Wish List

Please consider making a donation from our Holiday Wish List, Amazon Wish List or online donation form.

If you would like to sponsor an individual or family in our emergency shelter this holiday season, please contact holiday@middlewayhouse.org.

Thank you for your interest in donating items from our current Wish List! Your gifts help support survivors and their children who leave behind many of their personal belongings when they enter emergency shelter or our transitional housing programs. Many items are needed in the shelter, however we also provide survivors with items when they leave the shelter so that their families can have a head start on setting up a household — whether their new home is at The RISE! (our transitional housing program), or elsewhere in the community.

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Donations for emergency shelter can be dropped off at our administrative office (338 S. Washington St.) Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. Prior to dropping off donations, please call, (812) 333-7404, to speak with our facilities staff (Lauren or Gina) to determine current needs or for additional information. Items for our transitional housing program, The RISE!, can be dropped off at 401 S. Washington St, Bloomington, IN 47401, Monday – Friday. Prior to dropping off donations, please call The RISE!,(812) 337-4510, to schedule a drop-off time. You can also contact us by email with any questions about donations at: laurenfox@middlewayhouse.org & ginae@middlewayhouse.org(for the emergency shelter) OR mwh.rise.crs@gmail.com (for The RISE!).

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

Cindy Houston Emergency Shelter Needs

Please contact our Shelter Managers to see if your used items can be used, 812-333-7404 ext. 209, laurenfox@middlewayhouse.org and/or ginae@middlewayhouse.org. Thank you so much for your generosity.

* Means we are very low on this item(s).

  • Pantry Fillers:
    • Freezer meals
    • 4lb bags of sugar
    • Individual mac ‘n cheese, heat and eat meals
    • Gallons of milk
    • Fruits and Vegetables (not in large amounts please)
    • 2-4 loaves of white bread
    • Canned fruit and vegetables (pineapple, peaches, pears, corn, carrots)
  • Full mattress pads (new or gently used)
  • Good condition full/queen size blankets/comforters
  • $10 VISA gift cards (for residents to replace their I.D.)
  • $10-20 Gift cards (Kroger, Walmart, Gas Stations)
  • Ethnic hair care- shampoo*, conditioner, coconut oil, bristle brushes
  • Twin size sheet sets
  • Small appliances (toasters, instant pots, crock pots, blenders)
  • Brooms and mops
  • USB Wall Chargers
  • Charging cables for iPhone/Android
  • Large paper bags
  • Poly file folders, envelopes, pouches w/ zipper approx. 9″x12″
  • Gel pens and other supplies for art
  • Mandala dotting tools for art /painting
  • Self-adhesive shipping labels for inkjet printer approx. 3″x4″
  • Art set for painting rocks
  • Fellowes plastic binding combs (1/2 inch)

Girl’s Clothing (new or gently used)

  • All size sleep wear (from sleep sacks – 14/16 years)
  • Winter coats sizes 4T, 5T, 8 and 12

Boy’s Clothing (new or gently used)

  • All size sleep wear (from sleep sacks – 14/16 years)*
  • Winter coats sizes 3T, 4T, 5T, 6,7, and 10

Women’s Clothing (new or gently used)

  • L-XXXL leggings
  • Robes

Care packages for On-Scene Advocate Calls

  • Toothbrushes for adults
  • Small toothpastes
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioners
  • Chapsticks
  • Wet wipes
  • Small tissue packets

Crisis Interventions

  • Pregnancy tests

Donations we can always use for residents who are gaining independent housing. All items should be gently used and clean please.

  • Serving utensils (spatulas, whisks, serving spoons etc.)
  • Knife sets
  • Manual can openers
  • Baking sheets
  • Complete dish sets (4, 6 or 8 servings)
  • Unopened or unused cleaning supplies
  • Mops, vacuums and dust busters in good shape
  • Kitchen towels, dish rags and oven mitts
  • Small kitchen appliances (Instant Pots, Crock pots, coffee pots)
  • Baking sheets
  • Bath towels (bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels and bath mats)
  • Nice full/queen size blankets/comforters
  • Nice twin, full or queen mattress pads

The RISE! Transitional Housing Program Needs

  • Tissues
  • Diaper cream
  • Bras (all cup sizes) and socks
  • Youth boy and Men’s clothing and shoes
  • New underwear (for adult women and youth of all genders)
  • Shampoo/conditioner & ethnic hair products
  • Pillows (new)
  • Blankets
  • Twin & full size bed sheets and comforters (adult & child)
  • Towels
  • Pots, Pans, and Bakeware
  • Eating and cooking utensils
  • Meat (ground meat—such as hamburger, turkey, or chicken; chicken—such as breasts, thighs, and wings; pork chops; beef or pork roasts, etc.)
  • Small Kitchen Appliances: blenders, coffee makers, etc.
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lamps
  • Cleaning products
  • Cribs and pack-n-plays
  • Gift Cards
  • Office supplies
  • Storage totes
  • Kids shoes/tennis shoes/rain boots/winter boots
  • Games for community room toy box
  • Children’s socks
  • Children’s underwear
  • Children’s jackets

Childcare Needs

Please feel free to contact our Childcare Coordinator, Rebecca Monroe, with any questions at riseandshine@middlewayhouse.org.

  • Wax paper
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Size 3, 4, 5 & 6 diapers
  • Size 3T-4T & 4T-5T pull-ups
  • Children’s clothes sizes 12 months-6T– especially long-sleeves, pants & coats for winter season
  • Children’s rain & snow boots sizes 5-13
  • Children’s silverware
  • Baby bottles
  • Indoor baby swing
  • High chairs
  • Rocking chair
  • Construction paper
  • Washable paint
  • Glue bottles
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Bubbles
  • Balloons
  • Play dough
  • Kinetic sand
  • Dress-up clothes & accessories
  • Play scarves
  • Toy musical instruments– especially egg shakers, maracas, drums, & drum sticks
  • Child-sized yoga mats
  • Child-sized weighted blankets
  • Rocking horse
  • Doll house
  • Baby doll bed & accessories
  • Soft toy food & toy cooking accessories
  • Toy cars & trucks
  • Alphabet rug

Youth Program Needs

Please feel free to contact our Youth Program Director, Priscilla Cuevas, with any questions at priscilla@middlewayhouse.org.

Educational Items:

Play Items:

  • Wii games (Just Dance, non-violent games, or gift card to Gamestop)
  • Animal related board games
  • Sensory/fidget toys
  • Multicultural dolls
  • Large bean bag
  • Yoga mats

Clothing Items:

  • Hats
  • Gloves

Playground Items:

  • Outdoor playset
  • Outdoor balance beam
  • Outdoor stepping stones
  • Scooters
  • Skateboards
  • Jump ropes