Needs List

Individuals or groups may wish to purchase or designate cash donations for specific items to benefit COBYS ministries.

Care for Kids Fund
The Care for Kids Fund exists to meet needs of foster children that are not met by other funding sources. This fund provides such items and services as:

  • Kid’s Closet items (see below)
  • Medical and dental expenses not covered by Medical Assistance or other medical insurance
  • Counseling and other therapeutic services
  • Critical needs at times of transition
  • Life Books to help children document their life stories
  • Adoption and foster care-themed books
  • Lessons, camps, and educational experiences

If you would like to donate to this fund, simply write “Care for Kids Fund” in the memo line of your check or designate this fund in the description field of your online donation.

Kids Closet (for foster children served by our foster care, adoption, and permanency programs)
If you have kids, you know they need a lot of things (and that it isn’t always easy to keep things stored away neatly). COBYS has one big closet for all of our kids. Each foster child coming into care receives a backpack filled with toys, games, personal care items, a Bible, and more. In addition, we visit our closet to find gifts for special occasions, supplies for caseworkers to use for therapeutic activities, car seats to transport children to appointments, and items to meet emergency needs.

Here are some current closet needs:

  • Boys and Girls clothing size newborn to 3 months, 5T through 10/12, and Adult sizes Small, Medium and Large
  • Underwear in all sizes
  • Small photo albums
  • Journals
  • Baby/Toddler Bibles
  • Children’s music CD’s
  • Adoption and foster care-themed books
    Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, The Lamb-A-Roo, You Are My I Love You (board book), I’ll Never Let You Go!, (board book)

Family Life Education
These items are needed to support children and families served by our education programs. Items are used for childcare and children’s learning activities, and to encourage families to spend time together.

  • Family board games (Candyland, Connect 4, Trouble)
  • Sharpie markers in various sizes and colors
  • Stickers for teen girl crafts
  • Matchbox cars
  • Playdough (non-generic only please)
  • Books of scrapbooking paper
  • Glitter or Gel pens
  • Craft Kits
  • Band aids
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Small Prizes for our Dina Dinosaur Child Training Program: Small plastic animals/dinosaurs, Silly Putty, novelty pencils, small children’s memo pads
  • Gifts for classes of eight teen Girls: Tote bags, wallets, journals, beauty products, scarves, nail polish, trinket boxes, room décor, etc.
  • Gifts for Men: Small car deodorizers, plain chap stick, pocket-size flashlights, travel-size toiletry items

We do not have a need for used toys, used clothes, used stuffed animals, or used luggage.
Contact Development Associate Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580 for more information.

[The most rewarding experience was] falling in love with a stranger and experiencing moments where he is my true son, saying “I love you” by joyful accident instead of out of practiced habit. – COBYS Resource Parent