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Nonprofit wish lists: Find out how you can help this season

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During this season of charitable giving, we invited local nonprofits to share their wish lists. Their needs range from hammers and computer printers to single-serving snacks. Most organizations welcome gift cards and financial donations.

After Gateway

What we do: Day health program that helps adults with multiple or severe developmental disabilities in the Piedmont Triad achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Wish list: Needs for new (additional) classroom: 42-inch or larger flat screen TV, 12 Kindle Fires, two desktop computers, one laptop computer.

To donate: Visit and click on “Donate” option.

Alamance County Firefighter’s Burned Children Foundation

What we do: Support those affected by fire. Also, purchase smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, brochures, pamphlets, etc.

Wish list: Monetary donations.

To donate: Jay Mebane, 336-266-0410 or

ArtsGreensboro on behalf of N.C. Folk Festival

What we do: Free, three-day, multistage outdoor celebration of cultural roots and traditions, scheduled for Sept. 6-8 in downtown Greensboro.

Wish list: Tarps, A-frame ladders, leaf blower, chop saw, circular saw, side cutters, cordless drills, box fans, brooms, air compressor, hammers, pipe wrenches, table-top vise, food grade hoses, rope/cording, bungee cords, zip-ties, GAF tape, staple gun, contractor grade extension cords.

To donate: Ethan Lodics, 336-279-7086 or

BackPack Beginnings

What we do: Provides child-centric services to feed, comfort and clothe children in need.

Wish list: Healthy, shelf-stable food items; new or gently used children’s winter clothing; hygiene products; gently used children’s books, activity books, pens, crayons, two-pocket folders, notebooks.

To donate: 336-954-7445,, and

Bella Hearts

What we do: Seek to improve the lives of those suffering with kidney, heart and Alzheimer’s disease.

Wish list: A donated office for nonprofit start up, five laptops, $5,000 to assist with start up costs.

To donate: Sherah Lowe, 336-453-3470 or

Black Suit Initiative

What we do: Provide free leadership and community engagement opportunities for young men in middle and high school to improve academic performance, explore career interests and gradually earn a full black suit.

Wish list: Money to purchase suits, cover dry cleaning costs, assist in providing meals for weekly meetings and transportation expenses.

To donate: Checks can be made payable to The Sparrow’s Nest Inc., 122 N. Elm St., Suite 503, Greensboro, NC 27401 or made through PayPal at

Camp Carefree

What we do: Provide free, weeklong summer camp programs for ill and disabled youth ages 6 to 16.

Wish list: Two HVAC units, 12 Lifetime 8-foot commercial nesting folding tables, vinyl siding, convection stove (two in a tower unit), plastic-enclosed twin-sized mattresses, cleaning supplies, toilet paper (commercial rolls), paper towels (commercial rolls), cleaning supplies.

To donate: Call 336-427-0966 or visit

Caring Services

What we do: Provide housing (108 beds) and supportive services for people recovering from substance-use disorders in a long-term program setting.

Wish list: Linens for twin beds, pillows, paper products, towels, washcloths, deodorant, soap, shampoo, underwear, socks, key chains, daily meditation books, AA and NA books, journals, tickets/passes for recreational opportunities, canned goods, winter coats, hats, gloves.

To donate: Becky Yates, 336-886-5594. Drop off donations at 102 Chestnut Drive in High Point, or arrange pick up.

Chase’s Chance

What we do: Reach youth and help them feel supported, encouraged and empowered to move toward the life God has in store for them.

Wish list: Financial donations.

To donate: Cash App — $chaseschance; Direct deposit at First Bank, Chase’s Chance; mailed donations to Chase’s Chance, P.O. Box 16152, High Point, NC 27261; or PayPal,

The Last Dons

What we do: Award The Last Dons Second Chance Scholarship to non-traditional students and annually provide the children of Rockingham County with filled backpacks, food, haircuts, hairstyles, lunch boxes, specialty school supplies, small carnival rides. Fourth annual School Supply Giveaway will be Aug. 3 at Reidsville High School.

Wish list: School and office supplies (such as backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, water, canned drinks, lunch boxes, paper, erasers, folders, rulers, book covers, dry erase boards, dry erase markers, lead pencils, pencil box, glue, scissors, calculator, sticky notes, Scotch tape, colored pencils, three-ring binder, crayons, stapler, tablets, glue sticks, highlighters and printer paper), money, combination locks, restaurant and grocery gift cards, lunch boxes.

To donate: Make checks payable to The Last Dons and mail to P.O. Box 1002 Eden, NC 27289. Supplies can be delivered to The Cutting Room Barbershop, 1313 S. Scales St. in Reidsville.

Information: Katrina, 336-394-3942.

Creative Aging Network-N.C.

What we do: Creative Aging Network-N.C. and HandyCapable Network are working together to transform the former Bell House property into Bell Campus, an arts and technology center for the aging and differently-abled; this joint venture will provide opportunities for intergenerational and multicultural lifelong learning and meaningful social engagement by teaching new technology skills, developing creative talents, and increasing community involvement.

Wish list: Home Depot and Lowe’s gift cards, garden equipment, a 30-foot extendable ladder, cluster mailbox with four or six units, picnic and patio tables, freestanding basketball goal on wheels.

Contact: Lia Miller, 336-253-0856 or

Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro

What we do: Committed to improving the lives of those with Down Syndrome by connecting with new families, providing social and educational opportunities for members and promoting awareness and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome in the community.

Wish list: Books: “We’ll Paint the Octopus Red” by Stephanie Stuve-Bodein (10 copies); “47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code” by Becky Carey and Bonnie Leick (five copies); “My Friend Isabelle” by Eliza Woloson and Bryan Gough (five copies); “My Friend Has Down Syndrome” by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Febrega (five copies); “Mi Amigo Tiene el Sindrome De Down” by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Febrega (10 copies); and “Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens With Down Syndrome” by David Stein (two copies). New parent outreach gifts: Baby blankets, hats and booties, bibs and muslin blankets. Therapy and tutoring supplies — Handwriting Without Tears products: Wood pieces set for capital letters, mat man book set, blackboard with double lines, flip crayons gift set, also water and sand tables.

To donate:

Dylan’s Hearts

What we do: Provide money for emergency or critical veterinary care for animals whose families are struggling financially.

Wish list: Monetary donations.

To donate: Visit

Every Campus A Refuge

What we do: Temporarily host refugees on Guilford College’s campus and support them in their resettlement in Greensboro.

Wish list: Gift cards to Walmart.

To donate: Send gift cards to Diya Abdo, Every Campus a Refuge, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410; or donate at

FaithAction International House

What we do: Serve and advocate alongside thousands of new immigrants each year, while educating and connecting a diverse community across lines of culture and faith — turning strangers into neighbors.

Wish list: Canned food (beans, corn and soups), pasta, rice, cooking oil, diapers, donations to an emergency fund for help with rent, health care and legal expenses for those affected by detention and deportation.

To donate: 336-379-0037, or In-kind donations can be delivered during office hours to: 705 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401.

Family Service of the Piedmont’s Domestic Violence Shelter

What we do: Family Service of the Piedmont’s shelter program provides temporary emergency shelter to individuals and families escaping violent homes. Family Service manages two shelters, Clara House in Greensboro and Carpenter House in High Point.

Wish list: Toiletries — hand sanitizer, ethnic hair products, deodorant, toothpaste, body wash; Household items — food storage containers, food storage bags (gallon and quart), air fresheners, aluminum foil, can openers, paper plates and cups, paper napkins; Baby items — diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6; Food — coffee, individual snacks-fruit, chips, cookies, soup, ramen noodles, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly; and Miscellaneous — table lamps (can be gently used), women’s panties in sizes 7-13, women’s slippers (all sizes).

To donate: Call 336-387-6161 or visit

Family Support Network of Central Carolina

What we do: Located in the Women’s Hospital, serves families in Guilford and the surrounding counties who have children with special needs or those who experience a NICU stay.

Wish list: New newborn sleepers, new bottles, receiving blankets, new baby board books, a large whiteboard. Find Amazon wish list at

To donate: or

Foster Children & Parents Network

What we do: Help to provide training for foster parents and toys and clothing and other items for children ages birth to 18.

Wish list: Toys and clothing for all ages.

To donate: Gaynelle Smith, 336-299-5806.

Green Team Helping Hands

What we do: Feed homeless adults and children in Greensboro. Also provide them with weather appropriate clothing and toiletries.

Wish list: Food (water, crackers, chips, snacks, Vienna sausages, cookies, honey buns, instant noodles); personal items (socks, hats, gloves, grooming kit, men/women’s gift sets, jackets/coats, sleeping bag); and gift cards to any national chain.

To donate:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

What we do: Build, renovate and repair homes for low-income families.

Wish list: Electric multi-tool, first aid kits, 7¼-inch skillsaw blades, durable plastic folding tables — six feet, hand warmers, hot chocolate, postage stamps.

To donate: Call 336-232-0131 or visit

Hannah’s Haven, a Teen Challenge Center

What we do: Provide a safe and stable environment for women in recovery from substance abuse.

Wish list: Financial donations, workbooks for specific Bible studies (contact Hannah’s Haven for details), one-ply toilet paper, paper towels, storage baggies, facial tissues, bleach, dish/laundry detergent, garbage bags, shampoo and conditioner for all types of hair and various household/office supplies listed at under get involved/needed items. Hannah’s Bridge thrift store on Lawndale Drive in Greensboro accepts donations of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, household items and furniture. Donations may be dropped off at the store between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

To donate: Mail financial donations to Hannah’s Haven, P.O. Box 14724, Greensboro, NC 27415; send using your bank’s bill pay; or by e-giving at Drop off in-kind donations at 5432 Yanceyville Road, Browns Summit.

Information: 336-656-1066,

Hart-2-Heart Rescue

What we do: Save little senior dogs from animal shelters and puppy mills, foster them in private homes, provide comprehensive veterinary care and adoption placement.

Wish list: Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics, All Pets Considered, Costco, Walmart and Amazon.

To donate: Check or PayPal donation, Also, Hart-2-Heart Rescue, P.O. Box 38307, Greensboro, NC 27438 or drop off at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, 3205 Brassfield Road, Greensboro. Contact: Jennifer Hart,

Hope Academy

What we do: Private, Christ-centered fifth-through-eighth-grade school that serves families in the Glenwood, Florida Street, Hampton home and Smith home areas.

Wish list: Snacks (peanut butter crackers, chips, granola bars, sports drinks, juice boxes), books, copy paper, small white boards with markers, dry erase markers and cleaner, tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

To donate: Contact Mattie at Books can be ordered from

Interactive Resource Center

What we do: Helping to end homelessness.

Wish list: Twin size or larger blankets, heavy winter coats sizes medium to 3X, adult-male sized hats, gloves, socks, thermals, hand and foot warmers, value-sized coffee, sugar, and creamer, eight-ounce foam cups, individually wrapped snacks, value-sized high-efficiency laundry detergent, adult cold-weather sleeping bags, backpacks, tents and tarps.

To donate: or the Amazon wish list at In-kind donations can be brought during office hours to 407 E. Washington St. in Greensboro. Contact: 336-332-0824 or

Kids Path

What we do: Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro program that supports children coping with serious illness and loss.

Wish list: Bottles of Elmer’s glue, drawing tablets, individually packaged snacks, juice boxes, small bottled waters, gift cards for pizza, individually wrapped hard candy, women’s cotton gowns (all sizes), grocery/discount store gift cards, CD players, soft music CDs, white pillow cases, small containers of cookies and monetary donations to Holiday Cheer Fund.

To donate: Jane Gibson, 336-478-2511 or

Kopper Top Life Learning Center

What we do: Provide therapeutic horseback riding, recreational therapy, animal-assisted therapy and horticulture therapy to individuals with or without disabilities.

Wish list: Scholarships for participants, monetary donations for feeding/veterinary care, maintenance services (plumbing/electrical/vehicles/tractors/fencing), orchard/fescue mix hay, Timothy hay, heavy-duty farm truck

To donate: Deborah Meridith, 336-565-9723 or Mail donations to Kopper Top Life Learning Center, 6657 Kimesville Road, Liberty NC 27298 or at

LEAD Girls of NC

What we do: Dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income and at-risk preteen girls need to become productive citizens and active leaders in their community through evidenced based curriculum.

Wish list: Inkjet printer, printer paper, ink; lanyards/name badges

To donate:; P.O. Box 24022, Winston Salem, NC 27114; or arrange to be picked up. Information: 336-517-6044.

Lionheart Academy of the Triad

What we do: Support and enhance the growth of social skills, executive functioning skills and problem-solving skills of students on the autism spectrum so they can grow up to live independent, successful lives.

Wish list: Sponsor a student to attend social-skills groups to learn the “hidden” rules of society and practice those rules in an encouraging environment among peers. A $30 donation pays for one session, $60/two, $90/three, $120 for a month; $600 would cover a semester of classes.

To donate: Heather Pardue, 336-676-6075 or

Mustard Seed Community Health

What we do: Medical and pediatric clinic in southeast Greensboro, supports the Cottage Grove Community.

Wish list: Gifts of $159.93 to support health care to someone in need, $319.86 to support a quarter-day of health care or $639.72 to fund a half-day of quality health care.

To donate: Checks may be made out to Mustard Seed Community Health, Lee Staton (executive director), 238 S. English St., Greensboro, NC 27401.

North Carolina Pet Partners

What we do: Promotes and organizes animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy and trains and certifies teams. Serve the community by having certified teams visit locations such as Cone Health System(rehabilitation, radiation, oncology, telemetry, urology, behavioral health, pediatrics), assisted-living and memory-care facilities, Hospice and Palliative Care, children’s camps, cancer centers and local universities. NCPP teams also provide reading partners for children in the Guilford County School System and participate in the Pet Responsibility Program that reaches hundreds of students each year.

Wish list: Gift cards or cash donations to create a library for reading program in Guilford County Schools and fund programs to educate the community regarding animal-assisted therapy and the services we provide.

To donate: Email

Now What?

What we do: Network for those widowed; seek to serve the underserved in the community.

Wish list: Donations for home repairs, counseling and scholarships for learning opportunities.

To donate: Send checks made payable to Now What? in care of: Barbara Gilbert: 7112 Horseman Court, Summerfield, NC 27358. Information: Barbara Gilbert, or

Out of the Garden Project

What we do: Food assistance program for families primarily in Guilford County.

Wish list: Non-perishable food, money and volunteers. For the Urban Teaching Farm, 24-inch flail mower.

To donate: Visit

PACE of the Triad

What we do: Provide services for older adults, including adult day program and activities, medical care, transportation, rehab therapies and support.

Wish list: Hats, gloves, scarves, grocery gift cards, arts and craft materials, fabric and yarn.

To donate: Call 336-550-4054 or visit PACE of the Triad, 1471 E. Cone Blvd. in Greensboro between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Piedmont Wildlife Rehab

What we do: Help injured and orphaned wildlife and nurture an appreciation for animals and the environment. Offer programs about wildlife and the environment.

Wish list: Biggest needs: Large cage repair or building help and rabbit hutch or bigger caging. Also, gift cards for gas and supplies or other monetary donations, cloth remnants such as fleece and flannel, bird seed, pecans, acorns and other native nuts, meal worms and crickets, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, UVB emitting bulbs. Often need a group to help move and transport heavy items.

To donate: 336-580-6600 or

Reidsville Outreach Center

What we do: Provide nutritious foods to needy, disadvantaged individuals and families every other Thursday.

Wish list: Food and monetary donations.

To donate: 336-342-7770 (leave message if no answer).

Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro

What we do: Help older adults pursue independent and active lives of purpose

Wish list: Gift certificates for car wash/gas cards/restaurant gift cards for volunteer appreciation, room air purifier with HEPA filters, iPads or Android tablets for senior computer class training, notebooks half-inch or larger, two-drawer or four-drawer locking file cabinet, colored printer papers, rolling computer chairs (nine/room), birthday and get-well cards, volunteers to drive seniors for grocery and essential shopping.

To donate: Mail to Shepherd’s Center, 302 W. Market St, Room 103, Greensboro NC 27401 or

The Animal Awareness Society

What we do: All-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue group.

Wish list: Friskies Pate wet cat food, Pine Pellet Bedding at Tractor Supply, Temptation Cat Treats, laundry detergent, bleach, Clorox wipes, Costco gift cards, cat beds, cat climbing towers, cardboard scratchers, scratching posts with rope, Hav-A-Heart traps, feral feeder boxes, a vehicle in good running condition, gas cards to transport animals, cash donations, corporate sponsors and volunteers.

To donate: Call 336-498-6013, email or visit The society is at 613 E. Brown St. in Randleman.

The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools

What we do: The all-volunteer Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools fosters experiential learning through providing field trip scholarships for children in need and mini-grants for teachers who propose creative, curriculum-enhancing projects.

Wish list: Monetary donations.

To donate: Contact Michelle Schneider at 336-430-2811 or visit

Triad Health Project

What we do: Piedmont Triad’s comprehensive HIV/ADS service, support and education organization, providing case management, free HIV/STI testing and a day center.

Wish list: Men’s and women’s scarves, hats and gloves; hygiene kits (shampoo, dental floss, shaving cream); housekeeping kits/baskets (laundry detergent, toilet paper); coffee, creamer, sugar, toilet paper and paper towels for the Higher Ground day center; infant/toddler care packages (diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, bath wash, lotion, diaper cream, baby nail trimmers). Non-perishable food for THP’s client food pantry, including grains and starches, proteins, vegetables, juices.

To donate: Drop off items between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 801 Summit Ave. in Greensboro or 620 English Road in High Point. Monetary donations can be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 5716, Greensboro, NC 27435. 336-275-1654.

Veterans United in Service

What we do: Provide case management and claims processing services to local veterans with the intention of preventing homelessness.

Wish list: Toiletries, socks, gloves and scarves to make goodie bags for annual displaced veterans Christmas Party, which will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Veterans of Foreign War, 2605 Elm-Eugene St. in Greensboro. Food preparation companies are asked to donate food for the Christmas dinner.

To donate:


What we do: Provide affordable and reliable transportation to economically vulnerable families and individuals trying to get back on their feet.

Wish list: Used vehicles that can be fixed for families in need of transportation.

To donate: In-kind donations can be sent to the Wheels4Hope Triad office: 4006 Burlington Road Greensboro, NC. Office hours 8:30-5:00 M-F. (336) 355-9130 Contact:

Women’s Resource Center

What we do: Promote self-reliance of women by assessing needs, providing services and acting as a gateway to community resources.

Wish list: Soothing instrumental CD’s, door prizes (small gift certificates to Walmart or Starbucks, etc.), gift cards to Office Depot/Staples, white ½-inch view binders, pens, coffee pods and beans, six-ounce hot beverage cups, chocolate.

To donate: 336-275-6090, Ext. 220 or

YWCA Greensboro

What we do: Empower and provide services for families experiencing homelessness, pregnant and parenting teens and at-risk young adult mothers and their children, women experiencing economic challenges and at-risk middle-school-age youth.

Wish list: New, unwrapped toys (infants through teenagers), gift cards ($10-$25 Walmart, gas, Target, etc.), diapers, formula, bus passes (all day pass and 30 day passes), pillows, blankets, sheets (twin and full) snack foods, juice boxes, laundry detergent, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, plastic cups and plates, monetary donations

To donate: Drop off items between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 1807 E. Wendover Ave. in Greensboro or visit to order items from Amazon and have direct shipped. Information: Deb Harris-Richardson, 336-273-3461 or

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