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Holiday Wish Lists 2005

Give 'til it helps: part one

Austin, we come to you again with hat in hand. This year you gave (Katrina) and gave (Rita) again. And it seems we don't stop asking. Well, what did you expect? You are a kind-hearted bunch who always manage to understand the human side of civil priorities. When the going gets tough, you do the right thing. Who'd you think we were going to ask? The jokers in charge? (We mean nationally, not you, Hizzonor.) Or the clowns that voted them in? No, Austin. We'll stick with you. We can count on you.

This year, as in so many previous years, we invited local public service outfits to get in on the holiday hjinks, and better yet, the end-of-the-year tax-write-off rush, and to submit their holiday wish lists. We have edited these lists as space dictates, and do encourage you to call your intended benefactee(s) for the details on what specifics kinds/brands/sizes of things they need. Here's a big hint: They always need your cash and love (i.e., volunteer hours).

So have at it Austin. Go share our bounty and show them all how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make and the good they do all year long.

This is part one of a two-part list. See next week for more!

– Kate X Messer; list compiled by Frank Rivera, Kristin Hillery, and Anne Harris



AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN

512/458-2437. www.asaustin.org

LCD projector

Laptop computers

Computer printer

General office supplies

Conference room chairs with arms


AUSTIN ARTS AND MUSIC PROJECT

5402 Carbine Circle, 751-0895. www.austinamp.org

Musical instruments and art accessories of all shapes and sizes

Art and music teachers


AUSTIN FREE-NET

2209 Rosewood Ave., 236-8225. www.austinfree.net

Wireless access points

Ergonomic chairs

LCD projector

CD burners

Headphones


AUSTIN ZOO

10807 Rawhide Tr., 288-1490. www.austinzoo.org

Towels and blankets

Canned cat and dog food

HP45 Inkjet Print Cartridges: HP20, HP45, and HP78


BROWN SANTA

2831 Manchaca, 247-2682. www.brownsanta.org

Canned goods (green beans, corn)

Toys: ages 0-2 and 10-16


CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

8201 S. Congress, 282-2111. www.austinfoodbank.org

Paper folding machine

Digital camera

Camcorder

Bulk packing tape

Boxes of read/writeable CDs

Lightweight 6-foot folding table


CASA MARIANELLA

821 Gunter, 385-5571.

Men's work pants/jeans (waist, 28-36), jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves

Socks, sneakers, work boots (7-10)

Twin sheets, pillows, blankets

Bath towels, new toothbrushes/toothpaste

Travel-sized shampoo, razors

Cold/headache medicines

Dry-erase markers, pencils, pens

Folders, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf


CASA OF TRAVIS COUNTY

6330 Hwy. 290 E. #350, 459-2272. www.casatravis.org

Gift certificates (grocery, Target, etc.)

Holiday gifts for CASA kids

Toys, holiday dinners

Office supplies


CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION

1110 E. 32nd, 472-1164. www.cactx.org

Blank, sealed VHS tapes and DVD-Rs to record statements

Individually packaged nutritious snacks (juice boxes, granola bars, animal crackers)

Art supplies for art therapy

Crayons, markers, color books

New, small stuffed animals, blankets

Apple computer, G4 or better

Dolly to lift heavy boxes

Lawn service


EQUALITY TEXAS

474-5475. www.lgrl.org

Airline miles

Software with licenses

Printer toner cartridges

LaserJet mailing labels

Printer and copier paper


FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES

3036 S. First #200, 447-2026. www.foundcom.org

For Hurricane Katrina evacuees and other needy families:

Gift cards (HEB, Wal-Mart)

Taxi vouchers

For Community Tax Centers:

Ten heavy-duty but portable shredders

Boxes of paper (for 14,000 tax returns!)

Two portable printers for the Mobile Tax Center


GRIFFIN SCHOOL

710 E. 41st, 454-5797. www.griffinschool.org

Stereo system with speakers

Laptop computers

Printing services

Science lab equipment

Graphic design/marketing support


INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT

827 W. 12th, 647-4803.

Paperback English and Spanish/English dictionaries, black or African-American studies books

HP27 or HP58 printer cartridges

Photocopier in good working condition or photocopy service, grant writers, benefit shows, interns, financial donors

Clear packing tape, 9-by-12 and 10-by-13 manila or Tyvek envelopes, postage


LIFEWORKS

1800 Lavaca #110, 482-9474. www.lifeworksweb.org

Lifeworks Gift Card & Backpack Drive

to service families and youth facing homelessness, abuse, neglect, and/or teen parenting.

Contributions can be made online at: www.lifeworksweb.org/projectholidayhelp.asp


MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE

3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325. www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org

Holiday baskets

Stationery

New blankets

Warm socks

Personal care and hygiene items


MONKEYWRENCH BOOKS

110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org

Two PA speakers (because we've been ever so good)

A video projector (because we show lots of free movies; isn't that good?)

New stereo (I mean we really have been exceptionally good all year)

A copier and/or binder for zine and newsletters (except for the Halloween party)

A new computer (and that punk show)

Reams and reams of toilet paper (well, bad can be good, too, right?)


NARAL PRO CHOICE TEXAS

462-1661. www.taral.org

First-class stamps

Copy paper

DVD player

Folding chairs


OUT YOUTH

909 E. 491Ú2, 419-1233. www.outyouth.org

Gift cards for the youth

DVD movies and or certificates

Office supplies

Home Depot gift cards

Maintenance items and labor for repairs


PLANNED PARENTHOOD

707 Rio Grande, 275-0171. www.ppaustin.org

3 black-and-white laser printers

2 two- or four-drawer filing cabinets

Scanner, digital camera, video camera

Lectern, waiting room chairs, heater

DreamWeaver, InDesign (PC)


PROJECT TRANSITIONS

7101-B Woodrow, 454-8646. www.projecttransitions.org

Holiday decorations

Movie tickets, DVD movies

Light bulbs, laundry detergent

Gas weed eater, patio furniture

Plants for the courtyard, birdbath

Two long dining-room tables

Tall votive candles

Padded folding chairs

Cloth napkins

Adult bibs, baby wipes

Hair-cutting scissors

Medium-sized Pull-Ups (no sticky tabs)

Copy machine

Tools


SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

1106 Clayton Ste. 480-W, 236-0074. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

E-Z Up tents

Road closure barricades

Tool shed, plants, seeds, compost, pickaxes, wheelbarrows, round-point shovels, organic gardening books

Children's books, educational toys

Donation of printing services

Cash register, paper shredder

Matching office chairs

100 1-inch three-ring binders

Small, light bookshelf

2 two-drawer 42-inch lateral file cabinets

Cookware and utensils, disposable cake plates, Dixie cups


TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT

1405 Montopolis Dr., 474-5073. www.texascivilrightsproject.org

Volunteers: communications, legal, interpreters (Spanish and Asian language speaking)

Laptop computers, Dell printers

2006 Norton virus-protection programs


TEXAS HEARING AND SERVICE DOGS

4803 Rutherglen, 891-9090, 877/TEX-DOGS. www.servicedogs.org

Large jars of peanut butter (for dog treats)

Fencing: 250-foot pipe – 23Ú8 inch by 27Ú8 inch

50 T posts (steel), 40 sacks concrete

Wire – two rolls netting

Two rolls cable

Working video camera, digital camera

Electric weed eater, lawnmower

10-foot-by-10-foot (or slightly larger) E-Z Up lightweight tent (for booths at fairs/festivals)

Paper towels, toilet paper

Gift certificates for volunteer thank-you gifts


WILLIAMSON COUNTY CRISIS CENTER

211 Commerce Blvd. #103, 255-1212. www.wccc.info

Desperate need of a copier

Vinyl mattress covers in twin, full, queen

Videos, VHS for moms, teens, and children

Personal toiletries and containers

Hair dryers, irons

Economical phone and gift cards (HEB, Target, etc.)


YWCA

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

LCD projector, laptop, MIP software

New computer stations, network server

Reception room chairs (12 upholstered)

New phone system (15 extensions)

New area room rugs

Elfa shelving

Flatware (for 16)

Van paint job

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