Your donations contribute to our shelters and local women and children in transition. Your support makes a huge difference for these families, thank you!
Wishlist for Shelter Goods
- Gift Cards GO A LONG WAY…. Suggestions include gas cards, food cards, grocery stores, local pizza places, bakeries, restaurants.
- Especially: Irving gas cards and Amazon gift cards
- Tracfone minutes: 60-minute refill cards are the most useful!
- Trundle bed (For moms to sleep next to kids)
- Extra-long twin bed sheets
- Fluffy, nice, clean comforters (new is best!)
- New towels
- Tampons, pads, etc.
- Monetary donations to help us continue providing resources, support, and shelter: Click here to give (Thank you!)
Gift Wishlist for Women in Shelter
Quantity of 10-15 gives a holiday gift to all women in shelter (Though we can always use extra!)
- Personal care items you would give to a loved one – soaps, lotions, nail-care kits, etc.
- Gift sets- chocolate, cheese, teas, other treats
- Decorative scarves, nice/new winter scarves, gloves, hats, etc.
- Umbrellas (not flashy designs)
- Day planners for 2019 (smaller size is better)
- Nice journals (smaller size is better)
- Thoughtful notes / holiday cards
Gift Wishlist for Specific Children
- Metal fidget spinners (2 needed)
- New paint brush /art supplies, scissors & measuring tape
- Magic cards
- Basketball hoop for door & ball
Shelter Wishlist for Kids and Teens
– Fort-building kit, e.g. with tubes and connectors, to build structures that pieces of fabric can be added to. (Lots of options on Amazon)
– Over-the-door basketball hoop and soft, squishy basketball (like this one)
– Little people, animals, and furniture (the chunky kind babies can’t choke on) for our dollhouses and toy barns
– Kids’ tablets with games but no Internet access, and headphones (for activities while moms are meeting with advocates)
– Metal fidget spinners (2 – 5 spinners)
– Good quality fine-tip markers, pens, colored pencils, etc., for use with adult coloring pages (But we are all set with crayons and kid markers)
– Tape – Scotch, washi, masking, duct, masking, etc.
– Basketball, football, baseball and glove, soccer ball and goal nets
– Full-sized keyboard (with headphone plug in)
– Kids/Teens Headphones (for activities while moms are meeting with advocates)
In general, we want toys that:
- Are sturdy and durable
- Encourage safe, active play
- Encourage creativity
- Do not have a lot of small parts that could get lost or be a choking hazard
- Do not promote gender stereotypes, and are not excessively pink or blue
- Are non-violent
Some ideas here: https://www.amightygirl.com
Items/Donations We DO NOT Want/Need:
- Clothing– We have no storage space at the shelter for clothes. Please donate sellable clothing to Experienced Goods in Brattleboro- they support our shelters as needed, so everyone benefits!
- Sheets that are not Extra Long Twin size
- Dining china, teacups, anything antique or easily breakable
- Toys we can NOT accept in the shelter:
- Stuffed animals* (we have enough)
- Puzzles* (get lost too easily)
- Board Games* in general (get lost too easily)
- Card games* in general (get lost too easily)
- Legos or other building sets with small pieces* (get lost/choking hazards)
- Crayons and markers* (we have enough)
- Super heroes, princesses, Disney, or commercial characters in general
- Toy weapons
- Toys or books that perpetuate sexist stereotypes
- Toys that need batteries and make a lot of noise
- Choking hazards like marbles, jacks, bouncy balls, etc.
- Balloons (unsafe)
[*Starred items that are new/unopened can be given as holiday gifts to specific children, just not as donations to the shelter playroom.]
If you are interested in donating any of these items or have questions about other material goods you’d like to donate please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-257-7364 (Mon-Friday) for more information.
Women’s Freedom Center
P.O. Box 933
Brattleboro, VT 05302