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Associated Charities Giving Guide: A Year-Round Donation Calendar

March 4, 2024

The generosity of our community makes it possible for Associated Charities to support those in need in Ashland County all year round. We often receive questions about the specific needs in our community beyond monetary gifts, including what types of items we accept and when is the best time to give. 

We are fortunate to have ample warehouse space to accommodate donations year round, but there are some seasons when there are more particular needs. Here’s a list to help guide your giving to help those less fortunate in Ashland County:

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School Supplies, Shoes, and Clothing: April-September

As the school year approaches, we focus on providing essential items to set children up for success. During the months of April to September, consider donating:

  • School supplies, such as notebooks, pencils, backpacks, markers, and pens
  • New children’s clothing and shoes to help youngsters feel confident and ready for the academic year

Christmas Gifts: August-December

The holiday season is a time of joy and giving, and we strive to make it special for every child in our community. From August to December, we welcome donations of:

  • New toys and gift items suitable for children aged 0-18
  • Gift cards for teenagers who often get overlooked in charitable initiatives

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Adopt-A-Family: July-December

For those who wish to make a more personal impact, we encourage adopting a family or child for Christmas. 

  • You can sign up online through our website or simply call the office. 
  • You will be provided with a detailed list of that child’s (or family’s) needs and Christmas wishes.

Coats: August-February

As colder weather sets in, we want to ensure that no one goes without warm clothes and protection from the elements. From August to February, please consider donating:

  • New coats for both children and adults

Food & Household Items: Year-Round

No matter what time of year it is, we are always in need of basic items and food. We accept:

  • Non-perishable and non-expired food items to support families facing food insecurity
  • Household items such as deodorant, bath soap, shampoo, razors, dish and laundry soap, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and toilet paper

If you would like to give a monetary donation, you can give one time or set up a recurring gift here». No gift is too small!

Your generosity means the world to struggling individuals and families in our community! We are so grateful for your ongoing support; without you, Ashland simply would not be the warm and caring place it is today.