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 accommodate 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, pine cones ‘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!)

New Wings Emergency Shelter:  

  • Shorts, Capris, Leggings (all sizes for women and children)
  • Jeans & Slacks (all sizes)
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Socks
  • Panties (all sizes women and children MUST BE NEW)
  • Belts (larger sizes)
  • Slippers- Hard Soled (all sizes- adult and children)
  • Tennis Shoes/Sneakers (all sizes- adult and children)
  • Slip Resistant Shoes (all adult sizes)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (full bottles)
  • Deodorant (travel and full size)
  • Make-up
  • Hair Straighteners
  • Hair Dryers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hair Brushes, Hair ties & Headbands
  • Coffee Makers
  • Toasters
  • Pots & Pans
  • Can Openers (hand operated)
  • Flatware (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Kitchen Knives
  • Oven Mitts & Hot Pads
  • Kitchen Towels, Sponges & Cloths
  • Bath Towels & Washcloths
  • Bath Mats (for outside of shower)
  • Shower Curtain Liners
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Trash Cans
  • Area Rugs
  • Twin Sheet Sets & Blankets
  • Queen Sheet Sets & Blankets
  • Twin, Full, & Queen Mattress Pads
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Games & Toys for Older Children
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Children’s Lunch Boxes
  • AA Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Bike Locks
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Band Aids
  • Gift Cards

The RISE! Transitional Housing Program: 

  • Lamps
  • Furniture, particularly shelving and beds, but also things like bar stools
  • Kitchen appliances and kitchenware (including pots and pans)
  • New underwear, especially for adult women and youth of all genders
  • New bras in all band/cup sizes
  • Cleaning products
  • Menstrual products, especially higher-absorbency tampons
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing in good condition (we have limited storage space, so huge donations of non-seasonal clothing are very difficult to distribute and store)
  • Shelf stable food items (canned soups, macaroni and cheese, and other easy prep items are most helpful)
  • Bedding (very helpful if labeled w/ size), including pillows
  • Office supplies
  • Children’s toys in good condition
  • Non-CRT televisions
  • Cribs and other infant supplies (including sealed formula, baby food, etc.
  • Personal care products (soap, shampoos, etc.) including products for Black hair textures
  • Gift Cards