Holiday Wish List

 IBJ Staff
December 19, 2009
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The following is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most. This is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to make tax-deductible gifts in the spirit of the season. Anyone who wishes to make a contribution should contact the organization directly.

This list is being published through Dec. 21.

Requests should be limited to five items or services (not cash) and should include a contact name, telephone number and e-mail address. Submit requests by e-mail to gposhadlo@ibj.com, fax to 263-5406, or mail to Holiday Wish List, Indianapolis Business Journal, 41 E. Washington St., 46204.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Whitney Snider, 921-2202, wsnider@bbbsci.org. Manila folders, bottled water, copy paper, legal pads, sticky tack.

Boone County Senior Services Inc., Susan Ritz, (765) 482-5220, bcssi@booneseniors.org. Shelving units, bookshelf, copy paper, small food or fruit baskets.

Care For Kids Foundation, Rene Chamberlain, 257-5437, careforkids@sbcglobal.net. Backpacks, journals, in-kind gift certificates.

Children’s Bureau Inc., Jennifer Thomas, 274-2700, jthomas@childrensbureau.org. Bus tickets, beds, basketballs, 2010 pocket-sized calendars, dry-erase markers and boards.

Hendricks Regional Health Foundation, Sue Bogan, 745-7376, sebogan@hendricks.org. New baby/toddler clothing, diapers, wipes, G-rated DVDs, children’s books.

Humane Society of Indianapolis, Christine Jeschke, 872-5650, cjeschke@indyhumane.org. Disposable latex gloves, canned cat food, cat litter, soft dog treats, classical music or nature-sounds CDs.

Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corp., Vrooke Klejnot, 923-5514, brooke@mfcdc.org. Bike rack, conference room chairs, desk, desktop computers, kitchen cabinets.

NJTL of Indianapolis, Nancy Carr, 575-8803, nancy@indynjtl.org. 11-inch-by-17-inch pastel-colored copy paper, postage stamps, copy paper, Target gift cards, office-supply store gift cards.

100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Emily Lovison, 921-1289, elovison@100blackmenindy.org. Volunteers, LCD projector, office-supply gift cards.

American Heart Association, Michelle Wagner, 732-4720, michelle.wagner@heart.org. Traffic cones, conference room artwork, commercial paper cutter, volunteers.

Child Advocates, Janet Neighbors, 205-3061, janet@childadvocates.net. Four laptop computers.

City Solutions Inc., Carol Griffin, 750-9352, citysolutions1@yahoo.com. Industrial restaurant equipment, industrial dishwasher, commercial space, restaurant furniture, laptop computers.

Coburn Place, Marina Keers, 923-5750, marina@coburnplace.org. Beds, bedding, discount-store gift cards, paper goods, postage stamps.

Damar Services, David DeWitt, 455-7175, daved@damar.org. Generator, box truck, clothing, office supplies, treadmill.

Day Nursery Association, Susan Davis, 636-9197, susand@daynursery.org. Books, puzzles.

Domestic Violence Network, Terrie Morgan, 972-1086, tmorgan@dvnconnect.org. Flat-screen TV with DVD player, wall-mounted storage cabinets, office-cleaning services, copy paper, ink cartridges.

Elder-Friendly Communities, Ann Allen, 259-6817, aallen@lfgi.org. Desktop computer, printer, database software, slat wall, grocery gift cards.

Libby Fogle Lunch Bunch, Linda Dunn, 259-6822, ldunn@lfgi.org. Digital camera, video camera, holiday paper goods, board games, tickets for cultural events.

Greenwood Senior Citizens Center, Betty Davis, missbettys@gmail.com. Portable public-address system, new card tables, 1,600 square feet of carpet, gently used clothing, legal services.

Hamilton Centers Youth Service Bureau Inc., Michele Whelchel@hcysb.org. Diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, copy paper.

HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program, Sharon Stark, 931-3055, sharon.stark@clarian.org. Socks, hats and gloves, gift cards, household items, holiday sponsors for homeless families.

Hope Academy, Gale Stone, gstone@fairbankscd.org. Digital camera, paint canvases, picture frames, magazine subscriptions, daily meditation books.

Lord’s Pantry at Anna’s House, Julie Molloy, 710-0347, julie@lordspantry.org. Folding chairs, folding tables, vinyl flooring, box truck, free-standing copier.

Lutheran Child and Family Services, Patrick Jamison, 359-5467, pjamison@lutheranfamily.org. Socks, T-shirts, brassieres, toothbrushes, school uniform shirts.

Marion County Fairgrounds, Ron Phillips, (317)698-3868, ronglo49@aol.com. Window sign painter, white exterior paint, custom canvas awning.

Morris-Butler House, Gwendolen Raley, 639-4534, indytours@historiclandmarks.org. Metal utility shelving, fax machine, water-heater jacket, kitchen stools, garbage disposal.

Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Ron Phillips, 698-3868, ronglo@aol.com. Multiple CD duplicator, 12 CD players.

Peace Learning Center, Gina Woods, 327-7144, gwoods@peacelearningcenter.org. Ceiling repair, painting services, floor refinishing, retaining wall, color cartridges for HP laser printers.

Primary Colours, Hugh Vandivier, 627-0068, hugh@primarycolours.org. Copier, printer, microwave, chairs for conference table, computer.

Project Home Indy, Emily Styron, 409-2427, estyron@projecthomeindy.org. Two refrigerators, accounting services, brochure-design services, pots and pans, two washing machines.

Albert & Sara Reuben ElderSource Program, Lori Moss, lmoss@lfgi.org. Laptop computer, grocery gift cards, copy paper, modular storage, postage stamps.

Riviera Club, Traci Lipp, 255-5471, info@rivi.org. Digital camera, riding lawn mower, four-person golf cart, LCD projector, building signage.

Ronald McDonald House of Indiana Inc., Aaron Carmichael, 269-2247, acarmichael@rmh-indiana.org. Walkie-talkie system, washer and dryer, valet carts, portable sound system, cash register.

Special Olympics Indiana, Amanda Shelley, 713-4291, ashelley@soindiana.org. Restaurant gift certificates, bottled water, lanyards, zip ties, lumber.

Starfish Initiative, 955-7913, joyce@starfishinitiative.org. Vehicle wrap for van, audio-visual equipment, camera, garbage disposal, Bunn coffeemaker.

Tangram, Kathy McClure, 968-9033, kmcclure@thetangramway.org. Bus passes, gas cards, laptop computers, laundry soap, volunteers.

Assistance League of Indianapolis, Barbara Zurek, 872-1010, president@alindy.org. Grant writer, information technology consultant, software, books for students in grades K-6, printing services.

Fairbanks, Katy Crichlow Cummings, 572-9398, ccrichlow@fairbankscd.org. Salesgenie.com registrations, six portable CD players, yoga music CDs, art supplies, sports equipment.

Flanner House, Myron Richardson, 925-4231, mrichardson@flannerhouse.com. Nintendo Wii, outdoor awning, children’s cots, healthy pre-packaged snacks, IndyGo bus passes.

Girls Inc., Alison Schumacher, 522-2603, aschumacher@girlsincindy.com. “Green” project materials, Goodwill gift certificates, T-shirt printing services.

Indianapolis Senior Center Inc., Rick France, 263-6270, rfrance@yourcenter.org. American flags, long-handled shovel, long-handled garden hoe, weather radio with alert, office-supply gift cards.

Jackson Center for Conductive Education, Melanie DePoy, 834-0200, thejacksoncenter@sbcglobal.net. New computers, digital camera, postage, privacy curtains for changing area, employee lockers.

Partners in Housing Development Corp., Caroline Richardson, 633-1861, crichardson@pihdc.org. Furniture, lawn-maintenance equipment, trailer, large-screen TV, monthly half-fare bus passes.

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Jenna Wachtmann, 639-6106, jwachtmann@maryrigg.org. Mini-bus, shelving units, file cabinets with locks/keys, metal rolling carts, commercial refrigerator.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana, Donna Roberts, 632-3561, donnar@ucpaindy.org. Volunteers, Web designer/manager, document scanner, committee and board members.

Agape Therapeudic Riding Resources Inc., Debbie Laird, 773-7433, dlaird@agaperiding.org. Yard-Man gas blower-vacuum, cordless Grasshog trimmer and edger, white copy paper, senior horse feed, gift cards.

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, Dana Robinson, 803-6019, drobinson@cicoa.org. Eighteen-gallon plastic storage containers, 6-inch poinsettias, refrigerator, gas range.

Central Indiana Land Trust, Maria Steiner, 631-5263, msteiner@conservingindiana.org. GPS unit, surveying services, environmental assessment services, appraisal services, advertising expertise.

Champ Camp, JoBeth Zimmerman, 331-6547, jobeth@czpr.com. Radios, LCD projector, new computer, 12 chairs for conference table, camera.

Craine House, Robin Long-Jordan, 925-2833, crainerobin@indy.rr.com. Postage stamps, IndyGo bus passes, handyman repairs, diapers, legal aid for residents.

Dayspring Center, Cheryl Herzog, 635-6780, cheryl@dayspringindy.org. Milk, lemonade/iced tea mix, butter or margarine, disposable diapers, deodorant.

Dyslexia Indiana, Sylvia McGhee, 545-5451, smcghee@dyslexiaindiana.org. Matching conference chairs, executive desk, space heaters, cooling fans, small folding tables.

HVAF of Indiana Inc., Tina Shelley, 951-0688, tshelley@hvaf.org. Non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, winter garments, towels, pillows and cases.

Heritage Place of Indianapolis Inc., Ruth Ann Schroeder, 283-6662, heritageplaceindy@gmail.com. Dry-erase markers and cleaner, white and colored paper, postage stamps, tractor-feed labels and paper, paper or foam cups.

Indianapolis Early Learning Center, Amanda Byrd, asbyrd@indyearlylearning.org. Macintosh computer, picnic table, digital cameras, laser printer.

Indy Reads, M. Travis DiNicola, 275-4035, tdinicola@indyreads.org. Desktop laser printer, desktop printer/copier combo, boxes of 11-inch-by-17-inch paper, collapsible luggage hand cart, white board.

Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Amy Tobias, 251-0005, atobias@mhaindy.net. Digital camera, copy paper, stainless-steel dinner forks and teaspoons, printing and embroidery services, assistance with crisis communications plan.

Noble of Indiana, Rita Davis, 375-4256, rita.davis@nobleofindiana.org. Nintendo Wii, sports equipment, rocking chairs, bean bag chairs, DVD/VCR player.

Sheltering Wings, Mary Williams, 718-0735, mwilliams@shelteringwings.org. Tickets for cultural events, gas cards, car kits, tissue paper, postage stamps.

Shepherd Community Center, Mary Jo Hein, 375-0203, maryjoh@shepherdcommunity.org. Volunteers.

St. Mary’s Child Center, Shannon Marschak, 635-1491, smarschak@stmaryschildcenter.org. Double-sided tape, Wal-Mart gift cards, copy paper, washable paint, volunteers.

Sycamore Services Inc., Marcia Lynch, 664-7075, mklynch@sycamoreservices.org. Laptop computers, scanners, printers, conference room table and chairs.

Training Inc., Samantha Cappadona, 264-6740, samantha@trainginc-indy.org. Winter coats, bus passes, one-gigabyte flash drives, grocery gift cards, refrigerator.

Trusted Mentors, Jeri Warner, 985-5041, jwarner@trustedmentors.org. Large white board, conference table, one-inch, three-ring binders, tickets to community events, $5 gift cards.

The Villages, Kelly Young, 753-3258, kelly@baisecommunications.com. New baby and children’s clothing, books, games, toys, art supplies.

The Wellness Community-Central Indiana, Kathleen Spears, 257-1505, kathleenspears@twc-indy.org. Printer ink for HP Officejet Pro K550, white copy paper, nine-inch-by-12-inch mailing envelopes, yoga mats, volunteer receptionist.•


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