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Nonprofit organizations share holiday wish lists

Nonprofit organizations share holiday wish lists

December 05, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

W House, a halfway house in Hagerstown for women with alcohol and drug addictions, was among a handful of Tri-State area nonprofit organizations that benefited from a nonprofit holiday wish list published last December in The Herald-Mail.

The organization last year requested help providing small gift items to residents to create a memorable holiday celebration, said Christina Trenton, executive director of W House.

"In response, we received gloves, hats, grocery store gift certificates, journals, pens, stationery and personal hygiene products," Trenton said. "We also received donations of children's books for our child development room and gently used Christmas decorations to decorate our much larger building."


W House residents also enjoyed donated turkey and ham for Christmas dinner and canned and dry goods to be used as needed, Trenton said.

Dozens of nonprofit agencies requested volunteers, money and items to help them serve their clients during the holiday season and beyond. Most of those wishes were unfulfilled in 2003 - but employees of local nonprofit organizations have again submitted their holiday wish lists in hopes of a better response in 2004.

"We did not receive any response last year, but we're eager to keep trying," said Tracy Holliday, assistant director of the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies in Waynesboro, Pa.

To make a donation, please contact an organization using the information that accompanies each list.

This year's nonprofit holiday wish lists include:

American Red Cross, Washington County Chapter

1131 Conrad Court

Hagerstown, MD 21740

301-739-0717, ext. 206

·Volunteer drivers to transport veterans to hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

·Generator to supply power for disaster shelter

· Wheelchair

· Microwave stand

· Gazebo and benches for Memorial Garden

Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

P.O. Box 147

Charles Town, W.Va.


· Paper towels

· Forty-five-gallon trash bags

· High-efficiency laundry detergent

· Fabric softener

· Adult dry cat food

Berkeley County Humane Society

554 Charles Town Road

Martinsburg, WV 25401


· Nonclumping cat litter

· Dry kitten and puppy chow

· Canned cat and dog food

· Trash bags, all sizes

· Towels, blankets for bedding

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County Inc.

1135 Virginia Ave.

Hagerstown, MD 21740


· New Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples to serve as mentors in the community

· New Big Brothers and Big Sisters for school-based mentor programs

· Additional board members to help with the overall management of the program

· Contributions to help underwrite the expense of bimonthly Big/Little group activities

· Volunteer to help upgrade the agency's newsletter

Brook Lane Health Services

P.O. Box 1945

Hagerstown, MD 21742

301-733-0331, ext. 272

· Tape/CD players with headphones

· Laminator

· Gardening volunteers

· Bucket truck

Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County

334 N. Lawrence St.

Charles Town, WV 25414


· PlayStation games

· DVD player

· Bookshelves

· Movie theater passes

· Laptop computer

Cedar Ridge Children's Home & School

P.O. Box 439

12146 Cedar Ridge Road

Williamsport, MD 21795

301-582-0282, ext. 122

· Volunteers for Ride Thru

·History and other committees

· Volunteer tutors

· Volunteer landscapers

· Financial donations for numerous projects

· Livestock (cows, pigs, sheep) for meat

Children's Village of Washington County Inc.

1546 Mount Aetna Road



· Two desks with workstations

· Two filing cabinets

· Fax machine

Community Free Clinic

1249 Mill St.

Hagerstown, MD 21740


· Volunteers and providers

· Conference table

· Copy paper

· Adhesive bandages

· Thirty-three-gallon black trash bags

Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic

11065 Middleway Pike

Charles Town, WV 25414


· Telephone system

· Small refrigerator

· Paper shredder, heavy duty

· Vacuum cleaner, canister style

· Scanner

Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council Inc.

153 McMillan Blvd.

Martinsburg, W.Va.


· Upright Vacuum Cleaner

· 3.0 megapixel or higher digital camera

· Girl Scout handbooks for visually impaired ($50 each)

· Girl Scout books in Spanish ($8 to $12 each)

· Snowshoes for winter program at Camp White Rock

Goretti Players

St. Maria Goretti High School

1535 Oak Hill Ave.

Hagerstown, MD 21742


· Sponsors to help defray rental costs for use of theater

· New computer/scanner/printer system

· Sponsors to fund printing of programs and/or tickets for plays

· Volunteers to help with costumes, set design, etc.

· Sponsors to donate baskets to raffle for fund-raising event

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County

20 S. Prospect St.

Hagerstown, MD 21740


· Power tools

· Chain saw

· Vacuum cleaner

· Storage shelving

· Folding tables and chairs

Hagerstown Community College Foundation Inc.

Hagerstown Community College

Learning Resource Center, Room 302

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