Food Bank for the Heartland strives to eliminate hunger in the community by providing emergency and supplemental food to those in need. The Food Bank will accept non-perishable food items, especially peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, boxed meals, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables and pasta. The Food Bank also needs monetary donations. For each dollar received, the Food Bank can provide three meals. You can donate online at FoodBankHeartland.org
The Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) is asking for donations to purchase medication and medical supplies for its Summer Program in the Dominican Republic (watch video). Creighton students and professionals go into the rural areas (campos) and set up medical and dental clinics. With that being said, the ILAC office also welcomes any monetary donations to help make the program more affordable for students. For more information, contact the ILAC office.
The center "provides support to pregnant women to choose life for their unborn child in a Catholic residential environment both during and after pregnancy." Special needs include diapers (particularly sizes 3 to 5), wet wipes, baby clothes, nursing essentials, infant medications, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, soap (laundry, hand and dish), cleaning supplies, womenís deodorant, razors, gas vouchers, white copy paper, journals and grocery cards. Visit bethlehemhouseomaha.org or call (402) 502-9224.
For a complete list of needs, call (402) 558- 5700.
Serves frail, home-bound elderly clients age 60 or older with problems caring for themselves. Most clients have very little purchasing power on fixed incomes. Greatest needs are personal hygiene products, toiletries and paper products, and home cleaning supplies. Additionally, the office allows for adoption of clients to work with specific needs as well. To sponsor an individual or for a list of needs, contact Jeff Reinhart at (402) 444-6654 or email@example.com.
MICAH House is an emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals. Referrals are given to clients for housing options while staying in the shelter. Needs include canned fruits and vegetables, toilet paper, napkins and garbage bags. There are also "adopt-a-family" opportunities. Call (712) 323-4416.
The Stephen Center Emergency Shelter houses single men, single women and women with children, offering a 30-day stay in a clean and sober environment. Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter office and overnight hours. Always accepting donations and especially need coffee, toilet paper, MAT bus tickets, cleaning and paper products, bath towels and new or used bedding for single beds. For additional information, contact Holly Kaffenberger, volunteer director, (402) 715-5445.
Conducts an annual holiday toy drive for children ages 3-16. Needs food items for pantry or cash donations to purchase food. Also needed: blankets, coats, hats, mittens for all ages and sexes, and diapers of all sizes. Small furniture donations are also accepted. Contact (402) 345-8047, x211.
Each day, Open Door Mission offers safe shelter to more than 800 homeless men, women and children. Please help meet the need by providing items such as over-the-counter cold medicines (nonalcoholic), bus tickets, phone cards, men's underwear and tube socks. Visit opendoormission.org for more information or call (402) 422-1111.
Please help the CSI Guild provide a joyful holiday for hundreds of children and teens in our community. Donate cash, gifts or gift cards to the Substitute Santa program serving foster kids, shelter youth and struggling families. For details, visit childsaving.org or call (402) 504-3661.
The Siena/Francis House, located next to Creighton's campus at 17th and Nicholas streets, is Nebraska's largest homeless shelter, providing food, shelter and clothing to homeless men, women and children. Needed items include: coffee; blankets; canned fruits and vegetables (large, #10 cans, preferred); individually wrapped, prepackaged food items to go into sack lunches; powdered laundry detergent; 55-gallon trash bags; bleach and disinfectant cleaner; cold-weather clothing, including coats, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, socks, underwear, menís long john bottoms; blankets; personal-care products, such as bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes, pain relievers, throat lozenges; antiseptic cream, adhesive bandages, foot powder, combs and brushes, disposable diapers, and feminine hygiene products. Contact Tim Sully at (402) 341-1821 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completely KIDS is a child-centered agency that meets the dynamic needs of families in our community to ensure success of the whole child. Its goal is to nurture safe, healthy, successful, and connected kids. For more information, visit completelykids.org or call (402) 397-5809.
The Heart Ministry Center, located at 2222 Binney St., provides food, clothing, healthcare and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in North Omaha. In the last few years, requests for services have tripled, so any help you can provide, would be greatly appreciated. Current needs include: non-perishable food items, new and gently used clothing (winter coats, hats and gloves are particularly in need), unopened toiletries, diapers and formula, sleeping bags, blankets, grocery bags and space heaters. Cash donations are always appreciated. If you would like to be more involved with the Heart Ministry Center, please contact Executive Director Jim Clements at (402) 451.2321.