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Wish List

Give 'til it helps: Part 1

Dear Austin,

Oh, you big, beautiful, bulging heart smack dab in the center of the Lone Star State! We can always count on you (us) to come through in a pinch. Well, it's pinching time. Tons of brothers and sisters in need feel the pinch every day. And this time of year, the pinches get personal.

Before the holiday beast devours us whole with its consumerist trappings and tripping of lights fantastical, with overeating and positioning under optimal mistletoe target zones, let us remember our friends who are simply doing what they can to get by, who perhaps don't have the time for all that gaiety and light. Please remember your neighbors, and take a moment to check out these annual wish lists from local public-service groups.

Wish List

We invited local nonprofits to send us lists of all the things they need to be able to serve our community with the impact to which we are accustomed. 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 benefactor(s) for the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes of things are needed (especially with regard to tech specs on computer and other electronic systems). Here's a big hint: They always need your cash and love (i.e., volunteer hours).

So go to it, dear Austin. Go share thine booty, thine plentiful excess, and show these folks 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 and schnauzers will appear online. (There is still time to submit your list at wishlist@austinchronicle.com.) – Kate X Messer; list compiled by X, Kathryn O'Shields, and Meghan Ruth Speakerman


AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN

Computers

Office furniture (desks, chairs)

Small, round conference table

File cabinets

Microwave

Heavy-duty shredder

General office supplies

PO Box 4874, 458-2437.

www.asaustin.org


ANY BABY CAN

Unwrapped gifts for kids

Clothing for all ages and sizes

Ages 0-2:

Nursery items, mobiles

Musical toys

Ages 2-4:

Books

Kids games, trucks, and dolls

Ages 4-6:

Dolls or Barbie dolls

Skates, scooters, or skateboards

Educational toys (LeapFrog) and books

Board games and puzzles

Colors sets and paints

Ages 6-8:

Watches

Cameras

Shoes or sneakers

Dolls or Barbie dolls

Educational toys

Ages 8-10:

Make-up sets, nail polish

Beauty supplies and jewelry

Purses and watches

Skateboards

Cameras

Soccer balls or footballs

Baseball/softball gloves

Sports gear

1121 E. Seventh, 454-3743.

www.abcaus.org


ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AUSTIN

New and gently used children's clothing

4901 Burnet Rd., 458-3716.

www.alaustin.org


AUSTIN OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER INC.

Office supplies (copy paper, ink jet paper, and laser printer paper)

Cabinets

Couches and chairs

Bottled water

Laptop computer and website development

8906 Wall #401, 833-0444.


AUSTIN ZOO

Canned dog and cat food

Frozen meats (no pork or horse meat)

Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables

Towels, blankets, and sheets

250-watt infrared heat lamps

Regular and heavy-duty tarps

Plastic and metal rakes

Large plastic shovels

Play sand

10807 Rawhide Trail, 288-1490.

www.austinzoo.org


BADGERDOG LITERArY PUBLISHING INC.

Digital camera (five megapixels or more)

DVD/CD burner and flash drives

High-quality colored paper

1-inch three-ring binders

Paper shredders

PO Box 301209, 538-1305.

www.badgerdog.org


BROWN SANTA

Canned goods

New, unwrapped toys for ages 0-2 and 14-16

Volunteers to sort, wrap, and deliver

710 W. Howard #400, 247-2682.

www.brownsanta.org


CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

Money to purchase healthy, nonperishable fresh food including produce and meats that cannot be placed in food-drive barrels. Donations can be made online.

8201 S. Congress, 282-2111.

www.austinfoodbank.org


CAPITOL SCHOOL OF AUSTIN

Dollhouse furniture and dolls

Play food, play dishes

Memory match games

Beanbag chairs

Baby dolls

Train set

Digital camera

Laminating machine

2011 W. Koenig, 467-7006.

www.capitolschool.com


CASA MARIANELLA

Hooded sweatshirts

Men's blue jeans

Socks

Diapers

Towels

821 Gunter, 385-5571.

www.casamarianella.org


CASA OF TRAVIS COUNTY

New children's clothes, toys, and sneakers for all ages

Gift cards ($10+) to Target, etc.

New children's books

Office furniture and chairs

One round office table with chairs

Two to five office desks

Two credenzas

Car seats

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

www.casatravis.org


COLLEGE FORWARD

College-themed swag (e.g., University of Texas T-shirts, hats, etc.)

iPods

Gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond and Linens 'n Things

Board games (e.g., Apples to Apples, Taboo, Scattergories, etc.)

Toys for classrooms (bouncy balls, slinkies, etc.)

Small boom boxes

Poster frames

Calculators

Tool kits

Laptops

Staplers

The Real ACT Prep Guide, 2008 edition

Boxes of No. 2 pencils

6448 Hwy. 290 E. Ste E-108, 452-4800.

www.collegeforward.org


DIVERSEARTS LITTLE GALLERY

Web-design services

Marketing/graphic services

Development/grant-writing services

Food and wine donations for art openings

Reduced or free printing services

Pro bono legal and accounting/bookkeeping services

Video/DVD projector and screen

Analog-to-digital conversion services/media

Mics, stands, monitor boxes

Stage light fader board

Airline miles and hotel accommodations for touring artists

Free or discounted tent rentals for outdoor events

1601 E. Fifth #106, 477-9438.

www.diversearts.org


FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES

Dolls, stuffed animals

Barbies, Bratz, and action figures

Large Legos

Clothes, jewelry, coloring books, art supplies, books, movies, board games, and puzzles for young children and teens

Sports equipment

Dress-up stuff

Large toys

Cameras

Backpacks

Model kits

Uniforms

Band/orchestra equipment

Graphing calculators

Dishes, towels, pots/pans

Vacuum cleaner

Sheets, pillows, blankets

Household cleaners and laundry supplies

Lamps and furniture

3036 S. First #200, 447-2026.

www.foundcom.org


FOUNDATION FOR THE HOMELESS

Toiletries

Blankets

Diapers

Towels

Socks

5202 Balcones, 453-6570.

www.foundationforthehomeless.org


FRONT STEPS

Blankets (twin size or larger)

Men's jackets, coats, and jeans

New men's white athletic socks and underwear

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, and razors

Sleeping bags

500 E. Seventh, 305-4100.

www.frontsteps.org


HOSPICE AUSTIN

Gift cards to HEB, Walgreens, etc.

Lock boxes (for patient's homes)

Internet access for our in-patient facility (wireless or station)

Space heaters

Ice machine

Ensure and Boost

Carnation Instant Breakfast

Peanut butter

Canned meats

4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 342-4700.

www.hospiceaustin.org


HOUSE THE HOMELESS

New thermal underwear for annual Thermal Underwear Drive

Cash: $10 equals a full set of cold-deflecting thermals; $25 equals thermals, a hat, socks, and gloves

PO Box 2312, 796-4366.

www.housethehomeless.org


KAZI 88.7FM

New antenna

More wattage

Van

8906 Wall #203, 836-9544.

www.kazifm.org


KVRX 91.7FM

Blank CDs, DVDs, DAT tapes, mini DV tapes

Microphones, speakers, sound boards

Vinyl banner printing service

Swiveling office chairs

Cleaning supplies

Venue for SXSW

CD shelves

CMA Building, Dean Keeton & Guadalupe, 471-5106.

www.kvrx.org


LATINITAS

White and colored paper (8½-inch-by-11-inch)

Photo paper (8½-inch-by-11-inch)

Vivera 110 tri-color ink cartridges for HP portable photo printer

Digital video tapes

Headphones for audio recording

General school and art supplies

PO Box 4284, 322-9947.

www.volunteermatch.org/orgs/org42185.html


LIFEWORKS

Children's clothing

Crayons and coloring books

General art supplies

HEB/Randalls gift cards

Target, etc. gift cards

Disposable diapers and wipes

Adult-sized backpacks (black or dark green only)

Travel-sized toiletries

New crew socks

Sleeping bags

3700 S. First, 735-2400.

www.lifeworksweb.org


MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE

Boost and Ensure

Protein-rich nonperishables

Volunteer for holiday season, New Year's Eve, and substitute drivers year round

Grocery-store gift cards

Blankets

3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325.

www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org


MONKEYWRENCH BOOKS

Lighted open/closed sign

Water filter for our faucet

Large area rug

Track lighting

Mic cords

110 E. North Loop, 407-6925.

www.monkeywrenchbooks.org


NUBIAN QUEEN LOLA'S CAJUN KITCHEN

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

Nonperishable foods

200-plus backpacks (preferably new)

1815 Rosewood, 474-LOLA (5652).


OUT YOUTH

Mechanic for donated 1991 van

External hard drives (FireWire and USB 2)

Popcorn cart

PlayStation3 with Rock Band

Cappuccino machine

Gift cards (restaurants, movies, Home Depot, vets)

909 E. 49½, 419-1233.

www.outyouth.org


SAFEPLACE

Diapers: sizes 4, 5, and 6

Pull-Ups: all sizes

Baby wipes

Body care products (new shampoo, conditioner, body wash)

Baby care products (oil, lotion, powder, wash)

Feminine hygiene products

Bath towels

HEB and Wal-Mart gift cards

Linens and blankets (twin size)

Pillows

PO Box 19454, 356-1567.

www.austin-safeplace.org


SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

Grocery and drug-store gift cards

Vacuum cleaners and brooms

Towels and blankets

Toiletries

Adult diapers (large)

Cleaning supplies

Answering machines

2200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 477-3796.

www.sfteaustin.org


TEXAS MORATORIUM NETWORK

Unused holiday and birthday greeting cards

Mini DV camera or digital still camera

Design help for logo, website, newsletters, brochures, marketing materials, etc.

Laptop or desktop PC

Places for students to stay in Austin during Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, March 10-14 (

www.springbreakalternative.org)

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

www.texasmoratorium.org


TEXAS HEARING AND SERVICE DOGS

Mac laptop and three new PC laptops

Two new HP printers

Two refrigerators

Lawn mower and weed eater

Material for perimeter fence

Walkie-talkies

Large jars of peanut butter

Hot dogs and string cheese

Blankets and towels

Plastic storage containers with lids

Gift certificates for office supplies

10-by-10-foot E-Z Up lightweight tents

4803 Rutherglen, 891-9090, 877/TEX-DOGS.

www.servicedogs.org


THE LOVE OF FOOD FEEDS THE HOMELESS

Cases of bottled water

8-ounce to-go containers

Plasticware

Doughnuts and pastries

401 Orchard, 476-2880.


VOLUNTEER SERVICES COUNCIL, AUSTIN STATE SCHOOL

Gift certificates for Home Depot, Target, restaurants, or recreational events

Decorative fence for cemetery

Color laser printer

Exercise equipment

Digital camera

Camcorder

2203 W. 35th, 374-6048.

www.aussvsc.org


WEE RESCUE

Heartworm and flea preventatives

Potty pads

Doggy beds and crates

Exercise pens

Travel carriers

PO Box 66872.

www.weerescue.com


THE WRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER

Food items to serve 45 holiday dinners

Kitchen utensils

Household items

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

www.thewrighthouse.org


YWCA

Van paint job

New computers

Lamps and furniture

Office supplies

Phone cards

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

www.ywcaaustin.org


See next week's issue for Wish List Part 2!

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