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Holiday Wish List

IBJ Staff
November 26, 2011
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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 weekly through Dec. 19.

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 bhoffman@ibj.com, fax to 263-5406, or mail to Holiday Wish List, Indianapolis Business Journal, 41 E. Washington St., 46204.

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources Inc., Debbie Laird, 773-7433, ext. 11, dlaird@agaperiding.org. Postage stamps, shredder, dishwasher, chairs, Purina equine senior horse feed.

Assistance League of Indianapolis for Operation School Bell, Kathy Kerr Wylam, 872-1010, K1960@indy.rr.com. New warm winter coats for children ages 5-15; hygiene kits with shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste; school supplies kit with pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pens, ruler, notebooks and folders; black or brown belts in sizes 2x and 3x; white athletic socks, children’s sizes medium and large.

Best Buddies Indiana, B.J. Farrell, 436-8440, ext. 42, BJFarrell@bestbuddies.org. Digital camera; portable video camera; gift cards for entertainment and dining; gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club or Costco; grocery store gift cards.

Damar Services Inc., Donna Stutler, 856-5201, ext. 235, donnas@damar.org. Hats and gloves, sports equipment, coloring books, overnight sports bags, athletic socks.

Fairbanks, Katy Cummings, 572-9398, ccrichlow@fairbankscd.org. Bus passes, new and gently used bicycles, twin bed sheets, bath towels, blankets.

The Food Link, Wynn Tinkham, 846-9112, thefoodlink@aol.com. Food, particularly frozen meat and chicken; laundry soap; shampoo; diapers; wheel chair ramp; walk-in freezer installation.

Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, Gretta Troyer, 896-9423, gtroyer@hfhhc.org. Netbooks, fire proof file cabinet, desk and/or credenza.

Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Rene Chamberlain, 638-3849, rchamberlain@happyhollowcamp.net. Printing services, arts and crafts supplies, personal care and hygiene items, cleaning supplies, HP printer.

Holy Cross St. Vincent de Paul, Maureen McLean, 631-4369, maureenmclean5533@sbcglobal.net. Adult bicycles with locks, backpacks, bus passes, adult winter coats, reading glasses.

HVAF of Indiana Inc., Debra Des Vignes, 951-0688, ddesvignes@hvaf.org. Men’s long johns, (all sizes), men’s coats, (all sizes), men’s winter gloves, canned meat, twin sheets.

Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation, Virginia Berry, 554-2742, ext. 803, vberry@isbvik12.org. Financial/accounting expertise, design and printing services for a new organization brochure, printer, large conference table, conference table chairs.

Loving Accurately Ministries, Christine Raymond, 205-9085, Christine@LovingSA.org. Volunteers to organize photos, scripts, narrative audio and video for a local initiative to fight the worldwide AIDS pandemic.

Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Mark Rozales, 251-0005, ext. 1002, mrozales@mhaindy.net. Gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart or Marsh; an expandable phone system with ten digital, programmable phones; window replacement; deck and fence repair; parking lot refinishing and striping.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis, Jana Raymer, 471-8560, jraymer@sjid.org. Painting services, mulch and landscape services, window cleaning services, laminator, gently used flat screen monitors

St. Mary’s Child Center, Shannon Marschak, 361-4882, smarschak@stmaryschildcenter.org. Copy paper, Wal-Mart gift cards, digital cameras with SD cards, acrylic paint, unisex sweatpants sizes 3t – 6x.

Sisters of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Sr. Mary Luke Jones, 787-3287, ext. 3035, Ljonessosb@benedictine.com. Computer tables, room dividers.

Social Health Association of Indiana Inc., Billy White Jr., 638-3628, ext. 103, bwhite@socialhealth.org. color laser printer, 26”-36” LCD/LED TV with DVD player, letter folding machine, Office All-in-One color printer/scanner, selected educational videos (8 copies per title, ask for title names).

Starfish Initiative, Chris Horty, 452-8579, chris@starfishinitiative.org. Picture framing services, gift cards for Walgreens and Staples, billboard space for one month at three locations in Metro Indy, facility rental for Mentor Match Introduction event for 400 people in July.

Training Inc., Katie Short, 264-6740, ext. 11, Katie@traininginc-indy.org. Flash drives (1GB +), gloves, bus passes, coffee supplies, winter coats.•
 

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    I will be sure to share this on my twitter and website - I love supporting local organizations. I hope these organizations feel the cheer and joy this holiday season.

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