wHAT AND HOW TO DONATE?

**  We currently have an adequate supply of personal hygiene items. Please refer to our Lancaster Children’s Home charity shopping list on AmazonSmile. The link is also available by clicking on the AmazonSmile logo on our home page. You will be required to login to Amazon with your personal Amazon login information.

**  Due to limited storage space, we cannot accept trial size items and items that are not age appropriate for our residents, we currently serve teenage boys and girls.

The Lancaster Children’s Home ensures that each child has the daily necessities of life, such as food, clothing, and proper shelter.

We cannot express how important monetary and in-kind donations are to our organization.  Equally important are the donations of time and talent from members of the community.  Whether it is through social or spiritual activities, introducing and sharing the love of your favorite hobby or expressing your talents through music and the art, ALL gifts are an essential part of our program. Please follow us with this link to our Facebook page and find us on Instagram at lancaster_childrens_home_inc to stay informed of current needs, donations received and activities provided for the children.

If you are planning to donate items and are unsure of which items are needed and how much is needed, a good “rule of thumb” regarding “what” and “how many” items are needed is:

We use the same items you use your own home (cleaning products, food items, personal hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, etc.), but we need about 20 times more, as we average housing 28 children daily, but serve an average of 101 different children over the course of a year.

The amount of supplies needed for the Girls Home and the Boys Home is based on the number of children we serve. For our current number of residents, special emergency needs, specific clothing sizes, etc., please call 803-286-5277.

We frequently welcome children into the home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. Gift Cards are very helpful in providing immediate needs for these children upon arrival, such as a new pair of shoes. 

If you are interested in making Christmas special for the boys and girls residing at LCH during Christmas, please refer to the Christmas Donations tab and contact April Joplin with questions or to get on our list.

For ongoing needs of standard items, you may refer to the AmazonSmile link.  

The NEEDS LIST form below is a generic list types of items that are used at LCH. We encourage individuals to contact us for specific needs prior to collecting items on the attached list due to our limited storage space and time frames for item expirations. 

LIST OF NEEDS

For security purposes, our physical address is not on our website, please call our office at 803-286-5277 for donation drop off location and directions.

Your generosity and kindness are always appreciated by the staff and the children. The smallest gift can make a great contribution to a child’s life.

AFTER HOURS DONATIONS

The drop-off is available for after hours and weekend donation drops for those unable to deliver during normal business hours. Please ONLY drop enclosed bags of gently used items and do not leave items that will spoil or melt in the after hours drop-off. The unit is not checked on a daily basis.

Office # 803-286-5277