Wish List

Thank you for your interest in donating items from our 2016 Wish List.  Your gifts help care for survivors and their children who leave behind so many of their personal belongings when they enter the emergency shelter.  Many of the items below are needed in the shelter, but we also give them to survivors when they leave the shelter, so their families can have a head start on setting up a household — whether their new home is at The Rise or out in the community. Donations can be dropped off at The Rise office, 401 S. Washington St, Bloomington, IN 47401, Monday – Friday.
Please call 812-337-4510 to schedule a drop-off time.

Due to legal restrictions, we are unable to accept donations of used mattresses, pillows, or stuffed animals.



• Vacuum Cleaner!
• Miscellaneous craft supplies (anything other than crayons, glue, and paper)
• Dry erase markers
• Chalk
• Easel
• Seeds to plant in the spring
• Disney movie CDs (like Lion King, Little Mermaid, Frozen, etc)
• Pillows
• Items for sensory bins and crafts like kool-aid, baking soda, beans, rice, pasta, pinecones, random things like that
• Large plastic bins for storage
• Strollers for baby dolls
• Double strollers for baby humans
• Gross motor toys like tumbling mats
• Socks for kids ages 2-5
• Extra winter coats
• Velcro strips
• Timer that the kids can watch the time pass
• Band-aids
• Cots
• Washer and dryer
• Changing table
• Pack n Plays
• Rocking chairs (preferably wooden)
• Toddler table/chairs


  • Gift cards
  • Jeans, slacks, leggings (all sizes for girls/women, but especially pants size 13-14)
  • Clothes for Women in their 20’s (all sizes)
  • Women’s panties (new – all sizes)
  • Pajamas (children – adult/boy/girl/women)
  • Hair brushes, hair ties, head bands
  • Nail Care Kits (toe/finger nail clippers/files/polish remover/polish) and Tweezers
  • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths and Kitchen Towels/Sponges/Scratchers/Cloths
  • Coats (mostly large/extra large women’s and school-aged boys/girls)
  • Shoes (children – adult)
  • Flatware: knives, forks, spoons
  • Hand Crank Can Openers
  • Toasters
  • Coffee Pots (for when they move out) – the small ones are fine
  • Alarm clocks
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Hot Pads/Oven Mitts
  • Queen Sheet Sets/Blankets
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Laundry baskets
  • Trash cans
  • Area rugs
  • Games and toys for older boys and girls
  • Leaf Blower for Shelter (to clean parking lots and sidewalks)
  • Bath Mats
  • Heavy Duty Vacuum
  • Rags
  • Deodorant