Throughout the area, there are dozens of local nonprofit groups who are committed to serving those in need. These groups can always use our help. Below is a listing of local helping organizations seeking donations of either money or items, or both. In this season of giving and Thanksgiving, please share your blessings, by giving to those less fortunate.
The Arc Baltimore — 7215 York Road., Baltimore, MD 21212. Provides advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports to more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Contactus@thearcbaltimore.org or 410-296-2272.
Wish List: diapers (all sizes); Pull-ups (25-125 pounds); Goodnights (S-XL); canvas grocery bags; grocery store gift cards; protein (peanut butter, tuna, chicken, chili, etc.); laundry/dish detergent; toiletries; gift cards for family/holiday activities. Or designate a donation to the Family Fund at www.thearcbaltimore.org/donate.
Assistance Center of Towson Churches — 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204, provides food and financial assistance to low-income families and the homeless. 410-296-4855, www.actconline.info.
Wish List: Personal items: Deodorant, razors, lotion, socks, adult-sized men's and women's jackets, toiletries. Food items: Cereal, canned tomatoes, pork and beans, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta meals canned (ravioli, spaghetti), spaghetti sauce, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, soup, dried pasta (spaghetti, macaroni), saltine crackers (boxes), Pop-top canned goods for homeless, care bags, canned meat (beef stew, chili, Spam, etc.), macaroni and cheese, potatoes (boxed), rice, Also, food gift cards $5 to $15. Men's and women's gloves and hats.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center — Mission is to provide all reported victims of child sexual abuse in Baltimore, and their non-offending caretakers, with comprehensive interviews, medical treatment, referrals, and crisis counseling services with the goal of preventing future child sexual abuse. 410-396-6147 or www.bcaci.org
Wish List: Monetary donations. Also, crayons, colored pencils, markers, coloring books, construction paper, glue sticks, child-friendly scissors, stickers, new or gently used clothing and jackets.
Baltimore County Department of Social Services' Fund for Social Welfare — provides assistance to clients through ongoing programs and yearly projects. 410-853-3021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wish List: Inquire about sponsoring a family for the holidays.
Baltimore Humane Society — an independent, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. 410-833-8848 www.bmorehumane.org.
Wish List: Treats (soft/chewy), peanut butter, vitamin C tablets for Guinea Pigs, Timothy Hay, Non clumping cat litter, paper towels, dog treats, kaundry detergent, latex gloves, Science Diet brand foods (any variety,canned or dry), easy walking harnesses, Clorox Germicical Bleach, toilet paper, hand sanititzer, spray bottles, dog and cat toys,Carefresh Ultra (for small animals) cardboard cat scrach post, puppy pads. Feliway spray, cat food and dog food. http://bmorehumane.org/donate/
Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation — provides hospital and retreat housing services for critically ill children and their families. The Believe In Tomorrow Children's House at Johns Hopkins offers families a sense of home where they can stay for days or weeks at a time while their child undergoes treatment or surgery for a life threatening illness. Believe In Tomorrow also offers families five beach and mountain retreat homes, which they can utilize year-round, free of charge, to renew their spirits and reconnect as a family. Believe In Tomorrow's unique programs bring comfort, hope and joy to critically ill children and their families. 410-744-1032. www.believeintomorrow.org.
Wish List: Battery jump start pack, Keurig K-cups, Duraflame logs, paper plates and coffee cups, plastic silverware, dishwasher detergent, tea, new sump pump and carpeting.
Carson Scholars Fund Inc. — seeks to combat the American education crisis by discovering promise and rewarding excellence in our nation's youth through our Scholarship and Reading Room programs. http://www.carsonscholars.org
Wish List: Monetary donations.
Casey Cares Foundation — provides uplifting and continuing programs to critically ill children and their families throughout Mid-Atlantic area. 443-568-0064. www.caseycaresfoundation.org.
Wish List: $10 or $25 gift certificates for Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Three Brothers Pizza, Taco Bell, or Subway. $10 or $25 gift certificates for other national restaurants, big box stores, Red Box and movie theater chains. New, two-piece pajamas (adult and infant sizes are needed most).
Center for Pregnancy Concerns — is a pregnancy resource center providing free physical, emotional and spiritual help and guidance to women and children. www.cpcforhelp.org. 410-391-6699
Wish List: Baby clothes: (preemie to 4T, new or gently used); Outfits (especially 0-3 months); Onesies and undershirts (especially 0-3 months); Sleepers (especially 0-3 months); Booties, socks, shoes. Baby/mom items: Bibs, blankets, receiving blankets, sheets, hooded towels, disposable diapers (preemie to size 6); Similac Advance Formula, new baby bottles, lotion, oil, powder, shampoo; toys and stuffed animals; maternity clothing (new or used in good condition); umbrellas for women and children (new or used in good condition). Bassinets, potty chairs, bouncy seats, stationary entertainers new infant car seats (no used) playpens, swings, gates, strollers, booster chairs, high chairs, bathtubs, Pac & Plays. Gifts for women: lotions, hand creams, coco butter, night gowns, shampoo, baby books, parenting books, cosmetics, nail polish, small jewelry items. Monetary donations. Volunteers.
Christopher Place Academy — provides education and employment training, as well as emotional, spiritual, and addiction recovery support to formerly homeless men. 443-986-9031. www.cc-md.org.
Wish List: Bedding (twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases and blankets); shower shoes (flip flops), boxer briefs (sizes 36,38,40), Undershirts (sizes L, XL, XXL), dress and white socks, men's shirts (large sizes), personal hygiene and toiletry products, books for men, men's shoes size 10-13 (new, very gently used dress, casual and athletic).
Defenders of Animal Rights — is dedicated to eliminating cruelty to all animals by providing services which include rescues, the sheltering of unwanted animals and abuse victims, adoptions through an innovative pet center, spaying/neutering, humane education, youth work, grief counseling, and human health enhancements via pets. 410-527-1466. www.adopt-a-pet.org
Wish List: Animal supplies: Feline pine litter (nonclumping), cat litter (clumping), Pro Pan Dry Adult Dog Food and Dry Puppy Chow, dog and puppy canned food,, Purina Dry Adult Cat and Kitten Chow, cat and kitten canned food, dog and cat treats and toys, rawhides and chew toys, parakeet and parrot food and toys, wild bird feed, suet cakes, bales of straw and hay, fresh fruit and veggies, peanut butter, canned tuna, baby food: pureed meats, kitten nursing bottles/KMR, gift cards to Petsmart, Walmart, grocery stores, Amazon, Lowes, clean sheets, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, large trash bags, bleach, paper towels, sponges, scrubbers, dish soap, hand soap, hand sanitizer, Post-It-Notes, scrub uniforms; stamps, white copy paper, binders, pens, markers, scotch tape; blank CDs, correction tape, manila file folders; printer ink.
Dream 4 It Foundation — raises funds to support educational scholarships for college freshmen. 443-472-3311. www.dream4it.net.
Wish List: Cash donations and services and products for annual silent auction event.
Ellene "Brit" Christiansen Memorial Fund — at Towson Arts Collective, mission is to run the center, providing a fully inclusive, accessible venue for exhibits, classes, and events for all artists of all abilities. 410-916-6340.
Wish List: volunteers for cleaning, vacuum cleaner, 6 sturdy display panels, large monitor or projector to show video segments, instruction videos, etc., updated computer, printer and ink cartridges.
The Franciscan Center — provides response services to persons who are economically disadvantaged to assist them in moving toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 410-467-5340. www.franciscancenterbaltimore.org.
Wish List: Warm clothes (jackets, boots, socks, mittens, gloves, knit hats, scarves), toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc.), food for the pantry, children's Items (clothes, toys, formula, diapers), money to run the programs.
Gallagher Services — opening doors for individuals with developmental disabilities through group homes in the community and a medical day program. 410-252-4005. www.cc-md.org.
Wish List: Monetary donations made at www.cc-md.org/donatenow, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets, bath towels, living room and bedroom lamps, vacuum cleaner, emergency flashlights, V-tech brand children's computers and exercise bike.
House of Ruth Maryland — provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families. 410-889-0840. www.hruth.org.
Wish List: Pampers sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6, Pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T, and Baby wipes; Crib sheets that fit mattresses sized 23 3/8 x 37 1/4 (not standard size); Sleepwear for adults, Infant and Toddler Sleepwear; New socks and undergarments for women and children (all sizes); Gift Certificates: Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Giant, etc.; Laundry baskets; New crib sheets; Bed Pillows, Twin size sheets, blankets, comforters; Bath towels and washcloths; Vacuum cleaners; Toothpaste (3oz and 4oz tubes), toothbrushes; Umbrellas; Clothing for plus sized women; Day planners and calendars; Transparent tape, dispensers; Women's hair brushes; Tweezers and nail clippers; Journals, ink pens; Family oriented DVDs; Rolling racks for clothing; Spiral bound notebooks, Bookbags, folders, day planners; School uniforms (khaki pants and dark polo shirts); Child and Adult passes to: movies, Zoo, Aquarium, Port Discovery, Science Center, sporting events; Sanitary Products (Pads and Tampons), Deodorant, Bar Soap; Toilet paper, Cleaning supplies, Laundry Detergent, Paper products (plates, cups, napkins); Plastic storage containers with lids - small, medium and large sizes; Humidifiers, oscillating floor fans; New toys: Legos, blocks, bath toys, Play-Doh, Leap Frog items, markers, paints, dolls, cars and trucks; Baby formula, baby food (stages 2 and 3), baby snacks, baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder, crib sheets; Baby bottles, pacifiers, baby lotion, aspirators, thermometers, baby Tylenol and Motrin; Adult size scissors, construction paper, poster board, White 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper, transparent tape and dispensers; High chairs, car seats, and umbrella-style strollers; Non-perishable food (i.e., peanut butter and jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, granola bars, juice boxes, etc.)
Kennedy Krieger Institute — is improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training. 443-923-7300. www.kennedykrieger.org.
Wish List: Cause and effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Plays Kool, Little People Toys, educational toys, arts and craft sets, DVD movies (G-PG13), Wii games (rated E), board games (ages 8 and older), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items. Please, no stuffed animals.
Wish List: Monetary donations.
Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), 402 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd Floor, Towson, MD 21204 www.MarylandCASA.org /email@example.com. Provides more than 1,000 trained volunteer advocates for more than 1,500 children and youth who are under court protection due to abuse and neglect, ensuring their right to safe, permanent homes. Far more children and youth need our help.
Wish List: gift cards (Target, Walmart, etc.) for holiday gifts for children and youth, as well as to help older foster youth who are leaving foster care to set up their own households, office supplies to assist youth in their job search or to pursue college, office/training supplies to train additional volunteers, etc. Tax-deductible donations are also welcome at http://marylandcasa.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/ or above address, and we are always in need of volunteers to serve as advocates, assist in the office, help with fundraising and public awareness, etc. (http://marylandcasa.org/get-involved/).
Maryland Food Bank — provides statewide food bank to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282. www.mdfoodbank.org.
Wish List: Monetary donations allows the food bank to purchase the most needed items because they can purchase from wholesalers. Also, a donation to the virtual food drive highly desired.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals since 1960. 410-558-0827. www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.
Wish List: Volunteers for Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We also accept shelf-stable food to help us assist our clients through bad weather. Any local businesses who would like to do a day of giving in our kitchen to pack meals; .Also collecting new handmade knitted or crocheted scarves –any pattern or color but no larger than 6 inches wide and 60 inches long. Call office for more details on all of the above.
Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital — treats children with serious, chronic, and or complex medical needs on an inpatient, outpatient and day program basis. 410-578-8600. www.mwph.org.
Wish List: Gift Certificates to Target, Wal-Mart, Babies"R"Us/Toys"R"Us, Chili's, Applebee's, Regal Cinema, AMC Theaters, iTunes, AMF Bowling Alleys and Lake Shore Learning Store; small infant rattles, infant socks, infant bibs, Crayola magic markers, Crayola crayons, poster board, nail polish and remover, pacifiers, batteries, Koosh balls, Uno cards/ playing cards, hair accessories, chap stick, goop, soap, foam, shaving cream, stickers, coloring books; infant/ toddler clothes, socks, CDs, DVDs, cause and effect toys, vibrating tethers, toys with blinking lights and/or music, all-vinyl baby dolls, toddler toys and boppy pillows; Discman, Play Station 3, Game Cube, X-Box 36, Wii Games rated "E", joysticks/ controllers for PS3, "Nunchuck" for Wii, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, Frisbees, Bocce Ball Set, Nerf or soft/light weight balls, board games, Hot Wheels cars, action figures, ethnic Barbies, headphones, watches, alarm clocks, school supplies and Play-Doh; adolescent clothing, infant swings (Graco and Fisher Price), Bright Starts/ Fisher Price infant vibrating seat and Apple iPad. All items should be unwrapped.
Mosaic Community Services Inc. — provides a wide range of services to children, adolescents and adults whose lives are affected by mental illness and/or substance use. 410-453-9553, ext. 1113. www.mosaicinc.org.
Wish List: Seeks monetary donations to support people in recovery from mental illness and addictions, also toiletries, personal hygiene items and art supplies at 2225 N. Charles St.
Muscular Dystrophy Association — provides services to the adults and children in the community who live with any of 43 different neuromuscular diseases, including ALS. 410-494-7106. www.mda.org.
Wish List: For MDA Summer Camp: gift cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, grocery stores), insect repellent, sunscreen, band aids, hand sanitizer, gallon zipper bags, paper products, bottled water, arts and crafts kits, glue, construction paper and poster board. For general program services: colored copy paper, auction items such as restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, autographed sports memorabilia.
My Sister's Place Women's Center — is a comprehensive resource center offering homeless and impoverished women and their children three warm meals a day and resources to help them achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. 410-659-3763. www.cc-md.org/my-sisters-place.
Wish List: Cereal, cereal bars, applesauce, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna, baked beans, mayonnaise, coffee, creamer, napkins, travel-sized toiletries, deodorant, sanitary napkins.
Our Daily Bread Employment Center and Soup Kitchen — provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year, including nutritious lunches every day of the year and breakfast to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday morning. 443-986-9031. www.cc-md.org.
Wish List: Bags of sugar, oatmeal in cylinders, grape jelly, salt, pepper, scarves and hats.
The Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County - P. O. Box 10067, Towson, MD 21285. Provides support for historical home owners, communities and neighborhoods to help protect our historic structures in Baltimore County. Also provide grants to individuals, associations, communities on an annual basis for historic restoration, research, oral histories, document archives, etc. Director@PreservationABC.org 410-832-1812 www.PreservationABC.org
Wish List:Volunteers, ink cartridges, copy paper, folders.
Salvation Army — 410-783-2920. Boys and Girls Clubs enrich the lives of young people, improving their health, welfare, and quality of life.
Wish List: board games for all ages; sports equipment; art supplies; new computers.
Santa Claus Anonymous — provides assistance in the form of gift certificates redeemable at local merchants to aid families in the purchase of toys, clothing, or books for holiday presents. 443-557-7000.
Wish List: Monetary donations by mail or online only. PO Box 28385, Baltimore, MD 21234 or www.santaclausanonymous.org.
Sarah's House — provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services to help homeless families achieve independence and strengthen their families. 410-551-7722. www.cc-md.org.
Wish List: Blankets and comforters, new or used; Pillows, new. Kitchen items: Pots and pans, cooking utensils, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, baking dishes, crock pots, drinking glasses, plastic storage bags, wraps and foils. Paper products: plastic silverware, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups, napkins. Clothing: winter only-all sizes, coats, new and used-all sizes; underwear, socks, undershirts; Diapers/wipes, size 4-6; Easy Ups/Pull Ups, wipes. Food: tuna fish, cereal. Healthy snacks, juice 100 percent, powder drink mix, mayonnaise, instant mashed potatoes, pork, hamburger meat, Gerber Graduates-Snacks, Puffs, Meals; baked beans; spaghetti sauce, butter, shredded cheese, cream cheese, canned fruit. Linens, new and used; towels, wash cloths, twin sheets, shower curtain liner, new. Personal products: bath soap, baby soap, deodorants, shampoo/conditioner, feminine products, razors, shaving cream. Gift cards: Target, Walmart, grocery stores, dollar store.
St. Vincent's Villa — A residential treatment center that provides comprehensive therapeutic services to children whose behavioral and emotional needs have not responded to interventions and services provided at home or in the community. St. Vincent's Villa is located at 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium. 410-252-4000, ext. 1672. www.catholiccharities-md.org/st-vincents-villa/
Wish List: Stress balls, small Lego sets, sketch pads or writing journals suitable for boys or girls (not notebooks), card games (Uno cards, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, playing cards), gift cards for children's clothing needs (Kohl's, Old Navy, Walmart, Target), gift cards for children's activities (AMF Bowling, Regal Cinema, Sky Zone, Red Zone, Pulaski Highway Go-Carts, Skateland, Baltimore Aquarium, MD Science Center), gift cards for off-ground dining (Applebees, Subway, McDonalds, Burger Kig, Chick Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Coldstone Creamery).
Villa Maria School — a level 5 special education school serving children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. 410-252-4000 ext. 1672; firstname.lastname@example.org. www.catholiccharities-md.org/villa-maria-schools/
Wish List: Stress balls, small Lego sets, sketch pads for writing journals suitable for boys or girls (not notebooks), jump ropes, footballs, basketballs, gift cards for children's clothing needs (Kohl's, Old Navy, Walmart, Target), art supplies (colored pencils, markers, paints/brushes, construction paper), books-current titles for ages 8 to 12.
The Samaritan Women — is a national Christian organization providing restorative care to survivors, and bringing about an end to domestic human trafficking through awareness, prevention, and advocacy. http://thesamaritanwomen.org/
Wish List: Monetary donations.
Turnaround Inc. — provides emergency shelter, counseling, community education, emergency room companions, legal services and a 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, domestic violence, child sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. 410-377-8111. www.turnaroundinc.org.
Wish List: Nonperishable food items, diapers, hats, gloves, scarves, gift cards and gas cards, household cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper.
United Churches Assistance Network — (UCAN) provides emergency financial assistance to families and individuals in the community, evictions, utility turnoffs, medicine and food. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 410-628-2102.
Wish List: Money, gift cards to food stores, Target and Walmart.
Victor's Vittles Food Pantry — provides food serving ZIP codes 21234, 21236, 21286. 410-668-8089. Open Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. www.christusvictoronline.org.
Wish List: Nonperishable food, personal-needs items, laundry detergent, perishable food (contact church to arrange delivery on Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m.).