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.).

Help Make this House a Home-Emergency Shelter Curtain Donations: 

Bedroom Windows (full, dark curtains):

  • 69.5″ x 73″ (two)
  • 69.5″ x 40″ (ten)
  • 69.5″ x 89″ (four)
  • 69.5″ x 36″ (four)

Hallway, Living Room, and Mop Closet:

  • 69.5″ x 89″ (three)
  • 69.5″ x 40″ (three)
  • 69.5″ x 36″ (two)
  • 69.5″ x 140″ (one)

In order to allow privacy as well as provide natural light, the window treatments above should be half-curtain, half-sheer. Therefore, the height (69.5, should be halved–35″ would be fine). The openings of the curtains (where the rod will be placed) need to be at least 1.5″ wide in order to acommodate the curtain rod.For more information, contact 812.333.7404 and ask to speak with Lauren.

Day Care Wish List: 

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

  • Healthy snack foods (perishable in small amounts, non perishable in any amount)
  • Wax paper
  • Unopened packages of diaper wipes
  • Outdoor thermometer
  • Old metal sink for outdoor mud kitchen play
  • Natural materials (e.g. seashells, pinecones ‘tree cookies’)
  • Bubble solution
  • Sprinkler for the kids to play in
  • Craft supplies (washable paint, construction paper, glue, feathers, pom poms, etc. preferably not crayons or paper)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Magnatiles, or something similar
  • New, never used pillows
  • Strollers for baby dolls
  • Sturdy tricycles for children 5 and under
  • Books for children under 5 about diversity
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves for children 6 months to 5 years
  • Snow pants for children ages 6 months to 5 years
  • Rain boots for children ages 1 to 5 years
  • Snow boots for children ages 1 to 5 years
  • Swimsuits for sizes 3 months to 5T
  • Waterproof shoes (e.g. flip flops, crocs, or similar styles)
  • Dress up clothes/ costumes for different careers (preferably no superheroes or princesses, we have plenty!)

Shelter & The RISE!:  

  • Gift cards
  • Shorts/Capris/Leggings:  all sizes for women and children
  • 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
  • Twin, Full & Queen Mattress Pads
  • Twin Sheet Sets
  • Queen Sheet Sets
  • Twin- and Queen-sized Blankets
  • Bath Mats:  ones that are easy to wash
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Socks for kids ages 2-5
  • Velcro strips
  • Timer that the kids can watch the time pass
  • Band-aids
  • Cots
  • Changing table
  • Pack n Plays
  • Rocking chairs (preferably wooden)
  • Toddler table/chairs
  • Pajamas (children – adult/boy/girl/women)
  • Hair brushes, hair ties, head bands
  • Flatware: knives, forks, spoons
  • Hand-operated Can Openers
  • Toasters
  • Coffee Pots (for when they move out) – small ones are fine
  • Alarm clocks
  • 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
  • Lanterns
  • AA batteries
  • Bike locks