Donation opportunities, great and small

Thursday November 7, 2013 8:06 AM

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ADOPT-A-DONATIONS

Directions for Youth and Families
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
Vicki Bagent
vbagent@dfyf.org
(614) 294-2661
Service description:
Help provide clothing and gifts to needy families. Each worker identifies a family/families and attempts to fill their wish lists with gifts from donors. The workers then deliver the gifts to the families by the middle of December.
Dates:
Donations can be dropped off  Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec.  20.

Franklin County Children Services
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223
Holiday Wish Program
holidaywish@fccs.co.franklin.oh.us
(614) 275-2525
Service description:
For the last 50 years, Franklin County Children Services has granted the wishes of more than 150,000 children through Holiday Wish. These are children who may have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult home conditions and rely on the generosity of the community to put the joy back into their holidays. Those interested in donating to the program can sponsor one or more young children at $40 each, sponsor one or more older youth at $50 each, make a donation in any amount to sponsor a youth, or donate new, unwrapped toys of any kind. Donors matched with specific children will be provided with names and the child’s wish list. The gifts for specific children should be wrapped.
Dates:
Donors who wish to be matched with specific children will need to drop off gifts by the first week of December. General, unwrapped gifts should be donated by December 16.

LifeCare Alliance
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223
General clients: Heather McCormick, hmccorm@lifecarealliance.org, (614) 437-2880 or
Nadlin Antwi, nantwi@lifecarealliance.org, (614) 437-2814
Columbus Cancer Clinic clients: Cathy Phillips, cphillips@lifecarealliance.org, (614) 437-2840
Project Openhand clients (those living with HIV/AIDS): Molly Haroz, mharoz@lifecarealliance.org, (614) 437-2861
Service description:
Help the clients and their families celebrate the season! Provide a local family with a holiday food basket, or help meet the needs on their holiday wish list. Wish list items may include stocking stuffers, toys, food, clothing, personal care, household items or gift cards.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 12.

LifeCare Alliance
670 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
Jeff Bryson
volunteer@lifecarealliance.org
(614) 437-2887
Service description:
Make spirits bright for the faithful companion of a medically challenged, homebound or elderly Meals-on-Wheels client through the Adopt-an-Animal Route. Delivery routes are available 7 days a week.
Dates:
November 23 - December 31.

Neighborhood Services
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Mary Pfeifer
mpfeifer@neighborhoodservicesinc.org
Service description:
Donors can choose to either adopt a specific family or donate toys in general.
Dates:
Last day to donate toys is December 12.

St. Vincent Family Centers
1490 East Main St., Columbus 43205
Debbie Huff
dhuff@svfc.org
(614) 252-0731 ext. 1132
Service description:
Seeking holiday sponsors for the 600 children served by the center. Sponsors will be provided with a wish list and the names of the children.
Dates:
Throughout the holiday season.

OTHER HOLIDAY  DONATIONS

Blue Jackets Foundation
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 246-3707
Service description:
Seeking donations of new and gently used jackets. Hats, gloves, etc. will also be accepted. Winter apparel only.
Dates:
Donations can be dropped off Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205
Kathy Kelly-Long
foodpantry@bspc.org
(614) 221-6552
Service description:
Seeking donations of canned pumpkin, low sodium chicken broth, and salad dressing for its Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Giveaway. Items will be distributed in healthy food baskets for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dates:
Donations are accepted through November 15. Items can be dropped off weekdays at the pantry before noon or in the church office before 4 p.m.

Central Community House
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205
Helen McKinley
(614) 252-3157 ext. 140
Service description:
Seeking donations for holiday assistance programs, including wrapping paper, bags/tissue paper, bows, tape, to/from stickers; gifts for teens (gift cards, earbuds, movie passes); gifts for senior citizens (notecards, lotion, stamps, gloves, gift cards); gifts for kids to give to parents (games, candles, hats, gloves, scarves, photo frames, lotions/bath products).
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 24.

Children’s Hunger Alliance
370 South 5th Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Shelby Sutphen
(614) 341-7700 ext. 8048
Service description:
Seeks the following educational tools to use with preschoolers, school aged children and their parents: Measuring cups; spatulas; coupon organizers; plastic reusable containers; other kitchen utensils and tools; 1,400 2.0 inch binders to hold the Healthy Children, Healthy Weights Action Kits; children’s books related to nutrition, cooking, gardening, physical activity, sports, and other topics to support healthy living; school supplies; and children’s size plates, silverware, sippy cups, etc.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through January 31.  There is a ramp and loading area for large quantities.

Children’s Hunger Alliance
370 South 5th Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Amy Souders
asouders@childrenshungeralliance.org
(614) 643-8041
Service description:
Children’s Hunger Alliance is hosting its 10th annual holiday skating party this December for approximately 600 at-risk children that participate in Children’s Hunger Alliance’s Afterschool Feeding Program in Columbus, Ohio. The event provides these children with the opportunity to ice skate (for many, this is their first time skating), a hot supper, and lots of fun activities. At the conclusion of the event, each child leaves with a bag of goodies. They are currently seeking items to include in the goodie bag. Items include new or gently used books appropriate for ages 5-15, “fun” school supplies (colored pencils, mechanical pencils, shaped erasers, etc.) and stickers.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. through December 3.

Children’s Hunger Alliance
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Alohna Drake
adrake@childrenshungeralliance.org
(614) 643-8022
Service description:
Help Children’s Hunger Alliance teach children how to make healthy trail mix at its New Year’s Eve event. Seeking donations of 30 large boxes of Cheerios, 30 large boxes of Wheat Chex, 600 oz. of raisins, 600 oz. of Craisins, 600 oz. of peanuts and 600 oz. of M&Ms.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through December 12.

Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith
1200 Brentnell Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219
Tanika Nabrit
tanika@nabrit.com
(614) 427-3590
Service description:
Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith’s Bread of Life ministry has been in existence for 30 years, serving the local homeless population. Seeking donations of winter coats, winter clothes, winter shoes, toiletries, toys and diapers.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted throughout the winter. Giveaway dates are November 16 and December 21.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202
Stephanie Baker
stephaniek.baker@clintonvillecrc.org (614) 268-3539
Service description:
Seeking donations of unwrapped children’s toys; small gift cards; small household gifts for parents; wrapping paper; and hats, gloves, and scarves.
Dates: 
Parents’ gifts need to be donated by December 14. Children’s toys will be accepted through December 20.

Communities In Schools of Central Ohio
510 East North Broadway Street, Columbus, OH 43214
Emily Desilets
edesilets@ciskids.org
(614) 268-2472 ext. 29
Service description:
Seeking pajamas; slippers; robes; family board games; small kitchen appliances; books; movies; sheets; towels; shoes and boots; gloves, hats and scarves; and toys.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted throughout the winter.

Community Kitchen
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
Marilyn Oberting
marilyn@communitykitchen.org
(614) 252-6428 ext. 238
Service description:
Seeking new hats, gloves, and socks for all ages to be given out at its Christmas party. Also in need of toys/gifts geared to teen boys and girls.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 20.

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
4066 Main Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
Irma Chon
(614) 560-6190
Service description: 
Good Tidings is a Christmas gift store designed for families in need in the Hilliard City School District. They are seeking toy and gift donations (unopened presents for infants through teens in the $15 and up price range), financial donations to purchase toys and other needed items, and wrapping supplies.
Dates:
Gifts can be dropped off Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-noon or Tuesday 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. November 25 and December 2.

Doma
PO Box 21987, Columbus, Ohio 43221
Keturah Schroeder
keturah@domaconnection.org
Service description:
Give the gift of freedom! Doma Connection journeys with survivors of sex trafficking in Columbus, Ohio. This holiday season, consider financially supporting Doma in the innovative, restorative work they are doing. Make a tax deductible donation via their website www.domaconnection.org/donate or mail a check to Doma at PO Box 21987, Columbus, Ohio 43221.  Also accepting donations of gently used winter clothing and household items.
Dates:
Throughout the winter season. Donations can be dropped off at the Downtown YMCA at 40 West Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215 with a note specifying that the donation is for Doma.

Faith Mission

245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
Sarah Douglas
sdouglas@lssco.org
(614) 224-6617 ext. 2171
Service description:
Seeking donations of sheets, blankets, towels, deodorant, cookware (pots, pans, silverware, etc.), coats, underwear, socks and razors for homeless individuals. Other clothing donations will not be accepted.
Dates: 
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the winter.

Homeless Families Foundation
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Karie Gallegos
kgallegos@homelessfamilies foundation.org
(614) 461-9247 ext. 116
Service description:
Seeking donations for its holiday gift “store” it sets up every year as a place where currently and previously homeless mothers and fathers can “shop” for holiday gifts for their children. Wish list items include gift wrap, tape and gift tags; new sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, underwear and socks from toddler to teen; Fisher Price toys; Lego sets; learning toys; board games; popular DVDs; basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls with pumps; diaries with gel pens; books; and gift cards for teenagers (Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Famous Footwear, Bath and Body Works, AMC Movies, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc.). On-going shelter needs include gift cards (Kroger, Walmart, Target), pots and pans, twin size bedding, bath and kitchen towels, cleaning supplies and diapers/wipes. Gift cards for teenagers are especially appreciated.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 11.

Homeport
562 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Morgen Wade
morgen.wade@homeportohio.org
(614) 545-4817
Service description:
Homeport believes that stable housing and a supportive community environment are two of the most critical factors in a child’s educational success. That’s why they started Homeport’s Bright Ideas Book Bank. Children living in Homeport communities will pick their favorite book from an approved list and will receive their book at a book fair held just before winter break. Donors can make a general contribution to the program or be matched with a specific child.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 11.

Lifecare Alliance
670 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
Delrita Parks
dparks@lifecarealliance.org
(614) 437-2853
Service description:
Donate gifts that will be delivered on Christmas Day to your neighbors who may be elderly, medically challenged or homebound and receive Meals-on-Wheels. Donation ideas include calendars; puzzle books; notecards and stamps; mugs; and personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, and soap.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 13.

Lifecare Alliance
670 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
Sandi Taylor
staylor@lifecarealliance.org
(614) 437-2853
Service description:
Donate gifts that will be delivered during holiday parties to older adults at Senior Dining Centers. Donors are welcome to attend the holiday celebration at their adopted centers! Donation ideas include calendars; puzzle books; notecards and stamps; mugs; and personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, and soap.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through November 30. Wrapped gifts will be accepted through December 6.

Mental Health America of Franklin County
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160, Columbus, OH 43204
Maggie Hallett
mhallett@mhafc.org
Service description:
Mental Health America of Franklin County collects gifts for patients at Twin Valley Behavioral Health who will be spending their holidays in the hospital. Frequently requested items include clock radios, prepaid phone cards, yoga mats, men’s wallets (black or brown), umbrellas, lunch totes, calendars and journals (no wire  bindings), sugar-free candy, wrapping paper, hygiene items (no alcohol ingredients) , and clothing for both men and women.
Dates:
All gifts must be delivered to MHAFC’s office by December 4. Gifts should not be wrapped.

Miracle on Long Street
St. Paul AME Church, 639 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Christi Holmes, (614) 551-8611 or
JoAnne Roots, (614) 252-3046
Service description:
Accepting gifts for the Miracle on Long Street event. In need of the following items: winter hats, gloves and scarves; new underwear and socks; soap; deodorant; lotion; shampoo; toothbrushes and toothpaste; mouthwash; shaving supplies; clean, gently used clothing; new and used coats; new or used household items; and blankets.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. until December 15. Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make checks payable to St. Paul Players.

Neighborhood House
1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, OH 43203
Terena Arnold
(614) 252-4941 ext 230
Service description:
Seeking donations of canned cranberry sauce, dressing and green beans for its Thanksgiving basket giveaway.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through November 18.

Open Shelter
61 East Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Harry Yeprem
(614) 222-2885
Service Description:
Accepting donations for its ninth “Ho Ho Hope for the Holidays” event to provide holiday cheer and help to those who may not normally be able to experience it — the homeless and marginally housed. Wish list items include travel size toiletries, feminine hygiene products; gloves, socks, scarves and winter hats; small bags of candy and snacks; sealable plastic bags; gift cards to restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores and department stores; daily and monthly COTA  bus passes; educational toys, sporting goods, board and video games, CD and DVDs, CD and DVD players, crayons, coloring books and stocking stuffers for children; and batteries, gift wrap, tags and tape. Donations of food items, including ham and turkey, are also appreciated. Also looking for a the use of a truck or moving van to transport items.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through December 11.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
578 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Heather Swiger
hswiger@colsdioc.org
(614) 241-2569
Service description:
Seeking donations of winter coats and blankets.
Dates:
Throughout the winter.

St. Stephen’s Community House
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 294-6347 ext 100
Service description:
Seeking donations of food and new, unwrapped toys for its Christmas Care event.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 16.

United Methodist Children’s Home Family Services
1033 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Kathy Evans
kevans@umchohio.org
Service description:
Have a great need for gifts for children of all ages. Gift cards are preferred to take care of the children who come into the organization’s care at the last minute.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through December 13. Items can also be mailed.

Volunteers of America
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203
Penny Savage
penny.savage@voago.org
(614) 253-6100
Service description:
Thousands of homeless men, women and children will find refuge in one of Volunteers of America’s homeless shelters or housing programs this year. Give the gift of warmth this holiday season by collecting much needed hats, gloves, scarves, socks and blankets for our community’s homeless. Find more information at www.voago.org.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through February 1. 

Volunteers of America
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203
Penny Savage
penny.savage@voago.org
(614) 253-6100
Service description:
As clients leave Volunteers of America’s emergency and transitional housing programs, they often don’t have the basic necessities to make meals or sleep in their apartments. Seeking the following items to assemble housewarming kits: trash cans, laundry baskets, brooms, dustpans, hand soap, dish soap, all purpose cleaner, shower curtains, shower curtain rings, sponges, paper towels and toilet paper.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through February 1. 

Volunteers of America
1751 East Long Street, Lower Level, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Celeste Root
celeste.root@voago.org
Service description:
Help make the holiday season a little brighter for a homeless family by donating to a Santa’s Workshop holiday store. Individual elves or groups of elves are needed to donate gifts. Visit www.voago.org for wish lists.
Dates:
Donations will be accepted through December 9.

Westside Free Store Ministries
61 South Powell Avenue, Columbus, OH 43204
Shirley Ream
(614) 351-5480
Service description:
Seeking donations for its “Secret Santa Shop” in which children have the opportunity to “shop” for holiday gifts for parents and caregivers. The free store is also looking for donations of toys for children 10 and under, as well as socks and underwear for the store.
Dates:
Gifts for the children and for the “Secret Santa Shop” will be accepted through December 9th. Socks and underwear are accepted throughout the year.

 

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