Public Notice

Holiday Wish Lists, Part One

Each year at this time we embark on the most American of odysseys. We fleece ourselves silly and then take our scraps of wool to our local merchant of wares in hopes of finding that exactly perfect little special something to impress the bejesus out of some object of affection. It's quite a trek, lined by miles of aisles and smiles of subservient salespeople desperate to wring out the dough. Buy-bye.

Well, goshdarn it, giving to perfect strangers can be just as gratifying. So every year at this time we offer up some space to our local Public Service Angels. Here, they share with you some wish lists. Now it's our turn to share.

Tremendous thanks go to intern Mary Sledd, who compiled this beast with the assistance of intern Elizabeth Skadden. Additional thanks go to Stewart Gallas from AIDS Services of Austin for having the idea four years ago.

NOTE: The 1998 Holiday Wish Lists have been edited for space. All groups listed need office supplies, computers, and copiers. (We deleted these items first.) Please call first for specifications, as some organizations have systems in place.

Cash and volunteer hours are universally appreciated.

Many organizations are happy to send cards for your donations in loved ones' names. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

AIDS Services of Austin

PO Box 4874, 78765, 458-2437

  • Space heaters
  • Microwave ovens
  • VHS camcorder, VCR
  • Blank VHS videotapes
  • Canned food items
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrushes, razors, and laundry soap
  • Winter coats for adults
  • Books of stamps for clients

ALLGO -- Informe SIDA

1715 E. Sixth, #112, 472-2001

  • Couch
  • Blank videocassettes, disposable cameras
  • Industrial coffee maker
  • Laser printer, laser scanner for IBM or Macintosh
  • Holiday gifts for HIV+ clients (please call)
  • Warm coats for adults and children

Any Baby Can

3423 Guadalupe, #100, 454-3743

  • Diapers, baby formula
  • Gift certificates for food and toys
  • Children's clothing size 5-12

Austin State Hospital

4110 Guadalupe, #582, 419-2330

  • Walkmans
  • Wallets, small purses
  • Watches,jewelry, perfumes
  • Lotions, aftershave
  • Men's and women's socks, slipper socks
  • Sweat pants and shirts (M, L, XL)
  • Children's toys and games (no combat themes)
  • Crayons, color markers
  • Books, coloring books
  • Playing cards

Blue Santa

715 E. Eighth, 389-3556

  • Toy donations for boys and girls, one-two years old and 10-12 years old

Capital Area Food Bank

8201 S. Congress, 282-2111

  • Non-perishable food
  • Television, VCR
  • Printing services
  • Film output for printing jobs
  • 35mm camera with flash, lenses, film; video camera


1633 E. Second, 473-2273, ext.110

  • 10-12 strings of outside holiday lights, preferably 10-12 feet in length
  • Large, covered outside barbecue grill, suitable for cookingfor group of 20-30
  • 10 frozen turkeys or 10 hams
  • Movie passes

Casa Marianella

821 Gunter, 385-5571

  • TV/VCR
  • Christmas lights and decorations
  • New bedding, blankets, towels
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Winter clothing for men
  • Hats, scarves, gloves, cold weather items for all ages

CEACO -- Central East Austin Community Organization

1715 E. Sixth, #100, 472-5575

  • Gently used winter clothing (coats, gloves, hats, shoes, boots) for men, women, and children
  • Women's clothing in large sizes
  • Men's shoes, sizes 12-13
  • Non-perishable food for holiday baskets (canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned broth, soup)
  • Gift items for adults & children (personal hygieneitems, socks, gloves, toiletries, new toys)
  • Giftwrapping materials


837 W. 12th, 495-7467

  • Sturdy outdoor toys
  • Children's unpainted wooden blocks
  • New children's books (age birth to eight)
  • New infant-toddler board books
  • Flip chart paper, tablet
  • Rolls of newsprint
  • TV/VCR combination
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting, installment
  • T-Shirts printed for parent conference

Ecology Action

Ninth & I-35, 322-0000

  • Credit card terminal
  • Fax machine
  • Five-gallon water dispenser
  • Drinks, snacks, bottled water for volunteers and workers
  • Work gloves
  • Energy efficient window AC and heaters
  • Microwave
  • Power tools
  • Nontoxic cleaning supplies
  • Dark blue latex paint
  • Postcards suitable for thank you notes
  • 35mm b&w film, all speeds except 100

El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission

1919 S. First, 441-7977

  • New toys under $15
  • Canned food
  • Baby formula and diapers
  • Gently used clean clothes for women and school-aged children
  • Late model computers (486+)
  • Multimedia computers (for teaching ESL)

Extend-A-Care for Kids

55 N. I-35, 472-9402

  • Truck for deliveries
  • Lateral file cabinets
  • Computer keyboards, VGA monitors, systems no lower than 386 or 486
  • Retail stores loaded with holiday cards from Extend-A-Care for Kids, Dec. 19-24.

The Faith Home

4101 Wildwood, 302-4101

  • Batteries -- size AAA, AA, C & 9-volt
  • Dish towels, detergent, trash bags, paper towels
  • Heavy white cotton washcloths
  • One-piece jumpsuits and overalls for toddlers and pre-schoolers
  • Children's clothes and bedding
  • Little Tikes Sand & Water Table
  • Child Craft Crib n' Bed -- white or oak
  • Board games, cards (Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.)
  • Art materials, toys (no battery-operated toys, please!)
  • Music center, CD player, tape player, radio, headphones
  • No Barbies or stuffed animals, please

Family Eldercare

3710 Cedar, 450-0844

  • Holiday giftwrap
  • Volunteers to purchase a gift and visit elderly or disabled client
  • New blankets for the elderly without family

Hancock Recreation Center

811 E. 41st, 453-7765

  • Children's books
  • Large coffee urn
  • Audio-Visual cart
  • Scanner
  • Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!
  • HIV Wellness Center
  • 4301 N. I-35, 467-0088
  • Candles of all types
  • White indoor-outdoor holiday lights
  • Discarded items for client or agency use

Make-A-Wish Foundation

2224 Walsh Tarlton, 329-9474

  • Granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses is not cheap. Also accepting frequent flyer miles.

Manos de Cristo

1200 Willow, 477-7454

  • New toothbrushes
  • Blankets, jackets
  • ESL class sponsorship, online sponsorship

Meals on Wheels

2222 Rosewood, 476-MEAL

  • New van
  • Canned goods
  • Adult clothing items
  • Blankets, portable heaters
  • Hard look at the plight of the elderly and disabled
  • Holiday goodies for our recipients

Out Youth Austin

909 E. 49 1/2, 708-1234

  • Books and current magazines, tapes, CDs, and videos
  • Multi-line phone/PBX system & hands-free headsets
  • PR & graphic design assistance
  • Employee health benefits
  • Power Mac and laser printer
  • Couches, chairs
  • Lawnmower
  • Tolerance

Project Transitions, Inc.

7101-B Woodrow, 454-8646

  • Landscaping, plants and mulch
  • Picnic table
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Tickets for the movie theatre
  • Office supplies
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Light bulbs


PO Box 19454, 78760, 385-5181, ext. 217

  • Backpacks
  • Walkman radios, tape players
  • Passes to movies, bowling, sporting events
  • Gift certificates for stores, services, groceries
  • Multi-ethnic dolls, non-violent books, toys, games
  • Sports balls, equipment
  • Warm clothing, accessories in all sizes, including XL
  • Costume jewelry, watches

Salvation Army

501 E. Eighth, 476-1111

  • Educational games, craft supplies, cards, puzzles
  • Children's backpacks
  • Strollers, cribs, baby beds
  • Day room furniture and TV trays
  • Computer disks, Internet provider
  • 35mm camera and film
  • Camcorder and VCR

Sierra Ridge Youth Program

201 W. St. Elmo, 447-2026, ext. 17

  • Copier
  • Computers, educational programs
  • Hands-on math learning tools
  • Grocery store certificates
  • Television, VCR

TARAL -- Texas Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League

PO Box 684602, 78768, 462-1661

  • Couch
  • Postage stamps
  • Laser printer
  • Shelving unit, book cases


1524 S. I-35, #315, 326-1222

  • 50 medium-sized Christmas stockings
  • Perfumes, toiletries, nail polish
  • Free Internet service, Web site upkeep
  • Picture, certificate frames
  • Artwork for walls
  • Football or basketball cards, Hot Wheels, Matchbox cars, fluorescent pens, pencils, erasers, bubbles, Koosh balls, stickers, activity books, journals

Next Week: Holiday Wish Lists, Part Two!

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