Wish List

Give 'til it helps, part 2

Dear Austin,

Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of the things they need to serve our community. We edit these as space dictates and encourage you to research the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes/conditions of things are needed (some are legal mandates, so do please call). Here are a few hints: Please don't dump off old or broken items. Since they always need computer stuff, copies, printing, and your cash and love (i.e., volunteer hours), we've taken most of those out of the lists. If you have those to give, call your intended recipient and shower them with your tangible affection.

Let's do this, darling Austin. Let's support the good these superheroes do all year long. – Kate X Messer


List compiled by Kate X Messer and Katie Tomasino.


AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN

7215 Cameron, 458-2437.

asa.mail@asaustin.org, www.asaustin.org

Retail/gas/grocery gift cards

Folding grocery carts & reusable grocery bags

Canned low-salt vegetables, tuna, soups, salmon

Dish/laundry detergent

Hats, gloves, socks

Bottled canola oil

Space heaters

Can openers

Body lotion

Blankets

ALLGO

701 Tillery, 472-2001.

info@allgo.org, www.allgo.org

Grocery/retail gift cards

Portable flip-chart easel

Digital camera/recorder

Orange pocket folders

Frequent-flier miles

Folding chairs

Juicy mangoes

LCD projector

Flash drives

Flip video camera

DVD player

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL TEXAS

2218 Pershing, 928-4271.

dventresca@centex.redcross.org, www.centex.redcross.org

New queen-sized air mattresses & pumps

Red Cross branding for two Ford pickups

Red Cross magnetic vehicle signs for disaster response teams

Storage containers & lids

Wireless mouse & keyboard

Electric clothes dryer

DVD/VHS combo player (2)

Duct work inspection

New flag pole rigging

Electric coin sorter

Electric letter folder

Portable DVD player

Flat-screen TVs (2)

Retail gift cards

Space heaters

AUSTIN PETS ALIVE!

PO Box 6247, 961-6519.

donate@austinpetsalive.org, www.austinpetsalive.org

Interactive dog toys – large Kongs, puzzle balls, etc.

Nutro Natural Choice dog or puppy food

Purina One cat or kitten food

Tidy Cat Scoop litter for multiple cats

All sizes of cat and dog collars

Cardboard scratching posts

Rawhides made in America

Hand sanitizer

Paper towels

AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL

4110 Guadalupe, 452-0381.

barbara.kelly@dshs.state.tx.us, www.dshs.state.tx.us

Sports equipment: Nerf balls, Frisbees, basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls

Book-bound journals (no wire binding)

Jackets for men and women (sizes large & extra-large)

Men's tennis shoes (sizes 10 and larger)

Portable stereo system

Medium-size duffle bags

Headphones

Stuffed animals

Art supplies

Board games

AUSTIN ZOO

10807 Rawhide Trail, 288-1490.

zooaustin7@aol.com, www.austinzoo.org

Nuts in the shell (no salt or flavoring)

Canned and dry dog food (all varieties)

Garden hoses (any length)

High-efficiency laundry detergent

Red heat-lamp bulbs

Hardware store gift cards

Paper towels

Bleach

Rakes

BADGERDOG LITERACY PUBLISHING INC.

PO Box 301209, 538-1305.

info@badgerdog.org, www.badgerdog.org

Sponsorship/workshop opportunities

Books related to teaching writing

Spiral notebooks, manila folders

Poetry/short-story anthologies

Arts & crafts materials

Photography books

Pens & pencils

CAMELOT COMMUNITY CARE

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

hshahan@camelotcommunitycare.org, www.camelotcommunitycare.org

Local gift cards for foster/adoptive parents

Fantastic adoptive/foster parents

Projector

Gift cards

CAPITOL SCHOOL OF AUSTIN

2011 W. Koenig, 467-7006.

tamil@capitolschool.com, www.capitolschool.com

Green Machine bicycle

Dollhouse furniture

Windows XP computer

Big plastic trucks

Circle-time rug

Digital camera

Sensory table

Soccer balls

Sandbox toys

Red wagon

A COMMUNITY FOR EDUCATION

1616 Guadalupe #3.206, 232-2286.

ace.events@austin.utexas.edu, www.aceaustin.org

Bilingual books (English/Spanish)

Lakeshore Learning gift card

Grocery/office gift cards

Graphic design intern

Digital video camera (1)

Digital cameras (2)

Laminating machine

Local catering

FAMILY ELDERCARE

2210 Hancock, 450-0844.

kwilson@familyeldercare.org, 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, gloves

New blankets (twin size)

Sweat suits

Toiletries

FRIENDS OF AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER

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

Gently used furniture: chairs, sofas, recliners, tables, end tables

Large permanent canopy to cover deck area and minigolf course

Someone to build a sand volleyball court or a basketball court

Adult three-wheeled and two-seater bicycles

Softball gloves, bats, balls, bases

Folding tables & chairs

Gently used clothing

Ping-Pong table

Golf clubs

Golf carts

FRONT STEPS

500 E. Seventh, 305-4100.

dperkins@frontsteps.org, www.frontsteps.org

New pots & pans, utensils

Toiletry/hygiene items

Weekly/monthly bus passes

Scarves, gloves, hats

New socks & underwear

New blankets

Backpacks

Bicycles

Guitars

GIRLS ROCK CAMP AUSTIN

PO Box 41912, Austin, TX 78704, 809-7799.

director@girlsrockcampaustin.org, www.girlsrockcampaustin.org

Musical equipment of all kinds: basses, amps, keyboards, drum gear, mics, guitars, mixers, faders, picks, cables, PAs, etc.

Art supplies: scissors, Sharpies, glue sticks, magazines (with female musicians), stickers, saddle & regular staplers, markers, highlighters, silkscreen supplies, new plain T-shirts

Mac laptops

Video/camera equipment

Portable CD players

GROWING ROOTS

PO Box 41048, 240-2757.

mph@growingrootsaustin.com, www.growingrootsaustin.com

Blank certificate forms with frames

Poster board in all colors (10 sheets)

Laminator and laminating sheets

Blue & black ink pens (20-40)

Note cards (10 packs of 50)

Regular markers (5 packs)

Grocery gift cards ($20)

Dry erase markers

2-inch binders (20)

Pencils (50)

Flip chart

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT

827 W. 12th, 647-4803.

contact@insidebooksproject.org, www.insidebooksproject.org/donate

English and Spanish/English dictionaries

(20) Donations of $100

Books (see website for most-needed books)

Volunteer librarian

Carpenter skills

Grant writer

KAZI 88.7FM

8906 Wall #203, 836-9544.

steve@kazifm.org, www.kazifm.org

New antenna

More wattage

NUBIAN QUEEN LOLA'S CAJUN SOUL FOOD KITCHEN

1815 Rosewood, 474-5652.

www.nubianqueenlolas.com

Showers, water fountains, restrooms, warm places to sleep for the homeless

Ingredients that can be used to feed the homeless

Blankets, coats, sweaters, gloves, hats

Massage/manicure/pedicure donations

Tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste

Makeup, fingernail polish

Tampons, feminine-hygiene products

New underwear (all sizes)

New clothing, shoes

Nonperishable foods

Brushes, combs

Hand soap

Jewelry

Heaters

Hot cocoa fixings

Lots of prayers

Christmas lights, trimmings

Otis Bell #540964 to be home for Christmas or New Year's

OUT YOUTH

909 E. 49½, 419-1233.

out@outyouth.org, www.outyouth.org

One-year volunteer commitment (call for job descriptions)

Flat-screen TV

Food for emergency food pantry

One year of Netflix

Video recorders

Gift cards

Van or RV

PA system

Netbooks

PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC

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

Digital projection system and installation

Network-capable color printer

Gently used books, any language

Mittens, scarves, hooded sweatshirts for youth at satellite clinic

Gift certificates to toy store

PROJECT TRANSITIONS

PO Box 4826, Austin, TX 78765, 454-8646.

cthompson@projecttransitions.org, www.projecttransitions.org

Children's museum or movie theatre passes

Retail/hardware gift cards

Fall/winter-hardy plants

Gardening supplies

Security cameras

Kitchen supplies

Home electronics

Home furniture

Toiletry sets

Area rugs

SETTLEMENT HOME FOR CHILDREN

1600 Payton Gin, 836-2150.

mjohnson@settlementhome.org, www.settlementhome.org

Recreation gift cards (movies, bowling, skating, restaurants)

Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths

African-American hair products

Affordable mp3 players

Art supplies

Makeup kits

Board games

Headphones

Umbrellas

Batteries

SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

1106 Clayton Ste. 480-W, 236-0074.

susanl@sustainablefoodcenter.org, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

Gently used propane grill, preferably with wheels and at least two burners

(6) 6-foot oilcloth tablecloths

Blender, food processor

Electric tea kettle

Plastic storage bins

Metro shelving unit

Coffeemaker

Video camera

Cloth bags

TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT

PO Box 833, 476-5377.

info@texasadvocacyproject.org, www.texasadvocacyproject.org

Violence-free homes

Program funding

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK

PO Box 1624, 322-0545.

val@tfn.org, www.tfn.org

Outdoor picnic table

Flat-screen TV

Toaster oven

Microwave

VENTANA DEL SOUL

1834 E. Oltorf, 707-7447 x201.

meetings@ventanadelsoul.org, www.ventanadelsoul.org

Flatware & china for in-house catering

Catering equipment & supplies

Linen tablecloths & napkins

Ice machine (small or large)

Two-story elevator

Espresso machine

Table skirts

THE WRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER

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

leah@thewrighthouse.org, www.thewrighthouse.org

Vouchers for eye exams and glasses for low-income, chronically ill clients

Cash donations to the Jeff Janosek Emergency Fund for: medical co-payments, emergency food bank services, complimentary therapy sessions, fees for identification cards/birth certificate documents to obtain other community resources, criminal history background check fees, one-time utility assistance

Development software to track donations, donors, supporters, volunteers, and appeals

Repairs to administrative office, a 130-year-old Victorian house

Board members

YOUTH ADVOCACY

4150 Freidrich Ste. B-1, 444-9505.

maria@youthadvocacy.org, www.youthadvocacy.org

Black or gray sweaters and fleeces for boys and girls

Arts & crafts, jewelrymaking supplies of any kind

White T-shirts and polos for boys and girls

Retail/grocery/clothing gift cards

Books appropriate for children in elementary and middle school

Capital Metro bus passes

Air pump for balls

Sports equipment

Kids' magazines

School supplies

Movie passes

Board games

Backpacks

YWCA

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

info@ywcaaustin.org, www.ywcaaustin.org

Financial support ($1,300 per month) for rental space of larger group room

Financial support to build library for clients

Comfortable matching chairs and/or couch for counseling offices

Carpet cleaning every three to four months

Industrial shredder

15-passenger van


Part 1 of this list appeared in last week's issue. See the complete list at austinchronicle.com/wishlist.

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