Wish List

Thank you for your interest in donating items from our 2017 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, used pillows, or used stuffed animals.



Feel free to contact the Childcare Coordinator, Marcella Ettinger at marcella@middlewayhouse.org before making donations!

  1. Healthy snack foods
  2. Wax paper
  3. Bubble solution
  4. Sprinkler for the kids to play in
  5. Craft supplies (paint, glue, etc. preferably not crayons or paper)
  6. Dry erase markers
  7. New, never used pillows
  8. Large plastic bins for storage
  9. Strollers for baby dolls
  10. Double strollers for baby humans
  11. Socks for kids ages 2-5
  12. Children’s underwear
  13. Band aids and other first aid supplies
  14. Sturdy bikes for children 5 and under
  15. Wooden puzzles with large pieces
  16. Books for children under 5 about diversity
  17. Swimsuits for sizes 3 months to 5
  18. Dress up clothes/ costumes for different careers





  • Gift cards
  • Shorts:  all sizes for women & children’s 2T & larger
  • Jeans, slacks, leggings (all sizes for girls/women, but especially pants size 13-14)
  • Belts – larger sizes
  • Women’s panties:  new only– especially size 5 & girls 14-16
  • Hair straighteners
  • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Kitchen Towels/Sponges/Scratchers/Cloths
  • Tennis Shoes/sneakers: Adult Women (especially 7.5 – 8.5)
  • Slippers: Children through Adult sizes
  • Children’s lunch boxes
  • Flip Flops:  all sizes for women & children
  • Flatware: knives, forks, spoons
  • Hand Crank Can Openers
  • Coffee Pots (for when they move out) – the small ones are fine
  • Alarm clocks
  • Hot Pads/Oven Mitts
  • Twin, Full & Queen Mattress Pads
  • Twin & Queen Sheet Sets/Blankets
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Trash cans
  • Area rugs
  • Leaf Blower for Shelter (to clean parking lots and sidewalks)
  • Bath Mats
  • Deodorant
  • Vacuum Cleaner


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