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:

  • Diaper bags
  • Girls clothing size 4T
  • Journals
  • Children’s 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and  body wash
  • Hair accessories – barrettes, elastic hair ties/ponytail holders
  • Baby/Toddler Bibles
  • Children’s music CD’s
  • Adoption and foster care-themed books
    A Mother for Choco, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,  A Mama for Owen, Horace, The Runaway Bunny, The Lamb-a-roo, Our Twitchy, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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
  • 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.

Permanency Unit
We need some furnishings for two visiting rooms at our growing Permanency Unit, where birth parents can spend supervised time with their children.

  • Children’s CDs—fun, silly songs, nursery rhymes
  • Books for preschoolers
  • Board games for school-aged children: Sorry, Trouble, Checkers, etc.
  • Flash cards: numbers, colors, shapes
  • 4 dolls that are ethnically diverse and able to be cleaned
  • Interactive baby toys with lights and sounds
  • Puzzles of any size up to 200 pieces
  • Toys: Lincoln Logs, Bristle Block Stackadoos, stacking blocks
  • Pencil boxes with pencils and erasers
  • Teen games: Joe Name It, The Ungame (various pocket versions), Five Stones, Simon Air
  • Plastic animal figurine sets: wild animals and farm animals

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

The most rewarding thing, by far, was seeing a sibling group be able to go home to a stable, healthy environment because their parents worked hard and sacrificed to restore their family. We are still in touch with those kids and it is so fulfilling to see them growing and thriving with their family. – COBYS Resource Parents Ron and Mary