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 between 9 am and 4 pm . If you are donating items for the MWH shelter please bring them to the administration office between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.


You may call the Rise with questions about donations at (812) 337-4510 and the shelter at (812) 333-7404.

IMPORTANT: 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/Capris:  all sizes for women
  • Jeans & Slacks (all sizes/especially black slacks for work)
  • Belts – larger sizes
  • Women’s panties:  must be new (especially sizes 4, 5, 7)
  • Girl’s panties:  must be new (especially 14-16)
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hair blow dryers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Make-Up
  • Deodorant
  • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Kitchen Towels/Sponges/Scratchers/Cloths
  • Tennis Shoes/sneakers: all sizes for adult women
  • Slippers: children through adult sizes
  • Flip Flops:  children through adult sizes
  • Footies for women
  • Children’s lunch boxes
  • 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
  • Kitchen trash cans & liners
  • Area rugs
  • Bath Mats:  ones that are easy to wash
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Vacuum Cleaners


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