Wish List

Thank you for your interest in donating items from our current Wish List.  Your gifts help care for women and children who leave behind so many of their personal belongings when they enter the emergency shelter or transitional housing.  Many of the items below are needed in the shelter, but we also give them to women, when they leave the shelter, so their families can have a head start on setting up a household — whether their new home is at The Rise or out in the community. Donations can be dropped off at The Rise office, 401 S. Washington St, Bloomington, IN 47401, Monday – Friday.  Please call 812-337-4510 to schedule a drop-off time. Items for emergency shelter can be dropped off at the Middle Way House shelter administration office located at 338 S. Washington Street between the hours of 10 and 5pm, Monday through Friday.  You may call (812) 333-7404.

IMPORTANT: Due to health code restrictions, we are unable to accept donations of used mattresses, used pillows, or used stuffed animals, or partially used toiletry items (lotions, etc.).


Feel free to contact the Childcare Coordinator, Marcella Ettinger at marcella at middlewayhouse.org (using correct @ formatting) before making donations!

  1. Healthy snack foods
  2. Wax paper
  3. Bubble solution
  4. Sprinkler for the kids to play in
  5. Craft supplies (paint, glue, etc. preferably not crayons or paper)
  6. Dry erase markers
  7. New, never used pillows
  8. Large plastic bins for storage
  9. Strollers for baby dolls
  10. Double strollers for baby humans
  11. Socks for kids ages 2-5
  12. Children’s underwear
  13. Band aids and other first aid supplies
  14. Sturdy bikes for children 5 and under
  15. Wooden puzzles with large pieces
  16. Books for children under 5 about diversity
  17. Swimsuits for sizes 3 months to 5
  18. Dress up clothes/ costumes for different careers


  • Gift cards
  • Shorts/Capris:  all sizes for women
  • Jeans & Slacks (all sizes/especially black slacks for work)
  • Belts – larger sizes
  • Women’s panties:  must be new (especially sizes 4, 5, 7)
  • Girl’s panties:  must be new (especially 14-16)
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hair blow dryers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Make-Up
  • Deodorant
  • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Kitchen Towels/Sponges/Scratchers/Cloths
  • Tennis Shoes/sneakers: all sizes for adult women
  • Slippers: children through adult sizes
  • Flip Flops:  children through adult sizes
  • Footies for women
  • Children’s lunch boxes
  • Flatware: knives, forks, spoons
  • Hand Crank Can Openers
  • Coffee Pots (for when they move out) – the small ones are fine
  • Alarm clocks
  • Hot Pads/Oven Mitts
  • Twin, Full & Queen Mattress Pads
  • Twin & Queen Sheet Sets/Blankets
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Kitchen trash cans & liners
  • Area rugs
  • Bath Mats:  ones that are easy to wash
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Vacuum Cleaners
















• Socks for kids ages 2-5
• Extra winter coats
• Velcro strips
• Timer that the kids can watch the time pass
• Band-aids
• Cots
• Washer and dryer
• Changing table
• Pack n Plays
• Rocking chairs (preferably wooden)
• Toddler table/chairs


• Gift cards
• Shorts and Leggings (all sizes for girls/women)
• Clothes for Women in their 20’s (all sizes)
• Women’s panties (new – all sizes)
• Pajamas (children – adult/boy/girl/women)
• Hair brushes, hair ties, head bands
• Nail Care Kits (toe/finger nail clippers/files/polish remover/polish) and Tweezers
• Bath Towels/Wash Cloths and Kitchen Towels/Sponges/Scratchers/Cloths
• Coats (mostly large/extra large women’s and school-aged boys/girls)
• Shoes (children – adult)
• Flatware: knives, forks, spoons
• Hand Crank Can Openers
• Toasters
• Coffee Pots (for when they move out) – the small ones are fine
• Alarm clocks
• Microwave Ovens
• Hot Pads/Oven Mitts
• Queen Sheet Sets/Blankets
• Shower curtain liners
• Laundry baskets
• Trash cans
• Area rugs
• Games and toys for older boys and girls
• Leaf Blower for Shelter (to clean parking lots and sidewalks)