Holiday Wish Lists 2003

Presents for public service

Our own St. Nick, Chronicle Publisher Nick Barbaro, along with Editor Louis Black ("St. Louis" just doesn't have the same seasonal ring) encourages us to compile these lists and offer this space to local public service organizations every year. Sometimes our job makes us so damn happy! Austin's public service community deserves our love. Give it up. They need things. They need specific things. Things that you could offer as holiday gifts! Smart Santas know that at the end of the calendar year, charitible gifts are tax write-offs, too! We hope these public service wish lists help bring out your inner St. Nick.

Most of these nonprofit organizations have stipulated very specific needs -- brands and sizes make a difference ... likewise with food donations, sometimes needed for specific events. For space's sake, we have removed the somewhat universal pleas for cash, volunteers, printing/copier/office supplies, and computer systems. That doesn't mean that they don't need those things. They do. Like their lives depend on it. Once you choose which group to help out, call directly to learn of their specific desires and how you can help fill them.

Happy holidays from your pals here at The Austin Chronicle. -- Kate X Messer

List compiled by Diana Welch.


1210 Rosewood, 478-7309

Attorney services
• Basic office supplies, like paper, pens, staplers, etc.
• Volunteer to work on Prison Jail Accountability Project


701 Tillery 4, 472-2001

• Folding chairs and tables
• Printing paper (white and colors)
• Storage bins


1216 E 51st St, 302-9899
• Copy machine

American Red Cross of Central Texas


• A new roof
• Carpet and furniture for the Family Service Center
• A drive-through storage building for disaster supplies and emergency response vehicles
• Air-conditioning unit and ducting for 2,000-square-foot facility
• Carpet for our CPR/First Aid classrooms

Any Baby Can

1121 East 7th Street, 454-3743

• Diapers and formula
• Toys for children younger than 5
• Gift cards (HEB, Randalls, Target, etc.)
• New or gently used kids items (including clothes)

Assistance League of Austin

7951 Burnet Rd., 458-2633

• Printing of our newsletter
• A "new" larger building on Burnet Road
• A truck with a ramp or lift
• An L-shaped computer desk
• New or refurbished signs

Austin Free-Net

PMB 226, PO Box 2013, Austin, 78768, 326-9084 x10
• Supplies and equipment for public access lab (please go to: www.austinfree.net/support/donations.html for specifics)
• Adopt-a-site sponsors
• Table, rolling chairs, headphones
• Basic office/printing supplies (paper, toner, diskettes)
• Two CDR-W drives

Austin Habitat for Humanity

310 Comal #100, 472-8788
• Home Depot/Lowe's gift cards
• Forklift, 1-ton pickup, backhoe
• 19.2 volt cordless drills
• Multimedia projector
• Land and auto donations
• Lunch donations for 30 on Saturdays
• Thermal coffee dispensers
• Skilled construction volunteers

Austin Outreach & Community Service Center Inc.

8101 Cameron #104, 833-0444
• Laptop computer (new donated laptop was stolen)
• Projector to utilize for PowerPoint presentations
• Pro bono grantwriting, fundraising, and marketing
• Camcorder
• Internet service for one year ($400)

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

400 Nueces, 476-4357
• Coats, warm socks, warm hats, gloves

Austin Zoo

10807 Rawhide Trail, 288-1490
• New 8-by-10-foot perimeter fence
• Building materials
• Reptile supplies (tanks, lights, heat pads, substrate)
• Portable buildings (for storage and animal houses)
• Gift cards from grocery stores for animal food

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area

303 W. Johanna, 444-7199
• pool tables
• ping pong tables
• used laptops
• art supplies
• athletic equipment

The Burke Foundation

PO Box 40 Driftwood, TX 78619 276-1044 • Tools
• Greenhouse equipment
• Welding
• Camping instruments
• Working Vehicles

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

8201 S. Congress, 282-2111
• Refrigerators and freezers
• High-protein foods, baby foods, diapers, canned vegetables
• Two-inch clear packing tape, cardboard boxes
• Small package pickup and delivery in Austin
• Janitorial service and supplies
• Intra- and interstate trucking

Casa Marianella

821 Gunter, 385-5571

• Fleece pullovers, adult
• Phone cards, international
• Inexpensive Walkmen
• Used blankets
• Used men's jeans and jackets

CASA of Travis County

6330 Hwy. 290 E. #350, 459-2272

• Volunteers to speak for abused children (January training)
• $25 gift certificates for children's gifts
• $50 grocery gift certificates for families and volunteer training
• $50 restaurant gift certificates for Closed Case Celebrations

Children's Advocacy Center

1110 E. 32nd, 472-1164

• Car Seats
• Cribs
• HEB, Old Navy, Wal-Mart gift cards

Community Women's Wellness Center (UT School of Nursing)

1700 Red River, 78701, 471-6299
• Postage (rolls of 37-cent stamps)
• White copy paper, by the ream or the case
• New or used videos for children (VCR)
• Upright water dispenser for waiting area with 5-gallon jugs and paper cup supply

Connections Resource Center

835 E. 53 1/2 St. Ste. E-101, 478-5727
• A Mac-compatible printer
• LCD projector
• New or used toys
• Logo design, printing, and design of brochure

Family Eldercare

2210 Hancock, 450-0844
• Heaters, new and never used (oil preferred)
• File cabinets
• Digital camera (360 megapixels or above)
• Flatbed scanner and color laser printer

Foundation for the Homeless

PO Box 28006, Austin, 78755, 453-6570
• Monetary donations to help get families into homes
• Remodeled kitchen for Day Resource Center
• Linoleum for Day Resource Center
• Lawn furniture set for the Day Resource Center
• Digital camera to capture special moments for our families and organization

Girls Empowerment Network Austin

PO Box 3122, Austin, 78764 414-0472

TV/VCR combo
• Digital camera or digital video camera
• Basic office supplies, copier paper, etc.
• Door prizes and volunteer recognition gifts
• Bottled water, disposable eating utensils
• Pocket folders and large (9-by-12-inch) envelopes, colored paper, mailing labels (size 5160), stamps

Hill Country Conservancy

3345 Bee Caves Rd., 328-2481

• Copy machine, color laser printer
• Pentium 4 computer
• Arcview software (five), 20-inch flat-panel monitor

Hospice Austin

4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 342-4700

• Adopters for Hospice Austin families
• Donations of Ensure nutritional drink
• Gift certificates to grocery stores

House the Homeless Inc.

PO Box 2312, Austin, 78768, 796-4366

• New thermal underwear (women's and men's), XL, new knit hats
• New gloves, small, medium, and large
• Highway safety vests

Interfaith Care Alliance

PO Box 16529, Austin, 78761, 459-5883
• Office supplies, computer accessories (networking cables, CDR-W, etc.)
• Office plants
• Rectangular conference table (seats six), filing cabinets

Kids Exchange

1000 Payton Gin Ste. P, 467-0803
• Gently used toys
• Arts & Crafts materials
• Children's Table and Chairs
• Paper Shredder
• Microwave

KOOP Radio 91.7FM

304 E. Fifth (third floor), 472-1369
• Production quality equipment (e.g., audio editing software, mics, minidisc players)
• Contract parking spaces downtown
• File cabinets, shelves, copy paper (white and color)
• Premiums for on-air giveaways

Latinitas Magazine

• Binding machine
• Color printer ink cartridges for Apollo HP laserjet or Brother 1400 series
• Scanner, laminator
• Digital cameras for junior news team at Martin Junior High
• Printing services, paper reams, white and pastels
• Postage stamps
• Books and toys for girls, gift certificates

Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas

PO Box 2340, Austin, 78768, 474-5475

• Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward tickets
• Phone cards
• Postage stamps
• Multiline phone system
• Subscriptions to newspapers and magazines

Meals on Wheels & More

3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325

• Winter-weight bathrobes
• Personal care items
• Stationery needs

Out Youth

909 E. 491/2, 419-1233
• Office phone system (six extensions)
• Electrician contractor hours for inspection of electrical system
• Sofa/chair in good condition
• Toaster oven
• Storage shelves

Planned Parenthood

707 Rio Grande, 275-0171
• Donations to build our new clinic
• People to join the March for Freedom of Choice on Washington on April 25, 2004
• Paper for our copier and printers
• Toys for children in our clinic waiting room
• Children's books in English and Spanish

Project Transitions

7101-B Woodrow, 454-8646
• Picnic table, patio furniture
• Movie tickets
• Paper products (tissue, paper towels, napkins)
• Plants for landscaping, wheelbarrow

Refugee Services of Texas

200 E. Eighth, 472-9472
• Cars in decent running condition
• Twin beds, blankets
• Phone cards
• Bikes


1515-A Grove, 267-SAFE
• Gift cards for all-purpose and clothing stores
• Toys and books, strollers
• Size 3, 4, and 5 diapers and wipes

Sustainable Food Center


PO Box 13323, Austin, 78711, 236-0074
• Two-drawer lockable file cabinet
• Printing and materials for metal magnetic signs for side of agency van, for banners and yard signs for the Austin Farmers' Market.
• Three easy-to-read wall clocks

Texas Council on Family Violence/National Domestic Violence Hotline

PO Box 161810, Austin, 78716
794-1133 x3297 or 685-6297
• Video camera and projector for training sessions.
• Digital cameras (three)
• Color copy machine, lateral file cabinets
• Fax machines (three)

Texas Folklife Resources

1317 S. Congress, 441-9255
• New PC to run all of our accounting programs, with additional memory capabilities to store our teachers' education materials in preparation to be put on the Web!

Texas Moratorium Network

14804 Moonseed Cove, 302-6715
Software (QuickBooks, graphics program)
• Stamps/postage, mailing/office supplies/labels
• Easel for presentations
• Sign-making materials (poster board, etc.)
• Computer and phone/fax

Texas Rural Legal Aid

2201 Post Rd. #104, 447-7707
(Jennifer Gallegos)
• Laptop computer with CDR-W drive
• Stand-alone projection screen (one with tripod)
• Scanner with word processing conversion capabilites
• Fax machine for heavy usage
• Digital video camera

Travis County Brown Santa

6110 Trade Center #100, 247-2682

New toys for infants, 2-year-olds, 10 to 16-year-olds
• Wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons
• Nonperishable food items


PO Box 704, Austin, 78767, 443-5323
• Trailer for transporting trees and equipment
• 100 pairs of work gloves (all sizes)
• Riding lawn mower, heavy-duty pump sprayer
• Two coffee Cambros

United Court of Austin Inc.

PO Box 150235, Austin, 78715, 336-8388

• Rental/Storage space -- 15-by-30-feet or larger
• Grant writing services
• Auditing services -- four hours per year

Wright House Wellness Center Inc.

4301 N. I-35 Ste. B, 467-0088

• Food Pantry donations: personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.), feminine hygiene products, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc.), nonperishable food items
• Clothes Closet donations: basics -- jeans/pants, shirts, socks, coats, etc.
• Metal grocery carts (20), and hand can openers (20)
• Padded folding chairs for support group meetings (15)

YMCA of Austin

1100 W. Cesar Chavez, 322-9622

• Basketballs and soccer balls (regulation and children's)
• Art supplies for kids (paper, crayons, paint)
• Kickboards and other swim aids


2015 S. I-35 #110, 326-1222

• Postage stamps, phone cards
• Arts & crafts supplies, such as unfinished frames, paint, etc.
• Age-appropriate family board games
• Small gifts and giveaways for teen and preteen girls (such as jewelry, accessories, etc.)
• Snacks for afterschool groups

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