WISH LIST
Your Guide to Charitable Giving

In a year of ups and down, it's the support of our family – blood and chosen – that keeps us shining.

The Austin Chronicle’s wish list is an annual tradition that predates the current tipsy-topsy world we live in. It's one of the ways we help grow and connect our community, Austin's amazing nonprofits, and, of course, our readers.

Below, you'll find a long (wish) list of needed donations from local organizations so they can better serve Austin and all of us who call her home. You, dear readers, can use this as your guide to giving – for the holidays and, we hope, the year beyond. And remember: In addition to these specific requests, money, computers, and volunteers are a need everywhere and anywhere, so give what you can, where you can. Together we can make a difference. Now, let's fulfill some wishes. – Sarah Marloff


Wondering how to get your nonprofit in our database? Email wishlist@austinchronicle.com for details.

Kids/Education/Holidays
AFRICA'S PROMISE VILLAGE
  • School supplies
  • Soccer balls
  • Tennis rackets
  • Badminton sets
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AUSTIN
4901 Burnet Rd., 512/458-3716, president@alaustin.org, www.alaustin.org.
  • 14 conference room chairs
  • 30 Lego sets ($10 or less)
  • 20 Dirt Devil upright vacuum cleaners
  • 30 Bilingual books for Pre-K and younger students
  • Miscellaneous presents for middle school kids (stuffed animals, puzzles, coloring books, markers, cosmetic kits, nail polish, note pads/pens, scarves, fun socks, costume jewelry, etc.)
AUSTIN PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
PO Box 6118, Austin, TX 78762, 512/637-0900, dlewis@austinpartners.org, www.austinpartners.org.
  • Gift cards: incentives/prizes for students and teachers
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Various school supplies
  • Video camera
  • Gym clothes, underwear, and shoes for students
  • Laptop bags
AUSTIN POLICE OPERATION BLUE SANTA
PO Box 689001, Austin, TX 78768, 512/974-2583, bluesanta@austintexas.gov, www.bluesanta.org.
  • Unwrapped toys for infants
  • Unwrapped toys – no weapons – for toddlers
  • Unwrapped toys – no weapons – for ages 11 to 14
  • Delivery volunteers for Sat., Dec. 16
  • Monetary donations
AUSTIN YOUTH RIVER WATCH
PO Box 40351, Austin, TX 78704, 512/708-9115, riverwatcher@riverwatchers.org, www.riverwatchers.org.
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Costco, fuel
  • Lawn mower
  • Washer & dryer (full-sized or stackable)
  • Variety of sports balls
  • Work gloves
  • Hand trowels
  • Warm gloves
CON MI MADRE
4175 Freidrich #200, 512/467-4483, info@conmimadre.org, www.conmimadre.org.
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Target
  • Lockable filing cabinet (two-drawer)
  • Google Jamboard
  • Filing folders
  • Dry erase markers
  • Post-its (large and small)
  • Staples
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • PA system
  • Lamination machine and sheets
  • K-cups
  • 12-seat conference table
  • Web camera
  • T-shirt sponsorship
E4 YOUTH
4302 Airport, 512/323-0550, info@e4youth.org, www.e4youth.org.
  • Funding for workplace tours: 20+ students ($300/tour)
  • Gift cards: H-E-B ($25)
  • Gift cards: iTunes/Google Play/Alamo Drafthouse
  • Digital devices: tablets, laptops
  • Software subscriptions: Adobe Creative Suite
EAST AUSTIN COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY
5800 E. MLK, 512/287-5050, donations@eaprep.org, www.eaprep.org.
  • Gift cards: grocery stores, restaurants, stores
  • New or gently used DSLR cameras
  • Complimentary catering for 100 for family events
  • SanDisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 SDHC UHS-I memory cards up to 80MB
GHISALLO CYCLING INITIATIVE
1000 Brazos #100, 512/524-7440, donate@ghisallo.org, www.ghisallo.org.
  • Adult tricycles (for senior tricycle program)
  • New or used bicycles for all ages
  • Cromebooks
  • Filing cabinets
  • Wire shelving units
  • 20' shipping containers
  • Utility trailers and enclosed cargo trailers
GIRLSTART STEM CENTER
1400 W. Anderson, 512/916-4775, info@girlstart.org, www.girlstart.org.
  • 1/4" wide conductive copper tape
  • 5mm LED lights (any color)
  • 3V coin cell batteries (CR2032)
  • Plastic bins with lids (30-qt.)
  • White copy paper
GRIFFIN SCHOOL
MAKE-A-WISH CENTRAL & SOUTH TEXAS
2224 Walsh Tarlton #200, 512/329-9474, info@cstx.wish.org, cstx.wish.org.
  • Board and card games: travel and full sized
  • Beach towels
  • Travel accessories
  • Earbuds
  • Disney items
OPEN DOOR
  • Footballs, basketballs, Nerf, etc.
  • Sand & sandbox toys
  • Art supplies: washable markers, construction paper
  • Working cash register
  • Toolbox/tools: drill, staple gun, hammer, pliers, etc.
  • Lakeshore scooter trikes
  • Keep It Safe! traffic signs
  • Jumbo wagon
  • Tell-a-Story Dress-Up Trunk
  • Lakeshore Taxi-Trike
OUT YOUTH
909 E. 49th ½, 512/419-1233, kathryn.gonzales@outyouth.org, www.outyouth.org.
  • Microwave
  • Toaster oven
  • Gift cards: IKEA, Home Depot, Amazon
TEXAS BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOME
1101 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/255-3682, info@tbch.org, www.tbch.org.
  • Heavy-duty vacuum
  • 32" flat-screen TV
  • Keurig coffee system
  • Personal Dell laptop
  • 26" bike
UNITED WAY CAPITAL AREA HEADQUARTERS
2000 E. MLK, 512/472-6267, giving@uwatx.org, www.uwatx.org.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) board books
  • Office supplies: reams of 8.5 x 11 paper, dry erase pens
  • Sports balls and hula hoops
  • Children’s gardening tools and supplies
  • Toddler nap mats
Environmental/Animals
AMERICAN HONEY BEE PROTECTION
  • Work trucks/cars
  • RVs or bumper trailers
  • Delivery Truck
  • Chainsaws, table saws, tools, etc.
  • Scaffolding
  • New auger filling machine for jarring
  • Honey target="_blank">straw machine
AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
507 Calles #116, 512/477-1566, apf@austinparks.org, www.austinparks.org.
  • High-quality mulch and compost (call/email for details)
  • Tree care and trail building tools
  • Work gloves for kids and adults
  • Gift cards: Home Depot, gas, grocery stores
  • Recurring/evergreen donations
AUSTIN YOUTH RIVER WATCH
PO Box 40351, Austin, TX 78704, 512/708-9115, riverwatcher@riverwatchers.org, www.riverwatchers.org.
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Costco, fuel
  • Lawn mower
  • Washer & dryer (full-sized or stackable)
  • Variety of sports balls
  • Work gloves
  • Hand trowels
  • Warm gloves
AUSTIN ZOO
10808 Rawhide Trl, 512/288-1490, info@austinzoo.org, www.austinzoo.org.
  • Blankets, flat sheets, and pillowcases for animal bedding
  • Raw, unsalted nuts, shelled or unshelled, any type
  • Tarps (all sizes)
  • Heavy-duty garden hoses
  • Canned dog and cat food
CENTRAL TEXAS SPCA
  • Kong brand dog toys/chews, all sizes
  • Tide Pods
  • Paper towels
  • Clorox or H-E-B Bravo laundry bleach
  • Gift cards: Tomlinson’s, PetSmart, Petco
CLIMATE CHANGE NOW INITIATIVE
  • $6,000: Upgrade 4K film production workstation
  • $4,500: Annual website maintenance
  • $1,500: 24TB hard drive array
  • $750: Post production workstation monitor
  • Donations for our new film Climate Change Across America
  • Donations for academic review of climate science for our Knowledgebase
  • Donations for travel expenses for climate change presentations
ECOLOGY ACTION OF TEXAS
420 Kemp St., 512/322-0000, admin@ecology-action.org, www.ecology-action.org.
  • Trail cameras
  • Stock tanks
  • Picnic table
  • Solar water pump
  • Wheelbarrows
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3000, gitnb@htu.edu, www.greenisthenewblack.org.
  • Booth materials for events: posters, banners, brochures, general signage
  • Scholarship donations: Fund a Green Is the New Black scholar
  • Donations for travel to events and conferences
  • Organic black pocket T-shirts for group shirts
KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL
  • 14-foot box truck to be turned into a mobile tool shed
  • Natural sunscreen
  • Poison ivy wipes
  • Water waders
  • Garden knee pads
MINIS & FRIENDS
4509 Walsall Loop, 512/293-8808, info@minisandfriends.org, www.minisandfriends.org.
  • Gift cards: Visa
  • Beet pulp shreds
  • Annual liability insurance ($1400)
  • Wendals Herbs garlic
  • Co-Flex 4-inch rolls of vet wrap (red)
  • T5846 Epson ink/paper for our PictureMate Charm
  • Coastal hay (to feed 14 little horse therapists)
URBAN ROOTS
4900 Gonzales, 512/750-8019, emily@urbanrootsatx.org, www.urbanrootsatx.org.
  • Laptops (used is OK)
  • Healthy snacks (breakfast bars, granola, etc.)
  • Gift cards (groceries): H-E-B, Wheatsville, Whole Foods, etc.
  • Gift cards (farm supply): Johnny’s Seeds, Home Depot, Callahan's
WILDLIFE RESCUE
  • Old jeans
  • 39-gallon trash bags
  • Black oil sunflower seeds
  • Nuts (pecans, walnuts, acorns)
  • Gift cards: Walmart, H-E-B (for fresh fruits/veggies)
Health/Medical
AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN
PO Box 4874, 512/458-2437, asa.mail@asaustin.org, www.asaustin.org.
  • Sponsor an ASA client and help them fill their holiday wish list.
  • (Form here)
AUSTIN SPEECH LABS
7800 Shoal Creek Blvd. Ste. 136-S, 512/992-0575, staff@austinspeechlabs.org, www.austinspeechlabs.org.
  • Keurig K-Cups
  • Gift cards: Amazon (for therapy supplies)
  • Landscape wall art (for the therapy rooms)
  • iPad
  • Brother MFC-9330CDW color LED fax/copier/printer/scanner
AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL
4110 Guadalupe #631, 512/419-2333, cindy.reed@hhsc.state.tx.us, www.ashvolunteers.org.
  • Body wash for men & women
  • Lip gloss and lip stick for positive image boosts
  • Book bound journals (no spiral)
  • Stuffed animals for children and geriatric patients
  • Word-find and crossword puzzle books
  • Inexpensive watches for men and women
THE BRIDGE COLLECTIVE
  • Gift cards: gas stations (Shell, Chevron, Valero, etc.)
  • Gift cards: Office Depot
  • Individually wrapped snacks (granola bars, small bags of chips or cookies, etc.)
CAPITAL AREA PARKINSON'S SOCIETY
PO Box 27565, Austin, TX 78755, 512/371-3373, info@capitalareaparkinsons.org, www.capitalareaparkinsons.org.
  • Two floor lamps
  • Plastic storage boxes: medium and large
  • Tall bookshelf
  • Paper cutter
HOSPICE AUSTIN
4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 512/342-4700, mmarble@hospiceaustin.org, www.hospiceaustin.org.
  • Board games, cards, simple art supplies, 100-500 piece puzzles
  • Family-friendly DVDs
  • Soothing music CDs
  • Gift cards: H-E-B
  • Food pantry items: Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats, dried beans, etc.
LILITH FUND
PO Box 684949, Austin, TX 78768, 877/355-1463, info@lilithfund.org, www.lilithfund.org.
  • $5,000: Consultant fees for 3-5 year strategic planning process
  • $4,000: MacBook computers for 3 brand-new staff members
  • $3,000: Registration fees for new staff to attend conferences, leadership trainings, etc.
  • $2,000: Hotline intake software transition
  • $1,500: Fees for annual National Network of Abortion Funds Summit
  • $500: Projector and screen
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE ALLIANCE
  • Gift cards: USPS postage/shipping and educational support materials for providers
  • Venue donation for fundraising events
  • $50: oncology stress relief massage and promotes well-being for four patients in cancer treatment centers
  • $125: one-hour consultation with CPA for financial compliance audit letter
  • $1,000: oncology massage therapists' continuing education to ensure there are providers in treatment centers
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL TEXAS
1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., 512/472-9844, rcarlin@rmhc-ctx.org, www.rmhc-ctx.org.
  • Need for new, unused items:
  • Babies: onesies, baby hair accessories, hats, gloves, jackets, blankets, pacifiers and teething rings, baby wipes, baby laundry soap, rattles and soft toys, diapers, diaper cream, diaper bags, lullaby music
  • Toddlers: building blocks, flashing toys, learning toys, board books, coloring and activity books, sippy cups, soft spoons, clothes, push toys, stackable toys
  • Teens: iTunes gift cards, headphones, hats, gloves, lip gloss, hair accessories, travel games, craft projects, books
  • Parents: Gift cards (iTunes, restaurants); specialty shampoo and conditioner, nail polish, hand cream, books, scarves, gloves, DVDs
  • General needs: bed pillows, throw pillows, rugs
  • Gift cards: HomeGoods, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond
SAMARITAN HEALTH MINISTRIES
700-A W. Whitestone Blvd, 512/331-5828, info@theshm.org, www.theshm.org.
  • New EKG machine
  • Panoramic dental x-ray machine
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • New 8,000 square foot building in Cedar Park
WE ARE BLOOD
4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266, wrbinfo@weareblood.org, www.weareblood.org.
  • Gift cards (and vouchers): $10-100 from local businesses for thank-you donor gifts
  • Host a 2018 mobile blood drive
  • Platelet donations
  • Whole blood donations
YWCA
2015 S. I-35 #110, 512/326-1222, info@ywcaaustin.org, www.ywcaaustin.org.
  • 5 New tablets and webcams
  • Gift cards: Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Target, H-E-B, or Costco
  • New arts & craft supplies (paper, paints, finger paints, crayons, markers, fabric remnants, paper, glue, etc.)
  • Office supplies: 3” and 4” 3-ring binders, sheet protectors, color copy paper: pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, ballpoint pens: blue/black, manila folders, 3x3 sticky pads, binder clips: all sizes
  • MicroCut shredder
Quality of Life
ART FROM THE STREETS
PO Box 12473, Austin, TX 78711, 512/695-9977, learnmore@artfromthestreets.org, www.artfromthestreets.com.
  • Acrylic paints, all colors/metallics
  • Paintbrushes, all sizes
  • Watercolor paints
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Kneaded erasers
AUSTIN COMMUNITY STEELBAND
  • Afterschool snacks: low sugar, high protein (nuts, Kind bars, ZBars, Clif bars)
  • Gift cards: Snack/meal stores, stores for kids age 8-14
  • Korg Volca Beats analog drum machine
  • Yorkville M1610-2 10-channel, 800-watt powered mixer
AUSTIN HUMANISTS AT WORK
  • 2000 new pairs of men's and women's underwear in all sizes
  • Storage space (near Braker & I-35 corridor)
  • Web or graphic designer for new website and logo
  • Covered trailer with logo
  • Virtual private server
AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
507 Calles #116, 512/477-1566, apf@austinparks.org, www.austinparks.org.
  • High-quality mulch and compost (call/email for details)
  • Tree care and trail building tools
  • Work gloves for kids and adults
  • Gift cards: Home Depot, gas, grocery stores
  • Recurring/evergreen donations
DRESS FOR SUCCESS AUSTIN
701 Tillery Ste. A-5, 512/389-3723, austin@dressforsuccess.org, austin.dressforsuccess.org/.
  • Full-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  • Body and face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Face moisturizer (day and night)
  • Makeup (mascara, lipstick, blush)
  • Hair product for all hair types
  • Women's underwear in all sizes
  • Rolling cart
  • Gift cards: gas and stores
FOUNDATION FOR THE HOMELESS
8505 Cross Park Dr. #120, 512/453-6570, info@foundationhomeless.org, www.foundationhomeless.org.
  • Toiletry kits (soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.)
  • Gift cards: food/gas ($25 to Wal-Mart, H-E-B, Target, etc.)
  • Seasonal clothing items for clients such as coats, gloves, hats, umbrellas, and ponchos
  • Copy paper for office, 8.5 x 11
  • Small office-size fridges
KAZI 88.7FM
8906 Wall St. #203, 512/836-9544, steve@kazifm.org, www.kazifm.org.
  • Donate $35: $1 for each year of broadcasting
KOOP 91.7FM
3823-B Airport, 512/472-1369, info@koop.org, www.koop.org.
  • Six-foot fiberglass ladder for studio repairs
  • BSW REPOP microphone pop filters (4)
  • QSC K12.2 PA kit (B&H #QSK122DBSCK)
  • Tripp Lite 1500VA Smart UPS (SMART1500RM2U)
  • Donated time for accounting support
LIFEWORKS
  • Gift cards ($25): H-E-B, Walmart, Target
  • Bath sets: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bath mats
  • Full bed sets: sheets, pillowcases, comforters
  • Adult-size backpacks in dark colors
  • Adult-size sleeping bags in dark colors
MEALS ON WHEELS CENTRAL TEXAS
  • Blankets
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • 2018 wall calendars
MIKE'S PLACE (MEALS ON WHEELS CENTRAL TEXAS)
  • Blankets
  • Shampoo/soap
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • 2018 wall calendars
MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES
9301 Hog Eye, 512/328-7299, info@mlf.org, www.mlf.org.
  • 2017-2018 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon
  • North American RV
  • Hand crank bicycle
  • Lasko #5160 ceramic tower heaters
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Wal-Mart, Target ($25-$50)
SOUTHWEST KEY PROGRAMS
6002 Jain, 512/462-2181, info@swkey.org, www.swkey.org.
  • Video gaming systems
  • Karaoke systems
  • Gift cards: stores and restaurants
  • Sports equipment
  • Personal hygiene kits for teens (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc.)
TREASURE CITY THRIFT
  • Lamination machine
  • Flat, square dollys for large bins (to move tall, heavy storage)
  • Regular dolly
  • Solar outdoor lights
  • Our own building
Rights/Advocacy
BLACK LIVES MATTER LOCAL CHAPTER
  • Yamaha 600i PA system, microphone, and speakers
  • Projector with projector screen
  • Forever 49-cent stamps
  • Gift cards: grocery stores/food service
  • FedEx Office copy cards
  • Airline miles
  • Website designer
CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
  • Peanut butter
  • Chili
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Canned chicken breast or tuna
  • Canned low-sodium vegetables, and fruit in its own juice
  • Dry beans
  • Rice, pasta, and pasta sauce
  • 100% whole-grain cereals
FOUNDATION FOR THE HOMELESS
8505 Cross Park Dr. #120, 512/453-6570, info@foundationhomeless.org, www.foundationhomeless.org.
  • Toiletry kits (soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.)
  • Gift cards: food/gas ($25 to Wal-Mart, H-E-B, Target, etc.)
  • Seasonal clothing items for clients such as coats, gloves, hats, umbrellas, and ponchos
  • Copy paper for office, 8.5 x 11
  • Small office-size fridges
HOUSE THE HOMELESS
PO Box 2312, Austin, TX 78768, 512/796-4366, rtroxell@trla.org, www.housethehomeless.org.
  • HP Laserjet Pro 400 Color M45lnw Printer
  • Daily medicine pill box organizers
MANOS DE CRISTO
  • Winter clothing and shoes (new or gently used)
  • Tablets
  • Dental digital sensors
  • Flat-screen TV with wall mount
  • DVD player
  • Art supplies (ages 2-13)
  • Digital camera
  • Color copier
  • Canned fruit, Spam singles, Vienna sausages, cereal
SAFE ALLIANCE
1401 Grove Blvd., 512/267-7233, inkind@safeaustin.org, www.safeaustin.org.
  • New socks, underwear (for all ages and genders)
  • Baby wipes/diapers (sizes 4-6)
  • Pet supplies and food
  • AA, AAA, C, 9-volt batteries
  • Toiletries (lotion, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, shaving supplies)
  • Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, paper towels, cleaning spray, mops, brooms)
  • New towel and bed sets
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Small household appliances
  • Gift cards: Target, H-E-B, Walmart, clothing stores
  • Gifts: Bath and body kits, headphones, MP3 players, hair dryers/straighteners/brushes, DVD players
TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT
  • Items for Hope for the Holidays* needed by December 4:
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Amazon, Walmart, Target*
  • Toys for kids 3-8 and Xbox One games*
  • Light blue pressboard classification folders with 2 dividers and fasteners (letter size)
  • Administrative volunteers
WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT
5604 Manor Rd., 512/391-2305, info@workersdefense.org, www.workersdefense.org.
  • Laminating sleeves
  • General art supplies: paint, markers, poster board, tape
  • Office supplies: small binder clips, folders, notepads, binders, pens
  • Recyclable plates, cups, utensils
  • Children's books and/or coloring books in English and Spanish
  • Medium sized conference table
  • new refrigerator
  • Picnic tables
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