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2010 Holiday Wish List

 IBJ Staff
December 4, 2010
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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. 20.

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.

Center for Leadership and Development, Deborah Ross, 923-8111, dross@cldinc.org. Copy paper, facial tissue, pens, pencils, iTunes cards.

Damar Services, David DeWitt, 455-7175, daved@damar.org. Gator utility vehicle, clothing, wellness facility expansion, office supplies.

Heritage Place Indy, Ruth Ann Schroeder, 283-6662, heritageplaceindy@gmail.com. White-board markers and cleaner, white and colored copy paper, white adhesive name badges, postage stamps, card-stock copy paper.

Humane Society of Indianapolis, Christine Jeschke, 872-5650, cjeschke@indyhumane.org. Canned cat and dog food, bleach, paper towels, carpet cat condos, reams of white copy paper.

Indiana Horse Council, James Kirkham, 513-6359, jakirkham@sbcglobal.net. Laptop computer, white copy paper, USB flash drives, Hewlitt Packard No. 21 black printer ink, bags of horse feed.

Indianapolis Air Show, Beth Vahle, 335-7252, bvahle@indyairshow.com. Desktop computers, upright vacuum, printer cartridges and image drum for HP Color LaserJet 2840.

IndyReads, M. Travis DiNicola, 275-4035, tdinicola@indyreads.org. Volunteers, laptops, exercise bike, color printer.

Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, Barb Renshaw, 252-5558, brenshaw@mealsonwheelsindy.org. Laptop computer, gas gift cards, coolers on wheels, oil change gift cards, new tires.

Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Any Tobias, 251-0005, atobias@mhaindy.net. Business stationery printing, food for Crisis Line volunteer training, one year of office cleaning service, one year of lawn service, copy paper.

Project Home Indy, Sarah Nielsen, 925-0980, sarah@projecthomeindy.org. Front-loading industrial-sized washer and dryer, shampoo and hygiene items, diapers, grocery gift cards, large refrigerator.

ReTails Neighborhood Pet Place, Dave Bash, 450-1600, basman4@aol.com. HP 290XL ink cartridges, cat and dog beds, red 2-pocket folders, dog treats, dog leashes.

Second Helpings, Debbie Russell, 632-2664, Debbie@secondhelpings.org. Hunger-relief van, food drive for pasta and rice, two Robot Coupe food processors, powered pallet jack, 50 2-inch hotel pans.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Jana Raymer, 471-8560, jraymer@sjid.org. Target gift card, Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart gift card, Home Depot gift card, tree-trimming service, painting services.

St. Vincent de Paul, Pat Jerrell, 924-5769, president@svdindy.org. Digital phone system upgrade, desktop computers, rear tine tiller, utility carts, pallet jack.

Sycamore Services Inc., Marcia Lynch, 664-7075, mklynch@sycamoreservices.com. Four jet hours, leather/vinyl chairs and couches, conference table and chairs.

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources Inc., Debbie Laird, 773-7433, dlaird@agaperiding.org. Billy Goat lawn vacuum, two 2-drawer filing cabinets with lock, 50-pound bags of equine senior horse food, 13 chairs, English and Western saddles.

Blaze & Saddles Springer Rescue of Indiana Inc., Melvin Curtis, 894-3122, dog.rescue@hotmail.com. Eleven-14-inch collars, Heartgard Heartworm Prevention for Dogs, Nylabones, Kong Chew Toys, tractor supply gift certificates.

Christel House Academy, Carey Dahncke, 783-4690, cdahncke@chacademy.org. Jump ropes, basketballs, kickballs, board games, soccer equipment.

Dayspring Center, 635-6780, michelle@dayspringindy.org. Flat-bed cart, new desktop printer, vacuum cleaner, gas cards, commercial floor mat.

Dress for Success Indianapolis, Jennifer Livesay, 940-3737, Jennifer@indyfs.org. Gloves, scarves, hats, hosiery, padfolios.

Hendricks Regional Health Foundation, Sue Bogan, 745-7376, sebogan@hendricks.org. Printing services, G-rated movies, children’s clothing, diapers and wipes.

Institute for Affordable Transportation, Lyn Fencl, 828-2304, lefencl@aol.com. Trade-show display equipment, truck, gifts and prizes for students and volunteers.

Outreach Inc., 951-8886, kim@outreachindiana.org. Pop-top foods, copier paper, gas cards, adult winter coats, prayers.

ReadUP, Julie Henson, 925-7323, julie.henson@uwci.org. Volunteer tutors for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Indianapolis Public Schools students.

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn, Liz Odle, 921-1216, elizabeth.odle@uwci.org. Business partners for schools.

School on Wheels, Tiffany Silgalis, 202-9100, kids@indysow.org. Simon gift cards, uniforms, LCD projector, office supplies, volunteers.

Soroptimist Indianapolis Metro, Geneva Taylor, 809-4925, gvtellistaylor@gmail.com. Website services, large bingo hall, banquet space, printing services, meeting space.

St. Mary’s Child Center, 361-4882, smarschak@stmaryschildcenter.org. Double-sided tape, glass beads, sweatpants, copy paper, Wal-Mart gift cards.

St. Vincent Danny’s Closet of Hope, Linda Nunley, 338-8509, indydanny@stvincent.org. One hundred fifty business portfolios, 150 white undershirts.

Success by 6, Melissa Jackson, 921-1335, melissa.jackson@uwci.org. Books for preschoolers.

Trusted Mentors, Jeri Warner, 985-5041, jwarner@trustedmentors.org. White boards, alarm clocks, bus passes, tickets to local events.

United Christmas Service, Tiffany Dow, 921-1385, tiffany.dow@uwci.org. Volunteers willing to sponsor a family for Christmas.

The Villages, Kimberlee S. Cottingham, 775-6500, kcottingham@villages.org. Target gift cards, personal-care items, new children’s pajamas, children’s outerwear, household items.

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Nicole Puchalski, 713-8504, npuchalski@indymca.org. Art supplies, Lego kits, Wii for teens, Laurelwood Housing Community uniforms, tree house.•

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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