Start a Collection

Start a Collection

You can play a part in helping us to collect essential items to provide comfort for those we serve.

Energetic and dedicated community members are needed to collect new items such as newborn/baby essentials, luggage/overnight bags, winter coats, clothing, pajamas, art supplies, books, essential hygiene items and household items. These items are critical means of support as our children and families work towards happy, healthier and more independent lives. 

Collections are great for companies looking for a volunteer project, students seeking service hours and for churches, community groups, and individuals looking for a way to give back. 

For more information on how to start a collection, contact Emily at 856.651.7553 x40110 or Liz at x40298.

Please note, we are able to accept new items only. We cannot accept used items. 

 

Healing Kits

Your help is needed to collect the following new items to create Healing Kits to support the healing process:

  • Small containers of bubbles (6 or 8 oz.)
  • Small personal white boards and whiteboard markers
  • Emoticon stickers
  • Photo boxes
  • Games that could be used for therapeutic purposes like Jenga, Connect 4, Elefun, Ungame, Checkers, or Uno
  • Kinetic Sand and Sand Trays
  • Hoberman Mini Spheres
  • Small plastic mason jars
  • Glitter glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Small terra cotta pots
  • Small rocks and stones
  • Metallic markers that write on rocks and stones
  • Markers and containers for markers
  • Journals

Your monetary donations to support our Caring Community Fund will cover the purchase of healing kit items for the families in our care.

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Newborn and Baby Essentials

We need your help to collect newborn and baby essentials. Join us in this effort by collecting:

  • diapers and wipes
  • formula
  • onsies
  • pajamas
  • board books (bilingual a plus) - for newborns, toddlers, and preschool age children
  • care packages for moms

Your monetary donations to support our Caring Community Fund will cover the purchase of essential items for moms and babies in correct sizes to best meet the needs of each family in our care.

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Overnight Tote/Luggage Collection

Your support in coordinating a youth luggage collection will help the teens and young adults living in our supportive housing programs with a sensible means of transporting their personal belongings as they transition back to their families or to another caring home. Many times, these young individuals are coming to us with just the clothes on their backs. While in our care, we provide them with life's essentials, a safe place to live, a warm bed, clothing, and new sheets and towels so they can focus on healing and growing.

Your donations of the following new items are needed:

  • Overnight or duffle bags - all styles and colors
  • Carry on size luggage
  • Backpacks appropriate for travel

Your monetary donations to our Caring Community Fund will cover the purchase of overnight bags or carry on size luggage for children in our care. Your gift makes it possible for us to purchase luggage when needed in favorite styles/colors of each child and teen.

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Winter Coats

You can ensure a child stays warm this winter!  Your help is needed in collecting new winter coats for children, teens and young adults. Your gift of new winter coats for new borns to young adults will keep those in need warm during the cold wintertime months.

Your donations of new winter coats in sizes for:

  • newborns and toddlers
  • children and teens
  • young adults 

Your monetary donations to support our Caring Community Fund will cover the purchase of new coats for children in our care.

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Recreational & Enrichment

You can play a role in expanding enrichment and recreational activities for the children in our care. Your donations will provide opportunities for fun outings that expand horizons and allow kids to be kids. 

We are in need of:

  • soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs
  • hydration/water bottles
  • arts & crafts supplies - canvas & paints or bracelet making kits
  • ear buds and headphones
  • tickets to movies
  • gift cards to restaurants
  • tickets to theatre, amusement parks, water parks, sporting events, concerts, museums

Your monetary donations to support our Caring Community Fund will expand opportunities for these types of fun and enriching outings.

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Clothing

There is a great need for clothing and shoes for the children and families in our care. We are able to accept new clothing and shoes only. 

  • Donate new clothing for our children and teens - all sizes are needed.
  • Donate interview clothing for our young adults - all sizes needed.

Your monetary donation to the Caring Community Fund will provide an opportunity for us to select clothing in the appropriate size to fit each child/teen/young adult in our care.

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Essential Items

Hundreds of teens, mothers, and children find a safe place to live at Center For Family Services. You can help by providing each child, teen and mother with essential items that will help them to feel at home and ready to start their journey towards self-sufficiency and healing. 

You involvment will ensure essential items are available. We need your help with:

New Hygiene Items 

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash 
  • Bar soap 
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Floss 
  • Deodorant 
  • Combs 
  • Feminine Products 

New Household Items 

  • Twin or full sheets 
  • Comforters 
  • Pillows
  • Bath towels and wash cloths 
  • Throw blankets 
  • Inspirational wall art
  • Utensils
  • Baking sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Non-breakable & dishwasher safe dishes 
  • Pots and pans 
Pajamas

Your help is needed to provide pajamas to children in need. Get involved by leading a pajama collection in your neighborhood or place of work. Donations of new pajamas for boys and girls of all ages (size newborn to adult) are needed.

We need your help with:

  • new onsies and pajamas for newborns and babies
  • new pajamas for toddlers and preschoolers
  • new pajamas and loungewear for teens
  • new socks and underwear
Books

Your involvement in coordinating a book donation collection will build at home libraries and expand classroom libraries. Collect new books for babies, toddlers, and preschool age children:

  • board books for newborns and babies.
  • board books for toddlers.
  • picture books for preschool age children.

Bilingual books a plus!

 

Recovery Self Care Bags

Your help is needed to provide essential items for people who are currently or have been recently homeless due to addiction. These essential items send a message of support for people as they follow a path to recovery. Family members with loved ones experiencing addiction will also benefit from recovery self care items. You can help by collecting these these new items:

  • mini journals
  • pens
  • stress balls
  • brushes/combs
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • dry shampoo
  • socks
  • underwear
  • baby wipes/hand wipes
  • gum, candy
  • nail polish
  • nail care items
  • adult coloring books
  • book marks with inspirational sayings
  • aroma therapy items: lotion, bath bombs, oils (dollar store)
  • massage tools like hand rollers or feet rollers (dollar store)
  • chapstick
  • gift cards to Wawa or Starbucks

Your monetary donations to support our Caring Community Fund will cover the purchase of recovery self care items for people in recovery. 

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