Holiday Wish List

The holidays are a stressful time for anyone, but for the children and teens in our care, the holidays can be especially difficult. Our children miss out on the experience of a family or home environment. But with your help, the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is able to provide a warm and happy holiday season. For individuals and groups who would like to help us provide joy this year, please take a look at our 2018 Holiday Wish List. Also, see our Needs List below for additional items needed to provide a safe haven 24/7, 365 days per year for kids in crisis.

Financial Support

Did you know that we only receive approximately 20% of our annual operating budget from the state of Arkansas? Which means we simply couldn’t survive without the outstanding financial support provided by our community! Each year, donations from friends like you help to ensure we can continue to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in our care. A gift of any amount can help transform a child’s life and provide hope for a brighter future. We thank you in advance for your consideration and support!



Winter Pajamas – sizes 14, 16, 18
Long sleeve shirts – sizes 14, 16, 18
Short – sizes 12, 14

Shoes – size 4 (youth)
Winter Pajamas – sizes 10/12, 14/16
Long sleeve shirts and sweaters – sizes 14/16

Winter pajamas – sizes L, XL, Plus sizes
Long sleeve shirts and sweaters – size M, L, XL
Shoes – women’s size 11


Long sleeve shirts – men’s sizes S, M, L, XL
Underwear – men’s sizes S, M, L
Teen and Men’s size thermal gloves

Paper towels URGENT NEED
White copy paper URGENT NEED
Pre-portioned snacks: pretzels, crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, nuts, bars, etc.
100% juice (64 oz.) – apple, grape or orange (shelf stable)
30 gallon trash bags
Toilet paper
Flat hair brushes
Water bottles
Chapstick or lip balm
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Pasta Sauce
Frosting – in a variety of flavors

Canned goods: refried beans, cream soups, black olives, cheese sauce (large 106 oz. cans)
Medications: adult Tylenol, adult and children’s ibuprofen, cough and cold medicines, cough drops

10″ (or larger) plastic dinner plates
2 oz. Dixie cups and food service cups
Hand sanitizer
Snacks for the kids (ex: Rice Krispies Treats, Oreos, Goldfish crackers, Cheez-Its, Dill pickle spears, pudding cups)

Kleenex/Facial tissue
Clorox/Great Value cleaning wipes
Bleach and Pine-Sol disinfectant concentrate
Birthday decorations for older children and teens (banners, paper lanterns, tablecloths, streamers)
Baby wipes
Luggage (large)
RID or similar chemical lice shampoo
Nitrile exam gloves – sizes L and XL
MP3 players for boys and girls (this is a top request on birthday wish lists!)

Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Academy, JCPenney, Kohl’s, etc.

For Art Classes and After-School Clubs
Cardstock – white and various colors
Sharpies in various colors
Paint – acrylic and tempera

Clear liquid glue
Patterned Duct tape/Washi tape
Corn Starch
Baking Soda
Art canvases
Wooden plaques or letters
Hot glue sticks
Tie-dye kits

Small cardboard or wooden boxes for art therapy – 7″x7″x7″ or smaller (jewelry boxes, chocolate boxes, cigar boxes, etc.)

Walmart Wish List:

Click the link to visit our Walmart Wish List for an easy way to purchase needed items for the shelter: Walmart Wish List-NWACS

Amazon Wish List:

We also have needed items posted to our Amazon wish list:


Become a committee member: contact our development team for more information

Volunteer individually or as a group! Contact or call (479) 795-2417 for more information.

Drop Off Donations:

NWA Children’s Shelter Lobby
(14100 Vaughn Road, Bentonville, AR 72713 — just inside the Highfill City Limits)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.