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Holiday Wish Lists 2006

Give 'til it helps: Part 1

Dear Austin,

Before we get too wrapped up in all the holiday folderol, tripping the trails – and neighborhoods – of lights fantastic, schlucking down nog, and scarfin' down the figgy-p, let's take a moment to peruse these annual wish lists from local public-service groups. Not everyone, we are reminded, is blessed with a case of affluenza.

We invited local nonprofits to ask for all the things they need to be able to serve our community with the impact they have. Lists are still coming in as we go to press. As always, we have edited these lists as space dictates, and we 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 their place in our community and the good they do all year long.

Part 2 runs next week in print, and the overflow and any last-minute Suzies will appear online.

– Kate X Messer; list compiled by X, Meghan Ruth Speakerman, and Richard Whittaker

ADAPT OF TEXAS (AMERICAN DISABLED FOR ATTENDANT PROGRAMS TODAY)

1339 Lamar Square Dr. #101, 442-0252. www.adaptoftexas.org

Volunteer direction and assistance in organizing and archiving 21 years' worth of video and pictures for future activists concerning disability rights

Help converting said media to DVD before these images are lost

Photo albums to keep 21 years of historic photos intact

Laminating machine

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL TEXAS

2218 Pershing, 928-4271. www.centex.redcross.org

Gas gift cards (for client use)

Office space in Williamson County

Storage space in Travis County

Floor jack for warehouse

Four dollies for warehouse

24-foot extension ladder

19-inch television (new or used)

Color printer (new or used, preferably high-volume)

Commercial-grade generator for backup

New Dell computer server

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

PO Box 13201, 542-0076. www.austinlibrary.org

500-to-1,000-square-foot office space to help support and strengthen Austin's public libraries.

People to serve on the board and as committee members anxious to work on and be part of the new Central Library

BLUE SANTA

1801 E. 51st, 220-BLUE. www.bluesanta.org

New, unwrapped toys: especially for ages 8-12

Volunteers for sorting and wrapping (before Dec. 15)

Volunteers for deliveries (Sat., Dec. 16; large groups call 974-4900)

BROWN SANTA

5555 Airport Blvd., 247-2682. www.brownsanta.org

Canned goods (green beans, corn)

New, unwrapped toys: ages 0-2 and 10-16

Volunteers for sorting and wrapping

CAPITOL SCHOOL OF AUSTIN

2011 W. Koenig, 467-7006. www.capitolschool.com

Laminating machine

Fresh sand for our sandboxes

Folding tables

Camcorder

LCD projector

TV and A/V cart

Cordless phone

Tumbling mats

Little Tykes dollhouse, furniture, and people

Microsoft Office student & teacher edition

CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION

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

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

Warm, child-sized blankets

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

Art supplies for art therapy

Crayons, markers, coloring books

New, small stuffed animals

Lawn service and/or yard equipment: rakes, clippers, gloves

COLLEGE FORWARD

6448 Hwy. 290 E. Ste E-108, 452-4800. www.collegeforward.org

Scissors, tape dispensers, and staplers

Locking filing cabinets

Gift cards to IKEA, HEB, or office supply stores

Postal scale

Shelving unit (to fit 2-foot-by-6-foot space)

Digital projector

Mini computer speakers (for digital projector)

Digital camera with card reader

Mini DV video camera

512MB DDR SDRAM card for Mac (to edit/run videos)

Silent auction items for March fundraiser

External hard drive

High-capacity printers

Large plastic bins for recycling

Couch or comfy chairs for reception area

Adobe InDesign with license

TV set with DVD player (for training videos)

Black poster frames

Folding card table

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS

1009 W. Sixth #208, 479-0388. www.environmenttexas.org

Minifridge

Podium

Potted plants (fake and real)

Locking filing cabinet

Spanish language lessons

Framed art, nature photos, and pictures of Texas history

Conference table and chairs

Phone system

Subscriptions to major Texas daily newspapers

Keg of beer for holiday party

HILL COUNTRY CONSERVANCY

512 E. Riverside #106, 328-2481.www.hillcountryconservancy.org

Flat file cabinet with flat/thin, wide drawers for maps and drawings

HON four-drawer, black lateral file

Two small folding tables

Gift certificates for framing prints

Arc View Software Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, Second Edition

Fax machine

Microwave

HOUSE THE HOMELESS

PO Box 2312, 796-4366. www.housethehomeless.org

New thermal underwear for annual Thermal Underwear Drive

Cash: $10 = a full set of cold-deflecting thermals; $20 = thermals, a hat, socks, and gloves; $25 = all that and a reusable rain poncho

HUMANE SOCIETY - SPCA AUSTIN

124 W. Anderson, 646-7387. www.austinhumanesociety.org

Canned cat, kitten, and puppy food

Pet toys and treats

Towels and blankets (no electric)

Nonclumping litter

Scratching posts

Collars/leashes

Washable pet beds

Crates (all sizes)

Litter pans (found at Acemart)

Industrial cleaning items

Medical items (heating pads, cotton balls, digital thermometers, Q-Tips, alcohol, antifungal ointment, K-Y Jelly)

Human baby food (meat varieties only - beef, chicken, or lamb)

MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE

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

Urgent need for volunteers (one hour per week or more) over the holidays, through Jan. 5

Volunteer training: daily, 10:15am; Thursday, 12:15pm

Holiday baskets

Ensure

New space heaters

Magnifying eyeglasses

New blankets

Warm socks

Personal care and hygiene items

MHMR: SAFEHAVEN

5307 E. Riverside, Unit 223, 804-3550. www.atcmhmr.com

Men's coats, pants

New socks, new underwear, new long underwear

Winter hats, gloves, sweatshirts

Razors

Radio

NUBIAN QUEEN LOLA'S CAJUN KITCHEN

1815 Rosewood, 474-LOLA (5652).

Ingredients that can be used for her menu to feed the homeless on Sundays

Coats, blankets

Nonperishable foods

PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC

2909 N. I-35, 478-4939. www.austinpcc.org

Children's books in good condition for waiting room (no magazines, please)

Table paper and disposable patient drapes

Powder-free nonsterile exam gloves

Individually wrapped sanitary napkins, tampons

Gauze pads

Cotton balls

1- to 3-milliliter plastic pipettes

Bottles of isopropyl alcohol

Blood specimen tubes (lavender-, tiger-, and red-topped) that are not expired

Sterile and nonsterile cups for urine specimens

SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

2200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 477-3796. www.sfteaustin.org

Gift cards for grocery and drug stores

Vacuum cleaners

Bed linens, towels

Sweaters, house shoes, robes

Adult diapers (large)

Cleaning supplies

Gift certificates for salon/hairdresser

TEXAS MORATORIUM NETWORK

3616 Far West #117, Box 251, 302-6715. www.texasmoratorium.org

Free office space

Bullhorn

Clipboards and pens

Ink cartridges for Canon MP830 printer

Printer paper

New death-penalty-related artwork

Musicians to hold benefit

New Web site design services

Frequent-flier miles

Mini DV tapes

TRAVIS AUDUBON SOCIETY

PO Box 40787, 300-BIRD. www.travisaudubon.org

Volunteer bird walk leaders

Spanish speakers to translate bird guides

Cases of bottled water

Gently used binoculars at least 8 by 40 magnification

Sandwich board (for announcing bird walks)

Pocket (presentation) folders, any color, large quantities

Two ergonomic computer chairs

Free high-speed or wireless Internet access

Free office of at least 200 square feet in Central Austin

Donations to our A Bigger Baker campaign to buy land for golden-cheeked warbler protection

VOLUNTEER SERVICES COUNCIL, AUSTIN STATE SCHOOL

2203 W. 35th, 374-6048. www.aussvsc.org

Sweatshirts and pants (medium, large, and extra-large)

CDs (rap, hip-hop, or country)

Handheld video games

Personal CD players with headphones

VHS or DVDs (action or comedy, PG)

Jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings)

Xbox or PlayStation2 games

Purses, wallets, backpacks

Perfume, cologne, body spray

Fast-food gift card or certificates

WRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER

4301-B N. I-35, 467-0088. www.thewrighthouse.org

Nonperishable food items for clients living with chronic disease

Wellness supplies, including massage tables, oils, acupuncture needles, yoga mats, blankets, sheets, scented candles, etc.

New space heaters

Two digital cameras

Handheld tape recorders

Car-washing services for our vans

White-noise machines for client sessions

Office supplies

Signage and banner services

One Santa suit and possible elf costume

YOUTHLAUNCH

7756 Northcross #203, www.youthlaunch.org

Farm truck

12-15 passenger van

Garden tools

12 horsepower Rototiller

Free or reduced-price lease on 2-3 acres in Austin or surrounding areas

Walk-in cooler

Organizations that will allow No Kidding peer educators to make presentations for their groups about the realities of teen parenting

Children's supplies; clothes, diapers, wipes, etc.

Referrals of responsible parents between the ages of 16-24 to our No Kidding Program

Office furniture: file cabinets and bookshelves


Also see "Holiday Wish Lists 2006: Part 2."


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