Share your blessings

As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are struggling to make ends meet and address growing needs in the community.

These groups and the people they serve need our help more than ever.

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.

40 West Assistance and Referral Center Inc.

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Anna's House

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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, or

Wish List: Canned food items, meat, vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, tomatoes, fruit, tuna, toiletries, toothpaste, bars of soap, deodorant, and grocery store gift cards in $5 and $10 denominations.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center

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Baltimore County Department of Social Services Volunteer Office — 6401 York Road, Towson, MD 21212, provides assistance to clients through ongoing programs and projects. 410-853-3021, or

Wish List: New toys/gifts, baskets of food (nonperishables), gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and undies (all sizes) and monetary donations. Also inquire about sponsoring a family.

Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation — 6601 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228, serves families with critically ill children. In addition to being the exclusive provider of hospital housing for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Believe In Tomorrow has five destination-driven respite houses at the beach and the mountains families who are battling a child's life-threatening illness can utilize free of charge to create joyful memories together outside of a hospital or clinical environment. 410-744-1032, or

Wish List: Blankets, down comforters, duvets, white sheets, towels, pillows; new mattresses: queen, full, or double; cleaning products: specifically paper towels, claro wipes, toilet paper, hand soap; gift cards to grocery stores, bulk shopping stores (Sam's/Costco/BJ's), Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's; paper products/office supplies; phone calling cards; magazine subscriptions; new movies, video games, games and crafts.

Casey Cares Foundation — 3918 Vero Road, Suite C, Baltimore, MD 21227, provides programs for critically ill children and their families. 443-568-0064, or

Wish List: $10 or $25 gift certificates for Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Netflix, Three Brothers Pizza, Taco Bell or Subway. $10 or $25 gift certificates for other national restaurant, big box store and movie theater chains. New, two-piece pajamas (adult and infant sizes are our most needed for the Kami's Jammies program)

Caritas House Assisted Living

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CEFM Network,

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Center for Pregnancy Concerns — 2418 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218, is a pregnancy resource center providing free physical, emotional and spiritual help and guidance to women and children. 410-243-6823, or

Wish List: Disposable diapers (newborn to size 4), formula: Similac Advance, baby clothes (newborn to 4 T), sleepers, onesies, sleep sacks, bassinets, Pack n' Plays and strollers.

The Children's Home

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Christopher Place Employment Academy — 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202, provides education and employment training, as well as emotional, spiritual, and addiction recovery support to formerly homeless men. 443-986-9031, or

Wish List: Single size sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases and men's shirts 3X-6X; full-size deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, body lotion, razors, tooth paste; good reading books; gently used or new dress and casual clothing; new undershirts, briefs, pajamas; new bath towels and wash cloths and men's shoes: new, very gently used dress, casual and athletic.

Coats for Kids — administered through the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Road, Suite 1029, Baltimore, MD 21212, provies coats for children in need to help keep them warm during the winter months. 410-853-3024.

Wish List: Monetary donations (suggested $20 or more).

Defenders of Animal Rights — 14412 Old York Road, Phoenix, MD 21131, 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, or

Wish List: Animal supplies: Feline pine litter (nonclumping), Pedigree Dry Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow, Purina Dry Adult Cat Chow, cat and kitten canned food, dog and cat treats and toys, rawhides and chew toys, hamster food and treats, parakeet and parrot food and toys, wild bird feed, suet cakes, bales of straw and hay, fresh fruit and veggies and Pet Smart/grocery store gift cards; cleaning supplies: clean sheets, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, large trash bags, bleach, paper towels, sponges, scrubbers, wet/dry shop vacuums; office supplies: stamps, white copy paper, AA batteries, pens, markers, scotch tape; correction tape, file folders; post-it notes, printer ink (HP No. 02 black, EPSON No. 69 black, HP No.60 black and HP No.701 black.

Dream 4 It Foundation — raises funds to support educational scholarships for college freshmen. P.O. Box 3258, Baltimore, MD 21228. 443-472-3311, or

Wish List: Cash donations and services and products for annual silent auction event.

The Franciscan Center — 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218, provides response services to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in moving toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 410-467-5340, or

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 — 2520 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, helps to open doors for individuals with developmental disabilities through group homes in the community and a medical day program. 410-252-4005.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at, 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.

Gilchrist Hospice Care — 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, provides end-of-life care for terminally-ill residents of central Maryland, and care and support for their loved ones. 443-849-8200, or

Wish List: Funds to help pay for home hospice care for terminally-ill people of all ages.

House of Ruth Maryland — 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families. 410-889-0840, or

Wish List: Diapers and wipes, arts and craft supplies (markers, no crayons, paint, construction paper, adult size scissors, mufti-colored duck tape, poster board), backpacks, twin-size blankets, women's bras and underpants (S-XXXL), toothbrushes, toothpaste, children's socks, infant and toddler sleepwear, umbrellas.

Kennedy Krieger Institute — 707 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, works to improve the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training. 443-923-7300, or

Wish List: Cause and effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Plays Kool and Little People Toys, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, DVD Movies (G-PG 13), Wii games (rated E), used for therapy, board games (ages 8+), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items. Please, no stuffed animals.

Maryland Food Bank — 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21224, provides statewide food bank to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282, or

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.

Lighthouse Inc. — 60 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228, is a youth and family services center that provides counseling for children and their families, including social skills groups; community education events and materials; and training for graduate students in counseling fields. 410-788-5483, or

Wish List: Art supplies, especially construction paper, water-based paints and brushes, play dough and craft kits. Food store gift cards (for purchasing healthy snacks for our groups). A sturdy CD player. Playing cards. Koosh balls of all sizes. Children's music CDs. Monetary donations appreciated.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224, provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals since 1960. 443-573-0940, or

Wish List: Volunteers and pet food for clients who have pets.

Mosaic Community Services Inc. — 1925 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093, 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, or

Wish List: Monetary donations, as well as toiletries and personal items for older adolescents and adults, gloves and hats (adult sized), sweat pants and sweat shirts (adult sizes), household items (new), pots and pans; dishes; small appliances; towels; blankets; toys, books and games for children ages 4-16; videos, CDs appropriate for adolescents.

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital — 1708 W. Rogers Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209, treats children with serious, chronic, and or complex medical needs on an inpatient, outpatient and day program basis. 410-578-8600, or

Wish List: Gift Certificates to Target, Walmart, 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, soap, foam, shaving cream, stickers, coloring books; infant/ toddler clothes, socks, CDs, DVDs, cause and effect toys, vibrating teethers, 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. Deadline is Dec. 15.

Muscular Dystrophy Association — 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 106, Towson, MD 21286, provides services to the adults and children in the community who live with any of 43 different neuromuscular diseases, including ALS. 410-494-7106, or

Wish List: For MDA Summer Camp: gift cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, grocery stores), pool toys, hand sanitizer, band aids, vinyl gloves, all sizes (no latex), over-the-counter medications (Benadryl, Visine, Tylenol, aspirin, Advil, etc.), insect repellent, sunscreen, bleach, laundry detergent, disposable ponchos, plastic gallon zipper bags, paper products: tissues, paper towels, napkins, bottled water and/or juice, write able DVDs (need 150), art supplies, markers, crayons, individual art kits, model car kits (level 1 or 2), drinking straws, helium tank, standing and/or oscillating fans, extension cords, assorted batteries, individually packaged snacks, plastic storage tubs, large coolers, poster board, construction paper, jewelry making supplies, glue, glue sticks, scissors, duct tape, masking tape, new puzzles and games. Also, copy paper, colored paper, autographed sports memorabilia, gift cards (restaurants, salons, gas, etc.)

My Sister's Place Women's Center — 17 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201, is a 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, or

Wish List: Canned vegetables and fruit, sugar, food storage items: zip lock bags, plastic containers with lids, aluminum pans; canned chicken and tuna; pasta and pasta sauce; oatmeal and ground coffee.

My Sister's Place Lodge — 111 W. Mulberry St., Baltimore, MD, provides a safe, comfortable environment where formerly homeless women diagnosed with mental illness can develop the skills necessary to make the transition to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. 410-528-9002, or

Wish List: Monetary donations made at, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress pads, blankets, bath towels, wash clothes, personal hygiene and toiletry products, nonperishable food items (canned vegetables, fruits, meats, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing), and ground coffee, creamer, and tea bags.

Nehemiah House Inc. — 8720 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237, provides temporary shelter, transitional housing, training, counseling and other assistance for the emotional, physical and total rehabilitation of homeless men who are released from prison, victims of substance abuse, veterans or the ill-effects of society in general, without limitation as to race, color or creed, in order to prepare them to become responsible and useful members of the community and society. 410-682-6333.

Wish List: Socks, underwear, shaving cream, razors, coats, deodorant, toothpaste, hats, gloves, food, grocery gift cards, canned goods, umbrellas, bus tokens, inspirational books, inspirational movies, and stamps.

Night of Peace Family Shelter — 7509 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21244, provides emergency shelter for families. 410-922-4357, or

Wish List: Blankets, pampers (sizes 4 and 5), baby wipes, air mattresses (twin size), children's coats (all sizes), women's coats (all sizes), socks (children and adults) gloves for women and children, towels, washcloths and feminine sanitary products.

Our Daily Bread — 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202, provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter of a 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, or

Wish List: Forks (metal, reusable), paper bags, sugar, tea bags with strings, hot chocolate packets, sandwich size zip- lock bags, brown lunch size paper bags, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, salt, black pepper, canned and boxed food for the food pantry, peanut butter, jelly, butter, salad dressings, oil, spray oil, casseroles (request recipes), family-size frozen macaroni and cheese casseroles, cold cereal, oatmeal and ground coffee.

Operation Christmas Child

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Peace Study Center — 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, has the mission to build a more peaceful world, one book at a time. 410-435-9188, or 

Wish List: New or gently used picture books on themes of peace building for young children: friendship, sharing, helping, caring for animals and the environment; new or gently used picture books we can pass on to facilities that work with children; new mittens, caps, hats, gloves, scarves for young children; puppets of animals and gift cards to Walmart or Target to purchase plastic containers for our kits.

Pregnancy Center North Inc. — 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, assists women in unplanned pregnancies by offering free services which include pregnancy testing, counseling, material assistance, educational incentive program, and referrals/resources for pregnant and parents women. 410-377-2871, or

Wish List: Diapers (newborn-size 5), formula (Similar Advance), baby toiletries (wipes, baby wash, lotion, powder, diaper rash ointment), baby clothes (newborn-24 months), noesis, infant sleepers, outfits, socks, receiving blankets, baby bath towels, crib sheets, crib mattress pads, new cribs and crib mattresses, new strollers and infant car seats.

Santa Claus Anonymous — P.O. Box 28385, Baltimore, MD 21234, 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.

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Shop With A Cop — pairs Baltimore County police personnel with children in need for a day of holiday shopping and breakfast, and will be held Dec. 10 at the Cockeysville Wal-Mart. Co-sponsored by the Cockeysville, Greater Jacksonville, Hereford, Timonium and Towson University Optimist Clubs, with children selected by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services and PAL Centers.

Wish List: Donations to help the program may be made to the Timonium Optimist Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 262, Timonium, MD 21294.

Southwest Emergency Services

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Anna's House

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St. Vincent's Villa — 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, provides intensive diagnostic, stabilization and treatment services to children, ages 5 to 14 and their families. 410-252-4000, ext. 1612, or

Wish List: Arts and crafts kits, art supplies, footballs, basketballs, UNO cards, Matchbox cars, Legos, Checkers, Activity books; gift cards to AMF Bowling, Regal Cinema, Target and Walmart.

Toys for Tots Campaign — the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distributes gifts to children nationwide.

Wish List: Toys, dropped off by Dec. 16, at Long and Foster's Greenspring office, 10801 Tony Drive, Lutherville, or Timonium Self Storage, 2130 Greenspring Drive, Timonium.

Turnaround Inc. — 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, 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, or

Wish List: Nonperishable food items, new toys, hats, gloves, gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target and gas cards. Also, donors are being sought for the annual "adopt-a-family" program.

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