Wish List

Please do not wrap items. Please forward all contributions to:

Attn:Sharon Dowen                                                                 Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc.                                                                   1918 Mechanicsburg Road                                                                     Springfield, OH 45503

If you have any questions, please call Oesterlen at 937-399-6101 or 1-800-404-KIDS, ext. 120, or email Sharon Dowen at sdowen@oesterlen.org. Thank you for your gifts.

For Oesterlen clients ages 3-18, Male and Female (preferred items are in bold)


Gift Cards: $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 amounts for Kroger, Wal Mart, Meijer, Hobby Lobby, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Pizza (Donato’s, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut), Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rural King, Tractor Supply, Gas Cards. (Gift cards are used for rewards, parties, teaching proper public behavior, and for supplies for Life Skills Center programming.)

Art Supplies: sketch paper; acrylic paint (colors - white, blue, red, yellow); paint brushes (various sizes); colorful yarn; sidewalk chalk; drawing paper; craft kits; colored pencils; permanent and non-permanent markers; construction paper; journals/diaries (from dollar store); play-doh (non-toxic); poster board; water, fabric, and glitter paints; paint-by-number sets; Elmer’s Tack Adhesive Putty; white school glue; assorted buttons, feathers, sequins and glitter; model car kits; stencils; stickers.

Candy (individually wrapped, no gum please)

Clear Plastic Storage Tubs w/lids (such as Sterilite or Rubbermaid); Large, Medium, Small. (Tubs need to be clear for safety reasons.)

Clothing: Underwear (Female and Male- boxer briefs are preferred for males, sizes, Youth Large to Adult XL); sweatpants and sweatshirts (sizes Small-XL, although size Medium is most often needed); sports bras (without metal, various sizes, although Medium is most often needed); t-shirts (adult sizes Small to 5 XL, non-shrinking, plain with no writing or emblems); socks/no show socks (white, basic for males and females).

Games/Toys: Decks of playing cards; card games (such as Uno or Skip-Bo); assorted board games; coloring books; word search/activity books; small grab bag toys (such as balls, plastic animals, yo-yo’s; small games); Match Box type cars, Lego’s sets (or similar type building kits); chess sets.

Life Skills Programming - Gardening, Wood Shop, and The Farm: flower/vegetable seeds; garden hand tools; garden cloth; wood working tools, wood and supplies.

School Supplies: pens; #2 pencils without metal tops; lined notebook paper; pocket folders; single subject lined notebooks (without spiral wire binding); glue sticks; rulers; protractors; compasses.

Sports Items: Basketballs; footballs; playground balls; volleyballs; soccer balls; frisbees; pumps for balls; regulation size basketball hoop netting. Or a donation towards the purchase of a “special order” volleyball net.

Toiletries: bath towels and wash cloths; combs/brushes; stick deodorant (2.6 oz. or larger - the boys prefer Axe brand and the girls prefer Dove brand or gender neutral); Ethnic hair care products; toothbrushes and toothpaste; body lotions (Aloe or Cocoa butter if possible or the popular bath and body type for special treats); diapers and pull-ups (for babies and toddlers, various sizes), diaper wipes.


Please do not wrap items.  All donations may be brought to the Church Relations Dept. in the Oesterlen Administration Building. If you have any questions, please call us at 937-399-6101 ext. 220, or 1-800-404-KIDS, or directly at the Church Relations number 937-398-0220, or email us at sdowen@oesterlen.org.

Box Tops for Education

Oesterlen participates in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. Simply collect the box tops and mail them into Oesterlen at 1918 Mechanicsburg Road, Springfield, OH 45503 or drop them off at the Development Office in the Administration Building on Oesterlen's campus. Please note your name and/or association that is sending these items. Box tops, even though small, really do add up!