Check the Christmas lists again

October 31, 2004|by JAKE WOMER

It might be too early to be thinking of the holidays, but it's still a good time to think of the holiday spirit - being grateful for friends, family and what we have in life and planning to give to others.

In that vein, The Herald-Mail is compiling a wish list for Tri-State area organizations. We've been doing this for a few years, and charities have said it's successful.

Publishing nonprofit organizations' wish lists is a chance for community members to help in a very specific fashion. Volunteers and donors have a good idea how their time and donations will be put to use.

If a stapler is on a charity's wish list, you can safely bet on its application. There's not much mystery there.


Also, organizations can be more efficient with the additions of new supplies or technology, and virtually all community organizations need volunteers to help with both routine tasks and special projects. Many community organizations largely rely upon donations to do their charitable work.

Nonprofit agency wish lists for holiday seasons past included:

· Girls Inc. of Washington County requested volunteers to serve as mentors and homework helpers; winter clothing for 5- to 18-year-old girls; and arts and crafts supplies.

· The Humane Society of Washington County asked for volunteers and foster families; portable heaters; and 6-foot nylon leashes.

· The Parent-Child Center Inc. in Hagerstown simply requested cleaning supplies; trash bags; paper towels; and new toys for children.

· REACH Caregivers in Hagerstown needed high-tech help from a volunteer Web master; a data entry volunteer; a laptop computer; and shelter and household supplies for disabled clients.

· The Waynesboro (Pa.) Chapter of the American Red Cross listed a scanner; printer; fax machine; paper cutter; and electric pencil sharpener.

Tri-State area nonprofit organizations may send in requests, preferably via e-mail to We can't promise you'll get what you want, but it can't hurt to ask.

Due to space constraints, wish lists will be limited to five requests.

We have not set a publication date for the wish list. It will take some time to compile, but please look for it in early December.

To submit a list, send it to The Herald-Mail with your organization's name, your name, phone number and as many as five requests. Drop the list off at The Herald-Mail office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown; mail it to The Herald-Mail Co., c/o Lifestyle, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; fax it to 301-714-0245; or send it via e-mail with "nonprofit wish list" in the subject line.

Jake Womer is Lifestyle editor of The Herald-Mail. You may reach him at 301-733-5131, ext. 2340, or send e-mail to

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