Public Notice

Every year, for two weeks around the holidays, "Public Notice" hands the type over to the Public Service Community and lets them directly address you, dear readers, with requests for things they need. They need you.

Wish Lists 1999
  • Part 2
  • All around the world, holidays celebrate and commemorate some wacky and sometimes dubious things. There are independence days that mark the independence from one oppressive regime and the establishment of another. There are Victory Days that mark one group of people's ascendent victory and another group's bitter defeat (or even annihilation!). There are Women's Days in just about every known country on the face of the earth (except for the good old U.S. of A). There are Flag Days, Heroes Days, National Uprising Days, Freedom Days, Union Days, and Liberation Days. There are religious holidays -- saints' days, martyrs' days, holy cross days, even day of the dead days. Christian bias aside, the end of the year -- and especially the end of this year, this significant demarcation of our little sphere's orbit around the sun, will see celebrations world-wide, across cultures, across beliefs, across time. For one wee moment in each time zone, we'll all be united knowing one fact: We are all spinning around on this crazy loop-de-loop together.

    What a joyride! And what a damn fine time to assess what part each and every one of us has played in keeping this carnival ride cranked in high gear and to take an honest look at what more we can do to help our proverbial brotherman, to give the sisters a hand, blah, blah, blah, and all that.

    Austin, you are so beautiful. We are a community that attempts to acknowledge the needs of those around us. We know you'll do the right thing. Here are some holiday wish lists. Give to these organizations. Check last week's list for even more opportunities to make a difference.

    Happy holidays, everyone!

    Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH)

    701 W. Fifth, 476-4357
  • Razors, shampoo, hygiene products
  • Weekly food donations
  • Coffee, creamer, sugar
  • Bus passes
  • Coats

    CASA of Travis County

    6330 Hwy. 290 E., Ste. 350, 459-2272
  • 50 lunches donated for volunteer swearing-in ceremony held in February or March of 2000
  • Snacks/meals provided for volunteers during training session (every Tuesday and Thursday evening for January 25 through February 24)
  • Use of a 10' x 12' storage facility
  • Printing services
  • Filing cabinets

    Connections Resource Center

    1212 Rio Grande, 478-5725
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove, oven
  • Lamps
  • Comfortable sofa
  • Two portable dishwashers

    David Powell Clinic

    1000 Toyath, 469-7200
  • Washable blankets
  • Live plants
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Canned food
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, lotion)
  • Massage table
  • Scrubs and T-shirts
  • Vinyl-covered pillows
  • Children's toys, tables, chairs

    Institute for Weapon-Free Youth

    3160 Bee Caves Rd., 327-3250
  • New fax machine
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Small copier
  • Video camera
  • CD-Rom installed

    Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby (LGRL)

  • New fax machine
  • Legal-size file cabinet
  • Two computer monitors and software, you got it, we'll take it, PC-like
  • Power tools are always handy in a queer organization

    Mary Lee Foundation Brain Injury Program

    1328 Lamar Square Dr., 443-1360
  • New van
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Love seat and sofa
  • Arts & crafts supplies
  • IBM-cognitive computer games
  • Curtains (43x47' and 35x46' and 35x34')
  • Carpet for client lounge, 14x14' and 3x14'
  • Tall standing adjustable halogen lamps
  • Color film for Kodak Instamatic 600
  • Winter flowers, plants for flower bed

    Mary Lee Foundation Southpointe

  • VCRs and TV/VCR combo
  • Couch
  • Pool table and ping-pong table
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Gas barbecue grill
  • Overhead projector
  • Portable basketball goal
  • Sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, etc.)

    Meals on Wheels 2222 Rosewood, 476-6325

  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Pot holders
  • Jar openers
  • Christmas cards
  • Ensure supplement
  • Sweatshirts and pants
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Puzzles, games, and books
  • Aluminum storage closet for agency

    Out Youth

    909 E. 491é2, 419-1233
  • New couches, chairs
  • Four iMacs or G3 computers
  • Lamps, endtables, tables
  • Printers for Macs
  • Copier
  • Gas grill
  • Coffee pot

    Planned Parenthood of Austin

    2013 Wells Branch Parkway #108, 251-7844
  • Monetary donations for tubal ligations, vasectomies, mammograms
  • Cryac (a canister and nozzle used to treat dermatologic conditions)
  • Quick sterilizer (flash sterilizer canister style)
  • Half-door to use as check out window in front office
  • "Hands free" telephone set
  • Four-drawer file cabinet
  • Standing screen
  • Bookshelves
  • New copier


  • Gift certificates for entertainment, service, grocery, and department stores
  • Personal computers (64MB RAM, Pentium II, or better)
  • Accessories in all sizes, including XL
  • New clothing or gift certificates
  • Appliances, kitchen utensils, cookware
  • Costume jewelry, watches
  • All sizes of new shoes
  • Datebooks, journals
  • Alarm or wall clocks
  • Purses, wallets
  • Warm clothing
  • Umbrellas
  • Telephones
  • Cameras
  • Perfume
  • Art supplies
  • Digital camera
  • Video cameras
  • Sturdy new lawn furniture
  • Easels and/or display boards
  • Plants and/or landscaping services
  • Refrigerator dolly and/or two-wheeled dolly
  • Gift certificates from discount or hobby stores
  • Framing supplies and/or picture framing service
  • Turkeys, hams, fresh fruits, and vegetables for shelter kitchen

    Waterloo Counseling Center

    1524 S. I-35, 444-9922
  • Macintosh computer
  • Mac laptop computer
  • Filing cabinets that lock
  • Framed artwork for lobby
  • Stereo with detachable speakers for lobby
  • Works of art and new auction items for February, 2000 "A Chocolate Fantasy & Fine Art Auction"
  • Volunteers for said auction end story
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