Holiday Needs 2017

Holiday Needs 2017

Looking back on this year it is hard for me to imagine that the holidays are already here. For many families in the DFW area this is the most stressful time of the year. The holidays bring unexpected expenses as well as wanting to provide nice items for their families.

Giving Goods has comprised a list of local non-profits in-kind donation and volunteer needs to help you find the needed information in one place.  You can change a family’s holiday to make it the most memorable one yet! We will continue to update this list as we get more information, so please check back!

ACH Child and Family Services (Fort Worth)

Holiday Wish List
Little Ones: Learning Toys (such as VTech and LeapFrog), Fisher-Price Toys, Cradle Swings and Car Seats, Little People Play Sets, Clothing (sizes newborn-5T), Diapers, Wipes

School-Age Children: Themed toy items (Shopkins, Disney, Star Wars, Superheroes, Pokemon, Minions, Paw Patrol, Transformers, Play Sets, Play-Doh, Legos, Sports Balls, Hot Wheels with Race Tracks)

Youth and Young Adults: College and Sports Team Clothing, Scented Lotions and Soaps, Perfumes and Colognes, Makeup, Backpacks, Small Purses and Wallets, Journals, Hair Accessories, Watches and Jewelry, Bluetooth Speakers, Headphones, Radios, Young Adult Clothes (T-Shirts, Jeans, Polos, and Belts)

All Ages: Board Games, Craft and Art Kits, Movies (G and PG only), Bikes and Helmets, Fun Pillows, Twin Bedding, Blankets, Undergarments and Socks, Coats, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Christmas Gift Wrapping Supplies (Bags, Paper, Tissue, Ribbon), Tickets (Ice Skating, Six Flags, Holiday in the Park, The Nutcracker, ICE at Gaylord)

Gift Cards: Increments of $10-$25 works best, Walmart, Target, Game Stop, Fast Food Restaurants, Clothing Stores, Movie Theaters, Gas Stations, Hair/Nail Salons, Bus Passes

Deliver new, unwrapped items by December 13th
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
ACH Paul E. Andrews Welcome Center
3712 Wichita Street, Fort Worth, TX 76119

If you are doing a toy drive or want more information contact the Development team at 682-432-1054


Green Oaks School and Green Oaks Adult Learning (Arlington)

Donations of gift cards (Office Depot, Target, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Mardel, Discount School Supply), highlighters (all colors), pocket folders with brads, iPads and cases, bottled water, paper plates, napkins, plastic forks/spoons/and knives, white and color copy paper, disinfecting wipes, and Sunco Lighting 6 pack T8 LED Tube Light 4 ft. 48″, 18W, 5000K Kelvin Day Light, 2000 Lumens Works with or without a ballast, Plug & Play (need 100 or more, see link for more information) are requested.

Contact Michelle Pollard at 817-861-5000 for more information on how to donate.


Hobby Crafters Foundation (Dallas)

Donations of wood, paint, and other supplies to make toys are always appreciated. Please contact Jerry Reichert at for more information.


Humane Society of North Texas (Fort Worth)

Donation Needs:
Purina One or Purina Pro Plan dry dog, cat, kitten and puppy foods
KMR Kitten Mild Replacer
Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacer
Blankets (new or used)
Towels (new or used)
Fleece throws are often bargain priced during the holidays and make nice warm pet beds
Washable dog and cat toys

Or you can check out their Amazon wish list here!

Volunteer Needs:
HSNT offers volunteer opportunities for groups willing to help with shelter improvement projects such as:
Building or repairing play areas
Grounds beautification, clearing flower beds and replacing plantings
Replacing fencing at one of our livestock properties

They offer year-round volunteer opportunities for individuals:
Providing exercise and enrichment for shelter pets
Helping with customer service at one of our shelters
Assisting with offsite adoption events
Assisting with HSNT planned events
Representing HSNT at community events
Fostering pets too young for adoption or animals recovering from injury or illness

For more information on volunteering:
or email:

For more information on Fostering:
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Jonathan’s Place (Garland)

Gift Wishes for Children: Hatchimals, Shopkins toys and accessories, Star Wars-Last Jedi toys and accessories, Paw Patrol, American Girl/Our Generation dolls/play sets, Marvel Superhero and Justice League, Hot Wheels play sets, blocks/Magnatitles/K’Nex, Sit to Stand Learning Walkers, Lego sets (Friends and Ninjago), Minecraft toys, Descendants dolls, Beat Bugs toys and accessories, Little Tykes ride on toys, Dusty the Super-Duper Garbage Truck, Mattel Barbie Dream Horse, Barbie Newborn Pups and Doll play set, Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Doll, Leap Frog Toys

Gift Wishes for Teens/Young Adults: Wireless headphones and Earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, Powerbanks, flat iron hair straighteners, make up sets/brushes, electric razors, Wii and Xbox video games, Target and Walmart gift cards, Visa/Mastercard/Amex gift cards, movie gift cards

Basic Needs: Body wash and face wash, deodorant, tampons-plastic applicator, overnight pads with wings, baby wipes, hair brushes, Tylenol, Motrin, or Ibuprofen, medium and firm toothbrushes, Chapstick, Eucerin Cream/Neosporin/Cortisone Cream

Household Goods and Products for Shelter/Cottages: Bath and kitchen towels, twin size blankets and pillows, wash clothes, collapsible hampers and laundry baskets, trash cans (all sizes), large professional skillet/cookware, Clorox Clean Up wipes, toilet paper and paper towels, liquid dish soap and hand soap, Spic and Span or Mr. Clean cleanser, trash bags-13/30/55 gallon sizes, paper plates/plastic cups/plastic utensils, dishwasher detergent, Shout and high efficiency laundry pods, Keurig Cups, batteries (all sizes)

If you are short on time, you visit the Amazon Wish List and have items shipped to them.  New, unwrapped donations can be delivered between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday to: Jonathan’s Place, 6065 Duck Creek Drive, Garland, TX 75043


SafeHaven of Tarrant County (Arlington and Fort Worth)

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving baskets are needed for families. Please fill baskets with the following: $15 Gift Card to purchase turkey or ham, Disposable cooking pan (to warm turkey or ham), 1 Can Cranberry Sauce, 2 Cans Green Beans, 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1 Can Onion Ring Topping, 1 Can Corn, 1 Can Yams or Sweet Potatoes, 2 Cans Chicken Broth, Drink Mix (Tea or Lemonade), 1 Box Corn Bread or Muffin Mix, 1 can pie filling and cooking spray. If you are interested in donating a basket please contact: Cristie King 817-502-7154 Baskets due by: Thursday, November 16 Drop-off basket location: SafeHaven of Tarrant County 401 W. Sanford, Suite 1400 Arlington, TX 76011 Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Christmas: Santa’s Sack Donate new toys, books, clothing, household items and gift cards for the women and children staying in SafeHaven shelters! Volunteer! Receive and sort gifts at one of their Santa Sack Stores December 9-18, 2017 Monday – Friday | 12:00 – 6:00 Saturday | 12:00 – 3:00 Lincoln Square Mall 476 Lincoln Square (I-30 & Collins) Arlington, TX 76011 West 7th Shopping Center/Crockett Street Fort Worth, TX 76107 Contact Cristie King at for more details or to sign up to volunteer.

Adopt A Family-Shop and provide holiday gifts for one (or more) of over 150 families in SafeHaven Transitional programs. They will provide you with a wish list! Drop off unwrapped gifts at the Arlington Lincoln Square Santa Sack location by Tuesday, December 13th. (Adoptions begin Nov. 6th)

Holiday Meals-Meals are always better with friends and family. Provide and serve a lunch or dinner at one of their shelters and share your holiday! Available Dates: December 24 December 25 December 26 December 31 January 1 Please contact them with any questions, concerns or suggestions. They greatly appreciate your generosity and support of SafeHaven! Contact Crisite King Director of Community Engagement | 817-502-7154


Samaritan House (Fort Worth)

Volunteers and Donations

Volunteers are needed to provide meals for 49 residents for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, dinner on Christmas Eve, and dinner on Christmas Day.

Grace a Family
Deck the halls! Get a group together to dress up as elves, bring the decorations, and share the holiday magic at a Grace Village Family home! Tinsel, lights, glitter, OH MY! Contact Stacy to adopt a family to help decorate this holiday season. December 2nd and December 9th

Christmas Elf
Stuff a Christmas stocking to bring the holiday magic to some of our 200 Samaritan House Children. Choice of gender and age by request. Due December 15th

Secret Santa
Donate a stuffed stocking to brighten up the holiday season for one of our single residents. Due December 15th

Holiday Supper Club
Bless the residents with a delicious dinner of your choice.
Open Dates:
Saturday, November 25th
Wednesday, November 29th
Friday, December 1st
Thursday, December 7th
Wednesday, December 13th
Saturday, December 23rd

Please contact
Stacy Henson
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
479.381.7671 (cell)
817.509.5391 (work)


Tarrant Literacy Coalition (Fort Worth)

They will be holding their annual holiday party for families on Thursday, December 14. They are expecting to provide for approximately 15 families. At that time, they will give the families gift bags for the children and adults. The needs for these bags are as follows: New socks for children and adults (preferably fun socks, but solid colors are appreciated too) New warm sweatshirts-children and adult sizes from small to extra-large preferred. New gloves for children and adults (one-size knitted gloves are great!) Gift cards in small denominations to local discount stores (such as $5-$10 gift cards to Walmart, Dollar Store, etc.). Anyone who wants to donate should call 817-870-0082 or email


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