This year has been one of the toughest in decades. Many people have lost their jobs, homes and even loved-ones. In spite of loss and lockdowns, the community spirit has been shown in many ways -- businesses collaborating with one another, public displays of support for healthcare workers and art installations on public and private property.
For local nonprofits that rely on community generosity, this year’s needs may be greater than before and yet traditional fundraising has not been possible.
Non-profit groups have created their own wish lists for this holiday season If you are able, please consider these ways to support those in need.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue
Mailing address: P.O. Box 733 Rochester, MN 55903
Delivery address: 1001 1/2 First Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
www.safehavenpetrescue.com / 507-529-4079 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Statement: Serves Southeast Minnesota in the rescue of dogs and cats in need of adoption.
Canned cat food: Friskies, 9-Lives and Fancy Feast; dry cat food: Purina Special Care (regular and hairball), Iams (adult and kitten), Science Diet (adult and kitten), Pro Plan (adult and kitten); special foods: Gerber chicken and gravy baby food, KMR Kitten Milk Replacer (wet and dry), canned tuna (packed in water); cat litter: clay only (non-scoopable); cat toys: balls, stuffed mice, stick/pull toys; kitty condos: one and two level.
Dry dog food, canned dog food, dog biscuits, American-made knotted rawhide bones, pig's ears, hard rubber toys.
Garbage bags, dish and laundry soap, bleach, paper towels, Dial liquid antibacterial hand soap, isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, peroxide, gift cards, monetary donations, 8½ x 11 copy paper.
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
Mailing and delivery address: 850 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
www.rmhmn.org (website for the holiday season: www.rmhmn.org/holidays) / 507-282-3955 / email@example.com
Mission statement: The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester provides a home away from home and gives support to families seeking medical care for their children.
Individually-wrapped snacks, ready-to-serve soups and meals, Hamburger Helper, Pop-Tarts, peanut butter, jam and jelly (any variety), granola bars, coffee creamer, Spaghetti-Os/spaghetti/ravioli (microwaveable cups), chicken noodle/tomato soup (microwaveable cups), pasta sauce (alfredo and marinara), ramen, ready pasta/rice, canned fruit, fruit cups, condiments (ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, etc.)
Trash bags (39- , 13- , 5- and 8-gallon), liquid dishwasher detergent (no pods), heavy-duty disposable bowls (10- and 20-ounce) and plates (dinner and dessert), plastic spoons, Dixie Perfect Touch 12-ounce coffee cups, paper cups, sanitizing wipes, dryer sheets.
Family and activity needs
Gift cards to gas stations/grocery stores/movie theaters/restaurants/shops/hospital cafeterias, recently released movies on DVD and Blu-ray.
*Due to the health concerns of the children at the House, items donated from the Needs List cannot be homemade and need to be brand new, unexpired and in original packaging.
Baby and toddler
Books (board, soft chew), blankets (muslin swaddle, security animal), Chewbeads teething necklaces, rattles, bath toys, musical toys, push-and-go cars, ride-on toys, baby dolls, stacking toys, building blocks, wooden puzzles.
Backpacks, sports equipment, science and electronic kits, electric and sound light blocks, build-it sets, magnetic building sets, Walkie-talkies, remote-control cars, magnetic doodle boards, art kits, kinetic sand kits, Shopkins sets, farm/dinosaur/jungle animal sets, Our Generation dolls and accessories, dress-up clothes and accessories, Hatchimals, Treasure X, Cabbage Patch Kids, Calico Critters sets.
Book series, cribbage boards, checkers/Chinese checkers, IQ puzzle games, Mancala, card games, travel-sized games, earbuds/headphones, hand-operated drones, RC flying ball, sportswear/sweatshirts, fuzzy socks and slippers, pajama sets, jewelry, sketchbook, journals, adult coloring books, chalk pastels, calligraphy markers, gel pens, painting sets, dry erase message board, lap desk.
Neck pillow, zip sweatshirts, sportswear, poncho wrap sweaters, scarf and mitten sets, athletic watches, fitness trackers, flashlight set, travel tool sets, Bluetooth speakers, travel coffee mugs, cooler tumblers, cosmetic bags, bath/lotion sets, adult coloring books, crochet hooks, knitting needles, looms, yarn, gift cards.
Little People toy sets, tractor sets, fire truck/truck sets, school bus sets, dollhouse sets, farm sets, Play-Doh sets, Frozen 2 items, Paw Patrol items, gingerbread house kits, bracelet-making kits, string art kits, colored pencils, washable markers, Crayons.
Bundles of Love Charity
Mailing and delivery address: 4522 5th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901
BundlesofLove.org / 507-288-0592 / Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission statement: Bundles of Love Charity is a collection of skilled, loving volunteers who, in partnership with Minnesota hospitals and social agencies, assist economically challenged families by providing handmade baby clothing and basic care items for their newborns, along with support for military families.
Size 1 diapers, baby wipes, baby wash or shampoo, monetary donations, knit fabric appropriate for baby sleepers and gowns, volunteers who like to sew, cut, knit/crochet.
Bear Creek Services
Mailing and delivery address: 3108 Highway 52 N., Rochester, MN 55901
507-288-7195 / www.bearcreekservices.org /email@example.com
Mission: To provide personalized community life experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries.
New household items
Corelle tableware dishes for six, Corelle serving bowls, pizza pan, silverware, toaster oven, Keurig coffee maker, Tupperware/Rubbermaid containers, air fryers (small and large), lunch bags for males and females, twin and queen sheets for males and females, twin and queen comforters for males and females, bath towels, hand towels, kitchen towels, pots and pan set, bakeware.
White socks; handkerchiefs; electric razors; sweatpants M/L/XL; sweatshirts M/ L/XL/XXL; wrestling T-shirt M; 2-piece pajamas M/L/XL/XXL; Vikings clothes/sweatshirts/hats/T-shirts M/L/XL/XXL;, winter hats and gloves, lotions, body wash.
Sweatshirts M/L/XL/XXL; 2-piece pajamas M/L/XL/XXL; sweaters, pullover or button M/L/XL/XXL; winter hats and gloves; lotions; body wash; makeup; winter boots size 8 in men’s for female (no pink); winter coat 1X for female (no pink, no fur).
Wrestling calendars/any memorabilia/magazines/books/videos, Golden Girls memorabilia, Elvis calendar, simple arts and crafts, new release Disney movies, holiday inflatables for a group home, exercise videos, simple exercise equipment (hand weights), adult coloring books, puzzles, toddler puzzles, forever stamps, variety boxes of cards for all occasions, portable DVD players.
Hy-Vee, Walmart, fast food, movie theaters, restaurants, Great Clips, JCPenney, Target.
*Mail gift cards to Bear Creek Services Attn: Pam Alberts/ Holiday 3108 Highway 52 N., Rochester MN 55901, or call 507-288-7195 for drop-off arrangements.
Mailing and delivery address: 1130½ Seventh St. NW, Ste. 205, Rochester, MN 55901
www.elder-network.org / 507-285-5272 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Two mini refrigerators, wireless headset, white board, Keurig coffee/tea cups for support groups, dark chocolates, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, facial tissue/Kleenex, note books, legal pads, steno notebooks, first class postage stamps, non-religious greeting cards for birthday/sympathy (homemade or store bought)
Kwik trip gas cards ($25 each), Target, Hy-Vee.
Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Mailing and delivery address: 411 Second St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901
www.cancer.org/hopelodgerochestermn / (507) 529- 4673 / email@example.com
Mission statement: The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers.
DVD players, dish soap, laundry detergent, Kleenex, white copy paper, batteries (AAA, AA, C, and 9V).
Channel One Food Bank
Mailing address: 131 35th St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
www.helpingfeedpeople.org / 507-287-2350 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission statement: Channel One strengths food access and builds healthy communities.
Channel One needs volunteers and monetary donations. Because of the pandemic, we are discouraging food drives as they result in more people out and about in the community and require more staff to pick up and sort donated items.
St. James Coffee
Mailing and delivery address: 4156 18th Ave NW Rochester MN 55901
www.stjamescoffee.com / 507-281-3559 / email@example.com
Mission Statement: St. James Coffee is a volunteer run, non-profit coffee shop that invite questions and discussion about faith and God. We serve locally roasted coffee to people from all walks of life.
Two Automated Paper Towel Dispensers, microfiber washcloths, toilet paper, toilet bowl cleaner, sidewalk salt, one cordless vacuum cleaner, 6-8+ ft. tall book shelf, 2x3 whiteboard and portable easel, two dimmable colored LED strip lights (8-16 ft. long), one greeting card rack, reams of white printer paper, monetary donations.