Each year, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes provides more than 50,000 services to children and families through Compassion Ministries – providing food, clothing, diapers and other items to those in crisis. In addition to meeting tangible needs through this ministry, we are also able to provide for the intangible needs of children, bringing life-changing support to families. In 2016, Compassion Ministries served 2,635 children and families and provided more than 98,000 meals through our weekend backpack program.

Volunteers needed

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes needs more volunteers to put compassion in action through this special ministry for children. Our volunteer needs include organizing and stocking food donations, cleaning and sorting clothing, assisting with clerical needs and more.

Tangible needs for children

To sustain our Compassion Ministries program and provide for families, the following gently-used items are needed every day:

  • Child and adult clothing of all sizes
  • House-hold items (especially kitchen supplies)
  • Toddler beds, pillows and sheets
  • Birthday kits for teens and children to include a cake mix, candles, gift, “happy birthday banner” and party supplies
  • Additionally, our food needs include:
  • Healthy, yet kid-approved, cereals (i.e. Honey Nut Cheerios).
  • Fruits to include apples, Cuties, peaches and bananas
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sliced bread and English muffins (wheat)
  • Yogurt
  • Canned meats (to include tuna, chicken, etc).

Are you ready to help meet the tangible needs of children? Is your church or place of business ready to form an alliance with schools in your community to address hunger and poverty where you live? Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is here to help lead the way.

For more information about our compassion ministries, email us at

Campus Needs

Gifts-in-kind make a big difference and help us meet the needs of the children in our care at all of our campus locations. Thank you for your help!

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Computer paper (8 ½ x 11)
  • Deodorant (for male & female)
  • Diapers, pull-ups and baby wipes
  • Dishwasher soap (Liquid Cascade)
  • Dish sponges w/scratchers
  • Hair mousse/gel
  • Kitchen garbage bags (tall w/drawstring) (13 & 55 gallon)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry soap (for high efficiency washers)
  • Liquid body soap & liquid hand soap
  • Luggage & duffel bags
  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
  • Q-tips
  • Socks (male & female, all sizes)
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Sun screen & after sun lotion or aloe
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels (bath & kitchen)
  • Underwear (male and female)
  • Vacuum cleaners (heavy duty)
  • Sandwich and freezer bags (1 qt & 1 gallon)
4551 Camino Real Way
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone 239.275.7151

  • Trash bags (White Tall Kitchen, Lawn and Leaf)
  • Dish soap (both auto dishwasher and hand)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, pine-sol, etc)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Zip lock bags (gallon, qt.)
  • Lysol spray/ Fabreeze
  • Candles (spices: Cinnamon Apple, Vanilla, Spice…)
  • Paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels)
  • Personal Bath Items (no coconut or cocoa butter)
    • Girls Secret Gel Deodorant
    • Body Wash
    • Shampoos
    •  Dandruff Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Shaving Gel
    • Lady’s Bic Soleil Razors
  • HP 60xl, Printer paper, Markers (multi-color)
  • Can goods
  • Cereal (Captainn Crunch, Reese’s Pieces, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Regular Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats, Lucky Charms, Special K)
Gainesville Area Office
3700 NW 91st St, Suite B-300
Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone 352.672.6112

  • Storage Shed
  • Covered Gazebo with picnic tables
  • Patio Furniture
  • Zero-turn mower
  • Riding mower
  • Push mowers
  • Weed eaters
  • Vacuum
  • Brooms/Dust Pans
  • Television
  • Little Tykes picnic table
  • Large toy chest
  • Baskets (To make gift basket for children/foster parents)
2300 Bartram Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone 904.721.2711

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom, mop, sponges, etc..
  • Wipes (we are low on wipes)
  •  Infant to 5T clothing (including underwear, socks, leggings)
  • 1, 1 ½ and/or 2 inch white 3 ring binders with plastic sleeve
  • Suitcases for when children leave
  • Baskets (To make gift basket for children/foster parents)
  • Food for Weekend Backpack Feeding Program (for low-income families):
    • Breakfast/granola bars
    • Macaroni & Cheese
    • Oatmeal packets
    • Canned Fruit
    • Canned Meat (e.g. Vienna Sausage)
    • Ramen Noodles
    • Canned soup/ravioli/chili/spaghetti/etc.
    • Pudding/applesauce packs
    • Birthday cake supplies—mix, icing, candles, etc.
    • Boxed Drinks
  • Bucket truck (to change light bulbs/perform minor trimming of trees)—Donated or loaned to FBCH and, if possible, with the assistance of a volunteer to assist with spreading
  • Painting supplies (drop cloths, etc.)
  • Crush Crete (for unpaved roads/parking areas)
Joe K. Blanton Campus
1015 Sikes Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone 863.688.4981

  • Tall drawstring kitchen bags
  • Fabric softener
  • Laundry soap
  • Laundry supplies
  • Multi-purpose/anti-bacterial
  • Cleaners
  • SOS steel wool pads
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Ethnic Hair products
  • Hair gel
  • Body wash
  • Hand Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates, cups and napkins
  • Plastic forks, spoons and knives
7748 SW 95 Terrace
Miami, FL 33156
Phone 305.271.4121

  • Printer Ink (HP #61 Black and/or Color; HP#74 Black; HP; #75 Color)
  • Golf Cart
  • Computers for Cottages
  • New Living room Furniture
  • Commercial Refrigerator
  • Bunk beds
  • Paper Goods:  Paper towels, toilet paper, paper napkins, paper bowls, paper plates (dinner & dessert size), paper cups, plastic flatware, plastic garbage bags
  • Cleaning Supplies:  Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, dish detergent, Cascade dishwasher detergent, Lysol spray, bleach, Tub & Tile Cleaner, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, Windex, Comet, Soft Scrub, air fresheners, and candles.
  • Hygiene/Personal Supplies:  Deodorant for men & women, shampoo, combs & both natural bristle & plastic hair brushes, liquid soft soap w/dispenser, feminine napkins, African-American hair products such as: Pro-gel (black), Oil Sheen, Isoplus Holding Spray, Super-Gro Hair Grease, hair pins, small rubber bands, Hair flat iron, shower caps, braiding hair. Kids Detangler, toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, body wash, kids & adult toothpaste
  • Food Supplies: New Pots, pans, and serving supplies
  • Undergarments, diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes
  • Extra Items: Metro Passes & Chap Stick
1000 Chemstrand Road
Cantonment, FL 32533
Phone 850.968.1114

  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine products
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Ziploc bags
  • 1 ½” Binders in Blue, Red, White, Black
  • Retractable lead pencils
  • Multipurpose copy paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Laundry detergent (HE)
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper plates
  • Fire extinguishers for foster homes (must be 2A10BC extinguisher)
  • Radon testing kits for foster homes
  • First aid kits for foster homes
  • New car seats
  • Gift cards for activities (restaurants, movies, ice cream etc.)
8415 Buck Lake Road
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Phone 850.878.1458

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Storage shed
  • Hygiene products (shampoo, deodorant, razors, lotion etc.)
  • Children’s bedding (twin size)
  • Stihl gas hedger (20”)
  • Tractor
  • Tailgate tent (for campus events and foster care recruiting)
  • New clothing sizes 6T and above
  • New shoes or gift card for shoes (Sizes for children and teenagers)
  • Baby formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Pull Ups
  • Fire extinguishers for foster homes (must be 2A10BC extinguisher)
  • Radon testing kits for foster homes
  • First aid kits for foster homes
  • New car seats
  • New twin mattresses
  • New washer and dryers
  • New wood laminate flooring
  • Mulch for playground
1015 Sikes Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone 863.577.4488

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