Public Notice

Holiday Wish List, Part Two

There was an Old Person whose habits,

Induced him to feed upon Rabbits;

When he's eaten eighteen,

he turned perfectly green,

Upon which he relinquished those habits.

Brilliant nonsenstitian Edward Lear nailed the nature of excess precisely. Do we have to gorge ourselves silly before realizing that our "habits" of consuption can lead to an overall bad situation for all concerned (not to mention the occasional belly-ache)?

Last week ("Holiday Wish Lists, Part One"), was the first in a two-part series. Here is Part Two.

Thanks go to Mary Sledd, who compiled this baby along with 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 peripherals, and copiers and copier paper. (We deleted these items first.)

Please call first for specifications, as some organizations have systems in place.

Cash and volunteer hours are loved

Many organizations are happy to send holiday cards for your donations in loved one's names.

Artists' Coalition of Austin

1705 Guadalupe, #103, 258-6486

  • Slide projector
  • IBM scanner
  • 12 track lights
  • Enlarger, timer, darkroom
  • 35mm SLR manual camera

ALAA -- Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance

3710 Cedar, 407-8980

  • Lawyers and accountants
  • Marketing assistance from great local ad talent to develop an awareness campaign
  • Our best wishes to all for Happy Holidays! (We're guessing that Peace on Earth & Good Will, etc., will have to wait until 2000, given the current political climate.)

Austin Children's Museum

210 Colorado, 472-2499

  • Dependable van
  • New art supplies (markers, crayons, glue)
  • New or gently used books on parenting or child development
  • Volunteer tour guides, bilingual volunteers

Austin Free-Net

1711 S. Congress, 326-9084

  • New or almost-new computers (PC/486 or Mac Performas)
  • Network cards (NE2000 compatible/TP-RJ45)
  • Austin Free-Net T-shirts, hats, etc.
  • One year free ad space in the Chronicle
  • More "Friends of Austin Free-Net" ($20/year) (
  • 3.5-inch floppy disks
  • Extension cords, good surge protectors
  • Folding two-wheel dolly (small) for tech
  • Digital video camera

Austin Habitat for Humanity

310 Comal, #100, 472-8788

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Office furniture
  • Voice mail system and service
  • Optical level (transit)
  • Four 4' levels and three 6' levels
  • Three come-alongs for concrete work
  • Industrial ice machine for full-size freezer
  • One bull float with ratcheting handle for concrete work (Marshalltown brand)
  • 1 1/2 HP portable compressor (for pneumatic tools) with tee and two 50" hoses
  • Site supervisors skilled in construction and leadership (4-5 months, 10 hours per week)

Austin Inner City Outings

1303-A W. 29th, 482-8130

  • Children's hiking boots, walking shoes, socks
  • Non-perishable snacks for outings
  • Children's rain gear (ponchos, jackets)
  • Bongos, Gameboys, Yo Mega brain yo-yo

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

411 W. Second, 476-4357

  • Personal hygiene products
  • Flash cards with educational games
  • Video camera, two-way radios (4)
  • Blankets, socks, thermals, sweaters, hats
  • 100 coats for adult men and women
  • GED-prep and other educational videos

Bikes Not Bombs

2505 Sweeney, 926-4725

  • Bicycle mechanic
  • New or used bicycles

Breast Cancer Resource Center

PO Box 20444, 472-1710

  • Grant writer
  • Printing services
  • Office and wall dividers
  • Books, tapes, and videos
  • A cure for breast cancer
  • New house in central Austin
  • Stress-management and relaxation tapes
  • 32¢ postage, pink envelopes and paper

David Powell Health Center

1000 Toyath, 469-7200

  • Pocket calendars
  • Pet supplies
  • Bus and movie passes
  • Scented toiletries, unscented lotion
  • EKG Machines, Nebulizer Machines
  • Sheets, pillowcases, blankets
  • Socks, gloves, scarves, watches
  • Vouchers for facials, massages, hairdressing, and health club memberships
  • Ready-to-eat snacks, high-calorie snacks (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, nuts)

Habitat for Humanity Restore

310 Comal, #101, 472-8788, ext. 115

  • One-ton truck
  • Good useable building materials
  • 16-foot flatbed trailer
  • Commercial raking system

House the Homeless

411 W. Second, 476-4357

  • Food vouchers
  • CapMet bus passes
  • Deadbolt locks
  • Free Internet services
  • Sleeping bags, tents, backpacks
  • Heavy socks, blankets, coats
  • Copier service contract
  • Toiletries, towels, razors, soaps
  • Megaphone, Video camera, 35mm camera
  • Frequent flyer miles to attend conferences

Humane Society

124 W. Anderson, 837-7985

  • Color print film, 35mm 400
  • Towels, sheets, blankets, heating pads
  • Cleaning supplies: window cleaner, dish soap, paper towels, liquid laundry detergent
  • Retractable water hose wheels, high-pressure water spray hose

Kids Exchange

819 W. 11th, 472-3588

  • Lamp
  • Area rug
  • Children's toys and board games, lightly used

Legal Aid

205 W. Ninth, #200, 476-7244

  • Video camera
  • Pens, Post-it notes
  • Microcassette recorders
  • Filing cabinets, legal size file folders

Literacy Austin

2800 S. I-35, #160, 478-READ

  • Video camera
  • Pencils & pens
  • Snacks for students
  • Quality laser printer
  • Storage space for up to 35 pallets of books prior to annual book sale

Lutheran Social Services

PO Box 49589, 78765, 459-1000

  • TVs, VCRs, Stereo Equipment, G and PG videos
  • Sporting goods, bicycles, rollerskates/blades
  • Personal hygiene items for teen girls
  • Clothing for teen girls 12-17
  • Floor pillows, throw rugs
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Bedside tables
  • Foster families and adoptive families

People's Community Clinic

2909 N. I-35, 478-4949

  • Toys, books
  • Toiletry packs
  • Diapers
  • Donated printing services for educational materials/handouts

Planned Parenthood

1209 Rosewood, 472-0868

  • Dependable van
  • Slide projector, scanner
  • Stand-on doctor's scales, blood drawing chair
  • Televisions (21" or larger) for waiting rooms
  • 250 T-shirts (100% cotton) and T-shirt printing
  • Tavern or club to host party for college students
  • Catering for volunteer appreciation party (for 200)
  • Parking lot resurfacing, plants, landscape services

Second Blessing Marketplace

6506 Burnet, 374-9393

  • Our old copier repaired
  • Shopping baskets and rolling bins
  • Beds, tables, chairs, and other furniture
  • Flourescent lights in workroom repaired
  • Jewelry cases, clothing racks, display shelving
  • For Chronicle shoppers to make us one of their favorite thrift shops

Street Outreach/Lifeworks

2525 Wallingwood, 482-9474

  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Dictionary; tutors
  • Scholarships for GED test fees ($55)
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Hooded sweatshirts (black or blue), knit caps (black), white socks
  • Non-perishable food (especially Ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese)

Sustainable Food Center

434 Hwy183 S., 385-0080

  • Lamps
  • TV with VCR
  • Space heaters
  • Six-burner professional stove
  • Garden tools of all kinds
  • Professional quality kitchen tools and equipment
  • Professional services (accountant, statistician, grant writer)

Texas Alliance for Human Needs

2520 Longview, #311, 474-5019

  • Painters
  • Lamps
  • Locksmith
  • Fax machine

Texas Fine Arts Association

700 Congress, 453-5312

  • Toolbox
  • Dishwasher
  • Bookcases and shelves
  • Cash register
  • Conference table
  • Office furniture
  • Flat file cabinet, large work table, slide viewing table, slide filing system

Victim Services

715 E. Eighth, 480-5037

  • Snacks
  • Car seats, all sizes
  • Toys, art supplies, hand puppets, children's videos, blank VCR videotapes

Victory Tutorial Program

1111 W. Sixth, #D-150, 499-7317

  • Markers
  • Flash cards, blank cards to make flash cards
  • Educational board games, educational software

Waterloo Counseling Center

1524 S. I-35, #218, 444-9922

  • Microwave oven
  • Filing cabinets that lock
  • Rolling desk chairs
  • Stereo with detachable speakers

Happy Holidays to you and yours from your pals here at "Public Notice"!

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