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:
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.
****We were blessed with abundant donations from across the community last Christmas season which filled our Closet. Of course, we are always using items, so the need is ongoing. Please contact us before collecting or purchasing any donations so we can help direct you to the most needed items at that time. Thank you for considering COBYS Kids Closet.
*Asterisk indicates high need items
3 to 6 month boys and 9 to 12 month boy:
12 month girl:
2T to 3T girls:
* 4T to 5T boys:
Elementary age for boys and girls:
Teen boy and girl:
For all ages:
Adoption – Child Preparation
Adoption – Finalization
Books (including racially and culturally diverse books)
I Wish You More (Board Book or Hard Cover) – By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, published Mar 31, 2015
I’ll Never Let You Go (Hardcover) – By Smriti Prasadam-Halls (Author), Alison Brown (Illustrator), published December 22, 2015
Oh the Places You’ll Go (Hardcover) – By Dr. Seuss
Horton Hatches the Egg (Hardcover) – By Dr. Seuss
When God Made You (Hardcover) – By Matthew Paul Turner and David Catrow
I Am Loved (Hardcover) – By Jamie Kaeb
The Run Away Bunny (Hardcover) – Margaret Wise Brown
Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born (Hardcover) – By Jamie Lee Curtis
Henry’s Freedom Box (Hardcover) – By Ellen Levine
Freedom On The Menu (Paperback) – By Carole Boston Weatherford
Just Us Women (Paperback) – By Jeannette Caines
Mommy, Why Are People Different Colors? (Paperback) – By Barbara Knoll
Maybe Days (Hardcover) – By Jennifer Wilgocki
Personal Space Camp (Hardcover) – By Julia Cook
Families Change (Paperback) – By Julie A. Nelson
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.
If you would like to help us update our supplies, please contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at email@example.com or 717-656-6580 for specific suggestions. We do not have a need for used toys, used clothes, used stuffed animals, or used luggage. All items must be new for the amazing kids that we are working with. Thank you.
[COBYS caseworkers] have been very supportive! They have been there for us, offered advice and guidance on what they thought we should do. They have made me feel like there are no DUMB questions. They are always there for you and will help you when they can. And if they can’t they will find the answer for you. – COBYS Resource Parents Doug and Andrea