Current Needs

MHCO Needs List  – (Printable Version Click HERE)



  • Pot & Pan Sets
  • Plate Sets
  • Dish cloths
  • Silpat baking sheets
  • Casserole Dishes
  • Character plastic cups
  • Electric Can Openers
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Glass Food Storage Containers
  • 4 Slice Toasters
  • Dish Drainers
  • X-Large Griddles
  • Fry Daddy
  • George Foreman Grills (Large Family Size)
  • Water Bottles
  • Tea Pitchers
  • Keurig (with Hot Coco & Tea)
  • Large Stockpot (16-22 quart)
  • X-large Frying Pans with lids
  • Large Step Trash Can


  • Bath Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Hand Towels
  • Action Hero Towels
  • Bath Rugs
  • Cloth Shower Curtains (Juvenile, Teenage)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Posters (Juvenile & teenage, Male & Female)
  • Matching Drapes for Kids Rooms
  • Bedding Sets (Queen)
  • Sheet Sets (Twin XL)
  • Toddler Bed Bedding Sets
  • Toddler Bed Sheet Sets
  • Waterproof mattress pad covers (Queen & Twin)
  • Blankets (Twin & Twin XL)
  • Bedside Lamps
  • Full Length Body Mirrors
  • Ironing Boards
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Area Rugs (5×7 & larger, Neutral tones, Living Room & Kids Rooms)
  • Shark Vacuum Cleaners
  • Living room Curtains (Masculine colors, in sets of 4, 84″ length)
  • Cold mist, filter less Humidifiers
  • Bar Stools
  • Small room fans
  • Cordless Telephone Sets
  • Living Room Lamps
  • Door Mats
  • Televisions (Large Family Room Size)
  • Fish food
  • Wall Clocks
  • Changing Table Pads
  • Laundry Baskets

School Supplies

  • Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Writing Paper Tablets
  • .8 lead for mechanical pencils
  • Earbuds
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers
  • 1 Gallon Ziplock Bags
  • Kleenex-Style Tissue Boxes
  • Large bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • Lysol or Clorox Wipes
  • Copy Paper
  • 3-Subject Notebooks
  • 5-Subject Notebooks
  • Cardstock
  • Mechanical Pencils


  • Germ X
  • Mouthwash
  • 3n1 Kid’s body wash
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Wipes
  • Women’s Lotion
  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Women’s Razors
  • Women’s Body Spray
  • Women’s Body Wash
  • Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash
  • Facial Wash
  • Plastic Applicator Tampons
  • Ethnic Hair Care Products (Mixed Chicks, Cantu, Crème of Nature, Curly Kids, OGX)
  • Men’s 3n1 Body Wash
  • Men’s Lotion
  • Men’s Body Spray
  • Chapstick/Lip Balm (Blistex, Carmex, Burt’s Bees)
  • Lip gloss
  • Flat Irons
  • High heat Flat Irons



  • Big Wheels
  • Nerf Guns & Bullets
  • Snow Sleds
  • Xbox One / PS4
  • Xbox One Games (Rated E, E10+, T)
  • Play Station 4 games (Rated E, E10+, T)
  • Wii games (Rated E, E10+)
  • New Release Movies (Rated G, PG, & PG-13)
  • Kick Balls
  • Gaming Chairs
  • Buildable forts


  • 2 Tons of good garden soil for flower/garden boxes
  • Watering system
  • Electrical outlet for the garden
  • Bulbs, Seed packets
  • Small shrubs
  • Garden tools
  • Garden seating
  • 100 landscape timbers
  • Variety of garden paints- assorted colors
  • Paint Rollers and brushes


  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent
  • Gas Grills
  • Gas Grill Covers
  • Grilling Accessories
  • Individually Wrapped Candy
  • Book Shelves
  • Command Strips
  • Juvenile Bath Robes
  • Ice Coolers
  • Storage Containers (Medium, Large & X-Large)
  • Porch Swing
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers
  • Colored Pens
  • Ear Buds
  • Art Canvas
  • Room Fresheners
  • Air Freshener
  • Garden Flags – Large & Small
  • Full Size Arcade Game for our game room
  • Gift cards (Kanki, Food Lion, Build a Bear, Walmart, Michael’s, Pizza Hut, Hobby Lobby)
  • Phone Cards
  • Trip to Great Wolf Lodge



In addition to the items listed above we would ask that you consider purchasing gift cards from the following stores and restaurants, which are local and convenient and which contribute directly to the lives and needs of the children – anytime of year and with the assurance that your donation is giving to a specific purpose via this card.  Increments of any amount are welcome and encouraged.  Gift cards help our Home and the lives and care of our children!giftcards

Other gift cards that would be helpful include:

  • Edward McKay Used Books and More
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cookout
  • Golden Corral
  • Hibachi Buffet
  • Frankies

Important – please read THE FOLLOWING regarding in-kind giving!

What your Gift of Need Items Means to the Life of a Child at MHCO

For many of our donors the satisfaction of providing a useful item, a need fulfilled, or a physical contribution for the care of a child is unequaled. The benefits are many and the charity a possibility for anyone. This way of giving to MHCO has grown incredibly over the last ten years and our Home continues to support these donations and the benefits that create for the care of the children – benefits which are great, giving, and needed.

With this in mind we are asking those giving in this way to note the following considerations for 2016.   Per IRS and accounting regulations for in-kind giving and our Finance Department we greatly appreciate the attention, understanding, and continued generosity of those wishing to give in-kind gifts and their consideration of the following:

  • PLEASE CONTACT MHCO BEFORE YOU SOLICIT FOR, COLLECT, OR DELIVER AN IN-KIND GIFT: You can call toll-free (888-505-4357) or email ( before collecting, purchasing, or traveling to donate in-kind gifts. MHCO is obligated to make sure the work and charity of our donors can be used for the purposes of our mission and in the care of our children and in a reasonable time frame. Reference our Needs List often. Without prior notice or determination MHCO may be unable to accept an in-kind gift.
  • PLEASE PLACE AN ACCURATE AMOUNT OF VALUE ON YOUR DONATION – Whether or not you are claiming a gift for tax purposes let MHCO know the value of the in-kind donation, as we will need that information for accounting purposes. This will help you as well as MHCO, especially if you intend on writing off your donation. Visit the IRS website which explains how to determine the fair market value of your donation and if you must complete additional forms for in-kind giving over $2,500 or if you are donating automobiles or property in excess of $25,000.
  • DO NOT ASSUME A GIFT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE OR CAN BE UTILIZED BY MHCO – Not every in-kind gift is tax-deductible. Services and volunteer hours, although welcomed and used by MHCO, generally cannot be written off. IRS Publication 526 outlines what types of donations can be deducted and how to claim a deduction.
  • IN-KIND GIVING CANNOT REPLACE TRADITIONAL GIFTS — As valuable as in-kind gifts and need items are – and they are valuable, needed, and save money – MHCO relies heavily on the flexibility of unrestricted cash donations and must have them to survive and continue to serve children in our care.
  • These requirements will be used regarding in-kind giving at MHCO beginning January 1, 2016. Call MHCO and the Financial Development Department for questions or more information or for any information regarding giving via in-kind gifts.

Your contribution of the above listed items is greatly appreciated and will contribute to the lives of our children and the overall success of our Home. Because we are committed to the highest quality of care for our kids, for meeting their group and individual needs, and for utilizing charity in the most moral and ethical way accepting that which can be efficiently and properly used for the care of children, we ask that you contact our Home prior to collecting or delivering items that are not listed here. While we appreciate every donation intended for our Home, those items donated and then delivered that cannot be used or are in a condition that is not consistent with our mission and the level of quality care we offer, cannot be accepted by MHCO. If you have a question about and item that is not listed or its condition that you wish to donate please contact the Financial Development Department at 919-603-3903 or prior to collecting or delivering that gift.



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600 College Street – Oxford – North Carolina – 27565
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