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Sat, Dec 13 2003

Holiday Helping Hands

I ran across several organizations with needs this Christmas. I'm sure they can always use cash, but these are a few who also have other needs if you are more comfortable giving goods:

Ronald McDonald House in Billings, Montana needs laundry detergent and fabric softener and could also use twin sheets, queen sheets and blankets. Call 406-256-8006. The Red Cross in the same area needs teddy bears for scared kids and basic kitchen items for fire victims.

The Wichita (Kansas) Independent Special Olympics folks could use some used golf clubs, and they need other team sports equipment, plus they could use some volunteer coaches. Call 316-946-9515. And the Leon Senior Citizens group (112 S. Main in Leon, Kansas) needs folding chairs, 8-foot folding tables, and kitchen towels, plus they could use some folks to work in their kitchen 3 hours a day. Call 316-745-9200.

Mosaic in Middletown, Connecticut helps adults with developmental disabilities, and would dearly love someone to help them out with computers for their day programs and group homes. Call 860-343-5570 Ext. 101. The Salvation Army in the same town would like newer computers. Call 860-347-7493

Angel Flight south Central in Addison, Texas would love to get their hands on a new model Pitney Bowes postage meter. I think they need other office supplies too. Call 972-458-0700.

(these are just a few - check with your local organizations for their needs).

If you like to give toys to organizations at Christmas, it's good to remember that they tend to get lots of toys for little kids, but not as many for older kids. And older kids enjoy things such as sports equipment, clothing, music, cosmetic and grooming aids, passes to shows, and memberships to athletic clubs.

Groups such as Meals On Wheels and your local food bank or soup kitchen need food, but they also need drivers, kitchen workers, grocery bags, baskets, and people who take time to sort and pack foods. An easy way to help if you want to buy food is to buy an extra of whatever you shop for during your own trip to the grocery store. And if you are buying in quantity (like ten chickens) to donate to a food bank, ask the grocery manager to either give you a price break or to throw in something of his/her own choosing to help the food bank too. It never hurts to ask!

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