Help us support our community…one box of mac and cheese at a time.

The Y’s Giving Box Project has a mission to support families and individuals in our community - who simply need a helping hand when in a pinch - by providing a package of food, a warm winter coat, or a backpack full of notebooks and crayons. In an effort to take a small burden off of those in our community who find themselves in a challenging spot, we are asking you and members of our community to rally together and donate new or lightly used items to be distributed to our YMCA neighbors in need.

Our collection items will change throughout the year based on crucial and seasonal needs. Due to the pandemic, our community has seen more and more of a need for essential items, and we need your help to support them. If you find it in your heart (and your pantry!) to help support this project, we would be forever grateful.

Ready to Help?

You can support the Y’s Giving Box Project in the following ways:
•    Place items in the Giving Box in the lobby of the Fercho YMCA (400 1st Ave. S. Fargo).
•    Give financially by donating directly to the Giving Box project online.

Collection Items

Below is a schedule of items that we plan to collect throughout the year. We encourage items to be geared toward families with children ages infant through 17. All items must be new and unopened unless otherwise specified. Keep your eye out for announcements in our Fercho YMCA Lobby and on our social media pages for when each new seasonal drive launches. Based on the current needs of the community, this list may adjust slightly throughout the year.

Current Collection Items

Winter Gear 
coats, scarves, hats, snow pants, gloves, etc.

Typical Fall Collection Items

Pajamas – will typically be collecting in early fall
Pajamas, slippers, and socks.

Non-Perishable Foods & Kitchen Supplies – will typically be collecting in November
Noodles, boxed dinners, hot and cold cereals, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, teas, dried beans, juice boxes, pancake mix, sugar, flour, granola bars, baby food, and canned items, like soups, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, we will be collecting items like measuring cups, dish soap, plastic dishes, silverware, can openers, dish towels, and other small kitchen items. 

Typical Winter Collection Items

Christmas Presents – will typically be collecting in December
Gift cards, books, blocks, puzzles, LED track lights, Pokémon cards, slime, art supplies, blankets, etc. Items donated during this drive will be distributed to local families through the Y's Christmas Giving Tree project. Items for this drive can also be dropped off at the Member Services Desk at the Schlossman YMCA (4243 19th Ave. S. Fargo).

School supplies – will typically be collecting January through early spring
Notebooks, crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, pens, loose leaf paper, highlighters, three-ring binders, rulers, pocket folders, backpacks, safety scissors, calculators, glue sticks, binders, pencil pouches.

Typical Spring Collection Items

Winter Gear – will typically be collecting throughout spring
Warm jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, boots, sweaters, slippers, socks, blankets, pillows, and baby bedding items. Winter gear items may be new or gently used.

Typical Summer Collection Items

Summer Items – will typically be collecting in early summer
Swimming suits, goggles, sunscreen bug spray, flip flops, shoes, duffle bags, swim diapers, and towels. 

Personal Hygiene Items – will typically be collecting in late summer
Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair brushes, combs, diapers, baby wipes, tissues, towels, razors, and other personal hygiene items.

If you are able to help us spread the word about this project, our community would be so grateful. At the Y, we know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why strengthening community is our cause.