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Share Your Blessings: Where to donate this holiday season

As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are struggling to make ends meet and address growing needs in the community.

These groups and the people they serve need our help more than ever.

Below is a listing of local organizations seeking donations of either money or items, or both. In this season of giving and Thanksgiving, please share your blessings by giving to those less fortunate.

40 West Assistance and Referral Center Inc. provides emergency food, counseling, and financial assistance with evictions, temporary shelter, utility turnoffs, prescriptions and transportation. 410-233-4357.

Wish List: Copy paper (white and assorted colors), HP printer cartridges No. 22 and/or No. 57, canned or boxed non-perishable foods for food pantry, clean, unused or new baby, infant or toddler clothes, assorted diapers, bath soap bars, dish washing detergent and laundry detergent.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center mission is to provide all reported victims of child sexual abuse in Baltimore, and their non-offending caretakers, with comprehensive interviews, medical treatment, referrals and crisis counseling services with the goal of preventing future child sexual abuse. 410-396-6147 or http://www.bcaci.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations. Also, crayons, colored pencils, markers, coloring books, construction paper, glue sticks, child-friendly scissors, stickers.

Fund for Social Welfare supporting Baltimore County Department of Social Services provides assistance to clients through ongoing programs and yearly projects. 410-853-3021 or dward3@dhr.state.md.us.

Wish List:. Inquire about sponsoring a family for the holidays.

The Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation provides hospital and retreat housing services for critically ill children and their families. The Believe In Tomorrow Children's House at Johns Hopkins offers families a sense of home where they can stay for days or weeks at a time while their child undergoes treatment or surgery for a life threatening illness. Believe In Tomorrow also offers families five beach and mountain retreat homes, which they can utilize year-round, free of charge, to renew their spirits and reconnect as a family. Believe In Tomorrow's unique programs bring comfort, hope and joy to critically ill children and their families. 410-744-1032. http://www.believeintomorrow.org.

Wish List: Two matching reclining lounge chairs, love seat sleeper sofa, two traditional sofas (leather or fabric), three-four multi-colored Adirondack chair sets for deck furniture, two air hockey tables.

Casey Cares Foundation provides uplifting, heartwarming, and continuing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic area. 443-568-0064. http://www.caseycaresfoundation.org.

Wish List: $10 or $25 gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Three Brothers Pizza, Taco Bell, or Subway. $10 or $25 gift cards for other national restaurants, big box store and movie theater chains. New, two-piece pajamas (adult and infant sizes are our most needed)

Caritas House Assisted Living serves seniors who can no longer live independently, offering assistance with daily activities, medication management, housekeeping, and recreational and cultural activities in a comfortable home-like environment. 410-646-6570. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, Karaoke machine, CDs (oldies and music from the 50s), and DVDs (family movies).

CEFM Network, formerly known as Catonsville Emergency Food Ministry, is a community assistance center that provides food and financial assistance with evictions and utility turnoffs. http://www.cefm.org or 410-747-HELP.

Wish List: Cash. Nonperishable canned goods.

Center for Pregnancy Concerns is a pregnancy resource center providing free physical, emotional and spiritual help and guidance to women and children. 410-243-6823. http://www.cpcforhelp.org.

Wish List: Baby clothes: (Preemie to 4T, new or gently used). Outfits (especially 0-3 months), Onesies and undershirts (especially 0-3 months), Sleepers (especially up to 3 months), Booties, socks, shoes. Baby/mom items: Bibs, blankets, receiving blankets, sheets, hooded towels, disposable diapers (Preemie to size 6). Similac Advance Formula, new baby bottles, lotion, oil, powder, shampoo, toys and stuffed animals, maternity clothing (new or used in good condition), Umbrellas for women and children (new or used in good condition). Gifts for women: Lotions, hand creams, coco butter, night gowns, shampoo, baby books, parenting books, cosmetics, nail polish, small jewelry items, volunteers at our centers and monetary donations.

Children's Home in Catonsville provides residential and community services to young people and families who experience disruption in their lives. 410-744-7310. http://www.thechildrenshome.net.

Wish List: Gifts and/or activities for residents. Also, gift certificates and gift cards; magazine subscriptions; monetary donation, recreation passes; games and toys for teens; music-related accessories; small electronics; sports equipment; computer software programs; educational and games (non-violent); personal accessories; bedding; mittens/gloves, hats and scarves; toiletries; videos or video games (PG-13, PG, G, or comparable rating). Consult individual "Wish Lists" for more details. 410-744-7310 ext. 131; glee@thechildrenshome.net.

Christopher Place Academy provides education and employment training, as well as emotional, spiritual, and addiction recovery support, to formerly homeless men. 443-986-9031. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: New single size sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases; full-size deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, body lotion, razors, toothpaste; good reading books; new dress and casual clothing; new undershirts, briefs, pajamas; new bath towels and wash cloths; men's shoes: new or very gently used dress, casual and athletic.

Defenders of Animal Rights is dedicated to eliminating cruelty to all animals by providing services which include rescues, the sheltering of unwanted animals and abuse victims, adoptions through an innovative pet center, spaying/neutering, humane education, youth work, grief counseling, and human health enhancements via pets. 410-527-1466. http://www.adopt-a-pet.org.

Wish List: Animal supplies: Feline pine litter (non clumping), Pedigree Dry Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow, Purina Dry Adult Cat Chow, cat and kitten canned food, dog and cat treats and toys, rawhides and chew toys, hamster food and treats, parakeet and parrot food and toys, wild bird feed, suet cakes, bales of straw and hay, fresh fruit and veggies and Pet Smart/grocery store gift cards; cleaning supplies: clean sheets, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, large trash bags, bleach, paper towels, sponges, scrubbers, wet/dry shop vacuums; office supplies: stamps, white copy paper, AA batteries, pens, markers, scotch tape; correction tape, file folders; post-it notes, printer ink (HP No. 02 black, EPSON No. 69 black, HP No.60 black and HP No.701 black.

Dream 4 It Foundation raises funds to support educational scholarships for college freshmen. 443-472-3311. http://www.dream4it.net.

Wish List: Cash donations and services and products for annual silent auction event.

The Franciscan Center provides response services to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in moving toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 410-467-5340. http://www.franciscancenterbaltimore.org.

Wish List: Warm clothes (jackets, boots, socks, mittens, gloves, knit hats, scarves), toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc.), food for the pantry, children's Items (clothes, toys, formula, diapers), money to run the programs.

Gallagher Services opening doors for individuals with developmental disabilities through group homes in the community and a medical day program. 410-252-4005. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets, bath towels, living room and bedroom lamps, vacuum cleaner, emergency flashlights, V-tech brand children's computers and exercise bike.

House of Ruth Maryland provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families. 410-889-0840. http://www.hruth.org.

Wish List: Clip hangers (for pants and skirts), women's hair brushes, tweezers and nail clippers, sleepwear for adults, infant and toddler sleepwear, pampers sizes 4, 5 and 6, pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T and baby wipes; new socks and undergarments for women and children (all sizes); gift certificates: Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Giant, etc.; laundry baskets; bed pillows, twin size sheets, blankets, comforters; bath towels and washcloths; vacuum cleaners; toothpaste (3 once and 4 punce tubes), toothbrushes; umbrellas; clothing for plus sized women.

Kennedy Krieger Institute improving lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training. 443-923-7300. http://www.kennedykrieger.org.

Wish List: Cause and effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Play Skool and Little People toys, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, DVD movies (G to PG 13), Wii games (rated E) used for therapy, board games (ages 8 and older), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items. Please, no stuffed animals.

Lighthouse, Inc. is a youth and family services center that provides counseling for children and their families, including social skills groups; community education events and materials; and training for graduate students in counseling fields. 410-788-5483 or http://www.lighthouse-md.org.

Wish List: Art supplies, especially construction paper, water-based paints and craft kits. Food store gift cards (for purchasing healthy snacks for our groups). Sturdy CD player. Koosh balls of all sizes. Children's music CDs. Monetary donations much needed.

Little Sisters of the Poor is an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious who, together with a diverse network of collaborators, serve the elderly poor with dignity and compassion. 401-744-9367, http://www.littlesistersofthepoorbaltimore.org.

Wish List: Unscented or lightly scented hand and body lotion and body wash, deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash (alcohol free), anti-bacterial hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, Kleenex, snack packs of crackers and cookies, individual packs of applesauce and pudding, postage stamps, prepaid phone cards, gift cards from Giant, Walmart, Safeway, gas stations; gift cards for local restaurants, passes for local museums, concerts, events.

Maryland Food Bank provides food to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282. http://www.mdfoodbank.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations allow purchase of needed items from wholesalers. Donation to virtual food drive highly desired.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals since 1960. 443-573-0940. http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

Wish List: Volunteers and pet food for clients who have pets.

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital treats children with serious, chronic, and or complex medical needs on an inpatient, outpatient and day program basis. 410-578-8600. http://www.mwph.org.

Wish List: Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Babies "R" Us/ Toys "R" Us, Chili's, Applebee's, Regal Cinema, AMC Theaters, iTunes, AMF Bowling Alleys and Lake Shore Learning Store; small infant rattles, infant socks, infant bibs, Crayola magic markers, Crayola crayons, poster board, nail polish and remover, pacifiers, batteries, Koosh balls, Uno cards/ playing cards, hair accessories, chap stick, goop, soap, foam, shaving cream, stickers, coloring books; infant/ toddler clothes, socks, CDs, DVDs, cause and effect toys, vibrating teethers, toys with blinking lights and/or music, all-vinyl baby dolls, toddler toys and boppy pillows; Discman, Play Station 3, Game Cube, X-box 360, Wii Games rated "E", joysticks/ controllers for PS3, "Nunchuck" for Wii, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, Frisbees, Boccie Ball Set, Nerf or soft/light weight balls, board games, Hot Wheels, action figures, ethnic Barbies, headphones, watches, alarm clocks, school supplies and Play-Doh; adolescent clothing, infant swings (Graco and Fisher Price), Bright Starts/ Fisher Price infant vibrating seat and Apple iPad. All items should be unwrapped. Deadline is Dec. 15.

Mosaic Community Services Inc. provides wide range of services to children, adolescents and adults whose lives are affected by mental illness and/or substance use. 410-453-9553, ext. 1113. http://www.mosaicinc.org.

Wish List: Toiletries and personal items for older adolescents and adults, gloves and hats (adult sizes), sweat pants and sweat shirts (adult sizes), household items (new), pots and pans; dishes; small appliances; towels; blankets; toys, books and games for ages 4-16; videos, CD's appropriate for adolescents.

Muscular Dystrophy Association provides services to the adults and children in the community who live with any of 43 different neuromuscular diseases, including ALS. 410-494-7106. http://www.mda.org.

Wish List: For MDA Summer Camp: gift cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, grocery stores), insect repellent, sunscreen, band aids, hand sanitizer, gallon zipper bags, paper products, bottled water, arts and crafts kits, glue, construction paper and poster board. For general program services: colored copy paper, auction items such as restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, autographed sports memorabilia.

My Sister's Place Women's Center is a comprehensive resource center offering homeless and impoverished women and their children three warm meals a day and resources to help them achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. 410-659-3763. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Umbrellas, plastic rain ponchos, hand sanitizer, lip balm, socks (white or black), Band-aids, small first aid kits, manicure kits, nail polish, body spray, travel size facial tissues, wallet/coin purse/ID holder. Panties in all sizes (especially plus sizes), Bras in all sizes (especially large band and cup sizes), Sweaters/sweat shirts/long sleeved shirts in all sizes (especially plus sizes).

My Sister's Place Lodge — provides a home for formerly homeless women diagnosed with mental illness or a disability. We provide a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment where the women can increase their self-esteem and develop skills necessary to be successful and reintegrated in the community. 410-528-9002. http://www.cc-md.org

Wish List: Sugar, cream, coffee, tuna, margarine, pasta sauces, pasta, ketchup, mayonnaise, gravy mixes, canned salmon, tuna, chicken; salad dressings, cereal.

Night of Peace Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for families. 410-922-4357. http://www.nightofpeace.com.

Wish List: Blankets, pampers (sizes 4 and 5), baby wipes, air mattresses (twin size), children's coats (all sizes), women's coats (all sizes), socks (children and adults) gloves for women and children, towels, washcloths and feminine sanitary products.

Our Daily Bread provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter million meals to hungry of Baltimore City each year, including nutritious lunches every day of the year and breakfast to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday morning. 443-986-9031. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Sugar, tea bags with strings, sandwich-size zip-loc bags; brown lunch size paper bags; napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent; salt, black pepper; In-date canned and boxed food for the food pantry; peanut butter, jelly, butter, salad dressings, oil, spray oil; casseroles (request recipes please); used or new metal forks; family-size frozen macaroni and cheese casseroles; cold cereal variety; oatmeal, regular or quick; ground coffee. Deliveries accepted seven days a week at 725 Fallsway, Baltimore MD 21202 between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Peace Study Center provides a mission to build a more peaceful world, one book at a time. 410-435-9188, ext. 112. http://www.peacestudycenter.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations may be mailed to: Peace Study Center, Inc., 5828 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212. Volunteers, gently used PC computer, computer paper, library supplies and books on peace-related topics.

Pregnancy Center North assists women in unplanned pregnancies by offering free services which include pregnancy testing, counseling, material assistance, educational incentive program, and referrals/resources for pregnant women. 410-377-2871. http://www.pcn4you.org.

Wish List: Diapers (1-size 5), formula (Similac Advance), baby toiletries (wipes, baby wash, lotion, powder, diaper rash ointment), baby clothes (newborn-24 months), onesis, socks, receiving blankets, baby bath towels, crib sheets, crib mattress pads, new cribs and crib mattresses, new strollers and infant car seats.

Santa Claus Anonymous provides assistance in the form of gift certificates redeemable at local merchants to aid families in the purchase of toys, clothing, or books for holiday presents. 443-557-7000.

Wish List: Monetary donations by mail or online only. PO Box 28385, Baltimore, MD 21234 or http://www.santaclausanonymous.org.

Sarah's House provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services to help homeless families achieve independence and strengthen their families. 410-551-7722, Kelly Anderson, kanderso@catholiccharities-md.org or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Safeway, Costco, Giant or Sam's Club, Bed linens (twin size sheet sets, blankets, comforters), wash clothes, towels, pillows, Pack n Play, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, plates, plastic forks/spoons/knives; sets of dishes; silverware, pots and pans, glasses, shower curtains and rugs.

Southwest Emergency Services provides food and financial assistance to prevent evictions. 410-247-8154.

Wish List: Items for annual holiday giveaway, especially $10 or $20 gift cards from Wal-Mart, footballs, basketballs, Hot Wheels, Legos and Polly Pockets dolls, as well as chocolate chips, flour and sugar to make cookies. Cash. Holiday foods such as frozen turkeys, canned hams, potatoes (fresh or boxed), stuffing, hot beverage mixes and candy treats for children's stocking stuffers. Wool hats, gloves, and scarves. Peanut butter, soups, pasta, canned tuna or chicken.

St. Ann's Adult Day Services provides medical supervision in a pleasant structured day program that reduces the likelihood of premature nursing home placement for seniors. 410-646-6532. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow. 2012

St. Timothy's Church operates Harvest Room Food Pantry from their facility. People in need often cannot afford to purchase these items and those with an Independence Card cannot use their cards for these items. 410-747-6690, office@sttimscatonsville.org or http://www.sttimscatonsville.org

Wish List: Personal hygiene items: deodorant, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, disposable shavers, shampoo, etc. First aid items: band aids, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc. Baby items: diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash ointment, Q-tips, etc. Household cleaning items: dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach, Comet, Brillo pads, etc. Non-food items: aluminum foil, Baggies, brown lunch bags, plastic wrap, etc. Pet food for cats and dogs.

St. Vincent's Villa provides intensive diagnostic, stabilization and treatment services to children, ages 5 to 14 and their families. 410-252-4000, ext. 1612. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: New twin size comforters, new books (pre-school grade 4), puzzles 50-500 pieces; Wii Games (Just Dance), Legos, arts and craft kits, video games rated E, Mp3 players, personal radios, Gameboys, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, Uno cards, playing cards, board games such as Connect Four, Battleship, Sorry, Operation, remote control cars. Gift cards to the movies, bowling and fast food restaurants. Only new toys please.

Toys for Tots at Turf Valley is participating in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Wish List: Donations of desirable, new, unwrapped toys for ages 3 and older. No stuffed animals please. Toys accepted through Dec. 17. 410- 480- 2427.

Turnaround Inc. provides emergency shelter, counseling, community education, emergency room companions, legal services and a 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, domestic violence, child sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. 410-377-8111. http://www.turnaroundinc.org.

Wish List: Nonperishable food items, diapers, hats, gloves, scarves, gift cards and gas cards, household cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper.

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