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 (no used items, please):

Needs List printable page

*Asterisk indicates high need items

Newborn needs:

  • Infant formula: Similac Advance and Sensitive formulas
  • Newborn clothing/onesies (0-3 months and newborn sizes only)
  • Diaper bags filled with supplies for both girls and boys
  • Pacifiers
  • Burp cloths
  • Bibs (please consider any writing on them and be sure it is appropriate due to the circumstances)
  • Video Monitors

Diapers needed:

  • All size diapers
  • * Wipes

3 to 6 month boys and 9 to 12 month boy:

  • Diaper bags or backpacks filled with supplies for boys of that age group
  • Video Monitors

2T to 3T girls:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for girls in that age group
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Clothing (age 2 and up) daily wear: t-shirts, sweats, leggings, jeans, etc.
  • Video Monitors

4T to 5T boys:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for boys in that age group
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Clothing (age 2 and up) daily wear: t-shirts, sweats, jeans, etc.
  • Video Monitors

Elementary age for boys and girls:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for boys and girls in that age group
  • Journals with pens/pencils
  • Soft blankets
  • Hair clips and accessories
  • Clothing (T-shirts, jeans, leggings, sweatshirts, gloves, winter scarves, underwear, pajamas)
  • Children’s toothpaste (no adult toothpaste needed)
  • Hygiene products (body wash, skin lotion, shampoo, etc.). Currently, we do not need toothbrushes.
  • Age appropriate Bibles
  • Ethnically appropriate hair and skin supplies
  • Lunchboxes
  • Sturdy water bottles
  • Small toys
  • Video Monitors

Teen boy and girl:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for teen boys and girls
  • Journals with pens/pencils
  • Hygiene products for both genders (including things like deodorant, body wash, skin lotion, shampoo, etc.). Currently, we do not need toothbrushes.
  • Soft blankets
  • Hair clips and accessories, nail polish
  • Teen appropriate coloring books and games
  • Clothing (T-shirts, jeans, leggings, sweatshirts, gloves, winter scarves, underwear, pajamas)
  • Age appropriate Bibles
  • Ethnically appropriate hair and skin supplies
  • Age appropriate lunchboxes
  • Sturdy water bottles

For all ages:  

  • Winter Coats
  • Sweatshirts/Vests/Fleeces
  • Ethnically diverse books
  • Bibles and soft dolls

 

Adoption – Child Preparation

  • Individual marker packs- 8-12 markers in a pack
  • Blank Masks
  • Heart stickers
  • Adoption & Family Stickers
  • Christmas stickers
  • Glue sticks
  • Soccer ball
  • Nurf football
  • Basketball
  • Hand pump for sports balls
  • iPad(s) – (for activity use by staff working with kids and/or families)

 

Adoption – Finalization

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

 

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, Memory)
  • Floor puzzles
  • Sharpie markers in various sizes and colors
  • Cling on books
  • Matchbox cars
  • Playdough (non-generic only please)
  • Glitter or Gel pens
  • Craft Kits
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Card Games (Uno, Snap, Go Fish)
  • 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, beauty products, nail polish, trinket boxes, room décor, etc.
  • Gifts for Men: Small car deodorizers, plain chap stick, pocket-size flashlights, travel-size toiletry items
  • Girls Circle
    • I-tunes gift cards ($5 increments)
    • Adult coloring books
    • body spray
    • travel-size hand sanitizer
    • Small cosmetic bags
    • Teen stickers
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Lip balm (Eos type)
    • Lifesavers, Tic Tacs, Icebreaker Mints
    • Scarves
    • Fun Patterned / cozy socks

 

Adult Items

  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Jackets
  • Socks
  • Travel size toiletries for men & women:
    • Shampoo & conditioner
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Deodorant
    • Personal cleansing wipes
    • Tooth brush & tooth paste
    • Comb or brush
    • Hand warmers

 

If you would like to help us update our supplies, please contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at anne@cobys.org 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 I wanted was to become a better parent and I know I won’t be the best parent ever and I can only take one day at a time, but I really did learn a lot and I’m very calm when dealing with all the children. Thank you two for all the advice.  –Family Nurturing participant