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If you or your family is looking to make a donation this holiday season, here is your guide. Local helping agencies aim to provide food, medical care and presents for hundreds of Johnson County families. But each organization needs help. Here’s a look at some of those organizations and what they need the most.

United Way

What’s needed: Money for programs

Where the donations go: Toward the organization’s programs, as well as the 20 local agencies it supports, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the American Red Cross

How to donate: Drop off monetary donations at 2525 N. Morton St., Franklin or mail them to P.O. Box 153, Franklin, IN 46131. Money also can be donated through the organization’s website, uwjc.org.

American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis

What’s needed: Money for disaster relief

Where the donations go: To disaster relief nationwide and in central Indiana

How to donate: Mail checks to 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Call 684-1441 to make a credit card contribution, or visit www.redcross-indy.org/Donate to donate online.

St. Thomas Clinic

What’s needed: Money to pay for medical tests for low-income residents

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents who are uninsured can receive free, non-emergency medical care at the clinic between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesdays and two Saturdays a month.

How to donate: Mail monetary donations to 600 Paul Hand Blvd., Franklin, IN 46131; or call 535-6057 to get information on dropping off donations.

Christian Help

What’s needed: Toiletries, blankets, monetary donations

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents can receive assistance paying rent and utilities as well as household items.

How to donate: Drop off items between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday and between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at 27 E. Jefferson St., Franklin. Mail monetary donations to P.O. Box 7112, Greenwood, IN 46142.

Good Cheer Fund

What’s needed: Monetary donations and canned foods for food baskets

Where the donations go: Nearly 800 Johnson County families who have applied for Christmas food baskets will receive the food in the days before Christmas.

How to donate: Drop off canned foods at area schools. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Daily Journal, P.O. Box 699, Franklin, IN 46131, or dropped off at 2575 N. Morton St., Franklin. For more information, call 736-1722.

Salvation Army food pantry

What’s needed: Nonperishable foods, including peanut butter, applesauce, oatmeal, sugar, canned roast beef, canned chicken, beef stew, mixed vegetables and canned fruit

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents in need can receive free food between 12:30 and 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

How to donate: Drop off food or money during business hours at 325 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142. Monetary donations also can be mailed to that address.

InterChurch Food Pantry

What’s needed: Monetary donations, canned meats, including beef stew and chicken and dumplings, soups and peanut butter

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents can receive food at the food pantry from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How to donate: Drop off donations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the pantry, 2900 Graham Road, Franklin. Make monetary donations at www.pantryjc.org or to P.O. Box 147, Whiteland, 46184.

Living Bread Inc. food pantry

What’s needed: Laundry detergent, hygiene products and nonperishable foods, including pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna or chicken, Hamburger Helper, canned vegetables, ravioli, SpaghettiO’s, cereal, boxed potatoes, soup and macaroni and cheese

Where the donations go: Anyone can receive food at the food pantry at 755 N. Bluff Road, Greenwood, once a week at 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Thursdays or at 9:15 a.m. on the first and third Saturday each month.

How to donate: Drop off items at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Community Life Center, 407 N. Bluff Road in the Center Grove area, between 5:30 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday or between 5:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. You also can drop off donations at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 381 N. Bluff Road, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Monetary donations can also be mailed to the church: Attn: Living Bread.

His Hand Extended food pantry

What’s needed: Peanut butter, jelly, pork and beans, soup, green beans, corn, cereal, spaghetti noodles and sauce, crackers, tuna, clothing

Where the donations go: Anyone with identification can receive a box of food from the food pantry at 10:45 a.m. Monday and Thursday.

How to donate: Drop off food and clothing between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Trinity Broadcasting Network station at 2528 U.S. 31 South, Greenwood IN 46143. Monetary donations also can be mailed to that address.

KIC-IT Drop-in Center for homeless youth

What’s needed: Nonperishable foods, including canned goods with pop-top lids, pasta and ravioli; winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and heating packs

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents between the ages of 16 and 25 can receive food, clothing and hygiene items at the organization’s center.

How to donate: Drop off items between 3 and 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the drop-in center at 41 W. Monroe St., Franklin. Donate money through www.kic-it.org or to P.O. Box 1111, Franklin, IN 46131.

The Refuge food pantry

What’s needed: Nonperishable foods, including canned meat, Hamburger Helper and pasta; perishable foods, including milk and juice; coats, hats, gloves and game systems and computers for tutoring center

Where the donations go: Johnson County and southern Marion County residents can receive food at the food pantry between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

How to donate: Drop off food and other items between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Friday at 65 Airport Parkway, Suite 110, Greenwood. Call 889-7338 if you are donating large items, such as furniture.

Lord’s Locker food pantry

What’s needed: Nonperishable foods, including soup, beef stew, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese and pasta; clothing, men’s jeans, small household items and working small appliances

Where the donations go: Johnson County and surrounding residents can receive food and clothes from the pantry Wednesday morning starting at 9 a.m. Residents must bring a driver’s license, Social Security numbers for all family members and proof of address to register.

How to donate: Drop off food and clothing between 9 a.m. and noon Monday and Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday at 101 Pleasant St., Trafalgar. Send monetary donations to P.O. Box 327, Trafalgar, IN 46181.

Johnson County Senior Services

What’s needed: Nonperishable foods, including those low in sodium or light in syrup; money for fuel; recycled medical equipment, including wheelchairs, crutches and canes

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents over the age of 60 can receive free food, transportation and medical equipment.

How to donate: Drop off food and other items between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 731 S. State St., Franklin, IN 46131. Monetary donations also can be mailed to that address.

Social of Greenwood

senior center

What’s needed: Copy paper, coffee, volunteer labor, nonperishable food items, including peanut butter, tuna, nutritious cereals and canned soup

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents older than 50 can receive free or low-cost food and services from the organization.

How to donate: Drop off items between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 550 Polk St., Greenwood IN 46143. Monetary donations can be mailed to that address or submitted at www.thesocialofgreenwood.org. To volunteer, call 882-4810 and ask for director Bob Goodrum.

Turning Point

domestic violence organization

What’s needed: Gas cards, Walmart gift cards, clothing, toiletries and blankets

Where the donations go: Johnson County residents who are victims of domestic violence can receive assistance with safety plans and protective orders, as well as free items to take when leaving their homes.

How to donate: Call 736-8666 to have Heather Wildrick-Holman pick up donations, or send monetary donations to P.O. Box 268, Franklin, IN 46131.

Boys and Girls Club of Franklin

What’s needed: Arts and crafts for after-school care, including colored pencils, markers and crayons; toys for the BG Bucks store, including basketballs, coloring books, jewelry and games

Where the donations go: The organization offers after-school care for Johnson County children Monday through Friday.

How to donate: Drop items off between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday at 101 N. Hurricane St., Franklin, IN 46131. Monetary donations can be mailed to the same address.

Girls Inc.

What’s needed: Packaged foods, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, Lysol, cleaning wipes, items to make jewelry (such as pop top tabs, ribbon and nail polish), larger items including a vacuum, a freezer and a portable science lab station

Where the donations go: Johnson County girls between the ages of 5 and 18 can participate in the organization’s after-school program from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families also can receive food from the organization once a month.

How to donate: Drop off items between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 200 E. Madison St., Franklin, IN 46131. Monetary donations also can be mailed to that address. For larger items, call 736-5344 or email sonya@girlsincjc.org for more information.

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