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Three Wishes

Three Wishes

We compiled the wish lists for the local nonprofit organizations we profiled.

Every day for four weeks Accent profiled local nonprofit organizations that strive to meet the needs of others - and let readers know how they could help.

Many said that money and volunteers are in constant short supply and that they would welcome a check and a helping hand. But we asked them to get a little more specific about their needs this holiday season - in fact, we asked for the top three items on their own wish lists. This is what they had to say.


Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) provides assistance to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and offers HIV prevention programs. Last year, nearly 1,200 people accessed its range of support services, including food programs, medication assistance, emergency utility assistance, transportation and housing for more than 100 people living with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise be homeless. More than 20,000 people received HIV prevention information through outreach programs. Each holiday season, SAAF and the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network collaborate to provide a Family Day party for people receiving services from both agencies.

Wish list:

1. Gift certificates from discount stores.

2. Grocery-store gift cards.

3. Towel sets.

• Donate: 375 S. Euclid Ave.

• More information: or contact SAAF Director of Development Rick Wilson at 628-7223 or

Casa de los Niños

Casa de los Niños focuses on the prevention and intervention of child abuse in Tucson by providing supportive services to families and a crisis shelter for abused and neglected children ranging in age from birth to 8 years old. The Casa de los Niños Thrift Stores accept a wide range of donations, and "holiday wish trees" at Macy's stores in Tucson allow people to buy and donate new clothing for the children. The Casa de los Niños Web site has a full 2006 Holiday Wish List, but these are the top items needed year-round.

Wish list:

1. Diapers — sizes 5 and 6.

2. Baby wipes.

3. Latex gloves.

• Donate: Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at 1101 N. Fourth Ave.

• More information: 624-5600 or

Arizona's Children Association

Arizona's Children Association believes that every child deserves a permanent home that is safe and nurturing, and it strives toward that goal. Programs include foster care, adoption, behavioral health, prevention programs and other child welfare services. Donors can "adopt" a family for the holidays and purchase gifts for a specific family. Many ask for clothing, hygiene items, grocery-store certificates or toys.

Wish list:

Specific wish lists are available for each family; call for details.

• More information: Barbara Dunn at 622-7611, Ext. 1341, and


Primavera Foundation / Relief and Referral

The Primavera Foundation promotes economic and social justice and addresses poverty and homelessness while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income and safe, affordable housing. The foundation does community education and advocacy, and it provides services that address homelessness and poverty for homeless and low-income men, women and children.

Wish list:

1. Sleeping bags and towels.

2. Backpacks.

3. Warm hats.

• Donate: 702 S. Sixth Ave.

• More information: Diana Robledo, 623-5111, Ext. 109, and

La Paloma Family Services Inc.

In a nurturing adolescent group-care environment, La Paloma Family Services builds relationships that enhance the development of skills, foster a sense of worth and embrace a belief in each child's potential. The services benefit at-risk teen youths who are wards of the state and who live in residential group homes at La Paloma Family Services.

Wish list:

1. Gift certificates from department stores.

2. Gift certificates from movie theaters or salons.

3. Gift certificates from grocery stores to purchase holiday meals for the group homes.

• Donate: 880 S. Craycroft Road.

• More information: Debbie Hughes, 750-9667, Ext. 209, and


Catalina Community Services

Catalina Community Services is a small nonprofit organization that provides assistance to low-income families and seniors who reside in rural Catalina through a food bank, clothing bank and a seniors program for transporting clients to the doctor or the grocery store.

Wish list:

1. Children's clothing in all sizes.

2. Children's shoes in all sizes.

3. Twenty hours of donated time from a general contractor to help with the planning and site development for a new Catalina Community Services building.

• Donate: 3414 E. Golder Ranch Road.

• More information: Al Skorupski, 825-0009.

Travelers Aid Society of Tucson

Travelers Aid Society of Tucson assists homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. Services include mobile outreach and emergency assistance, emergency shelter, subsidized transitional housing and subsidized long-term housing for the mentally ill. Case managers work with clients to ensure that they are progressing toward a self-sufficiency plan that meets their individual needs.

Wish list:

1. Gift cards to discount department stores in any amount to allow homeless families to purchase necessities.

2. Food items or grocery-store gift certificates.

3. Computers and printers to allow transitional-housing-facility residents to learn computer skills that will enhance employment opportunities.

• Donate: 40 W. Veterans Blvd., or arrange for pickup of donated items by calling 622-8900, Ext. 31.

• More information: 622-8900, Ext. 31, and


Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank aims to anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in Pima County. Nearly 300,000 people here are eligible for its services; nearly 70,000 of them are children. The Community Food Bank, through its member agencies, distributes about 15,000 emergency food boxes to these people every month.

Wish list:

1. Canned foods — meats, fruit, vegetables, soups and tomato products.

2. Peanut butter.

3. Rice and beans.

• Donate: Dozens of locations around Tucson. Visit for the full list.

• More information: 622-0525 and

Caridad-de Porres Inc.

Caridad is a non-denominational organization that prepares and distributes more than 10,000 meals per month to low-income and homeless families, men, women and children in Tucson and Pima County.

Wish list:

1. Canned foods of any type.

2. Boxed or bagged rice and pasta.

3. Fresh vegetables.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 845 N. Main Ave.

• More information: 882-5641 and


Our Family Services

Our Family Services provides assistance to people in every stage of life through counseling programs, homeless services, education and prevention services, and services to older and disabled adults. Our Family's Holiday Gift Tree provides specific items that individual children, homeless youths and senior citizens request to help brighten their holidays.

Wish list:

1. New, unwrapped toys, games and sports equipment.

2. Portable CD players.

3. Grocery or drugstore gift cards.

• Donate: Our Family's North Campus offices, 3830 E. Bellevue St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Call for pickup service or to schedule different drop-off times.

• More information: Janeen Delgado 323-1708, Ext. 105, or visit

Miracle en el Barrio

Nova Home Loans and Jon Volpe will hold the fourth annual Miracle en el Barrio toy giveaway this December. Miracle en el Barrio aims to provide 3,000 toys to needy children in South Tucson during the holidays.

Wish list:

1. New unwrapped toys for children ages 1-12.

2. Bottled water to give away to attendees.

3. Commercially prepared and sealed foods, such as cookies or candy or other holiday treats, to give away to attendees.

• Donate: New toys can be dropped off at the following Nova Home Loans locations: 1650 E. River Road, Suite 108; 6245 E. Broadway, Suite 400; 5255 E. Williams Cir., Suite 6600; 11115 N. La Cañada, Suite 155; and Nova Insurance Services, 2761 N. Country Club Road, Suite 101.

Send checks made out to KB Toys to:

Attn: Miracle en el Barrio Nova Home Loans 6245 E. Broadway, Suite 210 Tucson, AZ 85711.

• More information: Steve Nuñez, 991-2722.


Make Way for Books

Make Way for Books promotes early literacy and works to ensure that each child will have daily exposure to books and reading.

Wish list:

1. New hardcover children's books.

2. Computer, fast enough to handle design needs and Web-based work.

3. Laptop computer, fast enough to handle databases and Web-based work.

• Donate: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 4713 E. Camp Lowell Drive.

• More information: 721-2334 or

Creative Visualizations Inc.

Creative Visualizations has specially designed art classes for at-risk youths, emotionally disturbed and mentally ill children, learning-disabled children and mentally ill adults.

Wish list:

1. Art supplies.

2. Working portable electric potter's wheel.

3. Paper cutter.

• Donate: Call 248-9913 to schedule pickup.

• More information: 248-9913.


The Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank

The Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank provides an emergency three-day supply of diapers to those in our community who are most vulnerable: the elderly, those living with disabilities and babies. The diapers are distributed through a network of 60 nonprofit organizations.

Wish list:

1. Baby diapers of all sizes.

2. Adult incontinent briefs.

3. Money to support the diaper collection and distribution programs.

• Donate: The Diaper Bank office, 3820 E. Bellevue St., as well as at many locations listed at .

• More information: or 325-1400.

Child & Family Resources' Adopt a Family Holiday Giving Drive

Child & Family Resources Inc. has 24 teen moms enrolled in its Center for Adolescent Parents program. While the moms attend school at the Child & Family Resources' building four days a week and work toward a GED or high school diploma, their children — ages 1 month to 3 years — receive free childcare in a nursery across the hall. The young families are in need of clothing, toys and household items and Child & Family Resources Inc. will distribute donated gifts Dec. 19.

Wish list:

1. Clothing for teen moms and their children.

2. Diapers, formula and hygiene items for babies and toddlers.

3. Queen-size bedding.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 2800 E. Broadway.

• More information: or 321-3777.


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa provides a hot meal, a visit with Santa and a toy to 200 local kindergarten through second-grade children. The event will also raffle off 50 bicycles with helmets that were donated by the Fraternal Order of Police and the TMC Safe Kids program. Donations for the event, which is sponsored by the Tucson Police School Resource Officers and Little Anthony's Diner, are needed by Wednesday.

Wish list:

1. Unwrapped new toys ($5-$10).

2. Bike locks for the 50 raffle bikes.

3. A larger door prize gift ($30 or more) to be included in the raffle drawing.

• Donate: Tucson Police Department, 270 S. Stone Ave. or any police substation.

Checks made out to Fraternal Order of Police No. 1 with "Breakfast with Santa" in the memo line can be sent to:

Sgt. Charlotte Bilang

Tucson Police SRO Unit

270 S. Stone Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85701

• More information: Sgt. Charlotte Bilang, 791-4499, Ext. 1801.

The Brewster Center's Holiday Hope Program

Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services reaches nearly 10,000 individuals a year through community education and services, such as a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, child advocacy, housing and other support services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children. The Holiday Hope program will provide specific gifts to more than 100 families surviving abuse. All donations must be unwrapped and received by Dec. 15. Gifts for women and children entering shelters closer to the holidays also will be accepted.

Wish list:

Specific wish lists are available for each family; call for details.

• More information: Visit and click on "Holiday Hope." Call Melissa Wieters at 320-7556, Ext. 102. To volunteer at the Dec. 16 gift wrapping party call 237-8220.

The Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Programs

The Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Programs include the Christmas Community Dinner, Adopt-A-Family and the Angel Giving Trees and Stuff the Bus in addition to the familiar red kettles. Adopt-A-Family and Toy Distribution will assist more than 2,000 families, and many more will be served at the community dinner.

Wish list:

1. New, unwrapped toys for young children (especially bicycles) and gifts for older children as well as shoes and clothing for children of all ages.

2. Sponsors to adopt a family.

3. Pies and hams for the Christmas Community Dinner.

• Donate: The Salvation Army's main office, 1001 N. Richey Blvd. The Angel Giving Trees are at Park Place, Tucson and Foothills malls.

• More information: or 795-9671.


Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10188 

The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10188 is a fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational organization whose mission is to foster patriotism and allegiance to the United States through community service projects. It benefits active-duty military personnel and their families through the Army National Guard Family Assistance Center.

Wish list:

1. Care package items, such as lip balm, AA batteries, greeting cards and baby powder (small).

2. Twin-size fitted bottom sheets.

3. Disposable diapers in all sizes.

• Donate: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at VFW Post 10188, 345 E. Roger Road.

• More information: Kim Sloan, 887-8339.

Comin' Home

Serving veterans since 1989, Comin' Home is a nonprofit transitional housing/treatment program for homeless veterans. Comin' Home's mission is to provide a therapeutic community in which veterans prepare for the transition to independent living.

Wish list:

1. A serviceable van or truck that would safely transport veterans with mobility issues.

2. Serviceable or new furnishings for apartments for the transitional programs and permanent housing.

3. Serviceable appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, etc.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 3526 E. Water St.

• More information: 322-6980 for pickup.

Esperanza en Escalante

Esperanza en Escalante (EEE) is a transitional-housing program for veterans that includes a housing unit for the disabled. Professional staff assist residents in receiving veterans' benefits and medical care and also provide case management and counseling.

Wish list:

1. Pots, pans and kitchen utensils.

2. Dishes, cups, glasses and silverware.

3. Small kitchen appliances.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 3700 S. Calle Polar.

• More information: 571-8294.


Open Inn

Open Inn serves more than 11,000 individuals each year through outreach, assessment, intervention, case management, shelter and transitional living programs for runaway, homeless and at-risk youths and their families to support them as they transition into self-sufficient living.

Wish list:

1. Pots, pans and kitchen utensils for teens and young adults entering independent-living programs.

2. Alarm clocks and planners.

3. New socks and undergarments for young people living on the streets.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at 630 E. Ninth St.

• More information: or Jason Thorpe, 670-9040, Ext. 26.

Youth on their Own

Youth on Their Own supports the high school graduation and continued success of Tucson-area homeless youths by providing financial help, basic human needs and guidance.

Wish list:

1. Gift cards ($25, $50 and $100) to discount stores and grocery stores.

2. Household items to establish students in their own apartments — furniture, twin beds and linens, towels, cookware and utensils.

3. Clothing suitable for teenagers.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays–Fridays at 1443 W. Prince Road. Call 293-1136 prior to delivering large items.

• More information: or Jackie Bradley, 293-1136.


Interfaith Community Services

Interfaith Community Services is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides a food bank, mobile meals, emergency assistance, caregiving support and health advocacy to disadvantaged families, seniors and disabled individuals in Pima County.

Wish list:

1. Holiday food items, such as instant mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie filling and canned sweet potatoes.

2. Blankets and hygiene products, such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

3. Diapers, baby food and formula.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 2820 W. Ina Road.

• More information: or 297-6049.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Tucson Diocesan Council

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul aims to relieve need and address its causes while advocating for those who are defenseless or voiceless. The Tucson Diocesan Council operates two thrift stores to help provide furniture and clothing, and volunteers deliver food to those in need.

Wish list:

1. Food, such as stuffing, canned food (green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, yams and pie filling), canned or packaged gravy and rolls or bread mix.

2. New and slightly used clothing.

3. Household goods and furniture.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, 820 S. Sixth Ave. and 5426 E. Pima St.

• More information: or 628-7837.


Tee Up for Tots Inc.

Tee Up for Tots is dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research, specifically neuroblastoma, and to assist with support services for pediatric cancer patients being treated at University Medical Center and their families.

Wish list:

1. Prepaid phone cards.

2. Gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Blockbuster.

3. Restaurant gift certificates.

• Donate: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the WLB Group, 4444 E. Broadway.

• More information: or Kathy Zillman, 403-1925.

John P. Bell Family Foundation

The John P. Bell Family Foundation aims to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses by making trips to the hospital more pleasant. Before each treatment at UMC's pediatric hematology and oncology center, a patient can pick up a lollipop and, after treatment, the child or teen can select a toy or a gift card from a gift box. The foundation created the "Lizzie's Loot" campaign to keep the candy jar and gift box full.

Wish list:

1. Toys and gift cards ($5) for entertainment stores, restaurants or malls.

2. Lollipops.

3. Hand lotion for nurses.

• Donate: Ask for Mike Bell at the Law Firm of Busby, Bell & Biggs, 1241 E. Prince Road, 293-0344.

• More information: online at, or call Kathy Flores Bell at 237-9190.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson aims to provide building-centered programs, professional staff and a safe environment to assist youths in developing self-esteem, values and skills. It serves more than 6,000 people ages 7-18 in Tucson's at-risk neighborhoods.

Wish list:

1. Art supplies.

2. Sports equipment.

3. Nonperishable snacks and drinks.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 3155 E. Grant Road.

• More information: www. or 573-3533.

Compass Health Care

Compass Health Care provides addiction treatment and prevention services to Tucsonans. It has residential treatment programs, two supportive housing programs and an outpatient center that treats adults and adolescents. It provides special programs for American Indians in all of its facilities. It also has two prevention programs — Clean and Sober Theatre (C.A.S.T.), in which adolescents in recovery re-enact their experiences and provide peer education; and Children First, which provides supportive education for children with addicted parents.

Wish list:

1. Art supplies, such as markers, colored pencils and pens, pastels, crayons, sketch books, children's scissors, watercolor and acrylic paints, 8-by-10-inch canvas, glue sticks, masking tape, and especially beads, bead looms, leather, leather stamping tools, feathers and sinew for American Indian programs.

2. Holiday food baskets for families.

3. A 4- to 6-foot enclosed trailer for C.A.S.T. to store and haul its set to performances all over Arizona.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the outpatient center, 3333 E. Grant Road, or 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the administrative offices, 2475 N. Jackrabbit Ave., just north of Grant Road and west of Interstate 10.

• More information: www. or Cynthia Klein at 628-3411.


Marana Health Center

The Marana Health Center provides a comprehensive, integrated system of services to meet the health-care needs of its community. The center's In-Home Services and Healthy Families Program aims to provide up to 70 families with gifts for children this holiday season.

Wish list:

1. Toys for children up to age 10.

2. Diapers, sizes 1-4.

3. Clothes, newborns through age 5.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Marana Health Center, 13644 N. Sandario Road, Marana.

• More information: Contact Irma Marquez at 603-8913.

Portable Practical Educational Preparation Inc.

Portable Practical Educational Preparation (PPEP) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of rural economic life in Arizona. PPEP offers services and programs in the areas of employment, human services, behavioral health, a charter high-school system and a full-service program focused on the needs of the developmentally disabled. PPEP wants to help make this holiday season joyful for rural, low-income children and adults.

Wish list:

1. Unwrapped gifts of new toys, books and clothing.

2. Nonperishable food items.

3. New winter coats and jackets for children and adults.

• Donate: 802 E. 46th St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

• More information: or call Frank Ballesteros at 806-4690.


Su Voz Vale

Su Voz Vale/Your Voice Counts is the bilingual, bicultural program at the Center Against Sexual Assault. It offers sexual-abuse victims free services, such as a weekly support group, advocacy assistance and therapy for individuals, couples and families. It serves low-income families, many of whom are either in a shelter or transitioning out of a shelter and are in the process of securing a safe home away from the abuser. Su Voz Vale has more than a dozen families it would like to help this holiday season by providing warm clothes, new toys and holiday meals.

Wish list:

1. "Adopt" a family. Call for a family's wish list, which will consist of clothing, toys and a holiday meal.

2. Gift cards to supermarkets and discount stores.

3. New toys in gift bags.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, 101 W. Irvington Road, Suite 4-A.

• More information: or 434-0195.

New Beginnings for Women and Children

New Beginnings for Women and Children provides housing, counseling and support services to women with dependent children who are homeless due to economic circumstances. Its goal is to provide the opportunity and skills necessary for families to become permanently self-sufficient.

Wish list:

1. Shoes for women and children or gift cards to shoe stores.

2. Dressers and chests of drawers.

3. Kitchen utensils and household furnishings.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 2590 N. Alvernon Way.

• More information: or call Sherie Steele at 325-8800.


Arizona Housing & Prevention Services Inc.

Arizona Housing & Prevention Services provides housing, case management and supportive services to low-income families and individuals throughout Tucson and Pima County, as well as transitional housing for homeless adults. Its "Holiday Adoption Program" aims to provide toys, food, household items and other goods to families in need.

Wish list:

1. Donate individual items for the "Holiday Adoption Program." Items needed include hygiene products, household goods, sheets, pillows, blankets, toys and food.

2. Gift cards for discount stores.

3. Safe and reliable vehicles.

• Donate: Call 498-4613 to schedule pickup.

• More information: 498-4613.

TMM Family Services Inc.

TMM operates Children's Village, which helps 45 foster children ages 3-15, as well as the Family Journey Transitional Housing Program for women with dependent children, which houses 19 women and 40 children.

Wish list:

1. Gift certificates for outings or entertainment for children, such as bowling, movies, sports passes, haircuts, books, etc.

2. Gift certificates for discount stores.

3. Coats and shoes in all sizes.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at TMM Family Services, 3127 E. Adams St.

• More information:, or call Don Strauch, 322-9557.

Marshall Home for Men

The Marshall Home for Men is a supervisory care home for up to 60 ambulatory men with physical or psychological disabilities. Services include room, board, laundry, housekeeping, medication supervision, medical appointment monitoring and transportation, recreation and socialization. The home is seeking gift donations as well as replacements for items that were ruined when the utility and recreation rooms flooded last summer.

Wish list:

1. Gifts such as socks, underwear and personal hygiene products.

2. Furnishings and electronics for the recreation room.

3. Working computers, printers and a fax machine.

• Donate: 3314 S. 16th Ave.Call for times.

• More information: 624-5193.


Homicide Survivors Inc.

Homicide Survivors Inc. offers support, advocacy and assistance to families and friends of murder victims. Homicide Survivors strives to help survivors deal with economic impacts, cope with grief and trauma, seek justice and rebuild their lives. Homicide Survivors' Adopt an Angel Christmas Project aims to bring joy to more than 120 children and their families who are in financial crisis due to a recent funeral or trial. The children will be able to visit Santa, unwrap presents, listen to music and eat dinner. Donations are needed by Friday.

Wish list:

1. Bikes.

2. Toys for girls and boys of all ages.

3. Gift cards for groceries, clothes, movie tickets and shoes.

• Donate: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 32 N. Stone Ave., 14th floor.

• More information: 740-5729.

Project Linus Tucson

Project Linus gives security through blankets by providing new, homemade, washable blankets to children from birth to 18 years old who have been traumatized or are seriously ill. It serves 23 facilities and has given security blankets to more than 14,000 Tucson-area children in need.

Wish list:

1. Clean, new, homemade blankets or afghans that are washable, free of pet dander and smoke, and made of suitable sizes and materials for babies and children up to age 18.

2. Clean, new, washable fabrics, threads and yarns.

3. A centrally located large meeting room to be used twice monthly for meetings.

• Donate: Call 577-8018 or visit project-linus-tucson for a list of 15 drop-off sites.

• More information: 577-8018.

The Shyann Kindness Project

The Shyann Kindness Project creates and distributes "kindness gift packages" containing toys, craft items, stuffed animals, books and more, with a card attached asking the recipient to pass on a kindness to someone else. The packages are distributed at homeless programs, hospital emergency rooms and clinics, shelters for women and children and other places children and their caregivers find themselves because of stressful situations brought on by illness or traumatic events.

Wish list:

1. Magazines, games and gift cards appropriate for teenagers.

2. New or gently used toys for children of all ages.

3. New or gently used books in English or Spanish.

• Donate: UPS Store, 9121 E. Tanque Verde Road, #105-320. Call 749-0277 for hours. Donations also are accepted at local Starbucks and Magpies Gourmet Pizza locations.

• More information: or 749-4021.


Tri-Community Food Bank

The Tri-Community Food Bank is a small food bank and thrift store providing 200 families emergency food boxes monthly, including almost 600 residents in Oracle, San Manuel and Mammoth. It also offers gently used household goods and clothing for sale and provides a limited amount of utility assistance to qualified applicants.

Wish list:

1. Child-friendly food items, such as cereal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, pudding and canned pasta meals.

2. Children's clothing and shoes in all sizes.

3. Holiday food items.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays at 220 S. Main St. in Mammoth.

• More information: 818-1529.

The Feeding Ministry

The Feeding Ministry at Life in Christ Church, with the help of Casas Church, feeds about 1,000 homeless and hungry people a month on Tucson's South Side. The Feeding Ministry serves meals Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. The group hopes to give toys, in addition to food, to the children who attend the meals this month.

Wish list:

1. New, unwrapped toys needed by Dec. 21.

2. Plastic foam dinner plates, soup bowls and to-go containers.

3. Plastic knives, forks and spoons and paper napkins.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.

• More information: Mike Dubs at 878-1182.


El Rio Community Health Center

El Rio is a community health center that provides comprehensive, quality health care in an atmosphere of respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity. The center strives to improve the health and well-being of its patients and community through direct services, advocacy and education. El Rio provides primary medical and dental care for 70,000 people in Tucson, most of whom are underinsured or uninsured (80 percent of the uninsured are working one or more jobs). El Rio's "Adopt a Family" holiday programs will help 17 families that patient advocates identified as being in need of assistance.

Wish list:

1. "Adopt a Family" — call for a specific wish list for a family.

2. New clothes, books and toys for kids.

3. Gift cards for groceries, Target, Wal-Mart, malls, restaurants, gas and phone cards. 

• Donate: El Rio Foundation, 839 W. Congress St. Call Dorothy Moyes at 205-4947 to schedule a drop-off time.

• More information: Moyes at 205-4947.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic has provided medical, dental and health care for the uninsured in our community for 45 years. It benefits anyone in our community who is without medical or dental insurance and needs assistance. The clinic sees around 150 pregnant women and women with children each week.

Wish list:

1. New clothing for infants and toddlers.

2. Infant and adult diapers in all sizes.

3. Toothbrushes and dental floss.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 140 W. Speedway, Suite 100.

• More information: 628-7871.

Southern AZ VA Health Care System

The Southern AZ VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) provides health care to veterans in an environment of compassion, education and research. Volunteers will distribute donated gifts to hospitalized patients on Christmas.

Wish list:

1. Holiday gifts, such as phone cards, fleece blankets, T-shirts, gloves, watches and CD players with headphones.

2. Toiletry items and new men's underwear.

3. Coats, sweaters and sweatpants.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 3601 S. Sixth Ave. in the SAVAHCS Volunteer Office, which is in Building 4, Room 107.

• More information: 629-1822.



MIKID, which stands for Mentally Ill Kids in Distress, aims to provide support and assistance to families in Tucson with behaviorally challenged children and youths. MIKID's Elves project provides gifts for youths ages 12 to 18 who are living in group homes in Tucson.

Wish list:

1. Portable CD players.

2. Hygiene items for boys and girls.

3. Arts and crafts, puzzles and journals.

• Donate: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 4500 E. Speedway, Suite 58. Call 882-0142 before stopping by to be sure someone will be there to accept donations.

• More information: or 882-0142.

The Blake Foundation

The Blake Foundation is a nonprofit social service agency that has been providing services to children and adults with disabilities since 1950. The Blake Foundation Child and Family Services program benefits at-risk children and families by offering services that promote healthy development through inclusive, developmentally appropriate education, timely assessment and intervention, and respectful partnerships and facilitation of opportunities within their own family and community resources.

Wish list:

1. Arts and crafts supplies for children and parents to do art therapy, or gift certificates to Michaels.

2. Grocery store gift certificates.

3. Bus passes.

• Donate: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Blake Foundation, Child and Family Services, 3170 E. Fort Lowell Road.

• More information: 795-4977, Ext. 208, or


Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center

The Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center aims to reduce trauma to children who are victims of abuse and provides hope and healing to the children and their families. The center pursues truth in child-abuse investigations, supports and protects the victims and helps prevent further trauma.

Wish list:

1. Pants and tops for boys and girls ages 12-18.

2. Books in English or Spanish.

3. Gift certificates to shoe stores.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays- Fridays at 2530 E. Broadway.

• More information: Karen Harper at 319-5511.

CASA Support Council for Pima County, Inc.

CASA Support Council for Pima County supports the Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, which was established to provide community volunteer advocates to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings. These advocates, appointed by a juvenile court judge, act as the "eyes and ears of the judge."

Wish list:

1. Gift cards from discount department stores to provide clothing and other necessary items for children from infants to age 17.

2. New, unwrapped toys, games and sports equipment.

3. Volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays- Fridays at the second-floor reception window of the Juvenile Court Building, 2225 E. Ajo Way.

• More information: www.pima, www.casasupport or 575-5130.

Aviva Children's Services

Aviva Children's Services provides assistance that improves the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse and poverty and are in the care of Child Protective Services. Aviva Children's Services focuses on children living with birth parents or nonlicensed foster or relative placements. It aims to provide holiday toys for every child it serves.

Wish list:

1. Adopt a family — call for information about a family and its wish list.

2. Educational toys for 18- to 36-month-old children.

3. Clothing and toys for infants.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 1735 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 4.

• More information: or 327-6779, Ext. 13.

GAP Ministires

GAP Ministries provides full-time residential homes for abused and neglected children in Pima County. It hires and trains live-in house parents for its 10 Northwest Side homes, which help 85 children re-establish the stability and core family beliefs vital to healthy development. The 2006 Gift of Joy drive aims to provide gifts to GAP Ministries children up to age 16.

Wish list:

1. New socks and underwear

2. New pajamas

3. New toys and bicycles

• Donate: Call 877-8077 for donation locations.

• More information: 877-8077


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) aims to develop one-to-one mentoring relationships that help guide youth from a position of risk to one of achieving their highest potential.

Wish list:

1. Mentors for more than 350 children on the waiting list.

2. $10 gift certificates to restaurants, bowling centers, Funtasticks, Golf N' Stuff, etc., for the 100 children who will attend the BBBS Holiday Party on Dec. 23.

3. New and used clothing and household items for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center, which raises money to serve the more than 500 children in the program.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 160 E. Alameda St., or call 624-2447 for evening and weekend hours. For pickup of clothing and household items, call 624-7039.

• More information: or call MaryLynn St.Germaine 624-2447, Ext. 107.

One-On-One Partners

One-On-One Partners aims to use caring adult mentorship to empower and create positive change in at-risk youth who have been referred by teachers, counselors, law enforcement agencies or other social service agencies. Through the Community-At Risk Program, senior partners spend three hours per week with a child and are involved with homework, tutoring, school events, court/agency hearings, positive recreational activities and overall support in the junior partner's life. Children waiting to be matched with a senior partner may participate in monthly events through the Esperanza program, which involves volunteers from the community who are representative of diverse populations and backgrounds.

Wish list:

1. Mentors, especially males.

2. Gift certificates to department stores for children who need school uniforms or winter clothing.

3. Sports equipment, such as baseball bats, gloves, balls, soccer balls, footballs, etc., and disposable cameras for partnerships to document their time together.

• Donate: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the program office, housed within the Salvation Army, 218 E. Prince Road. Call volunteer Margie Dominguez at 891-9559 for pickup.

• More information: Call program coordinator Julie Cota at 888-5201 or go to

Pima Prevention Partnership

Pima Prevention Partnership is a nonprofit organization that works to create partnerships with youths, their families, and the community through counseling programs, prevention and education services, mentoring and parenting services.

Wish list:

1. New, unwrapped clothes, games and sports equipment for ages 14-19.

2. Gift cards for stores, including toy shops and personal products stores.

3. Gift cards for grocery shops or drugstores.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday- Friday at the Partnership Learning Center, 1346 N. Stone Ave.

• More information: 624-5806, Ext. 101.


Pima Council on Aging

The Pima Council on Aging is a community-based organization that aims to provide information, assistance and services for people age 60 and older and their families. The organization is dedicated to fostering respect for aging and promoting independence and dignity in the lives of all older adults. The Pima Council on Aging provides coordinated home- and community-based services for older adults and their families.

Wish list:

1. Small potted flowering plants or cacti to be delivered to nearly 500 homebound Pima Meals on Wheels participants.

2. Lap robes/blankets and knitted or fabric slippers in all sizes.

3. Adult incontinence products in all sizes.

• Donate: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 8467 E. Broadway. Closed Dec. 25.

• More information: or 790-0504.

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Inc. Case management Department

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona’s case-management department provides health and human services to elderly and physically disabled individuals and families in need of supportive and healing programs. The organization works with many grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Wish list:

1. Blankets, socks, gloves or mittens.

2. Grocery-store gift cards.

3. Toys for grandchildren ranging from toddlers through age 15.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 140 W. Speedway, Suite 130. Closed Dec. 22 and 25.

• More information: or call Luz E. Gallego at 623-0344, Ext. 1021, or Natalie Goff at 623-0344, Ext. 1026.

Miracle Square Inc.

Miracle Square aims to help low-income elderly and handicapped adults live independently.

Wish list:

1. DVD players.

2. Crockpots.

3. Frying pans.

• Donate: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 2601 N. Oracle Road. Closed Dec. 25.

• More information: 624-5860.


Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) works to craft a compassionate interfaith response to the HIV/AIDS crisis that is free of prejudice or pros-elytism. It provides compassionate and nonjudgmental service to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as offering AIDS education and awareness within faith communities. Through education and support, it works to build bridges, reduce stigma and sustain hope.

Wish list:

1. Holiday gifts, such as gift cards in denominations of $20 or less to grocery stores, department stores or discount retailers.

2. Toiletry items for care packages, such as soap, shampoo, detergent, toothpaste, toilet tissue and other items.

3. New blankets and sheets.

• Donate: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 1011 N. Craycroft Road, Suite 301.

• More information:, or call Executive Director Scott Blades at 299-6647.

KARE Family Center

KARE Family Center, a collaboration of Arizona's Childrens Association and Casey Family Programs, aims to stabilize and help provide nurture to the families of grandparents and other families raising children. It serves more than 2,000 families with grandparents and other relatives caring for children, including 4,000 children under age 18.

Wish list:

1. Diapers for infants age 2 and younger.

2. Toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioners, combs and brushes, soap, talcum powder, toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

3. New blankets and sheets for twin-size beds, pillows and towels and washcloths.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 4710 E. 29th St., Building 7.

• More information: Director Laurie Melrood at 323-4476, Ext. 102.


RISE is a small nonprofit that runs a job training program through its own microbusinesses in areas such as landscaping, office cleaning, recycling and floor care. Each business employs up to ten adults who, for reasons including homelessness and substance-abuse recovery, are in need of job training. RISE is giving the trainees holiday gift packages.

Wish list:

1. Toiletris such as shaving kits, lotion and toothbrushes.

2. Beanie caps and blankets.

3. Gift cards for Target, Walgreens or local grocery stores.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 119 E. Toole Ave.

• More information: 791-6813.


The Giving Tree Outreach Program

For the 18th year, the Giving Tree Outreach Program is collecting gifts for homeless and needy children. Last year, it distributed toys to more than 1,000 children. It also conducts a winter coats and blankets drive for homeless and needy families and the elderly and is part of Tucson's Winter Shelter Program, which houses homeless children and families when the temperature drops below freezing. The Giving Tree Outreach Program will be serving lunch and supper on Christmas Day and welcomes volunteers to help serve food.

Wish list:

1. Nonperishable food for food boxes and hot food to serve at meals.

2. Winter coats and blankets.

3. Gifts for homeless and needy children and gift cards to department stores for older children.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at 4888 E. Broadway. The office will be closed Dec. 25, but it's still serving meals. Call for more information about volunteering.

• More information: or 320-5437.

Gospel Rescue Mission

The Gospel Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to homeless men, women and children. It also offers faith-based addictions recovery, academic education, computer literacy, counseling and Christian discipleship training.

Wish list:

1. Unwrapped new toys

2. Canned food, rice and beans

3. New Women and Children's facility to serve the unmet needs in our community

• Donate: Community Ministries, 338 W. 28th St. or Women & Children's Center, 1130 W. Miracle Mile. TIMES

• More information: or 740-1501.

HOPE, Inc.

HOPE, Inc. (Helping Ourselves Pursue Enrichment) benefits disabled adults working on their recovery and wanting reenter the workforce. HOPE serves two meals daily, provides in house and in the community social and recreational opportunities, support groups, activity groups, a computer lab, clothing closet and more.

Wish list:

1. Turkeys and/or hams for Christmas dinner.

2. Winter clothing for adults.

3. Movie tickets and arts and crafts supplies.

• Donate: 236 S. Tucson Blvd. (call 770-1197 for days and hours)

• More information:Regina D. Koch-Mart 770-1197 x111


American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter

The American Red Cross aims to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The local Red Cross provides disaster relief for children and families who lose their homes to house fires and floods in Southern Arizona. When disaster strikes, the Red Cross provides families a safe place to stay, clothing, meals, essential medications or the means to obtain them, crisis counseling, financial assistance, children's toys and other items to aid recovery.

Wish list:

1. New, 12-inch-tall stuffed animals.

2. Sun Tran bus passes, gasoline cards and phone cards.

3. A sedan (2002 or newer with fewer than 50,000 miles) to provide services throughout the five-county area.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 5301 E. Broadway.

• More information: or 318-6740.

Lutheran Social Ministries of the Southwest Disasters Relief

The Lutheran Social Ministries of the Southwest's Disaster Relief program focuses on about 200 Gulf Coast hurricane survivors living in Tucson and vicinity. The program will accept items or donations to purchase items to help make the holidays a little easier for the survivors.

Wish list:

1. Food or food vouchers for the Community Food Bank.

2. Gas cards for purchasing gasoline.

3. Monthly bus passes for trips on Sun Tran.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 5049 E. Broadway, Suite 102.

• More information: or 748-2300 or 1-877-258-2059.


Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

Tu Nidito gives individual, family and group support through emotional, educational, social and spiritual services to children and their families as they deal with serious illness and death.

Wish list:

1. Gift cards for gasoline for families experiencing financial crisis to travel to and from the hospital, medical appointments or Tu Nidito.

2. Gift cards for groceries for families experiencing financial crisis.

3. Gift cards for restaurants and entertainment to provide special outings for children and families.

• Donate: 322-9155 or e-mail Sherry Nurre at

• More information: or 322-9155.

Tucson Hospitality Inn

The Tucson Hospitality Inn, formerly known as Hotel Schmotel, is dedicated to alleviating the burdens of families touched by cancer and other serious conditions. Its aim is to provide families with a restful, inexpensive and friendly temporary home to live in while they're in Tucson for medical care. In the two years since it opened, it has hosted more than 600 families who have come from as far away as Alaska and Vermont.

Wish list:

1. Big, fluffy bath towels.

2. Pillows and sheet sets in queen and king sizes.

3. Televisions.

• Donate: Call General Manager Lou Tompkins at 904-6333.

• More information: or 904-6333.

Sunstone Cancer Support Centers

Sunstone provides support services for people coping with cancer and for their families. Services include casitas for patients undergoing treatment, support groups, counseling, resource libraries, retreats and complimentary therapies such as yoga, massage and acupuncture, nutritional counseling and wig, hat and scarf loan programs.

Wish list:

1. Plain white flat sheets for massage tables and therapy rooms.

2. Gift cards to hardware and home- supply stores and grocery stores.

3. General landscaping plants and equipment.

• Donate: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Sunstone Cancer Support Centers, 2545 N. Woodland Road. Closed Dec. 25.

• More information: or call Patricia Harmon at 749-1928.


Commonwealth Adoptions International

Commonwealth Adoptions International is an adoption agency that was founded in Tucson in 1993 and is still headquartered here. It places almost 400 children in families all over the country each year. Commonwealth Adoptions makes annual trips to the Casa de Elizabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Sonora. The orphanage, which runs entirely on donations, is home to about 100 children ages 3-16. Because adopting from Mexico is so difficult, Commonwealth Adoptions is unable to help them find families at this time, but it aims to support these children and is gathering extra donations for a holiday party in January.

Wish list:

1. Toiletries, such as shampoo, deodorant, lotion, full-size bars of soap, underwear in all sizes and feminine hygiene panty liners and pads. Also bleach and laundry and dish detergent.

2. School supplies, such as backpacks, large spiral notebooks, pens, rulers, Spanish dictionaries, etc.

3. New or gently used toys.

• Donate: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 1585 E. River Road, Suite 121. Closed Dec. 25.

• More information: or call Michelle Yang at 321-3902.

Manos de Dios

Manos de Dios is a ministry that aims to assist needy children and people in Sonora. Manos de Dios leads work teams to build homes, facilitates startup microbusinesses, stocks food banks, provides household items and more.

Wish list:

1. Food, large bags of beans, rice or sugar.

2. Disposable diapers in any size.

3. Multivitamins for children and adults.

• Donate: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Premier Printing and Mailing, 4949 E. Fifth St. Closed Dec. 25.

• More information: or call Dennis and Lucy Smith at 975-7356.

The Blessed Nuno Society

The Blessed Nuno Society is a member organization of the U.S. Catholic Mission and the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry. The society provides ongoing support for three orphanages in Agua Prieta, Sonora, and it's building a fourth. The Blessed Nuno Society has mission offices in Duluth, Minn., and Tucson.

Wish list:

1. Gift cards to grocery stores.

2. Gift cards to big-box stores.

3. 12-passenger van.

• Donate: email or call 1-218-310-5110.

• More information: or contact or 1-218-310-5110.

Contact reporter Sarah Mauet at 573-4124 or at

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