Broken Spirits to Mended Hearts

Every Gift Has An Impact

Your gift today shares hot meals with people who really need nourishment — and the chance for shelter and care that can help them begin new lives. So please, give now… and give generously.

Immediate Needs

You can help as we endeavor to meet the most basic needs of the disadvantaged and homeless men, women, and children in the Indianapolis and Bloomington communities.


Our Amazon Wish List has a list of our most-needed items and can be shipped directly to us.

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  • Underwear, t-shirts and pajamas, sizes S – 4X
  • Men’s pants sz. 32 – 40
  • Toiletries, esp. deodorant

Women & Children

  • Chucks (disposable, waterproof bed pads)
  • Ethnic hair care products
  • Ibuprofen, Tylenol, analgesics
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers – sz. 4-5 only

Food Service

  • Coffee
  • Sugar – powdered, granulated, brown
  • Spices – Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Italian seasoning, Parsley
  • Fresh, frozen and canned fruit
  • Condiments – ketchup, mustard, mayo, bbq sauce
  • Cereals – asst.
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Sturdy paper plates, lunch napkins and utensils

Ongoing Needs

Bolded items at the top of each section are especially needed at this time.

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Clothing (Men’s, Women’s, Children’s)

  • (Can be gently used; all sizes needed, including XL – 4X)
  • Undershirts and underwear (all types and sizes)
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Pants, jeans, sweatpants, etc.
  • Shoes, boots, dress shoes, flip-flops, sandals, shower shoes
  • Socks (new and in package)
  • Coats, jackets, rain ponchos
  • Accessories: Belts, hats, scarves and gloves
  • Pantyhose (black, taupe, suntan; M to queen-size)

Hygiene Items

  • Baby wipes, baby shampoo, diapers and pull-ups (larger sizes)
  • Body wash (trial/travel size and large bottles)
  • Chucks (disposable, waterproof bed pads)
  • Deodorant (trial/travel size, regular size, or spray)
  • Disposable razors
  • Ethnic hair care products
  • Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and hair relaxer
  • Shaving cream
  • Skin lotion (trial/travel size and large bottles)
  • Soap (trial/travel size)
  • Blow dryers
  • Chapstick
  • Cornstarch powder and foot powder
  • Cotton balls
  • Hairbrushes, combs, night caps, and ponytail holders Super tampons and sanitary napkins
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste (trial/travel size toothpaste)

Grocery Items

  • Coffee (regular and decaf), sugar, creamer
  • Eggs
  • Meats (fish, chicken, ham, beef)
  • Milk, juice, lemonade, other drink mixes
  • Condiments, including mayo, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard
  • Spices (including salt and pepper, onion, garlic, Italian)
  • Paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates, disposable tableware
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sugar (granulated, brown and powdered)
  • Oatmeal and cereal
  • Butter/margarine
  • Cake/dessert mixes and frosting
  • Fresh, frozen or canned fruit and vegetables (economy or 10#)
  • Fruit juice—cans or bottles
  • Pasta, rice, instant potatoes

Linens (Can be gently used)

  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Bed sheets (Twin, Twin XL, Queen), pillow cases, and pillows
  • Blankets (including baby blankets)
  • Dish cloths, hand towels, pot holders, aprons

Over-the-Counter Medications (Sealed and in original containers)

  • Antacid tablets
  • Children’s teething gel
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Cold/sinus medication (non-alcoholic)
  • Cough drops and syrup (non-alcoholic) and throat lozenges
  • Pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
  • PediaSure and Pedialyte

Program Items

  • Notebooks and notebook paper– college or wide ruled
  • #10 envelopes
  • Blank CDs
  • Copy paper
  • Flash drives (any size)
  • Gift cards to McGraw Hill Contemporary, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon
  • Inexpensive 8X10 frames for certificates
  • Pencils, pens, highlighters
  • Pocket Folders
  • Spiral index cards
  • Three ring binders (1 1/2”, 3” clear view) and tabbed notebook dividers

Miscellaneous Items

  • Batteries (C, D, AA, AAA)
  • Bowls, cups, forks, spoons
  • Disinfectant wipes, non-alcoholic hand sanitizer, Lysol
  • Kleenex (boxed and individual)
  • Small pots and pans (heavy-duty/commercial grade)
  • Large safety pins
  • Large storage tubs
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Metal folding chairs
  • Sunscreen

Giving Items

Wheeler accepts donations of cars, trucks, vans, mini-buses, boats, tractors, and heavy construction equipment. Sorry — we draw the line at trains. For tax deduction information about such donations, click View More.

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To donate any vehicle, please email ( or call Steve Kerr at (317) 635-3575 first. To donate a car, van, or truck, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Wheeler can accept any such vehicle, running or not.
  2. The person who owns the vehicle, possesses a clear title, and has the keys should be the one who calls.
  3. You may deliver your vehicle to us, or if it is in the Central Indiana area, we can arrange to pick up your vehicle.
  4. Vehicles that could not be used for ministry will be sold at auction with proceeds benefiting those Wheeler serves.
  5. You will receive the kind of receipt you need for a tax deduction

Tax Deduction Information:

Wheeler is a qualifying 501(c)(3) charitable organization and according to the IRS, you can deduct the fair market value of your vehicle when you itemize your deductions.

How do you estimate the fair market value? We are not able to; however, the IRS publication 561 offers this advice: Say “the ‘blue book’ value of a car like yours is $1,600 in good condition. However, your car needs extensive repairs. After checking with repair shops and used car dealers, you find that the car should sell for $750. You may use $750 as the FMV of the car.”

There is no limit on how many vehicles you may donate during a year, but if the fair market value of the vehicle(s) is $5000 or greater you must file the IRS Form 8283 with your tax return.

Here are some links to the Kelly Blue Book and the NADA Guide to get you started. It’s also wise to compare your vehicle to similar ones for sale in the area; check out, and/or to see what price yours is bringing.

View our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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Q: Can Wheeler Pick up my donation?
A: At this time, Wheeler Mission is able to pick up certain donations. For more info, please click here.

Q: Does it have to be like new?
A: Items don’t have to be new, but they must be clean and in good condition. We don’t have the resources to fix or clean donations. We may decline any donation that doesn’t meet these minimal requirements.

Q: What does Wheeler accept?
A: We accept donations of home furnishing and appliances in good condition, clean clothing, household items, toys and games, books and magazines, but also things like lawn & garden tools, charcoal grills, and some building supplies. Sometimes we accept commercial appliances and office furniture. Please call 317.646.2624 if you have a question.

Q: What won’t Wheeler accept?
A: Regretfully, Wheeler cannot accept a donation of the following items:

  • Appliances that malfunction in any way
  • Used pianos or organs (synthesizer keyboards are accepted)
  • Used mattresses
  • Used waterbeds
  • Console TVs or console stereos
  • Used dishwashers
  • Used freezers
  • Used tires
  • Hospital beds
  • Used air conditioners
  • Used carpet
  • Opened paint
  • Tube TV’s

We rely on food donations to help feed the thousands of men, women, and children who come through our doors hungry and needing help!

Our most needed food items are:

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  • Coffee
  • Sugar – bulk and packets
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish
  • Cereal – bulk or individual
  • Oatmeal – bulk or individual
  • Fruit cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Pepper, salt (bulk), garlic & onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salad dressing – Italian, Ranch, French
  • Spaghetti sauce or pasta/tomato sauce
  • Penne pasta, elbow macaroni, spaghetti, noodles
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Baked beans
  • Canned fruit

Food donations can be dropped off at our Shelter for Men (520 E. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204) during business hours or our Men’s Residential Center (245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46201) during non-business hours.

Summary of The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

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On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. This law makes it easier for individuals and organizations to donate to charities of their choice.  To read the full act, see below.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

  • It protects donors from liability when donating to a non-profit organization.
  • It protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient.
  • It standardizes donor liability exposure. Donors and their legal counsel no longer have to investigate liability laws in 50 states.
  • It sets a liability floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. (See Act text for further definitions.)
  • Congress recognized that the provision of food close to recommended date of sale is, in and of itself, not grounds for finding gross negligence. For example, cereal can be donated if it is marked close to code date for retail sale.
  • The bill was named for Rep. Bill Emerson (R-Missouri) who fought for the proposal but died of cancer before it was passed.

The Bill Emerson Food Donation Act

One Hundred Fourth Congress of the United States of America, at the Second Session begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six.

An Act

To encourage the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals by giving the Model Good Samaritan Food Donation Act the full force and effect of law.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Conversion to Permanent Law. — Title IV of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 is amended — by striking the title heading and sections 401 and 403 (42 U.S.C. 12671 and 12673); and in section 402 (42 U.S.C. 12672) —

(A) in the section heading, by striking “model” and inserting “bill emerson”

(B) in subsection (a), by striking “Good Samaritan” and inserting “Bill Emerson Good Samaritan:”

(C) in subsection (b)(7), to read as follows:

(7) GROSS NEGLIGENCE. — The term ‘gross negligence’ means voluntary and conscious conduct (including a failure to act) by a person who, at the time of the conduct, knew that the conduct was likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person.;

(D) by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:


(1) LIABILITY OF PERSON OR GLEANER. — A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.

(2) LIABILITY OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. — A nonprofit organization shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the nonprofit organization received as a donation in good faith from a person or gleaner for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.

(3) EXCEPTION. — Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to an injury to or death of an ultimate user or recipient of the food or grocery product that results from an act or omission of the person, gleaner or nonprofit organization, as applicable, constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.; and

(E) in subsection (f), by adding at the end the following: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede State or local health regulations.”.

(b) TRANSFER TO CHILD NUTRITION ACT OF 1966. — Section 402 of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12762) (as amended by subsection (a)) — is transferred from the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; is redesignated as section 22 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; and is added at the end of such Act.

(c) CONFORMING AMENDMENT. — The table of contents for the National and Community Service Act of 1990 is amended by striking the items relating to title IV.

Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Strom Thurmond, President of the Senate Pro Tempore
Approved 10/01/96 William J. Clinton President of the United States

Invite Your Friends

Want to help raise money for Wheeler Mission? It’s easy! No matter what you would like to do, you can easily raise money to help the homeless served at Wheeler Mission and make a real-life impact.

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Examples of fundraisers:

  • running in a marathon
  • giving up birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, wedding gifts
  • doing a tribute
  • in memory of a loved one
  • in honor of someone
  • volunteering

Thank you for your interest in taking the time and effort to organize a collection drive to help the homeless and needy in our community.

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There are a variety of drives from which to choose (i.e. – fundraising, food collection, personal hygiene, linens, Christian literature, Easter baskets, school supplies, Christmas gifts, newborn baby needs, etc.).

You can download our Needs List and Collection Drive Flier for more information or email

We also have an ongoing need for Hygiene Kits. We ask that these Hygiene Kits include the following, personal-sized items: shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razor, and shaving cream.


Donation Barns

With some limitations, you can drop your donations in one of our donation barns, 24-hours a day. Please don’t leave donations outside the barns.

Donation barns can only accept clothing and small household goods, clean and in good condition. Please, no food, furniture, or appliances at the donation barns.

Donation barns are located in parking lots of the following churches:

Church at the Crossing
9111 Haverstick Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Traders Point Christian Church
6590 S Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, IN 46052

Community Church of Greenwood
1477 W Main St, Greenwood, IN 46142

Zionsville Fellowship
9090 E SR 334, Zionsville, IN 46077

Plainfield Bible Church
752 Dan Jones Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168

Grace Fellowship Church
6121 E CR 100 S, Avon, IN 46123

Hazel Dell Christian Church
14501 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN 46033

Traders Point Christian Church North
1242 W 136th Street, Carmel, IN 46032

Crossbridge Community Church
10070 E US 36, Avon, IN 46123

New Life Worship Center, Main Campus
7860 Lafayette Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

Lakeview Church
47 Beach Way Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Hamilton Hills Baptist Church
10293 E 126th St, Fishers, IN 46038

Emmanual United Methodist Church
16000 Cumberland Rd, Noblesville, IN 46060

Ministry Locations:

The following Wheeler Mission ministry locations can accept clean donations in good condition. Drop offs are limited by hours.

Men’s Residential Center
245 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
8AM-11PM, 7 days

Wheeler Mission Thrift Store
2730 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225
10AM-6PM, Mon-Fri
10AM-3PM Sat

Center for Men in Bloomington, IN
215 S. Westplex Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404
8AM-11PM, 7 days