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Nonprofits say thanks for items received from wish list

February 02, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com

Over the course of two Sundays in December 2012, the Lifestyle staff published wish lists from area nonprofits. Then, we asked Herald-Mail readers to choose an item or their favorite nonprofit and simply give.

Although we can't say that every single nonprofit received what each staff had hoped for, many area nonprofits received at least one item on the list.

Here are the items that our nonprofits received:

Chuck Miller, director of development for The Arc of Washington County, said the organization received about 30 DVDs for individuals in The Arc's Day Program.

"I think the biggest thing for us is that it generates awareness that we're here," Miller said of the wish list. "When somebody comes in with a donation — and they were able to find out more about The Arc — it's just one more person interested in their mission."

Mt. Hope Prison Ministry staff said a woman stopped in and gave the organization a check to choose whichever item they needed from their list. The staff decided on a vacuum cleaner.

Parent Child Center received a box of size 3 and a size 4 diapers. Raven House Food Center reported that they received a freezer. Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance reported the organization received two drink coolers.

Jenny Fleming, executive director of HEAL of Washington County, reported that they received a color printer.

"Publishing a Wish List was a great way to collectively communicate the needs of the nonprofit community to a large audience," she said. "Many people have great items they wish to donate but just don't know where they would be best utilized. HEAL certainly appreciated the opportunity to ask for items, especially being a new nonprofit. We needed many things to get our office up and running. The donation of a color printer and scanner by Art and RuthAnne Callaham was a nice surprise and allows us to produce professional-looking documents."

Holly Place Executive Director Melanie J. Davis said her nonprofit received several items.

"We received cleaning supplies, paper products, food and two small flat-screen televisions, which two of our residents that received them are in love with," she said.

Linda Baker, director of John Wesley Day Nursery, said they received two paper cutters; some rolls of paper towel; a case of copier paper; two cases of applesauce cups; several bottles of juice and a package of Clorox wipes.

Linda Mayo, executive director of Occupational Services Inc. in Chambersburg, Pa., received new chairs.

"We were very pleased to receive nice-quality office arm chairs from Volvo in Hagerstown," she said.

Susie Kunkle with Williamsport Community Band said they received $100, which they put toward new music stands.

In the musical spirit, Maryland Symphony Orchestra received an alto saxophone for its music bank.

Erin Tack, executive director, said The W House received personal care items.

Annette Searfoss, resource center director of APPLES for Children in Hagerstown, said the organization received five desks from Volvo.

"They delivered and set them up as well," she said.

Karen D. Cook, executive director of Memorial Recreation, said her organization received a Christmas tree and two printers.

Julie M. Barr-Strasburg, community chapter executive of the American Red Cross  Washington and Western Potomac Chapters, said the Red Cross received a box of cleaning supplies.

Mimi Dickinson, executive director of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation, said her organization received a paper shredder.

"It was delivered to the school so I was not able to thank the person who donated it," she said.

Janet Brooks, treasurer of Authentic Community Theatre Inc., said her organization was "thrilled" to receive eight filing cabinets from Volvo as well as a $150 scholarship for a local child to attend one of the theater's summer camps.

Children's Resources Inc. of Hagerstown reported they received school supplies, hygiene supplies, towels and washcloths, games and sports bags.

B. Marie Byers, executive director of Discovery Station at Hagerstown, said their organization received a small laminator from a private donor.

Girls Inc. in Hagerstown received dry erase markers and erasers, hula-hoops and board games.

And the Community Free Clinic received a flatscreen TV for their patient waiting room, office supplies and cleaning items.

The next Nonprofit Wish List will be printed this fall.



How to help ...

To read the 2012 wish lists and see if you might be able to help more organizations, go to www.herald-mail.com and click on the Lifestyle tab.

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Editor's note: This story was edited Feb. 5, 2013, to correct the number of filing cabinets donated to Authentic Community Theatre.

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