Holiday Wish Lists 2004
Presents for Public Service
So easy to say. So difficult to embrace.
Thanking God is big these days.
As in: Thank you, God, for delivering us from the maw of death at the hands of _____________ . (You may fill in blank with whatever natural disaster, economic downfall, or imagined or real bogeyman tweaks your fear knobs the most.)
Yeah, lots of tragedy. Sucks. For them.
If we don't personally suffer from it, then God must love us.
That type of gratitude is hollow. Seems shortsighted. Seems mean-spirited. Seems really greedy, cheesy, smug, and sheltered.
Whatever God does exist, I imagine her to be like wizened grandma at a special family event, enjoying the special occasion of attention, the oohhh-ing and aahhh-ing over lavish presents, and showering of gratitude –- yet, all the while wondering if her family really appreciates and knows what to do with the gifts it already has.
Here is our annual Holiday Wish List list. We are grateful for these and other area organizations that fill the gaps that we, as the most wealthy and organized society ever to set foot on Earth, still seem to create. Somehow, despite the appallingly ample amount of resources at our fingertips, some of our own still need. Our desperately and deliberately crumbling social service structure reminds me of the family with the brand new Cadillac whose kids get sent out in storms without a raincoat. Do we really do this to our own?
It is important to remember that the groups that serve to fill society's needs also have needs of their own. In these cases, very specific needs, hence this list.
We've asked groups for five items, with the understanding that cash, volunteers, computers, and printers are fairly universal. We encourage you to call these folks for the very specific items and brand names that would serve them best. Many more groups will participate in this, and whatever is not here in print may be accessed online.
We hope you find this list most useful. Literally.
Happy holidays, every one.
And Thank You.
–- Kate X Messer; list compiled by Reena Karia and Kate Getty
701 Tillery, 472-2001
Printing services or discount on printing
Copier and printer paper
Film/video production services to document cultural events
AIDS Services of Austin
PO Box 4874, Austin, 78765,458-2437
A heavy-duty, side-by-side refrigerator
Conference room chairs
Comfortable desk and side chairs
Office-supply gift certificates
Locking file cabinets
Any Baby Can
1121 E. Seventh, 454-3743
Ages 0-2 warm clothes, nursery items, mobiles, and musical toys
Ages 2-4 warm clothes, books, kids games, trucks, and dolls
Ages 4-6 warm clothes, Barbie dolls, skates, scooters or skateboards, educational toys (LeapFrog), books, board games, puzzles, colors sets, and paints
Ages 6-8 warm clothes, watches, cameras, shoes or tennis shoes, dolls or Barbie dolls, and educational toys
Ages 8-10 warm clothes, make-up sets, nail polish, beauty supplies, jewelry,fashionable clothes, purses, watches, skateboards, cameras, soccer balls or footballs, baseball/softball gloves, sports gear, and tennis shoes
206 E. Ninth #13.109, 326-9084
Wireless access points
Desktop publishing software
Land donations or good price
Used building materials at our RE-stores
Paint spray rig
Austin Humane Society
124 W. Anderson, 837-7985
Canned cat food
Nonclumping cat litter
Stainless steel 9- to 10-inch-diameter dog bowls
10-foot-by-12-foot-by-11-foot-3-inch Woodmaster storage shed (available at the Home Depot)
Austin Outreach and Community Service Center
8101 Cameron #104, 833-0444
Office supplies (copy paper, ink jet paper, and laser printer paper)
Cabinets for storage and coats
Couch and chairs
Bottled water for one year
821 Gunter, 385-5571
Equal Justice Center
510 S. Congress #206, 474-0007 x101
Mini DV camera or digital still camera
Design help for logo, Web site, newsletters, brochures, marketing materials, etc.
File cabinets, bookshelves, brochure racks
Laptop PCs Pentium 4 class 1.0 gigahertz or better
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards tickets or other frequent flyer credits
TV for educational programs
Girls Empowerment Network Austin
PO Box 3122, Austin, 78764, 414-0472
Office and art supplies
Door prizes & volunteer recognition gifts (small gifts/certificates)
Name tag labels
The Griffin School
710 E. 41st, 454-5797
PR/design services, either per project or ongoing
Visits from local, working artists for assemblies and workshops
A bus or three vans
A/V and electronics repairperson; A/V repair service and ongoing maintenance
Laser printers or three-in-ones or printing services
Inside Books Project
Digital mail scales
Dictionaries (English and Spanish/English)
Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
PO Box 2340, 78768, 474-5475
Software with licenses
Printer toner cartridges
LaserJet mailing labels
Printer and copier paper
1221 West Ben White Boulevard, Ste 108-A, 324-6872
1) Families range in size from 2-10 individuals.
2) All families are currently or have recently received services from one or more LifeWorks programs.
3) A variety of gift delivery drop-off dates and times are available.
4) As a guideline to donors, LifeWorks suggests that donors spend between $50 and $100 per individual in the family plus a gift card for groceries.
1) Donors may adopt an individual youth or a group of youths from our programs.
2) Youths range from 16-21.
3) A variety of gift delivery drop-off dates and times are available.
4) In order to maintain equity and fairness within the house, LifeWorks suggests that donors spend between $50 and $60 per youth.
Sponsor a Holiday Party
1) You provide food and decorations for the holiday party
2) Assist with recruiting volunteers to provide stocking stuffers for each of the party's guests. LifeWorks suggests that donors spend $35-50 per youth on a gift card to one of the many larger retail stores (i.e., Target, Wal-Mart, HEB, etc.) that stock clothes, food, and other essential items.
110 E. North Loop, 407-6925
New window (because mean people broke the last one and tagged on the one before that)
A projector (because we are tired of watching movies on a small TV screen)
New stereo (because ours is on the verge of not working at all)
A new sign (criteria: bright, neon, big, gaudy)
909 E. 491½2, 419-1233
Surveillance cameras (they were recently vandalized)
Wireless Internet access for four computers
Accountant for 2004 audit
Project Transitions Inc.
7101-B Woodrow, 454-8646
Paper products (tissues, paper towels, napkins)
CDs and DVDs
Gift cards for household items from stores like Target or Wal-Mart
2211-A Hidalgo, 472-9472
Power tools (cordless drills, new table saw, mig welder, drill press)
Video and film projectors of just about any kind
Airline miles (yes, we're serious)
Cameras (digital and video)
Dry cleaning services
Theatrical lighting instruments
Comfy chairs for sitting
1515-A Grove, 267-SAFE
Arts and crafts supplies
Educational/interactive toys for toddlers and children up to age 12
Teen gifts such as Walkmen, tapes/CDs, games
Gift cards to grocery stores or general stores like Wal-Mart or Target
Diapers size 4-6 and pull-ups, baby wipes, and baby care (powder, shampoo, etc.)
Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
Texas Homeless Network
200 E. Eighth, 482-8270
1104 E. 11th, 542-0098
Archiving supplies, framing/matting in black, silver, browns
Large Christmas tree
Indoor/outdoor red carpet
Discs for Sony Mavica digital camera
Williamson County Crisis Center
211 Commerce #103, Round Rock, 255-1212
Vinyl mattress covers in twin, full, queen
Personal toiletries and containers for them
Videos, VHS for moms, teens, and children
Economical phone cards and gift cards (HEB, Target, etc.)
Hair dryers, irons, grooming appliances, etc.
Wright House Wellness Center
4301-B N. I-35, 467-0088
Food and snacks for clients
Padded folding chairs for support groups
Household items (bedding, towels, cookware, etc.)
Brand spanking new vacuum cleaner
Shelving units for fitness class supplies
YMCA of Austin
1100 W. Cesar Chavez, 322-9622
Children's books for ages 3-10 for our reading program
30 vinyl beanbag chairs for the reading centers at our 15 afterschool sites
30 LeapFrog math books
Halloween costumes and dress-up items for children ages 3-6
Items to equip a science/nature center: 15 microscopes, 30 magnifying glasses, 30 butterfly nets, 30 pairs of binoculars, other elementary-age appropriate items in multiples of 15