Just as children in Gwinnett County may be thinking about, or even already writing, their holiday wish lists, nonprofit organizations that serve Gwinnett County have made their own lists for this holiday season to help continue the work they do in the community. Wish list items range from financial donations to the gifts of volunteers' time. In light of current economic conditions, perhaps time spent helping others is a gift we all could give.
- Compiled by Staff Writer Deanna Allen
"A community based agency organized to respond with compassion and sensitivity to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through advocacy, education and collaboration with other agencies"
3075 Breckenridge Blvd. 415, Duluth
1. Gift cards for clients for the holidays
2. Gas cards for clients to use to attend medical appointments
3. Water bottles and snacks for volunteers
4. Digital camera
5. Phone cards for clients
"We are here, all day every day. Finding a Cure. In Your Community."
6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth
1. Volunteers to drive patients to chemotherapy and radiation appointments
2. Licensed cosmetologists to teach make-up, skin care and wig styling classes to cancer patients in treatment; session is two hours and is offered once a month
3. Donations for continued research and educational programs
4. Participants in 2009 Relay for Life
5. Cancer survivors and care givers identified in the community
5680 Peachtree Parkway, Suite D1, Norcross
1. Infants' and children's clothes - winter coats, shoes
3. School supplies
4. Cosmetics for teen girls
5. Video game systems for teen boys
Boys and Girls Club of Gwinnett County
"A place where promise lives"
Regional Office/BGC of Metro Atlanta
5360 Old Norcross Road, Norcross
1. Kroger/Publix gift cards for needy families to buy food for holiday meals
2. Cash contributions to assist clubs with expenses for Club Christmas parties for members
3. Gift cards for needy families to purchase Christmas gifts
4. Clothing and gifts for club youth (ages 6 to 18)
5. Club membership costs (sponsorships) for youth that cannot pay $35 per year
Campus Church of Christ - Project Kids Eat
"Feeding kids living in long stay hotels"
1525 Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, Norcross
1. Finances to purchase food/meals to deliver to long stay hotels
2. Games, books, puzzles, puzzle books
3. Hygiene supplies - shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, laundry detergent
4. Gift cards to fast food restaurants
5. Grocery store gift cards
"Strengthening families through program coaching"
804 Summer Place, Norcross
1. $500 to develop a Web site
2. Six computers for training young men to divert them from the penal system
3. $500 for postage, fliers and materials for public relations to youth
4. Projector for teaching, coaching and training programs and classes
5. $2,000 to obtain certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist to provide grief counseling for adolescents
"Enriching the lives of adults with disabilities"
701 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville
1. Laptop (new or used) with minimum 1 GB RAM (2 GB is better)
2. Projection unit for computer (prefer 2500 lumens or more)
4. Two speech-enhancing devices
5. Digital camera
Family Nurturing Center of Georgia Inc.
"Bringing families back"
P.O. Box 385, Snellville
1. Cash donations
2. Office training/program supplies (flip charts, easels, projects, laptops, postage, plastic filing boxes, play dough, CDs/DVDs, crayons, construction paper, door prizes, copier, laser printer)
3. Furniture (large conference table that seats 12 or large table that can accommodate 12 chairs)
4. In-kind donations (printing of postcards, fliers, newsletters, business cards, snacks)
5. Volunteers - program facilitators, program coordinators, data entry, Web master, fundraising, administration
"Ending homelessness in Gwinnett County - one family at a time!"
3495 B Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville
1. Toilet paper
2. Paper towels
3. Laundry detergent
4. Gift cards - $25 value
5. Used cars in good condition
P.O. Box 2469, Duluth
1. Tax-deductible financial contributions to support programs and provide for the material and emotional needs of foster youth
2. Hygiene products for youth from birth to age 21
3. New shoes in all sizes for youth from birth to age 21
4. Gift cards for Christmas for foster teams to choose what they truly need and enjoy
5. Winter clothing - hats, gloves, scarves and ear muffs
Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services
"Raising our commitment to uplift our seniors"
75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville
1. Electric heaters (new)
2. Hypoallergenic throw blankets or socks
3. $25 Wal-Mart gift cards
4. Nonperishable foods
5. $800 annual sponsorship for Meals on Wheels
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
"Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold"
461 Manget St., Marietta 770-422-0999
1. $550 to $2,000 to meet funds in Gwinnett County to implement a Friendly Persuasion Program
2. Any kind of donation/money to purchase track bags for the 200 girls being served in Gwinnett County
3. Gas cards for travel in Gwinnett for programming
4. Money for public relations/marketing
5. Paper, newsprint, colored paper
"Community behavioral health services"
P.O. Box 687, Lawrenceville
1. Gift cards for clients
2. Gas cards for clients
Gwinnett Children's Shelter
"Gwinnett Children's Shelter - where Hope lives"
P.O. Box 527, Buford
1. Hygiene supplies for residents (deodorant, toothpaste/brushes, lotion)
2. Laundry detergent
3. African-American hair care products
4. Toilet paper
5. Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart) for birthday gifts for residents
Gwinnett Council for Seniors
"Seniors helping seniors"
186 Pike St., Lawrenceville
1. Volunteers to help at the downtown Lawrenceville office
2. Volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors
3. Government officials to initiate and enact legislation to help seniors
4. Businesses to donate funds to help county seniors
5. A doctor to write a column in a newsletter advising seniors
Hands of Christ - Duluth Cooperative
3395 Fox St., Duluth
1. Funds to help with clients' rent and utilities
2. Gift cards for gas, Kroger, Wal-Mart,etc.
3. Food donations and personal hygiene items
4. Manual fork lift
5. Small electric heaters for clients
6. 30-foot conveyor belt
Hi Hope Service Center
"Offering comprehensive services to adults with developmental disabilities in Gwinnett County"
882 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville
770-963-8694 ext. 11
1. Vacuum cleaner for residential group home
2. Lift chair - www.liftchair.com, model No. 5555 (Oxblood leather with headrest) for day habilitation clients
3. Wii game for workshop clients in wheel chairs
4. Electric can opener for residential group home
5. 19-inch TV with built-in DVD player for day habilitation clients
The Impact Group
"Transforming lives and strengthening communities"
1845 Satellite Blvd., Suite 100, Duluth
1. Gift cards for the holiday season
2. Individuals and companies to "adopt a family"
3. Gas gift cards
4. Financial gifts to help with the supportive service costs provided
Just People Inc.
Support services for adults with developmental disabilities, mental health and traumatic brain injuries
1600 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 530, Norcross
1. Gift cards for groceries, restaurants or stores
2. Winter jackets - XL/2XL for men and women
3. Kitchen items - pots and pans, baking sheets, potholders, etc.
4. TVs and DVD players
5. Any CDs, DVDs, Play Stations, Wii games
"Helping people in need"
176 Church St., Lawrenceville
1. Canned food donations
2. Money to help with utility bills, prescription medication and emergency housing for homeless families
3. Bibles - English and Spanish
4. Tree removal
5. Gutter covers
The Lazarus Project - Trinity Life Church
"To reach, teach and help"
877-A N. Clayton St., Lawrenceville
1. Renovation of kitchen and dining facilities to feed the hungry
2. Food supplies to expand the feeding program to other days
3. Cooking stove and oven
4. Kitchen cabinet and counter tops
5. Two 2.5-ton air conditioners
Nesbit Elementary School
Nesbit Elementary School has 1,500 students - 95 percent living under the poverty line and almost 70 percent being immigrants.
6575 Cherokee Drive, Tucker
1. Gas cards
2. Kroger, Publix and Wal-Mart gift cards
3. Funds to establish a good bank in walking distance of apartments
4. Funds to establish an after-school program in neighborhood
5. Male mentors
New Faith Apostolic International
3026 Destin Circle,
1. Donation of a building for more space
2. $1,000 for food program
3. Two computers, a laptop and a desktop
4. Gas gift cards for at least 200 people
5. Gift cards for children's clothing (newborn to 17 years) and new shoes
The Next Stop
"A place to laugh, a place to learn, a place to shine"
162 Woodshyre Court, Lawrenceville
1. Desktop computer (4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive)
2. Small refrigerator (4.3 cubic feet)
3. Small kitchen appliances - two electric mixers, two electric frying pans
4. Wal-Mart gift cards
5. Target gift cards
Norcross Cooperative Ministry
"Caring for the community - one family at a time"
2275 Mitchell Road,
1. Financial donations to help with client needs
2. Nonperishable food
4. Personal hygiene items
5. Gas cards
"Delivering smiles - one meal at a time!"
P.O. Box 921512,
1. Volunteers to deliver meals one day a month in Norcross/Duluth
2. $75 donation for a month of meals to for an indigent homebound person
3. Laptop/PC for program coordinator's use
4. Gift cards for indigent homebound person (Target, Kroger, CVS, etc.)
5. Roll of stamps for newsletter and invoice mailing
Positive Pastime Inc.
"Helping the community one family at a time"
4282 U.S. Highway 78, Suite 1, Lilburn
1. Funds to meet the needs of the community
2. Gift cards for teen Christmas gifts
3. Toys for children from birth to 12 years (Christmas gifts)
4. Shelves and clothes racks for clothes closet
5. Book shelves
"Breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence"
400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross
1. Gift cards in any denomination (gas, grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)
2. Household goods and accessories (towels, utensils, linens, etc.)
3. Nonperishable food items
4. Summer camp sponsorships
The Salvation Army
"Doing the most good"
3455 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville
1. Angel Tree donors or individuals to drop off an unwrapped, unused gift for use in the Toy Shop
2. Toy Shop volunteers
3. Volunteers to sit at Angel Trees
4. Volunteers to ring bells at donation kettles and clubs, schools and organizations to ring bells
5. Participants in the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon
Single Parent Alliance and Resource Center Inc. (SPARC)
"It only takes a SPARC to ignite the flame of change"
P.O. Box 931586, Norcross
1. Longterm, low-cost ($1 per year) tax-deductible lease of administrative and program space to provide a one-stop resource center for services to Gwinnett County single parents
2. Funds to provide scholarships for single parents
3. In-kind printing services (newsletter, booklets, fliers, brochures, etc.)
4. Raffle/auction items for fundraiser
5. Gift cards (Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's, Kroger, gas cards, MARTA cards, Publix, Office Depot, Staples, etc.)
St. Patrick Catholic Church
2140 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross
770-448-2028 ext. 132
1. Funds to help meet needs in the local community
2. Gift cards
3. Kids' winter clothes
4. Food baskets
5. School supplies
"Helping to give families a hand up - not a hand out"
P.O. Box 657, Dacula
1. Funding to help meet the needs for families living in low-income communities
2. Food for StreetWise food pantry
3. Unwrapped gifts to provide for children from preschool to 13 years of age during the StreetWise holiday programs
4. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Sam's, Costco, Kroger, Target, etc.