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Share Your Blessings: Where to donate this holiday season

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As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are still 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 helping 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.

Abilities Network provides educational and emotional support to families during pregnancy and through the first five years of childhood. 410-828-7700 or http://www.abilitiesnetwork.org.

Wish List: New books and basic toys such as blocks and baby dolls. No electronic toys.

AIDS Action Baltimore provides AIDS research advocacy, programs on HIV prevention and emergency assistance, including rent, medical bills, prescriptions and other expenses to people with HIV. 410-837-2437 or http://www.aidsactionbaltimore.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations.

Assistance Center of Towson Churches provides emergency food, clothing, shelter, toiletries and financial help for evictions, utility turnoffs, prescriptions and transportation. 410-296-4855

Wish List: Monetary donations, volunteers, soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, hand and body lotion, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, food certificates in $5 amounts, cereal, canned fruit, dry milk, tuna, saltines, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, canned or boxed potatoes, rice, pork and beans and soup.

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.

Baltimore Police Department Northern District Community Council Provides food and toys to families in need. 410-367-8491

Wish List: Nonperishable food for food baskets, new toys for children in less fortunate families and monetary donations.

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: 2 matching reclining lounge chairs, 1 love seat sleeper sofa, 2 traditional sofas (leather or fabric), 3-4 multi-colored Adirondack chairs for deck furniture, 2 air hockey tables.

Casey Cares Foundation provides uplifting programs to critically ill children and their families. 443-568-0064 or http://www.caseycaresfoundation.org.

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

Catholic Charities provides: Services to people of all faiths and races who are in need. Catholic Charities provides programs designed to improve the lives of children, families, seniors, the disadvantaged and people with developmental disabilities. 410-547-5490 or http://www.catholiccharities-md.org

Wish List: New toys; gift certificates to restaurants, movies, supermarkets, sporting events and shopping; canned foods; powdered drink mixes; pancake mixes; sugar; pasta; spaghetti sauce; paper towels; napkins; toilet paper; plastic bags; brown lunch bags; new clothing of all sizes; art and craft supplies; toiletries; sports and recreational equipment; diapers; baby wipes; baby food; children's books; blankets; sheets; pots; pans; cleaning supplies, and AA batteries.

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: (Premie to 4T, new or gently used). Outfits (especially 0-3 months), Onesies and undershirts (especially 0-3 months), Sleepers (especially 0-3 months), Booties, socks, shoes. Baby/mom items: Bibs, Blankets, Receiving blankets, Sheets, Hooded towels, Disposable diapers (Premie 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.

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, tooth paste; 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 (nonclumping), 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.

Diakon Adoption Services Provides Adoption services for children with special needs, private infant adoptions, legal-risk adoptions and different levels of foster care. 410-631-0731 or http://www.diakon.org/adoption.

Wish List: School backpacks or dufflebags, toiletry items for children, gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target and other stores for the purchase of needed items and scrapbooking supplies for adoption life books.

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.

Fund for Social Welfare Provides Adopt-a-family services, toy drives, food baskets and mitten-sock-hat-underwear tree. 410-583-3079

Wish List: New, unwrapped toys; mittens, socks, hats, underwear (all sizes) and food for baskets.

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 (3oz. and 4oz. tubes), toothbrushes; umbrellas; clothing for plus-sized women.

Humane Society of Baltimore County Provides a temporary refuge for stray, unwanted and injured animals, an adoption and surrender program, spay-neuter ser vices, a pet cemetery, vaccinations, dog obedience classes and humane education programs. 410-833-8848 or http://www.hsbcanimals.org

Wish List: Blankets, towels, small mats and rugs, laundry detergent, paper towels, clay kitty litter (not scoopable), cat toys, sturdy dog toys such as kongs, hard plastic baby toys for rabbits, medical gloves, Clorox Cleanup, rawhide treats, canned cat and kitten food, dry dog and cat food (no dyes) such as Science Diet, Proplan, Nutro, rabbit and guinea pig food and carrots for horses.

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

Wish List: Cause-and-effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Plays Kool 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 ans older), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items. Please, no stuffed animals.

KidzStuff Provides both day care and before- and after-school care, providing working parents with the assurance that their children are cared for in a safe and familiar environment. 410-728-0652

Wish List: Multicultural dolls, educational computer software, a digital camera, board games, educational and play toys for ages 2-13, dye-cutting machine, CD players and CDs, monetary contributions, volunteers, mentors and tutors.

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). A sturdy CD player. Koosh balls of all sizes. Children's music CDs. Monetary donations appreciated.

Maryland Food Bank — Provides statewide food bank to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282. http://www.mdfoodbank.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations allows the food bank to purchase the most needed items because they can purchase from wholesalers. Also, a donation to the virtual food drive highly desired.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals since 1960. 410-558-0932 or http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

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

Mosaic Community Services Inc. Provides a 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 or http://www.mosaicinc.org.

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

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 Certificates to Target, Wal-Mart, 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 36, Wii Games rated "E", joysticks/ controllers for PS3, "Nunchuck" for Wii, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, Frisbees, Bocce Ball Set, Nerf or soft/light weight balls, board games, Hot Wheels cars, 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.

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 repellant, 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/sweatshirts/long sleeved shirts in all sizes (especially plus sizes).

My Sister's Place Lodge (Catholic Charities) 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 the skills necessary to be successful and reintegrated in the community. 410-528-9002 or 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.

Our Daily Bread provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter million meals to the 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, teabags 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 are accepted seven days a week at 725 Fallsway, Baltimore MD 21202 between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ronald McDonald House Provides a home for children and their families who are dealing with catastrophic childhood illnesses. It provides a comfortable, affordable place for families while their child is being hospitalized. 410-528-1010 or http://www.rmhbaltimore.com

Wish List: New toys for children of all ages, portable baby cribs, baby monitors and canned or dry goods.

The Salvation Army Emergency and Transitional Shelter Provides relief to thousands of individuals and families in need of food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, as well as spiritual and emotional counseling. 410-783-2920.

Wish List: Bedding items such as new or slightly used twin sheets and comforters, clothing detergent, pens, copier paper, new adult Christmas gift items such as wallets, purses, gloves, bath and body gels and lotions and new children's toys, hand-held games, school supplies or winter clothing items.

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. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Costco, Giant or Sam's Club), Bed Lines (twin size sheet sets, blankets, comforters), wash cloths, 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.

St. Mary's Outreach Center The Resource and Referral Service at the Outreach Center provides free and confidential services to men and women, age 55 and older in ZIP code 21211 who are in need of assistance. on utilities, medical bills, housing etc. Also counseling services, legal aid referrals, food pantry access, food stamps, benefits packages, access to housing, transportation and more. 410-366-3106 for an appointment.

Wish List: Monatery donations.

Toys for Tots provides: New, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children within the community. 410-444-6200, ext. 152

Wish List: New, unwrapped toys, excluding stuffed animals, guns, bullets and knives..

St. Vincent's Villa provides comprehensive, therapeutic services to boys and girls, ages 5-14 whose behavioral and emotional needs require an intensive residential setting. 410-252-4000, ext. 1672. 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 are always. Only new toys please.

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.

United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) provides emergency financial assistance to families and individuals in the community, evictions, utility turnoffs, medicine and food. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 410-628-2102.

Wish List: Money, gift cards to food stores, Target and Walmart.

Victor's Vittles Food Pantry provides food serving ZIP codes 21234, 21236, 21286. 410-668-8089. Open Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. http://www.christusvictoronline.org.

Wish List: Nonperishable food, personal-needs items, perishable food (contact church to arrange)

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