Wish List

Give 'til it helps: Part 1

Wish List

Dear Austin,

Time to give it up, people. Economy, schmonomy. If you have coin for beer, you have coin for cheer – specifically the helping kind for your sister-brotherman. The end of the year equals natural giving season. Not only is it a natural time for reflection, what with the calendar page-turn and all, but it's also the last gasp before tax time, the last chance to unload and sneak in a li'l tax break come April 15.

And face it. Even in ample Austin, land of condo canyons and high livin', we have friends who are simply doing what they can to get by, who hurt, especially during commerce-happy holidays. Let's remember our neighbors and take a moment to check out these annual wish lists from local public-service groups.

Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of all the things they need to serve our community. Lists are still coming in as we go to press. We edit these lists as space dictates and encourage you to research the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes of things are needed (especially regarding tech specs). 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 places in our community and the good they do all year long.


Part 2 runs next week in print, and the overflow and any last-minuters will appear online. (There is still time to submit your list at wishlist@austinchronicle.com.)


Also see "Donate for the Holidays," Food, for more giving opportunities.

ALLGO

701 Tillery, 472-2001.

www.allgo.org

External hard drive

Laptop computers

LCD projector

DVD player

Flash drives

Folding chairs

Pocket folders

Copier paper

Gift cards (grocery and retail)

Portable flip- chart easel

Digital camera/recorder

Frequent-flyer miles

THE AUSTIN ACADEMY

1640-B E. Second #100, 326-8655.

www.austinacademy.org

Cap Metro bus passes ($18)

Coats (all styles, sizes)

$25 H-E-B gift cards

Gas cards

Blankets

AUSTIN GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE

PO Box 339, Manor, TX 78653, 413-0589.

www.austingermanshepherdrescue.org

Boarding facilities gift cards

Local pet-store gift cards

Leashes and collars

Advertising space

Large dog crates

Dog toys

AUSTIN GROUPS FOR THE ELDERLY

3710 Cedar #2, 451-4611.

www.ageofaustin.org

Senior-friendly games (PC or Wii)

Wii controllers

Digital camera and camcorder

Microphone and amplifier

Arts & crafts supplies

Shower transfer benches

Shower chairs

Wheelchairs

Scooters

Toothpaste

Deodorant

Shampoo

Perfume

Socks

Soap

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

PO Box 13201, 542-0076.

www.austinlibrary.org

Ink for printer/fax: HP 96 and 97

Desktop PC (Windows XP)

Medium-duty shredder

White copier paper

Digital camera

AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL

4110 Guadalupe, 452-0381.

Adult and children's books

Bound journals (no wire)

Art supplies and puzzles

Dolls/stuffed animals

Socks and slippers

Hats and gloves

Toiletries

Watches

Wallets

Robes

Clothing

Bedding

BROWN SANTA

15400 Long Vista Dr. #101, 247-2682.

www.brownsanta.org

Volunteers to sort, wrap, and deliver

New or gently used toys and books

Nonperishable food items

Puzzles

CAMELOT CARE

1524 S. I-35 #218, 444-0900.

www.camelotcommunitycare.org

Gift cards (children's clothing stores)

Framed art for the walls

Document frames

Adoptive parents

Foster parents

Kitchen supplies

Office supplies

Couch

CAPITOL SCHOOL OF AUSTIN

2011 W. Koenig, 467-7006.

www.capitolschool.com

Plastic storage bins with lids

Gravel for the playground

Plastic flashlights

Beanbag chairs

Play kitchen

FAMILY CONNECTIONS

825 E. 53½, Bldg. E-101, 478-5725.

www.familyconnectionsonline.org

$25 gift cards for H-E-B or Target

New children's books (infant- 8 years)

New children's games (infant- 8 years)

New laptop computers

FAMILY ELDERCARE

2210 Hancock Dr., 450-0844.

www.familyeldercare.org

Nonperishable food items (granola bars, soups/stews with pull tabs, dried fruits, peanut butter/cheese cracker packs, nuts, tea bags, instant cocoa)

Caps, hats, scarves, and gloves

New blankets (twin)

Toiletries

Sweat suits

FLORENCE'S COMFORT HOUSE

515 Kemp, 385-8672.

www.florencescomforthouse.org

Blankets, sleeping bags

Dog and cat food

Craft supplies

Costume jewelry

Kid/baby clothes

Gift cards

Huggies

Towels

TV

GREENBRIAR SCHOOL/MARSALOM

1411 Old Sayers Rd., Bastrop, 512/281-2661.

www.greenbriarschool.org

Solar panels and installation

15-40 gallon propane tanks

200-plus gallon water tanks

General school supplies

Rakes, brooms, shovels

Lumber, plywood

Computer parts

Art supplies

Tractor

Computer

HELPING THE AGING, NEEDY, AND DISABLED

2200 E. MLK Jr., 477-3796.

www.sfteaustin.org

Shampoo, conditioner, and bar soap

Nonperishable food items

Pillows and blankets

Gift cards to H-E-B

Pies and cookies

Cleaning supplies

Vacuum cleaners

Plastic tumblers

Batteries AA/AAA

Flashlights

Kitchen towels

Bath towels

Plastic plates

Paper goods

HOPE ALLIANCE

1011 Gattis School Rd. #106, Round Rock, 512/255-1212.

www.wccc.info

Food items

Gift cards

Gifts

HOSPICE AUSTIN

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

www.hospiceaustin.org

Lock boxes (for patient's homes)

Carnation Instant Breakfast

Gift cards (H-E-B, Target)

Ensure and Boost

Peanut butter

Canned goods

Space heaters

CDs (soothing music)

Boardgames and cards

Children's grief books

DVDs (family-friendly)

Art supplies

Backpacks

HOUSE THE HOMELESS

PO Box 2312, 796-4366.

www.housethehomeless.org

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

AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY

124 W. Anderson, 646-7387.

www.austinhumanesociety.org

High-quality canned cat, kitten, dog, and puppy food

Blankets (without stuffing)

Nonclumping cat litter

Towels (small to large)

Digital thermometers

Toys and treats

Rubbing alcohol

Heating pads

Cotton balls

Cotton swabs

Ziploc bags

Gift cards

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT

827 W. 12th, 647-4803.

www.insidebooksproject.com

English and English-Spanish dictionaries

Black/African-American studies books

Gift cards for photocopy services

Clear packing tape

Books in Spanish

GED study books

Large envelopes

Postage stamps

THE LOVE OF FOOD FEEDS THE HOMELESS

401 Orchard, 476-2880.

Cans of cream of mushroom soup

Hot-chocolate mix (big containers)

8-ounce Styrofoam containers with lids

6-ounce Styrofoam cups with lids

Plastic spoons or forks

16-ounce bottles of water

Rice and noodles

MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE

3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325.

www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org

Household and toiletry items (dish soap, laundry soap, cleaners, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.)

Pet food (any kind for dogs and cats)

New heaters (with safety shutoff)

Stationary, envelopes, stamps

Gift cards (H-E-B and Target)

Nonperishable food items

Socks and slippers

New blankets

Ensure

MIDNIGHT OWL COLLECTIVE

947-5712.

www.midnightowlcollective.org

Bike tools/stands

Cargo trailers

Folding tables

Bikes

MONKEYWRENCH BOOKS

110 E. North Loop, 407-6925.

www.monkeywrenchbooks.org

All-in-one printer/copier/fax

Fold-out chairs

Radical books

Computer

NUBIAN QUEEN LOLA'S CAJUN SOUL FOOD KITCHEN

1815 Rosewood, 474-5652.

www.nubianqueenlolas.com

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

Nonperishable foods

Microphone and amplifier

Blankets

Clothing

OUT YOUTH

909 E. 49½, 419-1233.

www.outyouth.org

Wii

Van

Gift cards

Bus passes

Small PA system

Karaoke machine

Remodeled kitchen

Handheld bar-code scanner

PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC

2909 N. I-35, 478-4939.

www.austinpcc.org

Gently used children's books for the patient waiting room

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

201 E. Ben White, 276-8000.

www.ppaustin.org

Clear plastic bins and rolling suitcase

Coffeetable books (Spanish and English)

Magazine subscriptions

Children's playscape

Children's books

PROJECT TRANSITIONS

7101-B Woodrow, 454-8646.

www.projecttransitions.org

Extra-long fitted twin sheets

Liquid laundry detergent

Industrial vacuum cleaner

Carpet steam cleaner

Gift cards for H-E-B

Christmas lights

Air fresheners

Nail clippers

Toothbrushes

Ensure/Boost

Tupperware

Towels

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT

1405 Montopolis, 474-5073.

www.texascivilrightsproject.org

Administrative assistance

Locking file cabinets

Office supplies

Phone headsets

Laser printer

Fax machine

Laptops

TEXAS HEARING AND SERVICE DOGS

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

www.servicedogs.org

Gifts cards for gas, office supplies, pet supplies, and general merchandise

Dog crates (various sizes)

Gas-powered weed-eater

Blankets and towels

Laser printers

Blocks of cheese

Peanut butter

Hot dogs

Copier

TREASURE CITY THRIFT

1720 E. 12th, 524-2820.

treasurecitythrift.org

Point-of-sale system for a Mac computer

Good quality furniture for resale

Skilled volunteers for projects

Tape (masking, packing, Scotch)

Business-card printing

Pest-control services

Copying services

PA system

Keyboard

Sharpies

VENTANA DEL SOUL

1834 E. Oltorf, 707-7447.

www.ventanadelsoul.org

Commercial kitchen equipment, tables, and cookware

Restaurant plates, glass- and flatware

Restaurant tables and chairs

Patio tables and chairs

White Christmas-tree lights

Commercial ice-maker

Upright freezer

Elevator

YELLOW BIKE PROJECT

2013 E. 51st, 457-9880.

www.austinyellowbike.org

Professionals: licensed plumbers, electricians, and contractors for new HQ

Professional accountant to file 990

Laptop with wireless card

Heavy-duty extension cord

Outdoor work lights

Surge protectors

Outdoor heaters

More bike riders

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