Christmas Needs 2006

Dear Friends,

We again have the opportunity to show Christ’s love in a practical way by making this Christmas season a little brighter for the kids that we serve. We have historically, through your generosity, provided Christmas presents for the youth served by Polk County Youth Services in Des Moines, and most recently Youth Homes of Mid-America in Johnston. I would like for you prayerfully consider how you individually can help or how you can enlist the help of those in your church. Any assistance that you can give will be very much appreciated. Our current needs for this year are listed below.

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Polk County Youth Services’ Detention Center (Praise the Lord that this need for the gift bags has been met already!)

  • Gift bags (33 gift bags – gender neutral): 1 toothbrush, 1 small toothpaste, 1 non-aerosol deodorant, small size shampoo and conditioner, 1 candy bar, 1 single size bag chips, 1 word search book, 1 Koosh ball, 1 lip balm)
  • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul books
  • Personal headset radios, and pre paid-phone cards for the wings

Polk County Youth Services’ Transitional Shelter:

  • Gift cards from K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart are especially helpful for us to use to shop for youth
  • Relaxation CDs or cassettes (for all youth)
  • 20 hand held games (1 for each youth)
  • 10 models and non-toxic glue (for boy gifts)
  • 20 bath sets (boys as well as girls really like these)
  • 10 puzzles or games
  • 10 craft kits
  • 20 lip balm (stocking stuffers)
  • 20 decks of cards (stocking stuffers)
  • 20 hoodies, or fleece tops, 20 flannel pj bottoms
  • 20 personal water bottles
  • Candy for stockings
  • Toys (for younger youth)
  • Radios: plug in

Video sport or education games for youth as a group, rated E (Everyone)

  • Koosh balls
  • Jewelry (girls)
  • Duffle bags

Youth Homes of Mid-America:

  • We are not sure how many youth will be on campus for Christmas yet, so tentatively
    • Gift cards from K-Mart, Target Wal-Mart are especially helpful for us to use to shop for youth (I’m planning on 15 youth).
    • 15 puzzles/games
    • 15 models and non-toxic glue
    • 15 hoodies, 15 flannel pj bottoms.
    • 15 McDonald’s gift certificates

Christmas (and Year Round) Needs:

Personal Care Items: soap, shampoo, conditioner, non-aerosol deodorant, shaving cream/gel, hair ties (plain and colored packets),cologne, body wash, plastic soap boxes, body lotion, manicure/pedicure supplies, bath sets, hairbrushes,**hair products and brushes for African American youth

Craft/Art Supplies: coloring books, fuzzy (velvet) art posters or sheets, colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue, glitter, drawing paper, sketch books, construction paper, etc.

Clothing Items: socks, plain colored T-shirts (no writing or design), female bikini underwear (sizes 5 to 10), male underwear (colored boxers only – sizes 30 & up), bras (various sizes), scarves, gloves, hats, sweatshirts (plain-no writing, M, L, XL), hoodies, men’s belts, pajamas, slippers, robes, swimsuits – all for male and female. The kids go swimming at the YMCA every Friday night all year round.

Recreational Equipment: Legos, games (Chess, Sorry, Risk, Life, Checkers, Janga, Boggle, Cribbage, Scene It Jr., Scene It Disney, Scene It(sports version), etc.), Dominoes, decks of cards, UNO cards, Phase 10 cards, other card games, Bingo, model cars (to put together and then paint—a big hit), Matchbox cars, small room/personal-size basketball hoop set, hackey sacks, finger boards (toy), books for young readers, word-search books, and outdoor portable basketball hoop.

Miscellaneous: Pre-paid phone cards for youths whose families are not in the 515 area code. We like to keep them on the wing so they’re available to those who need them. Please do not wrap gifts. The staff looks at everything in order to make appropriate selections for the kids. Gift bags are appreciated.

Questions? Call Mary Tomlinson (515-321-7557) or Shane Vander Hart (515-321-5077) for more information.


1 Response to “Christmas Needs 2006”

  1. 1 Shane Vander Hart December 2, 2006 at 7:37 am

    We have had a wonderful response! The hoodies & pj bottoms for the shelter has been taken care of, as well as 10 puzzles/games, lip balm, decks of cards, and personal water bottles for the shelter. I am always amazed at how quickly the body of Christ responds to needs like this!

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