Holiday Spirit  >  List of Agencies

ILAC Summer Program

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. Donations of over-the-counter medications, toothbrushes, thermometers, hand sanitizer, etc., will also be accepted. Please contact the ILAC office for an extended list. Donations can be sent to ILAC, Criss III, Room 262. All checks should be made payable to Creighton University/ILAC with the donation earmarked “Summer Program.” For more information, please e-mail Andrea Ordoñez (andreaordonez@creighton.edu) or Marlena Minshall (mminshal@creighton.edu).

Bethlehem House

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, wet wipes, baby clothes, nursing essentials, infant medications, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, soap (laundry, hand and dish), cleaning supplies, women’s deodorant, razors, gas vouchers, white copy paper, journals, frozen and canned goods and grocery cards. Contact: Mary Crosby at (402) 502-9224.

Shelter For Abused Women and Children

For a complete list of needs, contact Carrie Housh at (402) 558- 5700.

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging

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 and home cleaning supplies. To sponsor an individual or for a list of needs, contact Jeff Reinhart at (402) 444-6654 or jeff.reinhardt@nebraska.gov.

Micah House

MICAH House is an emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals. Referrals are given to clients for housing options while staying in the shelter. Current needs include: canned fruits and vegetables, toilet paper, napkins and 30-gallon garbage bags.

Contact MICAH House though the program director, Christine Contreras at 712-323-4416 or (CContreras@themicahhouse.org).

 

Project Hope

Project Hope is an emergency food pantry that serves low income, no income and homeless individuals and families. They would appreciate receiving new or gently used winter clothing for school children (any/all sizes), babies and preschoolers; cans of fruit; tuna; Jell-O; baby food; mac & cheese; pantry and toiletry items. In desperate need of canned fruit, peanut butter, canned vegetables, large-sized diapers (size 5-6), dish detergent and deodorant. Contact Lori at 402.453.7649, e-mail projecthope.lori@gmail.com.

The Stephen Center

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.

Together, INC. of Metropolitan Omaha

Conducts an annual holiday toy drive for children ages 3-16. Needs food items for pantry and Thanksgiving drive. Also needed: blankets, coats, hats, mittens for all ages and sexes, and diapers of all sizes. Cash donations accepted to purchase food. Contact Andrew Klinkenborg, 402.345.8047, x207, aklinkenborg@togetheromaha.org

Open Door Mission

Each day, Open Door Mission offers safe shelter to 816 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 www.opendoormission.org for more information.

The Child Saving Institute

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. All gifts and gift cards must be received by Dec. 14 in order to allow time for distribution to the families we serve. For details, visit childsaving.org or call 402-504-3661.

Siena/Francis House

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, men’s 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 tsully@sienafrancis.org.

Completely Kids

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. Creighton students volunteer at CK locations throughout the year, gaining experience in language arts, physical fitness, education, social work and healthcare.
 
Completely KIDS is in need of not only volunteers but books, board games, sports equipment, and art supplies/kits ($10-15) for its holiday parties. For some children, this gift will be the only one they receive this year. Please deliver gifts by Dec. 8 to Completely KIDS, 2566 St. Mary’s Avenue, Omaha, NE 68105. For more information, contact Ann Lawless at (402) 397-5809, ext. 207, or alawless@completelykids.org, or visit completelykids.org.

Heart Ministry Center

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 John Levy at 402.451.2321.

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