Sponsor a Child or Program


April Showers at Eliada

This year Eliada is launching the April Showers program!  Host a party this spring and help collect needed items for children and youth in care. There are fun party themes for you to choose from! Some examples include:

  • Bath Time – Throw a party and collect towels, soaps, shampoos, Nair, and more.
  • Game Night – Throw a party and collect board games and outdoor games for kids.
  • You Read What? – Throw a party and collect books for tweens.
  • New Destinations – Throw a party and collect a suitcases for youth in residential care and foster care.

To learn more about April Showers opportunities and other theme ideas, reach out to Julie Heinitsh at (828) 254-5356 ext. 308 or .


Sponsor a Cottage

Each of Eliada’s 6 cottages needs:

  • 9 new sets twin of sheets
  • 9 new pillows
  • 9 new washcloths
  • 9 new comforters
  • 9 new sets of towels
  • Pots and pans
  • Dish towels and dish detergent

We also use dozens of rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, and gallons of cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.

Each child needs their own laundry basket (no bags with strings, please) and toiletries, including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, kleenex, and hair brush.

We have a special need for African-American hair care products.


Sponsor Community Service Projects in Day Treatment

Part of the treatment curriculum youth engage in at Eliada involves civic engagement. The goals of these community service projects are to empower students, teach them to advocate for themselves and others, and build community. If you would like a group of Eliada children to do a work project at your organization, please call our Development Director, Tami Ruckman, at (828) 254-5356, ext. 306 or .



Sponsor Eliada’s Science Club

To provide enriching hands on experiences for students in Day Treatment and PRTF, teachers on campus have started a science club! Recently students have built model volcanoes and mini lava lamps. Teachers would love to continue doing science experiments in the science club and need your help collecting supplies!

Can you help provide supplies for the science club?

  • Corn starch
  • Sand
  • Tea tree oil
  • Metamucil
  • Food coloring
  • Aluminum foil
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Styrofoam sheets
  • Dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Almond/Coconut oil
  • Thermo chromic pigment
  • Zinc sulfide powder or glow in the dark paint
  • Styrofoam beads (polystyrene)


Sponsor the School Age Playground

Can you help make our playground dreams a reality by sponsoring the playground?  

Currently, Eliada is working to renovate and vastly improve our playground used by PreSchoolers.  Here are some things we can use any time:

  • Natural items for the playground (logs, stepping stones, non poisonous plants)
  • Plastic or wood planters of all sizes and shapes
  • Playhouse
  • Flower and vegetable seeds (non toxic)
  • Outside Gliders
  • Tarps
  • Pots and Pans (to make an outside music area)
  • Children’s benches
  • Mulch and potting soil
  • Plastic bird bath
  • Watering cans, small shovels

Sponsor Reynolds Cottage

Reynolds Cottage is a residential home for teenage girls in treatment at Eliada. They are trying to improve their backyard and encourage the girls to spend more time outdoors. They need:

  • A picnic table
  • Gardening supplies: pots, gardening tools, flowers to plant

Indoors, they are trying to create space in the cottage that helps them feel calm and self soothe. They need:

  • Coloring books
  • Mandala coloring books
  • Art supplies
  • Items with calming scents
  • Stress balls
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Pillows

Can you sponsor Reynolds Cottage and help them create a peaceful and joyful environment for the girls in care?


Sponsor Children in Foster Care

Sometimes your first night in a new home is scary and unsettling. Going out for pizza or a burger together can help break the ice and start the getting to know you process on neutral ground.

Help families provide a fun activity for a child their first night in a new home by purchasing gift cards to restaurants.

For a child in Foster Care, they have bounced around, constantly being introduced to new parents and siblings. To help them track their lives, we make sure each child puts together a “life book” of photos and memories for them to take with them no matter what home they are in.

Help children create these books by purchasing scrapbooks and scrapbooking materials!

Children in Foster Care also get sent to a new home without much notice. They need suitcases to help pack up their personal belongings so they don’t get left behind.

Help children maintain their personal items that hold meaning to them by donating suitcases!



Sponsor STEM Projects in PreK

Eliada has 7 Prekindergarten Classrooms! Teachers are tasked with preparing children to begin school. This involves learning to have a school schedule, learning how to socialize with peers, learning to follow instructions and work in groups and individually, and so much more!

Now there is the expectation that starting at 3 years old, children learn to use technology to set them up to be successful learning STEM themed curriculum in school. In order to teach PreK students about technology, we need iPads!

Can you sponsor PreKindergarten, and help provide iPads for educational instruction?


Sponsor the Camping Program in Green Cottage

Students in Green Cottage have been in Residential Treatment and working to step back into the community. They still live at Eliada, but attend public school off campus, get involved in service projects off campus, and participate in recreation opportunities in the community.

Green Cottage is starting a camping program to give students new experiences outdoors. To help make this program a reality we need help purchasing:

  • Sleeping bags (3 season—maybe +30 degree ones)
  • 1-2 person tents (3 season)
  • 8×10 tarps & 24X36 tarps
  • foam sleeping pads
  • 1 liter water bottles
  • 500 ft paracord
  • camping pillows
  • large steel cook pots
  • sacks for food
  • compasses
  • spark rods
  • 8 liter water dromedaries
  • whisperlite stoves

Can you help provide outdoor recreation opportunities for young people by sponsoring our camping program?




Help Create Christmas Memories for a Child at Eliada!

Every year, Eliada works hard to make the holidays a special time for the children in our care. We try to fill each child’s Wish List, and have a huge campus-wide Holiday Party. We hope you will join us this year to help create Christmas memories for the children at Eliada!

If your family, church, business, or other group is interested in helping make the holidays merry for an Eliada child, this opportunity is for you!

When you sign up to sponsor a child for the holidays, you’ll receive a Wish List that the child created. Wish Lists include the child’s favorite things, clothing sizes,  and most needed and wanted items.

For most of these children and youth, the gifts they receive from sponsors are the only gifts they will get for Christmas.

The value of a Wish List is about $150. You can divide that cost with friends, or even sponsor several children.

We also have Program Wish Lists which include items that children use here at Eliada every day, such as toiletries, bedding and towels, books, games, art supplies, kitchen utensils, and sports equipment. We welcome contributions towards these lists as well.

If you don’t have time to shop, Eliada will use your donation to purchase gifts, and have some gifts on hand for children who may arrive at Eliada too close to Christmas to complete their Wish List. You can make a donation here.

Help us create holiday memories at Eliada!  To be matched with a child, please contact Nora Scheff by email   or by phone at (828) 254-5356 x303.