These special projects have not been created. They are genuine needs that have been shared with us. We've seen the cupboards. Let's not leave them bare. At Love Gives, we believe many more will help if they just know about needs and someone asks. Now you know. Why not pick up an item when you're shopping already and cross one worry off the list of a child going into foster care?

The following items have been requested by the Department of Children and Family Services to meet the needs of children while in protective custody:


  • Ritz crackers
  • Animal crackers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Granola bars (chewy and hard)
  • Pop tarts
  • Juice boxes
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • Graham crackers
  • Cheese and cracker duo snack packs
  • Chips (snack size bags)
  • Coloring books
  • Children's magazines
  • Single player games


Help fill little tummies

When children are taken into protective custody, they must wait to be placed in a foster home. Time passes more quickly  and hunger is satisfied when boys and girls receive snacks throughout the day.


Help occupy little hands

Providing simple ways to stay busy helps keep some worries at bay. (wish list at right)

 SPECIAL PROJECTS to ease transition



VOLUNTEER your time

at the closet sorting donations

and assisting families


ORGANIZE a collection encouraging others to give  specific items (see below)


TELL OTHERS about Love Gives inviting them to give and/or receive love, too!


SUPPORT advocacy efforts          with a gift to HOME FOREVER

Other Ways to Give



Foster Children often arrive at their placement with only the clothes they are wearing or enough to fill a small bag. Love Gives provides an opportunity to equip families directly caring for them.



You can DONATE items

The following items are currently being accepted:


  • children's clothes: preemie/newborn- teen sizes no stains, spots or holes
  • socks and underwear
  • children's shoes clean and in good condition
  • gear and equipment: strollers, pack 'n plays, high chairs, baby seats, carriers and slings
  • car seats (infant, toddler and booster) less than 6 years from date of manufacture on side
  • diapers (partial packages welcome) and wipes
  • bottles and pacifiers
  • children's bedding: crib and pack 'n play sheets, blankets, quilts, mattress pads
  • toys no missing pieces please
  • new stuffed toys only
  • cleaning wipes
  • cribs with stationary sides (drop sided cannot be accepted) and toddler beds
  • twin bed frames and mattresses



 To schedule a time to drop off items or receive more info on volunteering, special needs and projects, please send an email to Subject: "GIVE"

easing transition, offering support, equipping families