Wish List

Give 'til it helps, part 1

Dear Austin (angry lecture alert),

We can point and grumble about economic indicators and wail and gnash about how these people or those people are at the root of all of our nickel-rubbing woes. But, in truth, for a culture in looming financial ruin (or finally seeing the pinpoint of light at the end of the recession tunnel, whatever your perspective), the fact remains: We are living pretty large. Pretty damn large, friends. Yet, many are not – even here in River City, where our embarrassment of riches, relative to the rest of the map of U.S. financial survival, is generally good and insulated. Too bad that's not true for many folks right in our own town. Too many do not enjoy the bounty that is Austin.

Another fact remains: It's truly in all of our interests for the entire social fabric to hold true; it's not in our interest to witness the suffering of threadbare patches surrounded by gilded filigree. That's some old-school caste warfare shit right there and kinda antithetical to the concept of democracy. So here's a call to all of our friends who lobbied to ensure that $250,000-plus incomes will continue to be taxed at disproportionately low and laughable levels: Redistribution of hoarded resources is one way out of this mess. And since you don't think the government can handle budgeting this balance, and so many of you insist that you know better how to handle the booty, show us what you got. Call these nonprofits today, Mr. & Ms. 1,000 Pinpoints of Light, and sprinkle your fair share (relative portion, embarrassing pittance, whatever you are comfortable calling it).

Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of the things they need to serve our community. We edit these as space dictates and encourage you to research the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes/conditions of things are needed (some are legal mandates, so do please call). Here are a few hints: Please don't dump off old or broken items. Since they always need computer stuff, copies, printing, and your cash and love (i.e., volunteer hours), we've taken most of those out of the lists. If you have those to give, call your intended recipient and shower them with your tangible affection.

Let's do this, darling Austin. Let's support the good these superheroes do all year long.


List compiled by Kate X Messer and Katie Tomasino.


Part 2 runs next week in print, and the overflow and any last-minute additions will appear online. (There is still time to submit your list to wishlist@austinchronicle.com.)

ANY BABY CAN

1121 E. Seventh, 454-3743. info@abcaus.org, www.abcaus.org

Spanish & English children's books

New car seats

Cribs, bassinets, Pack 'n Plays, layette items, beds

Children's coats, winter shoes

High chairs, strollers

Diapers

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AUSTIN

4901 Burnet Rd., 458-3716. president@alaustin.org, www.alaustin.org

Upholstered conference room chairs (12)

Square card table & chairs (four sets)

Kitchen/dining chairs (20)

Laptop

LCD projector

THE AUSTIN ACADEMY

1640-B E. Second #100, 326-8655. maggiewhitley@austinacademy.org, www.austinacademy.org

Grocery/retail gift cards

$95 GED testing fees

Ozarka water service

Boardroom chairs

Coffee supplies

Bus passes

AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

4315 Guadalupe #300, 512-472-4483. mwilliams@austincf.org, www.austincf.org

Buy a Giving Card! They operate like retail gift cards and can be redeemed to benefit any public charity in the U.S.

How to buy a Giving Card:

1) Go to www.austincf.org.

2) Purchase one or more cards in any amount.

3) ACF mails the card to the buyer, who then sends it to the recipient.

How to redeem:

1) Go to www.austincf.org.

2) Use the six-digit number on the back to redeem card by choosing from list or by entering the nonprofit of your choice.

3) ACF sends a check for the whole amount on the card to the charity.

AUSTIN FREE-NET

2209 Rosewood, 236-8225. sheena@austinfree.net, www.austinfree.net

Rolling chairs (for computer labs)

Foam ear pad covers for headphones

Braille keyboard stickers

Color laser printers

Network switches

Optical mice

LCD monitors

Routers

AUSTIN GROUPS FOR THE ELDERLY

3710 Cedar #2, 451-4611. info@ageofaustin.org, www.ageofaustin.org

Wii console, games, and controllers

Shower chairs/benches

Potting soil, bird seed

Art supplies

Toiletries

AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY

124 W. Anderson, 646-PETS. www.austinhumanesociety.org

Retail/grocery/pet store gift cards

High-quality canned dog and cat food

Blankets (without stuffing)

Nonclumping cat litter

Towels (all sizes)

Cat/dog treats & toys

Peanut butter

CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

8201 S. Congress, 282-2111. communications@austinfoodbank.org, www.austinfoodbank.org

Support the restoration of proposed cuts in the food stamp program.

Engage in CAFB policy priorities by signing up for public policy alerts.

2,500 $100 donations to purchase a new Mobile Food Pantry to reach more underserved populations in Central Texas. Did you know one in seven Texans use food stamps?

Food donations, especially those high in protein: canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, etc.

CASA MARIANELLA

821 Gunter, 385-5571. info@casamarianella.org, www.casamarianella.org

Work boots (men's sizes 7-10)

New socks, sneakers

Shampoo, razors

Pillows, towels

Travel toothpaste

Phone cards

Underwear

Blankets

Coats

CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION

8509 FM 969, Bldg. 2, 472-1164. kthompson@centerforchildprotection.org, www.centerforchildprotection.org

Underwear, socks (for boys and girls, all sizes)

Diapers (newborn-size 2)

Shampoo, conditioner

Toothpaste, deodorant

Hairbrushes, combs

Retail gift cards

Baby wipes

Blankets

COLLEGE FORWARD

312 W. Murray, Manor, 512/452-4800. smccabe@collegeforward.org, www.collegeforward.org

Scientific calculators for students taking ACT and SAT tests (30)

$5-20 restaurant gift cards

Laptop computers (5)

Digital cameras (3)

Computer mice (10)

Flash drives (20)

Laptop cases (10)

EAST AUSTIN COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY

6002 Jain, 287-5000. ceperez@swkey.org, www.eastaustincollegeprep.org

Land in East Austin

Musical instruments (orchestra)

Interactive dry-erase boards

Books (for ages 11-14)

Digital & video camera(s)

Sports equipment

Dictionaries

Art supplies

Flash drives

EQUAL JUSTICE CENTER

510 S. Congress #206, 474-0007. bill@equaljusticecenter.org, www.equaljusticecenter.org

Graphic designer for brochures and workers' rights education materials

Expert digital-video editing for workers' testimonies

Digital video camera

Photocopier

EQUALITY TEXAS

PO Box 2340, 474-5475. allison@equalitytexas.org, www.equalitytexas.org

Dell server and equipment (call for specs)

Printing services for 1,000 new bumper stickers

DJ services donated for Merry Martini Mixer

Office admin, IT, field interns

FRIENDS OF AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER

2203 W. 35th, 374-6048. www.aussvsc.org

Large permanent canopy to cover deck area and minigolf course

Construction of a sand volleyball or basketball court

Adult three-wheeled and two-seater bicycles

Softball gloves, bats, balls, bases

Folding tables and chairs

Gently used furniture

Gently used clothing

Golf clubs & carts

Ping-Pong table

GIRLS EMPOWERMENT NETWORK

2206 Prather, 841-4093. office@genaustin.org www.genaustin.org

Small couch or chairs in good condition

Office/grocery store gift cards

Medium-sized conference table

Portable presentation screen

Postage stamps

MacBook cases

Poster board

HELPING THE AGING, NEEDY AND DISABLED INC.

1640-B E. Second #200, 477-3796. karen@handaustin.org, www.handaustin.org

Bath towels & washcloths

Grocery gift cards

Food/fruit baskets

Cleaning supplies

Basic toiletries

Microwave

Blankets

Puzzles

Vacuum

HOPE ALLIANCE

1011 Gattis School Rd. #106, Round Rock, 512/255-1212. hopeallianceholiday@yahoo.com, www.hopealliancetx.org

Tonka trucks, play sand, shovels/pails, soccer balls, large bouncy balls

Kitchen appliances: coffee makers, pots, pans, toaster ovens

Paper products: paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, napkins

New booster seats, toddler car seats, high chairs

Play-Doh

HOSPICE AUSTIN

4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 342-4700. rgoldstein@hospiceaustin.org, www.hospiceaustin.org

Items for our food pantry: Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats, dried beans, etc.

Family-friendly DVDs

Soothing music CDs

Drawing tablets & colored pencils

Coloring books & crayons

Space heaters

Playing cards

HOUSE THE HOMELESS

PO Box 2312, 796-4366. rrtroxell@aol.com, www.housethehomeless.org

New sets (tops and bottoms) of women's thermal underwear (medium/large)

Donations for HUGS for the Homeless

LIFEWORKS

3700 S. First, 735-2400. holidayhelp@lifeworksaustin.org, www.lifeworksaustin.org

Backpacks (adult-size, in dark colors, with no mesh or fancy logos)

Sleeping bags (adult-size, in dark colors)

Hooded sweatshirts (adult sizes, in dark colors)

Foreign-language dictionaries (Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Chinese, Vietnamese)

Nonperishable food items: trail mix, dried fruit, granola/protein bars, etc.

Baby bottles with disposable liners

Grocery/retail gift cards

Wool hats & gloves

Umbrella strollers

White crew socks

MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE

3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325. sandrews@mealsonwheelsandmore.org, www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org

Stationery items (pens, notepads, stamps)

Robes, housecoats, and slippers (all sizes)

Ensure (any type)

Socks, blankets

Toiletries

Gift cards

Microwaves

Heaters

NARAL PRO CHOICE TEXAS

PO Box 684602, 462-1661. info@prochoicetexas.org, www.prochoicetexas.org

First-class stamps

Laptop computers

Flash drives

Scanner

PROJECT ABUNDANT LIFE

1401-B Cedar, 294-7872. projectabundantlife@gmail.com, www.projectabundantlife.org

Energy-efficient refrigerator/freezer

Energy-efficient A/C (large wall size)

Metal or plastic folding chairs (three dozen)

Gardening tools and supplies for backyard community garden

Color copy service

Water heater

Plumbing work

REFUGEE SERVICES OF TEXAS

7801 N. Lamar Ste. F-20, 472-9472. christie.rst@gmail.com, www.refugeeservicesoftexas.org/Austin

Volunteers and mentors willing to help teach English and orient newly arrived refugees to the Austin area

References to employers seeking individuals with limited English skills

Retail/grocery gift cards

Newborn/toddler diapers

Prepaid cell phones

Bikes, helmets, locks

Furniture donations

SAFEPLACE

PO Box 19454, 267-7233. info@safeplace.org, www.safeplace.org

Winter clothing for adults and children ages 3-12

Bedding: twin size sheets and blankets, pillows

Diapers (sizes 3-6) and baby wipes

Nonviolent toys/electronic games

Grocery/gas gift cards

Gifts for teenagers

Basic toiletries

Books in Spanish

Small microwaves

Pots & pans sets

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT

1405 Montopolis, 474-5073. questions@texascivilrightsproject.org, www.texascivilrightsproject.org

Adobe Acrobat X Standard

Cordless headsets

Pens, pencils

Wite-Out tape

Legal pads

Post-its

THEATRE ACTION PROJECT

701 Tillery Ste. A-14, 442-8773. maryalice@theatreactionproject.org, www.theatreactionproject.org

Gently used electronics: digital projectors, boom boxes, radios, digital cameras, video cameras

Kid-friendly craft supplies: construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors

Painting supplies

Sewing supplies

Summer camp scholarships

Kid-friendly musical instruments

Paper cutters & laminator

One month electricity/rent

Blank CD-Rs or DVD-Rs

Gently used costumes

Gently used tools

Fire wire cables

THUNDERING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY

PO Box 1555, Dripping Springs, 512/402-9725. anne@thunderingpaws.org, www.thunderingpaws.org

Premium dry dog/cat food: Go! Natural, Nulo, Merrick, Orijen

Mats for bunny cages: something they can sit on and eat!

Tidy Cats scoopable cat litter

Small Petmate animal carrier

"Green" cleaning products

Two- or three-door cages

Central HVAC filters

Tru-Catch traps

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