Donation Drives

Providing Comprehensive Support

Washburn Center for Children is a supportive, trusted community resource that parents, teachers and organizations turn to when kids are hurting “on the inside” – because children’s mental health is as important as their physical health.

As a community mental health center with more than half of its clients coming from low-income families, charitable contributions play a vital role in Washburn Center’s work by allowing the agency to offer comprehensive support to the children and families.

If you have questions about Washburn Center’s drives, please contact Ann-Marie Draeger at or 612.872.3344.

Washburn Center gathers the following items to help support clients and their families:

School Supplies – Provide children the supplies they need for a successful school year.

  • Backpacks (in great demand)
  • Lunch boxes
  • 2 pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pencil boxes or zippered pencil cases
  • Handheld pencil sharpeners with cover
  • Blue or black ink pens
  • Glue sticks
  • White school glue
  • Crayons – 24 pack
  • Washable markers (in great demand)
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor paint sets
  • Highlighters
  • Fiskar scissors (small rounded scissors)
  • Pocket folders – with and without prongs
  • Wide ruled notebooks
  • Wide ruled loose-leaf paper
  • College ruled notebooks
  • College ruled loose-leaf paper
  • Composition notebooks
  • Rulers (with inches and centimeters)
  • Protractor
  • Family size boxes of facial tissue
  • Hand Sanitizer

Healthy Snacks – Collect healthy nutritious snacks to help fuel the bodies of young children who are working to restore their mental wellness.

  • Fresh fruit such as apples and bananas (non-refrigerated)
  • Fruit cups in juice or water (not syrup)
  • Fruit Strips
  • Baked Apple Chips
  • Raisins (individual servings)
  • Dried Fruit Snacks
  • Instant Oatmeal Packets
  • Granola Bars
  • Whole Grain Fig Newtons
  • Microwave popcorn (a favorite of the children)

Therapeutic Tools – Therapeutic toys and games are tools therapists use to connect with the child, build a bond and help the child talk about their feelings.

  • Simple games including: Jenga, Checkers, Candyland, Mancala, Connect 4, etc.
  • Art supplies (non-toxic paint, markers, modeling clay, pipe-cleaners, etc.)
  • Multicultural books
  • Play food, plates, pots, etc.
  • Toy doctor kits
  • Baby dolls of diverse ethnicities and accessories (bottle, bed, etc.)
  • Doll house families of various cultural backgrounds
  • Playmobil toys (fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, pirate ships, hospital and schools)
  • Small toy cars
  • Small drums and other small musical instruments
  • Play-Doh
  • Small plastic animals (dinosaurs, crocodiles, sharks, domestic animals, wild animals, etc.)
  • Puppets and/or stuffed animals (turtles, more aggressive ones like sharks and crocodiles, more gentle ones like mice, puppies, bunnies)

Health and Beauty Supplies

  • Family size boxes of facial tissue
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Diapers
  • Gift cards to retail stores such as Target or Walmart and Grocery stores etc.