Holidays

Wichita-area agencies provide 2015 holiday wish lists

Volunteer Melissa Stoltz, center, drops a turkey in a customer’s cart during a Bread of Life Thanksgiving food distribution.
Volunteer Melissa Stoltz, center, drops a turkey in a customer’s cart during a Bread of Life Thanksgiving food distribution. File photo

Animal services

Eagle Valley Raptor Center Inc., 927 N. 343rd St. West, Cheney, KS 67025; 316-393-0710; www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org – Provide food, shelter and veterinarian care for injured and orphaned Kansas birds of prey so they may return back to the wild. Cash; gift cards to Lowes and Home Depot; volunteers.

Friends of Felines KS, 8918 W. 21st St. North, Suite 200, #160, Wichita, KS 67205; 316-778-0869; www.fofks.org – Friends of Felines KS mission: Implement the trap, neuter and return method of population control and promote the adoption of long-term, caregiver-based solutions regarding free-roaming community (feral) and stray cats. Cash; gift cards (Wal-Mart, PetSmart, Petco, TractorSupply); dry kitten and cat food; volunteers; office supply gift cards; relocation sites for feral cats (i.e. barns or outbuildings needing rodent control); caregivers for colonies that may need relocation.

Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary Inc., 9025 N. Broadway, Valley Center, KS 67147; 316-519-4129; hitveras.org – Provide safety, health care, feed and rehabilitation of horses in Sedgwick County and surrounding counties for horses that have been abused, neglected, starved, abandoned and those headed for slaughter. Cash; Equine Senior feed; building materials for more shelters; salt and mineral blocks; volunteers.

Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219; 316-524-9196; www.kshumane.org – The Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals. Puppy and kitten formula; canned dog and cat food; dog and cat treats and toys; foster home volunteers; volunteers.

Basic needs

Bread of Life Wichita, 1301 E. Galena, Wichita, KS 67216; 316-689-6866; breadoflifewichita.com – Helping to fight hunger and want by providing food and clothing to thousands of those in need. Boxed and canned food; clothing for men, women, children and infants; cash.

Episcopal Social Services-Venture House, 1010 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-269-4160; www.esswichita.org – To be a Christ-centered ministry that brings hope to people in need by offering opportunities for positive changes in their lives and provides ways for people to express their faith through service. New winter clothing (scarves, gloves, hats, socks); cash; food items for food outreach; volunteers for weekday hours; hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, lotions, body wash).

Westside Good Neighbor Center, 3500 W. 13th St. North, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-942-7349; Westsidegnc.org – Provide food for those in need. Food; volunteers; cash.

Children’s services

Camp Quality KS, P.O. Box 781607, Wichita, KS 67278; 316-775-5992; www.campqualityusa.org/ks – We provide a weeklong camp and year-round program for children with cancer. Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club gift cards; banker-size boxes with lids; colored hairspray and nail polish for beauty shop; unpainted ceramic/wood pieces; coloring books and crayons.

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County, 130 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202; 316-660-9493; cacsckansas.org – The CACSC works to promote the safety, health and emotional well-being of abused, neglected and trafficked children and their families. Comfort items for boys and girls (Barbie dolls, action figures, footballs, basketballs, baseballs, journals); individually wrapped nonperishable food items (peanut butter crackers, Cheez-Its, applesauce, juice boxes); gas cards ($20 minimum); volunteers for special events and administrative support; cash donations for general operating expenses or for our capital campaign.

Child Start Inc., 1002 S. Oliver, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-682-1853; www.childstart.org – Child Start prepares young children for lifelong success. New books for ages 5 and under; new laptops for staff; CCRR Program van; underwriters for speakers/events; adult backpacks for pregnant women.

Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County, 412 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202; 316-973-5110; ciswichita.org – Surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Backpacks; school supplies; books; sports equipment; sports apparel; bicycles; bicycle helmets; art supplies; bus passes; scientific calculators.

Deaf Kids’ Art Network, 4441 E. Falcon, Wichita, KS 67220; 316-210-9105; www.deafkan.org – We connect deaf and hearing-impaired children with positive deaf role models using art and performance. Our goal is to make it easier for families with deaf children to embrace sign language and deaf culture. Acrylic paint in any color; canvases (any size); two folding tables, 5 to 6 feet; office printer paper; magazines for a winter art project.

Eckerd, 1999 N. Amidon, Suite 232, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-440-5536; www.eckerd.org – The Eckerd mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. Toys; hygiene items; duffel bags; gift cards; cash.

Fundamental Learning Center dba Rolph Literacy Academy, Opportunity Drive, P.O. Box 771221, Wichita, KS 67277; 316-684-7323; www.funlearn.org – The Rolph Literacy Academy teaches children to read, write and spell; enlightens parents to the educational needs of their children; and prepares adults to be Literacy Intervention Specialists. 15 Newstyle Shock Proof Case Lightweight Kids Super Protection Cover with Audio Amplifier Design for Apple iPad mini; packs of individual, colored construction paper; mini-clocks; five paperback copies of “Beardance” by Will Hobbs; The Learning Carpet with Number Cards (100-square floor carpet).

Girls on the Run, 8518 W. Brookview, Wichita, KS 67205; 316-461-4516; www.girlsontherunks.org – Our goal is to prepare and educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living during their critical years of development. Gift cards to purchase healthy snacks; healthy snacks (individual packages); girls’ running shoes (girls’ and women’s sizes); clear plastic storage totes (28-quart); computer paper.

Kansas Children’s Service League, 1365 N. Custer, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-942-4261; kcsl.org – To protect and promote the well-being of children. Infant learning toys; infant/toddler books; puzzles (all ages); diapers (newborn to size 6); infant formula.

Kids Need to Eat Inc. (KN2E), P.O. Box 467, El Dorado, KS 67042; www.KN2E.org – We sponsor El Dorado and Towanda LunchBox, which provides free summer meals for kids for six weeks to help replace meals many kids eat for free at school. Kids 18 and under are welcome. Cash to purchase food; reusable grocery totes; plastic grocery bags; hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner); plastic Ziploc-style sandwich or snack-size bags.

Kidzcope, 9415 E. Harry, Suite 501, Wichita, KS 67207; 316-263-3335; kidzcope.org – Provides support and comfort to grieving children and their families through peer play and art therapy after the loss of a loved one. Various acrylic paints and brushes; 8-by-10-inch canvases; cleaning supplies; paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper cups); 50-inch flat-screen HDTV.

League 42, P.O. Box 20051, Wichita, KS 67208; 316-655-1028; league42.org – League 42’s mission is to introduce baseball to the youths of Wichita who may not have had a chance to experience the game. Cash for continuing renovation of existing baseball fields at McAdams Park; new and quality used baseball equipment (gloves, bats, baseballs, catcher’s gear); volunteers.

The Optimist Club of NE Wichita, P.O. Box 8104, Wichita, KS 67208; 316-651-0706; Optimistleaders.com – Provides help for area youths. Cash; food; toys; winter clothing.

Rainbows United Inc., 3223 N. Oliver, Wichita, KS 67220; 316-267-5437; RainbowsUnited.org – Rainbows United enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services. Board games for middle-school students; board books for infants and toddlers; sand timers; bean bag chairs; wooden puzzles.

Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation, 1918 N. Prairie Creek Road, Andover, KS 67002; 316-733-6700; www.scarfks.org – To provide resources and facilities that support and protect abused and neglected children and their families. Individually wrapped snacks; copy paper; fleece blankets; new children’s movies; socks (all sizes).

Community services

Alternative Gifts International, 1020 E. English, Suite B, Wichita, KS 67211; 316-269-0635; alternativegifts.org – Inspire support for humanitarian and environmental causes through alternative gift giving. DSLR camera; laserjet printer; Pantone Swatch Book 2015; heavy duty vacuum cleaner; paper cutter.

American Red Cross, 1900 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67205; 316-219-4086; redcross.org – The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Volunteers for disaster relief; blood donations; Six Surface Pros for mobile case workers and operations; gift cards.

The Arc of Sedgwick County, 2919 W. Second St., Wichita, KS 67203; 316-943-1191; www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org – Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Volunteers for programs and events; cash; stocking stuffers; paper goods; Kleenexl copy paper; stock pots.

Arrowhead West Inc., 613 N. Ridge Road, Wichita, KS 67212; 316-722-4554; arrowheadwest.org – We serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to empower people to live meaningful and productive lives. Household paper supplies; arts and crafts supplies; kitchen ware; kitchen and bath towels; plastic storage containers.

A Better Choice, 3007 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-685-5757; pregnancywichita.com – A Better Choice is a Catholic ministry providing counseling to women in a dignified and respectful atmosphere concerning pregnancy issues, abortion alternatives and healthy lifestyle choices. Similac Advance Infant formula; baby bath products; newborn clothing; baby blankets (large and receiving); Lysol spray; Clorox wipes.

Catholic Charities, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202-2413; 316-264-8344; www.CatholicCharitiesWichita.org – Catholic Charities aims to alleviate poverty and build strong families. Cash; canned goods; pantry items; new linens; household items; baby and children’s gifts and items; personal care items.

Dress for Success Wichita, 1422 N. High, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-945-8779; wichita.dressforsuccess.org – The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Cash; African-American hair products; size 26 and up clothing; wide-width shoes; new handrail for stairs; volunteers.

Envision Inc., 610 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-207-5362; www.envisionus.com – To improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. Sensory toys; dress-up clothes; books for infants; wooden puzzles; art supplies; construction paper; buttons of all shapes and sizes; towels; CDs; DVDs; talking products; golf balls; magazine subscriptions; a music player; books on tape; hand lotion.

Family Life Center-Safehouse, P.O. Box 735, El Dorado, KS 67042; 316-321-7104 – The mission of the Family Life Center-Safehouse is to provide comprehensive services and shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse without regard to the individual’s race, color, sexual preference, religion or belief. Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels); Wal-Mart cards; women’s and children’s underwear (all sizes); laundry soap; dryer sheets; cleaning supplies.

Forensic Nursing/Human Trafficking Prevention at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, 3600 E. Harry, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-689-5256; www.via-christi.org/locations/hospitals/via-christi-hospital-st-joseph/forensic-nursing – Care for victims of sexual assault, including child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking and any violence-related injuries. Stamps (to send inspirational notes to victims); old cellphones with chargers; grocery gift cards; colored pencils; new soft blankets; new yoga pants.

Gerard House, 3144 N. Hood, Wichita, KS 67204; 316-832-0777; www.viachristi.org/about-via-christi/mission/gerard-house – Provides a safe, caring, supportive home for pregnant teenagers/young women as they decide whether to keep their child or place them with adoptive couples. Wal-Mart gift cards; vacuum cleaner; movie tickets; laundry soap; restaurant gift cards.

His Helping Hands Inc., 1441 E. 37th St. North, Wichita, KS 67219; 316-838-8528; www.hhh.ccc.org – We help needy families with furniture, appliances, clothing and food. Twin-size beds and bedding; full-size beds and bedding; dressers; kitchen tables and chairs; microwave ovens.

Independent Living Center, 3033 W. Second St. North, Wichita, KS 67203; 316- 942-6300; ilrcks.org – Help people with disabilities. Wheelchairs; walkers; high-rise toilet seats; crutches; bathtub/shower chairs.

Journey to Recovery Inc. of Butler County, 1402 Ohio, Augusta, KS 67010; 316-775-7600 – Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with severe mental illness while they pursue their recovery goals. A handicapped-accessible van; cash to buy gas; 50 frozen turkeys; nonperishable items; Wal-Mart gift cards.

Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH), 1006 E. Waterman, Wichita, KS 67211; 316 383-8700; www.ketch.org – To promote independence for people with disabilities through innovative learning experiences that support individuals’ choices for working, living and playing in their community. Arts and crafts supplies; kitchen items such as small appliances, cookware, dishes; volunteers to do interior painting; used vehicles; cash.

Midwest Winefest-Guadalupe Health Foundation, 940 S. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67211; 316-264-8974; www.midwestwinefest.org – A three-day event celebrating wine and food that benefits Guadalupe Health Foundation. Volunteers.

Never Alone Crisis Ministry, 1205 N. Indiana, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-682-0207 – Never Alone is a crisis intervention/prevention program working with victims and families who have experienced a violent act. Food vouchers; cash; gloves; socks; coats; sweaters (adult and children); soap; lotion; toothpaste; shampoo.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita, 1110 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-269-4182; www.rmhcwichita.org – Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita provides and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Gift cards for Wal-Mart, Dillons and Target; microwave; paper towels; individual snacks, crackers and chips; canned food items.

The Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67202; 316-263-2769; www.salvation-wichita.org – Serving individuals in Wichita and Sedgwick County since 1886. New men’s and women’s socks; 10 pillows; two car seats; two booster seats; six DVDs (Rated G, PG, PG-13).

The Salvation Army, 207 W. First Ave., El Dorado, KS 67042; 316-889-3751 – We serve people in need without discrimination. Volunteer bell ringers; volunteer Toy Shop guides; volunteer secretary; gifts for teenagers; stocking stuffers.

Share the Season, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202; 316-264-4880; www.sharetheseason.org – Joint project of the Wichita Community Foundation, Salvation Army and The Wichita Eagle to provide one-time assistance to people experiencing unexpected hardships during the holiday season. Cash.

Retain Foundation, 414 S. Roosevelt, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-682-2249 – Provides financial aid to low-income families to spay-neuter pets and gives them access to the pet food pantry. Unopened pet food; cash.

Sarah’s Hope Foundation, 3202 W. 13th St. North, Suite 6, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-267-7975; www.sarahshope.com – Educate women in a crisis pregnancy situation by letting them know there is help available. Building; cash; volunteers.

Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, 1329 S. Bluffview, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-684-5120; www.dearneighbor.org – Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries’ nuns, staff members and volunteers work to transform the lives of the poor, abused and neglected people in the Hilltop community. Dillons and Wal-Mart gift cards; bus passes; memberships to Botanica or the Sedgwick County Zoo; hygiene products (toilet paper, tissue, toothpaste, shampoo, razors, soap); volunteers.

StepStone Inc., 1329 S. Bluffview, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-265-1611; www.stepstoneks.org – StepStone responds to the critical needs of the survivors of domestic violence by providing supportive services and transitional housing to nurture lives of stability and hope. Target or Wal-Mart gift cards; bus passes; QuikTrip gas cards; children’s board games and books; volunteers.

Starkey Inc., 4500 W. Maple, Wichita, KS 67209; 316-942-4221; www.starkey.org – Starkey nurtures development and promotes independence of people with intellectual disabilities. Large bath towels and washcloths; gift cards (Hobby Lobby, QuikTrip, Wal-Mart, Visa); cotton work gloves (adult sizes); microwave-safe mixing bowls; silverware sets.

The Treehouse, 151 N. Volutsia, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-686-2600; wichitatreehouse.org – The Treehouse offers mothers and babies with basic necessities, education and genuine personal care. Diapers; Parents Choice Blue Advantage formula; newborn pajamas (0-3, 3-6); children’s books; children’s blankets.

Via Christi Behavioral Health Center, 8901 E. Orme, Wichita, KS 67207; 316-858-0333; www.viachristi.org/locations/hospitals/via-christi-behavioral-health-center – Provides comprehensive behavioral and mental health treatment options. Christmas candy; individually packaged stuffed animals or dolls; clothes (T-shirts, fuzzy socks, sweatshirts, sweat pants – preferably no strings); art supplies; crossword or word search puzzles (large print).

Victory in the Valley, 3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-682-7400; www.victoryinthevalley.org – Since 1983, Victory in the Valley has encouraged cancer patients and families by offering hope through emotional and spiritual support while providing practical services to improve the quality of their lives. $10 or $20 gift cards from any major discount store (Wal-Mart, Target, QuikTrip, Casey’s, Kwik Shop, Dillons); fast-food gift cards of $5 or $10 (McDonald’s, Spangles) for families with children; groceries (canned or boxed dinners); nonperishable items; cash.

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, 355 N. Waco, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202; 316-263-0185; www.wichitasac.com – Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center works with individuals and communities through comprehensive services and education to create a culture of intolerance for sexual violence and an atmosphere of healing for those affected by it. Victim advocate volunteers (training provided); stress balls; Dillons gift cards; pocket calendars; adult coloring books.

Wichita Fellowship Club Inc., 204 W. 18th St. North, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-265-9348; wichitafellowship.org – Provide a “sober” alcohol- and drug-free house and other facilities for living and recreation for those addicted to alcohol and desiring to become sober. Twin-size beds; winter coats; cleaning supplies; toilet paper; coffee.

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods Inc., 2755 E. 19th St. N. #6, Wichita, 67214; 316-260-8000. To provide education, resources and an effective voice for current and potential members of WIN on quality of life issues in Wichita and Sedgwick County. Garden tools of any kind; manure; compost; industrial chipper/shredder; railroad ties; mini-rototiller; chainsaw; wire fencing with big holes (4 by 4); lawn mower (riding preferred).

YWCA Wichita-Women’s Crisis Center, 1111 N. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-263-7501; www.ywcaofwichita.org – The YWCA Wichita-Women’s Crisis Center works to eliminate domestic violence by supporting survivors through shelter, education and advocacy. Toys (ages 12 and under, boys and girls); coats (children’s and women’s); ladies underwear (small and medium); diapers/pullups (sizes 4 and 5); gift cards/gas cards ($10-$20).

Health care

American Diabetes Association, 608 W. Douglas, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67203; 316-684-6091; www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/wichita-kansas – To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Paper shredder; combs for binding two-pocket folders; file folders.

Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67211; 316-264-8974; www.guadalupeclinic.com – Provides health care to the uninsured and underserved in our community. Patients are asked for a $5 donation, and no one is ever turned away. Cash; $5 to $10 gift cards for Wal-Mart, Dillons, CVS Pharmacy and QuikTrip; one-day bus passes; medical supplies (aspirin, cough medicine, expectorants, Band-aids, cotton balls, cough drops, eye drops, lip balm, vitamins, melatonin, slings, sterile gauze, 2x2 or 4x4 pads, medical tape); batteries (AA, AAA, D); hand sanitizer; lice shampoo; toilet paper and tissues; anti-bacterial wipes; gallon-size ziplock bags; travel-size personal hygiene products; bathroom cleaning supplies; boxed macaroni and cheese; peanut butter and jelly; oatmeal; cereal; rice; pinto beans; canned soups; canned fruits; canned vegetables; canned tuna and other meats; crackers; medical and nonmedical volunteers.

Hunter Health Clinic, 2318 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-262-3611; www.hunterhealthclinic.org – To provide comprehensive, quality health care to all cultures in all walks of life with competence, dignity and respect. Tablets for providers to use in exam rooms (Adobe Writer software package); chairs for lobby; paint for offices; tile.

Medical Service Bureau, 1530 S. Oliver, Suite 130, Wichita, KS 67218; 316-683-7559; www.msbmedlinks.org – To link low-income, uninsured individuals of all ages living in Sedgwick County with needed prescription medication and vision care. New or gently used children’s books; cleaning supplies; heavy duty vacuum cleaner.

Pediatrics at Via Christi, 929 N. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67214; 316-268-6052; www.viachristi.org/locations/hospitals/via-christi-hospital-st-francis/pediatrics – ChildLife Center, pediatrics therapy program and pediatric intensive care unit. Small fleece pillows; crayons (six- or eight-packs); colored pencils; cause/effect toys for toddlers; Play-Doh; small give-away toys (boys and girls).

Holiday giving

Derby Operation Holiday, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby, KS 67037; 316-788-1507; www.derbyophol.org – Helps individuals and families in need living within the USD 260 (Derby) school district with food assistance during the holiday season. It also strives to provide age-appropriate toys for ages newborn to 14. Nonperishable food items; toys for boys and girls, ages 14 and under; cash.

Haysville Community Outreach, 141 N. Lamar, Haysville, KS 67060; 316-524-6302 – Provides holiday food and gifts to residents of USD 261 (Haysville schools). Cash; nonperishable food; toys; volunteers.

Homeless services

Church of New Wine, 2634 N. Amidon, Wichita, KS 67204; 316-393-5452; www.facebook.com/Church-Of-New-Wine-582117318523063/?ref=hl – Providing food, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, and food to about 50 to 60 homeless men and women in Wichita. Winter wear; food; clothing; personal hygiene products; blankets.

McKinney Vento Homeless Program USD 259, 201 N. Main, Room 530, Wichita, KS 67201; 316-973-4670; homelesseducation.usd259.org – The USD 259 McKinney Vento provides services and support to homeless children and youths to help them overcome the obstacles and barriers to an education. Blankets; canned and dry goods; African-American hair products; hygiene products; volunteers.

Passageways Ltd., 1628 N. Parkridge Ct., Wichita, KS 67212; 316-721-1316; www.passagewaysltd.org – Providing housing and supportive services for homeless veterans. Bus passes; laundry supplies; bread; paper products.

Union Rescue Mission, 2800 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219; 316-687-4673; www.urmwichita.org – The Union Rescue Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the homeless and poor in our community. Frozen turkeys; canned fruits and vegetables; canned meat (tuna, chicken); new men’s boxers (all sizes); new men’s undershirts (all sizes).

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