Sponsor a Child

SPONSOR A CHILD FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Eliada works hard to make the holidays a special time for the children in our care. You can help bring a smile to their face by fulfilling their holiday wishes! 

When you sign up to sponsor a child for the holidays, you’ll receive a Wish List that a young person created. Wish Lists include their favorite things, clothing sizes, and most needed and wanted items. The value of a Wish List is around $150. You can divide that cost with friends, or even sponsor several children. 

For most of Eliada’s children and youth, the gifts they receive from sponsors are the only gifts they will get during the holiday season. 

To sign up to sponsor, please contact Rebecca Boline by email at .

Sponsor Multiple Children:

We also have Wish Lists which include items that children will need here at Eliada depending on what program they are in.  

Cottage wish lists for youth living at Eliada, for example, include toiletries, bedding and towels, books, games, art supplies, suitcases and kitchen utensils. Many children come to Eliada with a few clothes in a garbage bag. Together we can provide them things that every home should have!

Other wish lists are for our Child Development programs, Foster Care program, and Recreation programs. Our Equine Therapy program also has some needs this holiday season! We never know when we’ll get a call for a child in Foster Care who needs a home immediately. Let’s help Foster Parents provide these children everything they deserve!

Sponsor a last minute wish:

Some youth living at Eliada won’t arrive until right before the holidays! We won’t receive their wish lists until mid-late November. Can you sign up to help one of these teens at the last minute?

If you don’t have time to shop, Eliada will use your donation to purchase gifts for children who may arrive at Eliada very close to Christmas or right after Christmas. It shouldn’t matter when you arrive at Eliada–your wishes should be fulfilled! You can make a donation here. In the comment field, write “holiday wishes.”  

To sign up to sponsor multiple children or a teen at the last minute, please contact Rebecca Boline by email at  or by phone at (828) 254-5356, ext. 306.

SPONSOR A CHILD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

To help children and youth in our programs, contact Julie Heinitsh, Eliada’s Director of Development at or (828) 254-5356 Ext. 308, and Julie will assist you in selecting items from these lists.

Eliada’s Top Needs Right Now

Can you help us with one of our biggest needs today?

  1. Play Doh! We go through SO MUCH Play Doh.
  2. Books for kids 0-5 (we can’t use books that have TV or movie characters)
  3. Inexpensive MP3 players that youth can use to listen to music
  4. Washcloths – we are constantly cleaning in Child Development!
  5. Kinetic Sand
  6. African American hair care products

Help Kids Living at Eliada

Youth 12-17, living at Eliada are in one of our 6 cottages. They sleep, eat, play, learn, heal, and grow at Eliada. We need basic things for them like sheets, towels, bathroom supplies and more.

Download this list of items we can always use for living here. Can you supply us with some of these items? Click Here

Help 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 scrap-booking 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!

Help Kids in the Child Development Center

Kids 0-12 come to Eliada everyday for child care, Pre-K, and after school programming. In the summer, we also have kids here daily for camp. We love to fill our classrooms and playgrounds with engaging toys that help with their development!

Download this list of items that we can always use for kids in child development programs. Can you help us with some of these items?  Click Here

Help Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Youth aging out of services need help transitioning to adulthood. Some of these young adults have children. They need diapers, wet wipes, diaper rash cream and children’s no tears shampoo!

They are also often moving into their first apartments and need shampoo, body wash, deodorant, laundry detergent, 409 or other non-bleach all-purpose cleaners, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap (sink and dishwasher versions).

They also are looking for work as they explore their career pathway. They need professional shoes, clothes, winter coats, note pads, flash drives, and more.

Can you help an older youth with any of these items?