Be Among Friends - Join Now.

There are so many ways you can aid the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  All monetary donations are recognized with a letter from the Friends sent to you at the end of each year for tax purposes.

  • Donate to cover the costs for sacred texts and support the library

  • Honor the life of a loved one with a memorial gift

  • Donate large or expensive items for sale at a local Stuff Store

  • Purchase a $10 Smokey Row gift card for yourself or a friend

  • Identify "The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped" as your charity of choice when using Amazon.Smile.

 You may also mail your monetary donations or memorial gifts to The Friends at
                PO Box 93046
                Des Moines, IA 50393-3046

You can purchase a Smokey Row gift card at the Aids and Devices store at the Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA.  The gift card is good at all Smokey Row locations; however, since you receive the benefit of a $10 meal, your purchase is not tax deductible.  Smokey Row returns $3 to us for every card sold.

And THANK YOU for making a difference in people's lives.


Fund-raising Activities

All-year-round, we share the good times with Smokey Row.  By purchasing a Smokey Row gift card at the Aids and Devices Store, you receive $10 worth of good food, (and a good time with your friends), the Friends receive $3 for each gift card sold. 

Wintertime is the right time for our Jolly Time at Java Joe’s.  This holiday event is hosted by Java Joe’s in downtown Des Moines and features a barbershop quartet.  This year, we’ll be entertained by Quodlibet.  Look for details in the next Among Friends.

Another all-year-round fund-raiser is our involvement with the STUFF Stores in Iowa.  You can find them in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Davenport, Iowa City, and Waterloo.  Members and non-members can contribute gently used items or unused items to the STUFF Store just by mentioning that your donation is to benefit The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  It's a win-win for everyone involved!  You find a home for items you no longer need and The Friends and the Library benefit from your generosity!  Please send us an e-mail at to let us know that you have made a donation, so we can thank you.  (Copy the e-mail address into your contacts, please or use the form on the Volunteer page to send us a message.)