Christmas Needs 2007

Every year we get a list of the Christmas needs from some of the facilities that we work in.  We wanted to share what the needs are for this coming Christmas.  This is a simple way for the body of Christ to show His love to kids who are less fortunate.

If you have any questions regarding this list please feel free to e-mail Shane at or give him a call at (515) 321-5077.  Also we would like to request that if you decide to help out to let him know which facility and how you plan to help.  This will help prevent much duplication.  Thanks!

The List:

Detention Center:

  • 33 Gift bags – gender neutral: 1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste, 1 non-aerosol deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, candy or treat, 1 word search book, 1 Koosh ball, 1 lip balm. (Size small to medium for personal care items.)

  • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul books

  • Personal headset radios, and pre paid-phone cards for the wings

Transitional Shelter:

  • Gift cards from K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart are especially helpful for us to shop for specific needs

  • 20 hand held games (1 for each youth)

  • 10 models and non-toxic glue (for boy gifts)

  • 20 bath sets—soap/lotion etc. (boys as well as girls really like these)

  • 10 games

  • 10 craft kits

  • 20 lip balm (stocking stuffers)

  • 20 decks of cards (stocking stuffers)

  • 20 flannel pj bottoms, 20 hoodies or fleece tops, slippers, robes

  • 20 personal water bottles, 20 plastic soap boxes

  • 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, nerf balls

  • Jewelry, soft slipper socks (girls)

  • Large duffle bags or suitcases

Youth Homes of Mid-America:

  • 12 $5 McDonalds gift certificates

  • 12 $20 Wal-Mart gift certificates

Christmas (and Year Round) Needs:

Personal Care Items: soap, shampoo, conditioner, non-aerosol deodorant, shaving cream/gel, dual-blade razors, hair ties (plain and colored packets), cologne (boys and girls), body wash, plastic soap boxes, body lotion, manicure/pedicure supplies, bath sets, hairbrushes, **hair products and brushes for African American youth. (Size medium personal care items.)

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


Clothing Items: socks, plain T-shirts, 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, XXL), hoodies, fleece tops, men’s belts, pajamas, slippers, robes, swimsuits – all for male and female. The kids go swimming at the YMCA every Friday night all year. We always need swim suits.

Recreational Equipment: Legos, games (Chess, Sorry, Risk, Life, Checkers, Janga, Boggle, Cribbage, Scene It Jr., Scene It Disney, Scene It (sports version), bingo, etc.), dominoes, UNO cards, card games i.e. Phase 10 and Skip Bo, 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), koosh balls, word-search books

Miscellaneous: No expiration date, 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!

Note: It’s helpful to us if you leave the price tags on so we can account for the donation.

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