WISH LIST
Wish List 2014
Give 'Til It Helps

Holiday salutations, dear friends.

Local nonprofits work overtime to offer us one-stop shops to help streamline our contributions to society. Here's our chance to show them how much we appreciate what they do.

Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of the things they need to serve our community. Please research or call to learn what specific items are needed (some are legal mandates, so make sure your gift is appropriate). Hint: Nonprofits always need computers/accessories, copies/printing, cash, and your love (i.e., volunteer hours), so in many cases, due to space limitations, we took those wishes out. Assume they are needed everywhere. Let's fulfill some wishes, Austin. – Kate X Messer

Compiled by Kate X Messer, Neha Aziz, and Sarah Marloff.

Kids/Education/Holidays
ADVOCACY OUTREACH
  • Blankets and bath towels
  • Small soaps and shampoos
  • Laptops or Tablets
  • Children's Books
  • Space Heaters
BLUE SANTA
PO Box 68-9001, 512/974-2583, bluesanta@austintexas.gov, www.bluesanta.org.
  • Cash donations for Christmas meals (for 4,000+ families)
  • Toys: ages infants-2 (historically under-represented)
  • Toys: ages 10-14 (historically under-represented)
  • Stuffed animals (for 20,000 to 22,000 Austin children)
  • Volunteers to help deliver 4,000+ gift boxes on Dec. 20
THE GHISALLO FOUNDATION
1000 Brazos Ste.100, 512/524-7440, donate@ghisallo.org, www.ghisallo.org.
  • Used bicycles (balance bikes, kids bikes, bikes for teenagers)
  • Bike lights, locks, and helmets
  • Used shipping container
  • Metric tools
GIRLS ROCK CAMP AUSTIN
  • PA system and microphones
  • Basses (specifically short scale)
  • Bass amps (30 watts)
  • Practice guitar
  • Guitar pedals
IMAGINE ART
2830 Real, 512/448-1840, info@imagineart.net, www.imagineart.net.
  • Acrylic paints (Basics, SoCo, Liquitex brands)
  • Paint brushes (all sizes, acrylic and watercolor)
  • Artist papers (9x12: watercolor, bristol, pastel)
  • Kitchen gear (utensils, large pots, blender)
  • Cafe seating for 45 (small tables and chairs)
SETTLEMENT HOME FOR CHILDREN
1600 Payton Gin, 512/836-2150, info@settlementhome.org, www.settlementhome.org.
  • Donations due by Thu., Dec. 17, unwrapped and dropped off at the front office during business hours: M-F, 9am-5pm.
  • Stuffed animals: extra large (almost life-size)
  • Regal Cinemas gift cards
  • Young-Adult novels
  • Laundry baskets
  • iPods
ST. LOUISE HOUSE
  • Please contact Emily directly for drop off instructions
  • Gift cards: HEB, Target
  • Toiletry items (full size): Shampoo, baby shampoo, bar soap, children's toothbrushes/toothpaste, Fabuloso all-purpose cleaner, small bottles of laundry detergent, dish soap
  • Donations to help support mothers and children
Environmental/Animals
AUSTIN PETS ALIVE!
1156 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/961-6519, donate@austinpetsalive.org, www.austinpetsalive.org.
  • Cardboard cat scratchers (non-carpeted)
  • Royal Canin mother & baby cat dry food
  • Redbarn pet products food rolls
  • Empty, refillable spray bottles
  • Sandwich-size Ziploc bags
AUSTIN ZOO & ANIMAL SANCTUARY
10808 Rawhide Trail, 512/288-1490, info@austinzoo.org, www.austinzoo.org.
  • Gently used linens for animal bedding
  • Raw shelled unsalted nuts - any type
  • Small electric heaters
  • Pet toys (all pets)
  • Canned dog food
HOUSE RABBIT RESOURCE NETWORK
PO Box 2381, 512/444-3277, hrrn@rabbitresource.org, www.rabbitresource.org.
  • Insulated garage doors – 9'x9'
  • Garage door insect screening
  • New kitchen countertops
  • Gutters & installation
  • Misc. carpentry
WILDLIFE RESCUE
5401 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/472-9453, wildstaff@sbcglobal.net, www.austinwildliferescue.org.
  • Paper towels, 39-gallon trash bags
  • Black oil sunflower seeds
  • Laundry detergent, bleach
  • Puppy chow
Health/Medical
AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL
4110 Guadalupe #631, 512/452-0381, cindy.reed@dshs.state.tx.us, www.ashvolunteers.org.
  • Lipsticks/lip gloss (all colors); fingernail polish/paint (plastic bottles only)
  • House slippers/socks w/ grip bottom (men & women: 7-12)
  • Colorful, fuzzy socks (men & women: all sizes)
  • PJ/lounge pants (men & women: M-XL)
  • Cool fun hats (men & women)
FRIENDS OF AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER
2203 W. 35th, 512/374-6048, friends@ausslcfriends.org, www.ausslcfriends.org.
  • Arts & crafts supplies
  • Small purses or wallets
  • Men's belts
  • DVDs and CDs (new or used)
HOSPICE AUSTIN
4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 512/342-4700, mmarble@hospiceaustin.org, www.hospiceaustin.org.
  • Food pantry items: Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats, dried beans, etc.
  • Board games, decks of cards, simple art supplies, 100-500 piece jigsaw puzzles
  • Family-friendly DVDs
  • Soothing music CDs
  • Gift cards: HEB
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE ALLIANCE
  • $100 = free hand & foot massage for stress relief and well-being for 20-25 cancer patients in infusion treatment rooms
  • $125 = one hour of expert consultant support to assist with financial compliance using Quick Books on-line
  • $200 = oncology massage professional development materials
  • $100 = stipend for specialized oncology training
  • Cash or gift card for USPS postage/shipping
PROJECT TRANSITIONS
  • Pryxis MedStation 4000 System for use at Doug's House hospice to ensure accurate, on-time, safe doses of life saving HIV medications
  • Gazebos for Roosevelt Gardens and Doug's House to give our clients a place to enjoy the outdoors
  • Toilet paper, toiletries for our transitional housing clients
  • Used truck
Quality of Life
AUSTIN COMMUNITY STEELBAND
  • Healthy, low sugar, high protein afterschool snacks (nuts, Kind bars, ZBars, Cliff bars)
  • Yorkville M810 10-channel, 800 watt mixer w/amp (Buy: Rock N Roll Rentals)
  • Kids' (8-15yrs) incentive rewards or gift cards
  • Snack/meal gift cards
  • Drum set, 5-piece
AUSTIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE
500 W. Ben White, 512/478-2165, cyansak@ahfh.org, www.austinhabitat.org/restore.
  • Donations of slightly used furniture, cabinets, doors, lighting, and appliances
  • Donations of reclaimed lumber and construction materials
  • Support for our new Community Home Center
CENTRO CULTURAL HISPANO DE SAN MARCOS
  • Outdoor weather-resistant display case (wall mount, two locking doors, break resistant acrylic, cork bulletin board, size 48" x 60")
  • Folding & stack chair dolly (W-22', D-50 3/4', Raymond's
  • Products)
  • Portable AC/heaters (Need 3, Honeywell MM14CHCS)
  • Giftcards: HEB, Amazon, Target
  • Canon Powershot SX60HS
COMMUNITY FIRST! VILLAGE
9301 Hog Eye, 512/328-7299, donna@mlf.org, www.mlf.org/community-first.
  • Ceramic tower heaters (Lasko 5572 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater with remote control)
  • Windmill to pump water to organic, sustainable farm
  • Pedal assist bike (SSR Motorsports 500W Sand Viper)
  • Kubota tractor, Kubota M-6060 with cab
  • 5th wheel RV, minimum 30 ft. with slides
  • 4 basketball goals, Produnk Series
  • Golden Coral, HEB, and department store gift cards
  • Sleeping bags (Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Scoop)
  • Carhartt jackets, Carhartt men's arctic quilt-lined duck traditional coat C003
COUNTY LINE HOMELESS MINISTRY
  • Thermal underwear (M, L, XL)
  • Jeans, socks, stocking caps
  • Solar powered yard lights
  • Adult size tennis shoes
  • Batteries (C, AA, AAA)
  • Sleeping bags, gloves
LIFEWORKS
  • Gift cards $25, $50, $100 to HEB, Target
  • Cans of soup (with meat/protein)
  • Warm socks, sleeping bags
  • Earbuds
  • For pets of our Street Outreach youth clients:
  • Dog and cat food, dog leashes and sweaters
MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE
  • Shampoo, soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste
  • Ensure (nutritional supplement drinks)
  • Gift Cards ($20): HEB, Target, etc.
  • New blankets
  • New microwaves
  • New heaters
  • New socks
TREASURE CITY THRIFT
  • Plus size clothing good condition
  • Men clothes in good condition
  • White and color office paper
  • Permanent black markers
  • Children hangers
  • Stacking bins
Rights/Advocacy
ACCESSIBLE HOUSING AUSTIN
1640-A E. Second, 512/442-6680, isabelle.headrick@ahaustin.org, www.ahaustin.org.
  • Gift cards: Home Depot, Office Depot, Office Max
ADAPT OF TEXAS
1640-A E. Second #100, 512/442-0252, adapt@adapt.org, www.adaptoftexas.org.
  • Volunteers to help convert articles into plain text (to preserve for disability history museum website – no experience needed; may work remotely
  • Transcribers of oral material
  • Lightweight video camera
  • Long-handled (butler style) dustpans
  • Magic markers, poster board, white shower curtains
ALLGO
701 Tillery #A-1, 512/472-2001, priscilla@allgo.org, www.allgo.org.
  • Stackable chairs
  • DVD projector & DVDs
  • Hard drive and copy paper
  • Blank "Thank You" cards
  • H-E-B gift cards
MANOS DE CRISTO
4911 Harmon, 512/628-4201, jknopp@manosdecristo.org, www.manosdecristo.org.
  • Digital camera, color & B/W copier
  • Storage cabinet, office and guest chairs
  • Clothing and shoes - new and gently used
  • Canned goods (peanut butter, meats, vegetables)
  • Art supplies (ages 2-13)
  • $5 H-E-B gift cards
  • TV w/ DVD player
  • Blankets
SAFEPLACE
PO Box 19454, 512/267-7233, info@safeplace.org, www.safeplace.org.
  • Gift Cards: Target, HEB, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • Baby wipes & diapers (all sizes, especially 3-6)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New mattresses
TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT
  • Gift cards to H-E-B, Target, Amazon
  • New backpacks and school supplies (e.g. notebooks, markers, pencils, crayons)
  • Volunteers to help with events
  • New or gently used handbags
TEXAS MORATORIUM NETWORK
3616 Far West #117, Box 251, 512/961-6389, admin@texasmoratorium.org, www.texasmoratorium.org.
  • Donations for latest Texas death row exoneree Alfred Dewayne Brown to enjoy first holiday season in freedom after 10 years on death row
  • Gas gift cards for trips to visit people on death row and Huntsville to protest executions
  • Holiday and birthday greeting cards
  • Postage stamps
  • Poster board
TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS
  • $35 - Membership
  • $50 - Printed Materials
  • $100 - Registration for Pride events
  • $150 - Provides a basic gender presentation
  • $300 - Provides a cultural competency workshop