The need for services provided by many of Gwinnett County's nonprofit organizations has continued to increase as the nation's economy is in the very early stages of a fragile recovery. Unemployment is high, families are still losing their homes to foreclosure or because they simply can't pay the rent, and more and more people are finding it difficult to afford basic necessities. Many of the organizations that assist those in need, as well as those that provide services for the underserved populations in our community, are finding they are in need this holiday season. And just as many children begin the holiday season by compiling their Christmas wish lists, nonprofit organizations serving Gwinnett have done so as well.

So while you're making out holiday shopping lists, may you consider adding a box of crayons for the Single Parent Alliance & Resource Center, a flash light for Gwinnett County Senior Services, a pack of toilet paper for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter or a bottle of laundry detergent for Family Promise of Gwinnett. No gift is too small, especially if it's given joyfully.

Gwinnett Children's Shelter

P.O. Box 527, Buford

678-546-8770

www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org

"Where hope lives"

1. Wal-Mart gift cards

2. Fast food gift cards

3. Recreational gift cards

4. Laundry soap/detergent

5. Toilet paper

Dream House for Medically Fragile Children Inc.

P.O. Box 533, Lilburn

770-717-7410

www.dreamhouseforkids.org

"Committed to supporting the quality of life for children with special health care needs."

1. Gift cards for grocery stores,

general retailers or gas stations

2. Disposable diapers

(children and adult sizes)

3. Toilet paper and wipes, paper towels

4. New Discovery toys

5. Cash donations for "Family for Keeps"

Family Promise of Gwinnett

3495 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

678-376-8950

www.familypromisegwinnett.org

"Ending homelessness in Gwinnett -- one family at a time"

1. Sheet sets (all sizes and new)

2. Bath towels (new and white)

3. Bottled water

4. Laundry detergent

5. Gift cards -- Wal-Mart, $25 value

Norcross Meals on Wheels

P.O. Box 921512, Norcross

678-230-2160

www.hihopecenter.org

Delivering smiles one meal at a time!

1. Volunteers to deliver meals one day

per month in Norcross, Duluth and Lilburn

2. $75 donation for a month of meals

for an indigent homebound

3. Laptop PC for the program

coordinator's use

4. Gift cards in any amounts for

indigent homebound

5. Blankets or household supplies for homebound

Gwinnett County Senior Services

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

678-377-4150

www.gwinnettseniorservices.com

"There's no place like home"

1. Gift cards (Wal-Mart or Target)

2. Cash donations for senior emergency needs

3. Grand families' baskets

(hygiene items, household cleaners,

towels, canned foods, etc.)

4. Senior emergency preparation kits (flash lights, batteries, masks, hand sanitizers, weather radios, canned good with pop top lids,

bottled water)

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

P.O. Box 1272, Lawrenceville

770-963-9799

www.padv.org

"Supporting women and their children in their efforts to live violence free"

1. Gift cards

2. Marta cards

3. Gwinnett bus tickets

4. Pillow/comforter sets (twin size)

5. Towels and bath cloths

Rainbow Village Inc.

3160 Main St., Suite 100, Duluth

770-497-1888 ext. 14

www.rainbowvillage.org

"Breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence"

1. Play Station 3 for after school program

2. Wii Fit/Wii for after school program

3. Wal-Mart and Quick Trip gift cards for job searches

4. Move in bins, twin sheets, pillows, mops, cleaning supplies, etc.

5. Duluth purple trash bags (by the box)

Hi Hope Service Center

882 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville

770-963-8694 ext. 11

www.hihopecenter.org

Hi Hope offers comprehensive services to adults with developmental disabilities.

1. Nintendo Wii console

2. 19" TV with built-in DVD

3. Commercial food processor/blender combo

4. Gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Kroger

5. Warm-up sweat pants and

sweat shirts, t-shirts

The Salvation Army -- Home Sweet Home

Gwinnett Program

3455 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

770-963-8802

www.salvationarmyusa.org

"Doing the most good"

1. Household items - linens, towels, dishes, pots and pans,

2. Small appliances

3. Cleaning supplies

4. Bus tickets, gas cards

5. Furniture, washers, dryers, etc.

Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human

Services

750 S. Perry St., Suite 312, Lawrenceville

77-995-3339

www.gwinnettcoalition.org

"People Helping People"

1. Volunteers to help at the

Gwinnett Helpline

2. Four flat-screen monitors

for the Helpline

3. New computers

for the Helpline

The HARP Center

1226 Misty Valley Court, Lawrenceville

678-438-1742

www.theharpcenter.org

"Helping and Restoring People"

1. Office space

2. Transportation

3. Personal hygiene items

4. Coats, gloves, hats,

blankets

5. Computers

Lawrenceville

Co-operative

Ministry Inc.

176 Church St. / P.O. Box 1328, Lawrenceville

770-339-7887

www.lawrencevilleco-op.org

Food and emergency assistance provider for residents of Lawrenceville

and Dacula.

1. Cash donations to help pay utility bills, prescription medication and emergency housing for homeless

families

2. Canned food/money to purchase food

3. Reupholstering of pews in waiting area

4. Re-stripe parking lot

5. Copier paper

Norcross

Cooperative

Ministry

2275 Mitchell Road

Norcross

770-263-8268

www.norcrosscooperativeministry.org

"Caring for the community"

1. New, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages

2. Gifts for teens

3. Gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target

4. Kroger gift cards

5. Blankets

Partnership for Community Action -- Gwinnett

656 Indian Trail Road, Suite 205, Lilburn

770-564-1702

www.pcaction.org

"Where Help meets Hope!"

1. Gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc.

2. Headset for office front desk phone

3. Two dry erase boards

4. Book bags and school supplies

5. Radio and TV for lobby

The Quinn House

120 S. Perry St., Lawrenceville

770-962-0470

www.thequinnhouse.org

"A ministry to those in need"

1. Commercial gas stove/oven/griddle for the kitchen

2. Monetary donations

3. Frozen turkeys for holiday food boxes for the public

4. Gift cards for grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

5. New Christmas gifts for children ages 2 to 14 and for adult seniors

Single Parent Alliance & Resource Center (SPARC)

4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 116B, Norcross

678-253-0162

www.singleparent411.org

"It only takes a SPARC to ignite the flame of change"

1. Funds to assist single parents with emergencies

2. Gift cards -- Wal-Mart, grocery stores, gas

3. Holiday items -- Toys, clothing, gifts for teens, small electronics, household items

4. School supplies -- Back packs, binders, calculators, paper, pens, crayons, glue sticks, Clorox wipes,

notebooks, composition books, etc.

5. Free administrative/program space

South East Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry

1200 Athens Highway, Grayson

770-985-5229

www.segwinnettcoop.org

"Let us give generously"

1. Non-perishable food

2. Funds for utility and prescription assistance

3. Gift cards -- Wal-Mart, grocery stores for prescriptions and gas

4. Sponsors for Christmas assistance

5. Bibles

Streetwise

Georgia

P.O. Box 657, Dacula

770-945-2997

www.baskin-n-sonshine.org

(click on the StreetWise

tab -- new Web site for StreetWise

is under construction)

"Taking Hope

to the Hurting"

1. Funding to meet the needs of low-income

families

2. Food for StreetWise food pantry

3. Unwrapped gifts for children in preschool to 13 years of age for annual Christmas programs

4. Gift cards -- Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores, etc.

5. Volunteers

Tawnya L. Hoskins Foundation --

Suicide Prevention and Resource

Center

1405 Beaver Ruin Road, Suite 206, Norcross

404-769-1832

www.tlhoskinsfoundation.org

"Prevent suicide through community awareness, support and spiritual guidance"

1. Support for the January fundraiser -- a Mary Mary concert