxed meals, cereal, oatmeal, cake mixes, frosting, mac and cheese boxed dinners, peanut butter and jelly, pancake or muffin mixes, coffee, anything else non-perishable but no glass containers; For sack lunch program – small brown lunch bags, Ziploc sandwich bags, plastic grocery bags, food handler gloves, snack-size chips, Styrofoam cups, coffee, cream and sugar, fruit roll-ups, granola bars, juice boxes, 13- to 55-gallon trash bags, napkins
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead to make sure someone is there.
Friends of the Poor
611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne
Mission: Provides opportunities for unemployed and disabled adults to earn income, supporting themselves and their families through employment training, marketing handmade gift items and community partnerships.
Wish List: Food for lunch program, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, rags for cleaning, video camera recorder, scaffolding, used postage stamps (especially international), printing equipment or supplies (color copier, paper), bale of straw, electric can opener, working van, pallet jack, tools of all kinds (plumber's pipe threading set), small garden tiller, paper plates, bowls, napkins, paper towels, floor soap, fruit picker on a pole
Drop-off: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment
The Historic Forks of the Wabash Inc.
3011 W. Park Drive, P.O. Box 261, Huntington
Mission: To preserve, protect, enhance and interpret the geographical area known as the Forks of the Wabash. Historic Forks will serve the local broader communities by providing effective educational and interpretive opportunities related to the site and the cultural history it represents.
Wish List: Cordless half-inch drive impact wrench, small dump truck (mule or other), 18-20-volt battery drill set, 100-foot extension cord, 20-foot extension ladder, cordless reciprocating sawzall, cordless circular skill saw, socket set, screwdriver sets, small digital keyboard, three antique-looking propane heating stoves for outbuildings
Drop-off: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
Homebound Meals (On Wheels) Inc.
611 W. Berry St. – lower level, Fort Wayne
Mission: To assist our community to age in place, recuperate and enhance health through medically tailored meals delivered by dedicated volunteer drivers.
Wish List: Blank note cards, grabber tool for elderly, pull-tab healthy canned soups
Drop-off: Trinity Episcopal Church or Umber's Do it Best Waynedale and Georgetown locations
Hope Alive Inc.
1747 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne
Phone: 260-420-6100, ext. 101
Mission: Bringing hope and encouragement, with Christ-like love, to emotionally hurting people.
Wish list: Pantry items, twin sheet sets, new bed pillows, paper products, Kroger or Walmart gift cards
Drop-off: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or anytime on the enclosed porch at the office entrance on Putnam Street