Christmas is coming!

Gift cards are our preferred gifts for Christmas time. The holidays can be a challenging time for youth in our care. The number of youth we have in our care can change quickly with new youth arriving, sometimes on Christmas Day itself! If we have gift cards to use, our staff can make sure a new resident has a gift and immediately feels loved and welcomed.

Many of the youth we serve have never had a happy Christmas or opened presents. Our youth care staff know each of our youth well. Gift cards allow our staff to shop for exactly what each youth has on their list. A few gift cards are given directly to youth to go shopping and choose a gift for themselves and if they have family contact, their relatives.

Here are the stores we shop at most:
Target, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Kroger and Shoe Carnival
If possible, please include the receipt that shows the gift card amount.

For all campuses, please mail or deliver to our Nicholasville campus:
Development Department
1115 Ashgrove Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Donations of daily necessities are greatly appreciated

Help us provide daily necessities for our residents. Hygiene products, laundry and cleaning supplies, bedding and many other items are needed.

Contact-Free Donation Drop Off:

Mary Kendall Campus: Leave items outside the door of the Administration house (201 Phillips Ct Owensboro, KY 42303)
Nicholasville/Lexington Campus: Come to the guest entrance of the Leadership Center (white building on campus) and ring the doorbell inside the lobby. Donations may be left in the lobby.

Nicholasville Campus

Contact Our Office, (859) 523-3001 for delivery of these items. Items are listed in order of priority.

  • Women's leggings (larger, adult sizes)
  • Sweatpants (larger, adult sizes)
  • Plain t-shirts (new, adult sizes S-XXL)
  • Men's and women's underwear (larger, adult sizes)
  • Composition notebooks (no spiral binding)
  • Card games, board games, etc.
  • Gift Cards (Kohls, Walmart, $5 fast food, Target, Kroger, Amazon)
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Disposable nitrile gloves (sizes M-XL)
  • Deodorant (men's & women's)
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Origami paper
  • House shoes/slippers
  • Snacks (beef jerky, Slim Jims, cheese crackers, mixed nuts, trail mix, pre-popped popcorn, Quest protein bars)
  • Lextran bus passes
School Store and Art Class Wishlist
These items are used as rewards for good behavior for our youth in school!
  • Candy Bars
  • Chips (Single Serving Bags)
  • Case of 12oz Gatorade
  • Blow pops
  • Make up
  • Crazy socks
  • Inexpensive Earbuds
  • Gearbest MP3 Players
  • Gel Pens
  • Nice Planners/Journals (No spiral binding)
  • Sketch Books (No spiral bindings)
  • Poster Board
  • Heavy Sketch Paper
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Yarn
  • Scented lip gloss
  • Scented lip glosssports player trading cards
  • 2-pocket folders

Owensboro Campus

Contact Roy Hicks (270) 683-6481 for delivery of these items.

  • *Urgent Need* Women's deodorant
  • *Urgent Need* Shampoo and conditioner
  • Women's ankle socks (adult sizes)
  • Bikini and boy short style women's underwear, sizes M-XL
  • Sports bras, sizes M-XL
  • Paper towels
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Basketballs and volleyballs (girls' sizes)
  • Art supplies, books (appropriate fiction, devotional/inspirational)
  • Journals (no spiral binding)
  • Hair accessories for teens
  • Activity passes (laser tag, movie theater, escape room)

Quilt Ministry

At the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Homes, we want every child to know they are a person of worth. One of the ways we do this is by providing a handmade quilt for them when they enter our programs. Many times our youth come to us with very few personal belongings. A quilt made with love and care just for them is often a very special gift.

If you're a quilter and would like to contribute to this ministry, see below for specifications:
  • Quilts must be Twin or Full sized
  • We currently lack boys' themed quilts with masculine colors (we have plenty of quilts for our girls to choose from!)
Quilts can be delivered or mailed to either of our campuses in Owensboro or Nicholasville.

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