Wish List

Help support Middle Way House through gifts and donations.

Middle Way House Wish List

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

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.
Donations for the emergency shelter can be dropped off at our administrative office (338 S. Washington St., Bloomington, IN 47401) Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm; for additional information, please call, (812) 333-7404, to speak with the Emergency Shelter's house manager, Gina. 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: ginae@middlewayhouse.org (for the emergency shelter), surabhi@middlewayhouse.org (for The RISE!), riseandshine@middlewayhouse.org (for the childcare program), and priscilla@middlewayhouse.org (for the youth program).
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 Wish List

Please contact our House Manager to see if your used items can be used. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Phone: 812-333-7404 ext. 209, or by email ginae@middlewayhouse.org
*Means we are very low on this item(s).
  • Pantry Fillers:
    • Freezer meals (frozen pizza, meals and breakfast foods)
    • Meat for freezer
    • Sugar
    • Individual Mac 'n Cheese or other Heat and Eat Meals
    • Gallons of milk
    • Fruit and Vegetables (not in large amounts please)
    • 2-4 Loaves of White Bread
  • $10-20 VISA Gift Cards (for residents to replace their ID)
  • $10-20 Gift cards (Kroger, Walmart, Gas Stations) for residents needing to purchase gas or groceries
  • USB Wall Chargers
  • Charging Cables for Smart Phones (iPhone and Android)
  • No-hook shower curtains for shelter bathrooms
  • Poly File Folders, Envelopes, and Pouches w/ Zippers (approx. 9"x12")
  • Gel Pens and other Supplies for Art
  • Mandala Dotting Tools for Art/Painting
  • Self-Adhesive Shipping Labels for an Inkjet Printer (approx.3"x4")
  • Art Set for Painting Rocks
  • Fellowes Plastic Binding Combs (1/2 inch)
  • Travel-Sized Products
  • Aluminum Foil*
  • Saran Wrap*
  • Sandwich Bags, Gallon Ziploc Bags, and Quart Ziploc Bags*
  • Men's Body Wash*
  • Sturdy Dining Room Chairs
Women’s Clothing (new or gently used)
  • Size 9, 10, 11, and 12 Shoes
  • Size 42D Bras
  • Large and Extra-Large Sweatshirts


  • Size 4
  • Size 5
  • Size 6
  • Size 4T-5T pull-ups
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Wipes*

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

  • Manual can openers
  • 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, etc.)
  • Bath towels (bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels and bath mats)
  • Sheet sets
  • Lamps
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Anything that someone could use to start over in a new apartment (except furniture)

Over-the-Counter Medications Needed

  • For adults:
    • Ibuprofen
    • Tylenol
    • Pepto Bismol
    • Anti-Diarrheal
    • Acid Reducer
    • Theraflu
    • Bayer Aspirin
    • Benadryl
    • Nyquil
    • Dayquil
    • Eye Drops
  • For kids:
    • Infant Fever Medication
    • Children's Chewable Tylenol
    • Saline Mist
    • Infant Tylenol
    • Children's Cough Medicine
The RISE! Transitional Housing Program Wish List
  • Food
    • Milk
    • Snacks for kids
  • Kitchen Items
    • Bowls
  • Hygiene Items
    • Bath Accessories
  • Clothing
    • Underwear for adults and children
  • Cleaning Items
    • Dish liquid
    • Sponges
    • Broom and Dustpan Sets
    • Mops
    • Plungers
    • Microfiber Towels
    • Toilet Paper
    • Paper Towels
    • All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
    • Bleach
    • Pinesol
    • Fabuloso
    • Swiffers
    • Laundry Baskets
    • Sanitation Wipes
  • Entertainment
    • UNO Cards
    • Chess Sets
    • Checkers Sets
    • Legos
    • Art Kits
    • Stuffed Animals
    • Playing Cards
    • Hot Wheels
    • Action Figures
    • Coloring Books
    • Puzzles
    • Toys and Activities geared towards children of color
  • Party and Gift Supplies
    • Wrapping Paper
    • Gift Bags
    • Tissue Paper
  • Homeware
    • Bedding Sets
    • Comforters
Childcare Wish List
Please feel free to contact our Childcare Coordinator 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 Wish List
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