Many times our residents come to us with only a few items packed in a trash bag. Some come to Maryhurst with nothing at all.
As soon as a child arrives at Maryhurst’s campus, she receives a set of health & hygiene items, personal care products, and clothing. Entering residential care can be a difficult transition, and we do everything we can to make the experience of coming to Maryhurst comfortable and reassuring.
The items listed here are more than just living essentials – they represent ways for the children we serve to feel at ease and open to working together with our staff and begin overcoming their trauma.
12×12 Canvas Boards
Though we do our best to keep a basic wardrobe onsite for kids arriving at Maryhurst with no personal belongings, it’s often the case that we need to shop for items that meet individual needs in sizing and style.
We utilize donated gift cards for these cases. We can use $25 gift cards from the following stores:
Consider donating gift cards to these restaurants, as well:
An important part of the personal development goals for the kids in our programs involves outings in the community. In order to ease the cost burden of these activities, we utilize donated tickets and gift cards.
Consider donating admission tickets to the following community locations:
House of Boom
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
All About Kids
Iceland Sports Complex
Cinemark Tinseltown USA Movie Theatres
AMC Stoneybrook 20
When the children in our residential program aren’t at school or participating in designated therapeutic sessions, it’s important that they have a chance to relax and focus on being a kid. We have a ‘boutique’ on campus that children frequently visit and select items that fit their individual personality and tastes.
If you’d like to bring joy and enrichment to the lives of the young survivors in our programs, consider making a donation from the list of our most commonly requested items:
Here are some ideas for assembling an all-in-one basket for recreational activities! Plan for 15 when creating your basket.
Movie Basket – Select a few teenage-appropriate DVD’s, popcorn, and candy for a movie night.
Halloween Basket – Small pumpkins and painting supplies will create a fun autumn activity.
Book Club Basket – Select a teenage-appropriate book that each girl can read and discuss – include hot chocolate and marshmallows for sipping during the book discussion.
Scrapbook Basket – Fill this basket with stickers, fun scrapbook paper and other scrapbooking supplies for a scrapbook night.
Greeting Card Basket – Greeting card kits will allow our kids to send cards to family and friends.
Baking Basket – Supply the ingredients and utensils for cookies or brownies and the girls can learn about baking.
Game Basket – Select a few board games and snacks for a fun game night.