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Wish List In-Kind Items
FamilyMeans accepts new and gently-used donations of in-kind items all throughout the year.
Suggestions appear below, but if you have ideas on how your specific resources can be put to good use, please contact our Development & Communications Director at 651-789-4057 or communications@FamilyMeans.org. Thank you.
CAREGIVER RESPITE GROUPS (OLDER ADULTS)
Items for Day Out! Group Respite
Older adults whose family/friend caregivers need a break come to FamilyMeans once a week to spend four hours with volunteers and staff. Together the group enjoys games, music, art activities, movement, and other programming that provides fun, companionship, and needed supervision. These would be helpful:
- Simple Word Find books
- Puzzles with 100 or fewer larger pieces
- Bingo prizes (large candy bars, small packages of cookies or salty snacks, packages of note cards, soap, etc.)
Items for In-Home Respite
Screened and trained volunteers spend time with a person who needs friendly companionship and supervision in their home so that their caregiver can have a few hours away. Sometimes the volunteers borrow items to bring with them to help facilitate their visits or soothe the person they are visiting.
- Books with pictures to spark conversations (photos of landscapes or seasons, pictures of activities or events a person could reminisce about, a picture book about holidays, etc.)
- Robotic pet (a more expensive wish; an example can be found here: https://joyforall.com/)
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (AGES 5-18)
- Weekend backpacks-in partnership with Valley Outreach: food to offset weekend food instability (cereal, ramen soups, peanut butter, bread, mac-n-cheese, juice, microwavable meals, etc.)
- Movie Night Snacks: soda, juice, pizza, chips, or movie-candy
- Toiletries: toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, etc.
Arts & Crafts / Music
- Markers/Pens/Pencils: Crayola washable thin or regular markers, Sharpie markers, dry erase markers or erasers, colored pencils or crayons
- Paper: lined paper, math/grid paper, construction paper, sketch pads or drawing tablets, and poster board
- Crafts: glue and glue sticks, paper, slime kits, craft sticks, or pompoms
- Painting supplies: canvases, paints, or brushes
Indoor Recreation & Music
- Computer games: DVDs for Mac or PC, XBOX 360 and 1G Wii or headphones
- Learning toys: math or manipulative-type toys that can be stored in buckets (e.g. Legos, Magnetix or building blocks)
- Musical Instruments
Outdoor Recreation & Sports
- Rain Apparel: rain jackets (preferably of waterproof and breathable), larger youth sizes and any adult sizes
- Winter gloves and hats
- Bicycles: youth and adult-sized mountain bikes, small frame road bikes, new or used panniers (saddle bags)
- Sports equipment: playground balls, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, tennis balls and rackets, and air pumps, soccer cleats, soccer socks, goalie gloves, mouth or shin guards
- Games: Giant Jenga, bean bag toss, or rodeo golf
- Ideas: novelty notebooks or pencils, headbands/hair-ties, trading cards, fidgets, water bottles, sports bags, or sports-related merchandise
FamilyMeans is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 41-6045574). As such, gifts to FamilyMeans are tax deductible according to IRS regulations.