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Make a difference for Western Tidewater children—the earlier, the better!


Do you have a heart for young children? Or perhaps you understand the connection between the early years and success in school. Or you own a business and want to ensure the next generation of workers gains sought-after skills like critical thinking, which are best formed in early childhood. Or maybe you simply want the good feeling that comes from helping a child in need.

The Children’s Center is a private, non-profit organization. We are a 501(c)(3), making your donation eligible for a tax deduction (IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax). Charitable donations can be made in memory, in honor, or in recognition of someone, and can also be designated to a specific program or building.

Ways to Donate

Give Through PayPal



Give by Check

Drop off your check at one of our Centers or mail to:

The Children's Center
700 Campbell Avenue
Franklin, Virginia 23851

Give by Credit Card

Credit card gifts must be made in person. You can make a donation at the Texie Camp Marks Children’s Center in Franklin or the Suffolk Children’s Center by using a VISA or MasterCard.

Make an In-Kind Donation

The Children’s Center welcomes donated items used to support the programs of the Center. Our wish list items include:

Classroom Art Supplies

  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Washable markers, paint, and dry erase markers
  • Large and small crayons
  • Cotton balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fiskar scissors (used by pre-kindergarten classrooms)
  • Safety scissors (used by toddlers and preschoolers)
  • Craft smocks
  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Construction paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Stickers
  • Craft beads
  • Coffee filters

Educational Toys

  • Books
  • Balls (all sizes)
  • Puzzles (wooden and boxed)
  • Baby dolls (various ethnicities)

Recreational Toys

  • Plastic ride-on toys
  • Plastic golf and bowling sets
  • Small plastic swimming pool to use as a ball pool
  • Bubbles

General Supplies

  • Baby wipes and diapers
  • Crib sheets
  • Crib blankets
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