Help for the Holidays

November 24, 2002

Many community-based organizations ask for donations to make the holidays
special for the kids and families they serve, or to encourage contributions
to support their work all during the year. Here are a bunch of opportunities
for you to help out with a check or a toy. These are requests submitted
by fellow readers of the Connect for Kids Weekly!
Arizona California Connecticut District of Columbia Florida
Georgia Illinois Kansas Maryland Michigan
Minnesota Missouri New York North Carolina Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Texas Washington Nationwide

Type of Donation
Our Arizona elementary school has
many special needs children whose families struggle on the holidays to provide
gifts and food for the family. Any donations for food or gifts would be
appreciated. Please contact Rosemary Drigan at
for information on how you can help.

Type of Donation
Yolo County Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren
(a program of Grandparents Advocacy Network
of Northern California, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization) is asking for donations
for children ages 3 to 16, to be given to the children at our holiday potluck
on December 18th. We're anticipating that the donations will be in the form
of gift certificates or gender/free and age/free items. Contact Sandy Weiss
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge
and Services
(W.O.R.K.S.) is a nonprofit social service agency
that currently operates two housing developments for low-income families
and children in Pomona and in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, Calif.
We provide a place to call home for 150 families in need. We are currently
seeking gifts to distribute to the children during the holidays as well
as cash donations to help with our operating budget. Please contact Nancy
Gomez at for
more information about how you can help. Access W.O.R.K.S.' Web site at
The Lyon Street Parent
and the city of Santa Ana are providing a Christmas party
to the entire street on December 21, 2002, and we would like to provide
a toy for every child who lives in theses apartment complexes. This is a
low-income area with 2 or 3 families living in the same apartment, mostly
Spanish speaking. We are looking for donations in toys. Contact Maria Halverson
Community Counseling Service is a non-profit
mental health organization serving impoverished families and children in
downtown Los Angeles. We are seeking donations of new toys, games or books
for our 2002 Holiday Toy Drive, where we will distribute gifts to the over
500 children we serve. For more information, please call (213) 481-7464.

Type of Donation
Youth-United for Survival
is collecting holiday toys and gifts for children ages 8 to 16 in Connecticut
who have experienced abuse or trauma. The toys will be distributed at two
holiday parties serving over 120 children. For more information on Y-US
or to find out how you can help, go to

District of Columbia
Type of Donation
Good Samaritan Foundation, a youth development program
for high school students in Washington, DC seeks donations of gift cards
from local retailers (i.e., Old Navy, Barnes & Noble and Tower Records).
These cards would be given to the students in our program to purchase gifts
for themselves. Individuals can donate cash, checks or make credit card
donations to the Good Samaritan Foundation to go towards the purchasing
of gift cards, or they can purchase the gift cards from the merchants themselves
and send them to us. For more information please go to our Web site at
or contact us at
The Children's Law Center
makes sure that the abused, neglected and marginalized children in the District
of Columbia have toys and new clothes at Christmas. Please contact Amy Miller
for information about how you can help.

Type of Donation
The gift that
keeps on giving: Sponsor a child for $50 to receive a year's worth of incentives
for good grades, attendance and conduct. Call Communities In Schools
of Miami
at 305-252-5444 ext. 302. Thank you for helping kids prepare
for life!
The Children's Home, Inc.
works to provide Christmas gifts to over 2,000 children in Florida's Hillsborough
County. Our children are special needs children placed into our agency program
by the state. To learn more about The Children's Home, Inc., please visit
this site at
For more information on how you can help this holiday season please contact
Mark VanMeter at
or at (813) 855-4435, extension 2235.
Marion County Children's
Advocacy Center
in Florida is a 501(3)C organization that provides
free therapy to children and families who have experienced abuse and/or
have witnessed domestic violence. Our needs include gift bags, birthday
candles, cake mixes and frosting. The children used to love receiving this
on their birthday and the family enjoyed being able to bake together. Any
help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Laura
Amatea at for more
Friends Together, Inc. is seeking
Christmas gifts and school supplies for the families infected and affected
by HIV/AIDS who will be attending their Christmas Party and Empowerment
Retreat. Find out more information on how you can help online at

Type of Donation
Rainbow Home
has served more than 80 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
or questioning homeless and runaway youth, age 16-21. The program provides
the shelter, a disciplined household and therapeutic, educational and life
skill services needed to turn these youths into self-sufficient, contributing
members of the community. Those interested in more information on how to
help are invited to call Edward Gray at 404-486-9034 ext 104 or

Type of Donation
Spoon River College
in Canton, Illinois provides books to the libraries for the annual Family
Reading Night in November. Since our budgets have been decreased, donations
to buy the books would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Phyllis Aicklen
at or at
(309) 649-6204 to find out how you can help.
Located in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois,
we are a special education program that looks to provide gifts for youth,
ages birth to five, who have significant disabilities. Any holiday assistance
would be welcome. For more information on how to help, please contact Cynthia
Skelly at
Southern Seven Head
serves 652 children in the southernmost 7 counties of Illinois—some
of the poorest in the state. We are always looking for ways to reach out
to these families. We would be grateful for children's toys for the holidays,
cash contributions, gifts that perhaps could be used for our annual "Parent
Appreciation Nights" held in April, etc. Please contact Kathy Reagor
at to
find out more information on how you can help.

Type of Donation
KVC Behavioral
, a not-for-profit organization working to enrich and
enhance the lives of children and their families by providing educational,
mental health and social services, is seeking donors for its annual holiday
giving program. KVC will provide gifts to over 500 children and youth from
Eastern Kansas who have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or
neglect. For information on how to support this effort contact Debra Burnham
at To learn more
about KVC visit our website at
The Bourbon County Coalition
is focused on fostering and supporting collaborative projects on behalf
of children and families. Our web site is at
if you would like further information or just e-mail

Type of Donation
The TASK Program at the Resource Parents Project provides
training, advocacy and support for formal and informal relative caregivers
of Baltimore City, Md., children who cannot live with their birth parents.
Since many caregivers receive little financial assistance, their abilities
to meet the needs of their kin children do not extend to any holiday celebrations
and gift giving. For more information on how you can help please contact
Angela Rave at
or at (410) 385-0967.

Type of Donation
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Youth Education and Activities services 4,000 youth dispersed throughout
seven counties in the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Any assistance
that can be provided would be appreciated. Please contact Allison Krebs
at or (906)
635-7010 for more information about how you can help.
The goal of Success By 6 of Calvert
—an initiative of the United Way—is school readiness.
We are helping put together gift baskets for families with young children,
which will be distributed through public libraries and medical centers.
We would like to include a hardbound age appropriate book in the baskets
and are currently looking for resources to accomplish this. Please contact
us via e-mail at
if you can help.

Type of Donation
The North Star Binky Patrol
is a Minnesota chapter of the national non-profit Binky Patrol. Volunteers
make handmade blankets and we give them to children that have experienced
trauma or illness, and children that are in foster care. Go to their Web
site to find out how you can help this holiday season.

Type of Donation
Putting Families First
is a faith-based mentoring program whose primary goal is to help families
transition from welfare-to-work by involving the faith community. Our families
struggle through the year of commitment we ask for our program and generally
have very little ability to provide Christmas for their children. Please
contact Larry Billingsley at
or at (660) 829-3122 for more information on how you can help.

New York
Type of Donation
FRIENDS, Inc. is a community-based,
nonprofit organization serving children with serious emotional disturbances
and their families in the South Bronx. We are currently seeking gifts for
the holidays. Please e-mail
FRIENDS, Inc. is a community-based,
nonprofit organization serving children with serious emotional disturbances
and their families in the South Bronx. We are currently seeking gifts for
the holidays. Please send information to

North Carolina
Type of Donation
Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership
for Children
in Henderson, N.C. is seeking funds to replace reduced
state funds in order to maintain Kinder Camp, a summer extension of Project
Family Read, a program for preschool children who are not in regulated day
care. The program has shown substantial impact on children's readiness for
kindergarten. Please contact David J. Irvine at
for information on how you can help. Access our Web site at

Type of Donation
Carter Seminary, a Native-American
Boarding School operated by the Chickasaw Nation is home to approximately
70 students. One hundred percent of these students do not have stable homes
and are extremely disadvantaged. We can receive tax-deductible donations
through the Chickasaw Foundation a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. We will
take any contribution: school supplies, holiday gifts or cash contributions.
All three are continuous needs at Carter Seminary. Please contact Shannon
Campbell at (580) 310-6620 for more information on how you can help.

Type of Donation
Head Start of Lane County
in Springfield, Ore., has families who have a need for unwrapped, new, non-violent
toys, new clothes for boys and girls sizes 3-6 and new books for ages 4-6
years. Our Web site is
Please contact Nancy Maniago at
for information about how you can help.

Type of Donation
The Children's Home of Easton—a
home for more than 140 children ages 9 to 18 years of age—has their
2002 Holiday Fund in progress. Access their Web site at
to find out ways you can help.

Type of Donation
Community Services YMCA Teen Parent
Education Programs
in Dallas assist young moms and dads in developing
effective parenting skills, achieving educational goals and initiating plans
for continued personal growth and economic security. Our programs seek to
instill within our parents, their children and families the six character
values of the YMCA: Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring Fairness
and Citizenship. Please contact Liz Duncan at
or at (972) 560-3892 to find out about ways you can help this holiday season.
The M.D. Anderson Family YMCA in Houston
serves over 1,700 participants annually in a low-income minority neighborhood
whose primary services focus on after-school, holiday, and summer camp,
childcare and youth sports programs. All of our youth programs are subsidized
and scholarships are provided to these families; assistance with toys/books
and gift certificates for families or children ages 18 months to 17 years
of age are needed this holiday season. For information about how to help,
please contact Marie D. Arcos at (713) 697-0648 or at
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
Fort Worth
would be delighted to receive warm coats, shoes and
toys this holiday season for our more than 7,000 kids living below poverty
in an urban environment. The kids will feel even more special by receiving
new items! Please contact Barb Reynolds at (817) 834-4711 or at
for information on how you can help this holiday season.
The Dallas Early Childhood Resource Institute
is a new teen parent mentoring program. We are in need of office equipment,
new baby clothes or items, a sofa/loveseat for a meeting room, bookselves,
a van and monetary donations. We need mentors also. Contact
for more information.

Type of Donation
Treehouse, giving foster
kids a childhood...and a future in the greater Seattle area is seeking gift
items and clothing for kids from birth to 18. It is easy to sponsor a drive
for funds or gift items by checking the Web site
Vashon Youth And Family Services, Vashon
Island's nonprofit mental health agency, sponsors an annual Holiday Toy
Drive to serve more than 200 children and teens. Please contact Susan Bingham
at or at (206) 463-6239
if you can help fill the many requests for coats, clothes and toiletries.

Type of Donation
If you want to give a gift that helps a
family achieve self-sufficiency in the developing world, think about giving
a goat! Find out ways to donate for this holiday season at
Most children excitedly await the holiday season. But for
many children in foster care, the holidays compound the sadness and loneliness
brought on by absent parents, sibling, pets and friends.
has designed a holiday greeting card for you to send to the children in
foster care on your list. All proceeds benefit FosterClub, the national
network for youth in foster care.
The Congressional Award Foundation,
501(C)3, recognizes and encourages service, initiative and achievement in
young people age 14 to 23. We are solely dependent on charitable contributions,
as we do not currently receive any federal money. Please contact Captain
William E. Kelley at
or (202) 226-0130 for information about how you can help. You can also
access our website at .
The website is a secure online
shopping mall that donates up to 25 percent of every purchase to nonprofit
The is an easy way to help
fight hunger—just a click a day will work wonders!
TLC Children's Center, Inc. consists of
three group homes servicing the needs of children ages 6 to 10 and girls
13 to 18 focusing on those who are pregnant or who have babies. New Hope
for Children & Families is a non-profit mental health facility providing
coaching and service providers to at-risk children and youth. Find out information
on how you can help this holiday season by contacting us at
RESULTS is a grassroots citizens' advocacy
organization working to create the public and political will to end hunger
and poverty. Our volunteer groups create systemic change by working directly
with their Members of Congress to support the most effective programs and
policies that are alleviating hunger and poverty, both nationally and
Your donation can help CARE bring lasting
victories over poverty to the world's poorest communities
For a limited time, you can receive the America’s
Second Harvest
calendar for a donation of $50 or more to this organization
that represents food pantries around the country.

The Second Annual
Internet Toy Drive
We have partnered with the official U.S. Marines
Toys for Tots Program to make it as easy as a couple of clicks for you
to put a BIG smile on the face of a Needy Child in your community this