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In addition to a new home with loving parents, orphans often need basic survival provisions, medication, food, clothing, blankets, housing and protection from dangers and abuse.  Many children are orphaned often due to extreme poverty, political strife, abuse and regional disasters.  The fortunate ones may live in care centers or orphanages; many others try to survive by begging on the streets and others are forced into prostitution by human trafficers.  Saddly, even their parents sometimes play a role in selling their children to trafficers. In cases of disaster, orphans may live in tents or temporary shelters with minimal subsistence.  You can give money, materials from your business or collections, or items that you purchase.   Below the list of Needed Gifts, the Giving Resources will help you distribute your gifts to the intended recipients.  Your local phone book lists many charities and you can also use the new Google "Local" search tool for charities in a particular city or ZIP code.  Check with the Giving Resource or charity to make sure that they can accept and distribute material or in-kind gifts.  Even if the item is listed on a wish list, it's best to communicate with the organization in advance of shipping any donated materials.

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Medication Many orphans need medication to help them survive day by day.  Some have serious illnesses and are in critical need of medical care, medication and treatment for illnesses often caused by years of neglect or abuse.  If you or your business can contribute medication, this will be much appreciated.
Food In various parts of the world, many orphans  survive by begging for food or live in care centers with minimal subsistence.  Unfortunately, they often live in places where opportunities for earning living wages are hard to find.  This problem occurs in the United States and many parts of the world, especially in the developing nations. 
Clothing Good clothing is important to orphaned children to protect them from the elements and to help them feel socially acceptable.  People who are too poor to afford housing need clothing for themselves and their children.  Your local charity specializing in helping orphans and homeless people will advise you on specific items in need.
Basic Necessities Orphaned children are unable to work or earn a decent living.  They need your help.  In addition to medication, food and clothing, as mentioned above, they need personal care, volunteer services, housing, items for personal comfort such as blankets, pillows, beds, radios, televisions, books, and other items.  Toiletries, toothpaste, soap, razor blades, underwear and clean socks are items needed in temporary shelters, orphanages and in the street.
Electronics Some orphans are in need of electronic devices, such as prepaid cell phones and laptop computers to help them with their education.  In addition, many of the helping organizations list office supplies, such as computers, printers and other electronic devices, on their donation wish lists.  Several wish lists are provided in the Giving Resources websites listed below.
Toys For children living in orphanages or temporary shelters, a few toys may help to brighten the day.  Children need toys to help them get through the day, to exercise and to learn.  Whether they play with balls or electronic gadgets, children are less likely to get in trouble or pick on their siblings when they're having fun.  The need to play and keep busy is important for children, not just during the holiday season, but every week of the year.  For practical considerations, toys should be low maintenance, safe and small.  Educational toys are a plus, especially if they're low-maintenance and selected for the right age group, language and cultural context.  Children's books in appropriate languages may also be welcomed in temporary shelters and orphanages.

Giving Resources:

Bethel Orphanage Material charitable donations or gifts in kind include food, clothing, books, pencils, chalk, multimedia materials (e.g. TV, computer related resources, stereo, video player, etc.), car, bus and all other tangible, non-financial donations. These can be mailed to Bethel Orphanage’s address, or if possible, can be brought in person when visiting Bethel.  Bethel Orphanage, a home to orphan children in Kafue, Zambia, is a charitable organization among Christian charities caring for orphans. AIDS in Africa has increased the burdens of child charity organizations like Bethel Orphanage that help children orphaned from poor families. Orphanages have a challenge of keeping up with the growing numbers of orphans.
Volunteering in South Africa Orphanage If you enjoy and have fun working with young children and would like to help create a better living situation for these children many of whom live below the poverty level, then volunteer in South African orphanage and support disadvantaged children and communities where they live. Volunteering in South Africa orphanage involves in various activities such as reading stories, performing puppet shows, caring for and playing with the children. You will also teach basic conversational English and help with homework. Volunteers support recreational and artistic activities with the objective of entertaining learning and help is needed with organizing and developing sports activities for the children. Volunteers help in the kitchen serving lunch in the dining room and assist with location-specific duties like routine maintenance, construction, etc.
Feed The Children Feed The Children accepts donations for a variety of products.  However, to assist the needs of those we help, we are currently in particular need of truckloads of specific products.  Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla., that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster.  During our 25-year history, Feed The Children has created and developed one of the world's largest private organizations dedicated to feeding hungry people. Last year, Feed The Children shipped 146 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and families in all 50 states and in 57 foreign countries. Feed The Children supplemented 1,040,710 meals a day, worldwide.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) We care for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1954. Over 18,000 children have grown up in our loving, secure environment. NPH has been in Haiti for 27 years, addressing the social and healthcare needs of the poorest of the poor, raising children in a loving environment and creating future leaders. NPH Haiti's post earthquake programs include neonatology, maternity, cholera and the Father Wasson's Angels of Light (FWAL) home for vulnerable children. Expanded programs include the Don Bosco Higher Education program, St. Germaine and Gabriel school and rehabilitation and our flagship St. Helene home.
Hopegivers International Each year Hopegivers makes tremendous progress in reaching our goals.  Our key goals for 2006 include the rescue of one million abandoned children from the streets of India and Africa. In 2005, we rescued 8,700 and expect the number to reach 12,000 or more in 2006 as new Hopegivers join us. While Hopegivers is a faith-based non-profit organization, it does not discriminate in anyway - either in program services or staff-hiring. All in need are welcome. Aid is provided regardless of whether the needy share a common faith with us. Hopegivers was founded in an area of India marked by centuries of caste segregation and ongoing communal violence. Much of this is based on caste taboos, idolatry, religious prejudice and superstition. Most of the new countries where Hopegivers is being invited have similar histories of communal hatred and violence. Hopegivers is an international group of believers who have bonded together in a non-profit organization that is both non-governmental (NGO) and a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt Non-profit Organization (NPO). Our president is Dr. Samuel Thomas, the son of our founder, Bishop M.A. Thomas of Kota, Rajasthan, India.
Hope's Heart Orphan Foundation In order to help you maximize your giving, Hope's Heart, through our partnership with Servant Christian Community Foundation (SCCF), has the capacity to receive gifts of the specified non-cash nature.  Hope's Heart Orphan Foundation was founded in December 2004 out of the directors' desire to make a lasting impact on the lives of children growing up in Chinese orphanages. After becoming aware of the plight of orphans in China and throughout the world, Heather decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. Her desire is to assist in the facilitation of international adoptions, while making a difference in the lives of orphans waiting for their forever families and those who may never be adopted.  After returning from China, Heather Williams and her parents established Hope's Heart Orphan Foundation to assist in funding projects that enhance the lives of orphans in China. They look forward to the day when the foundation will be able to assist in projects in other countries as well.
Lifeline of Hope Lifeline of Hope invites businesses, individuals and organizations to consider investing in the lives of the orphan children of the world by donating Gifts in Kind to Lifeline of Hope.  We gladly accept any new product in good condition that could be used to better the lives of the children, such as: Personal Hygiene products, children's clothing, (including gloves, hats, boots, dresses, pants, shirts, underclothing, tights, socks, etc.), vegetable seeds, gardening tools, hand tools for woodworking, sewing supplies, tractors, tillers, vitamins, diapers, non prescription / non-narcotic medications such as (aspirin, cold medicines, antibiotic creams and topical ointments) Medical supplies such as band-aids, gauze, tape, scissors, etc., quilts, sheets, pillows, etc.  Lifeline of Hope operates from Headquarters in Kalispell, Montana as well as our Russian Headquarters in Khabarovsk with facilitators in Uganda, India, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. 
Love's Bridge You can mail new or used children's clothing to the following postal address: Post box 5886 Perm 614077, Russia.  Shoes, jeans, shirts, socks, hats, gloves and scarves are always especially appreciated. Medical supplies like band aids, vitamins, disinfectants, anti-lice shampoo, cough syrup and fever relief are also needed. However, please avoid sending medicines which might cause customs problems. Thank you! Love's Bridge is a US public charity based in Beaverton, Oregon. Love's Bridge non-profit activities are focused on improving life for street children and orphans in Russia. Love's Bridge works in cooperation with the charitable fund "Zashita". Projects "Children Without a Home", "A Step Towards Home" and "ACT" are run jointly by these organizations. 
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. “Linking Resources with Needs” Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. (NCM, Inc.) was created so people can respond to the immediate physical needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities around the world. NCM, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 1990 in the State of Missouri, and encompasses the activities of Nazarene Disaster Response (NDR) and Nazarene Health Care Ministries (NHCM). One child dies every 7 seconds from hunger-related causes. One child loses a parent to AIDS every 14 seconds. 1.1 billion people live without safe water. Yet, there is hope.  Your gifts to NCM can extend the transforming love of Jesus to men, women, and children all around the world.
Operation Help The Children - OHTC When donating toys, stuffed animals etc. for the Romanian orphans please consider sending $30 (tax deductible) in an envelope with your gift to help pay for shipping to Romania. Thank you, for your donation. Operation Help the Children (OHTC) was established and incorporated on July 1st, 1999 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization located in West Grove, PA U.S.A.. Our focus is on Romanian children and we are committed to support the needs of orphanages, children's hospitals and homeless and abandoned street children in Romania.
Orphan Foundation of America On October 19, 2005 volunteers, US Senators and Congressmen and their staffers prepared 2,500 Care Packages going out to America 's college bound foster youth! It was a day long celebration focusing on education and career opportunity for these wonderful young people.  In 1981, the late Joseph Rivers, a former foster youth from the Syracuse area, started the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA). His goal was simple--help orphans and foster youth as they transition from foster care to young adulthood, with particular emphasis on helping these young men and women attend college and vocational school.
Orphan's Hope Orphans in Ukraine greatly needed clothes, shoes, toiletries, toys and more.  You can help us by collecting and shipping boxes of supplies. Mobilize your friends to help these needy kids!  We currently have ten staff in the Ukraine, and twelve in Myanmar. Steve Cassidy serves full time as the President of Orphan's Hope. We have a network of volunteers to whom we are very grateful, in addition to some great companies who generously assist us with their services and resources. Orphan's Hope is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
SOS Children World Orphan Week Could your company support us in the run-up to WOW with practical gifts in kind? SOS Children looks after children who have lost their family through war, disease, famine and poverty. We give them a home and a family. We care for street children, AIDS orphans, child soldiers, child-headed families and vulnerable children through our outreach projects. HIV/AIDS, war, famine and poverty take parents and siblings from children, leaving them with nothing and no-one. This is the UK charity of SOS Children, the world's largest "orphan and abandoned children" charity. Supported by sponsors worldwide, our children's charity provides a home (in amazing Children's Villages) for around 50,000 children in over 125 countries and helps half a million more through projects around the world, including AIDS orphans, street children and tsunami orphans.
The Grace Children's Foundation TGCF welcomes in kind gifts and services in all three programs: Health Care, Education, and Humanitarian Aid.  The Grace Children's Foundation concentrates on providing in-kind assistance for China's orphans in three areas of need: education, medical and surgical care and humanitarian aid. To this end the Foundation solicits funding, donated goods and services, both domestically and internationally, from corporations, foundations and individuals.
Tikva Children's Home To benefit orphaned and abandoned Jewish children of Tikva Children's Home in Odessa, Ukraine we are seeking donations of new and unused children's clothing, boots, scarves, hats and gloves, baby care items, toiletries and bath goods, slippers, socks and school supplies.  Over 200 children, ages newborn to 18 need your help! Tikva provides vital services to the Jewish children and the entire Jewish community of Odessa, Ukraine.  As a gift-supported, not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, Tikva relies on contributions from generous and caring individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support it's activities.
Yeladim.org This site was first inspired by the plight of Jewish children living in the former Soviet Union.  Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and especially since the 1998 economic disasters in the region, conditions for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected Jewish children have become increasingly desperate. While adults are now generally free to leave these countries, children (without relatives to take them or family members abroad) are not. Several organizations run a handful of orphanages and children's homes in the former Soviet Union.  The site is entirely run by volunteers, and does not accept donations. If you wish to make a donation, please contact one of the organizations listed on this site.

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