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.

****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.


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)
  • * Baby food
  • * Baby accessories (such as sippy cups, teething rings, sensory items)
  • Video Monitors

Diapers needed:

  • * All size diapers (especially need larger sizes and Pull-ups for toddlers and Overnight 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

12 month girl:

  • * Onesies, sleepers, everyday clothes

2T to 3T girls:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for girls in that age group
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • * Toddler nourishment drinks (such as PediSure)
  • 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
  • Pencil cases
  • Soft blankets
  • Hair clips and accessories
  • * Hair care products (for children and African American hair)
  • * Pajamas/pajama pants (for children 8+)
  • * Clothing (T-shirts, jeans, leggings, sweatshirts, gloves, winter scarves, underwear)
  • * Shoes (comfortable everyday styles – any size)
  • * 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
  • Pencil cases
  • * 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 (shirts, jeans, leggings, sweatshirts, 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
  • Pencil cases
  • Blank Masks
  • Heart stickers
  • Adoption & Family Stickers
  • Christmas stickers
  • Glue sticks
  • Soccer ball
  • Nerf football
  • Basketball
  • Hand pump for sports balls
  • iPad(s) – (for activity use by staff working with kids and/or families)


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.

  • 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 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.


I like watching our birth children and foster children interact as though they’ve always been together. None of them seem to notice that our family members look completely different from one another. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy