As the holidays approach and we reflect on the blessings we have received during the last year, our minds and hearts turn to those most in need in our community. United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County, Volunteer Oxford, the Medical Reserve Corps and RSVP are proud to bring you our 2013 Giving Tuesday Wish List as a way for you to help people in need, right her in the L-O-U community. The Giving Tuesday Wish List offers a wide range of opportunities for business and individuals to support local non-profit organizations.
Make sure to drop off all donations on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Oxford Activity Center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Christmas Store – firstname.lastname@example.org 662-259-7150. Needs donations of new toys, batteries (9V, C, AA) or Walmart/Walgreens gift cards to purchase toys for eligible children in Oxford and Lafayette County who might not otherwise have Christmas. Toys or gift cards may be dropped off at Howorth Associates (800 North Lamar Blvd) or a Rotarian will pick up toy donations by contacting email@example.com or 662-259-7150. Monetary donations may be sent to The Christmas Store, PO Box 1656, Oxford, MS 38655 or may be made online at www.oxford-olemissrotary.com (click on ‘service products).
Doors of Hope – Sherry Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-234-1100. Doors of Hope is in need of toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene items, toilet bowl cleaner, Pine Sol cleaner, pillows, large storage bins, and $10 gift cards to Walmart, Kroger, Larson’s Cash Saver, etc.
Food Pantry – Ann O’Dell, email@example.com, 662-832-8001. The Pantry is in need of food that is low in fat, sodium and sugar. For canned items, 14-15 oz. is the best size. Some suggested foods include: fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals (such as Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Corn Chex), oatmeal, grits, whole-grain bread, lite canned fruit, low sodium and fat-free chicken and beef broth, low fat soups, sugar free gelatin, desserts, whole-grain pastas, low-sodium canned vegetables, low-sodium canned chicken or tuna, peanut butter, corn meal, and self-rising flour.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South – Shannon Ivy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-816-5530. Girl Scouts are in need of craft supplies, school supplies, and first aid kids and supplies.
Lafayette County Literacy Council – Meridith Wulff, email@example.com, 662-234-4234. The Literacy Council is in need of a small desktop scanner, legal pads, dry erase markers, copy/printer paper, sets of soft white incandescent tap lights, gently used or new picture books and readers for kindergarten and first grade level, gift certificates for coffee/restaurants/etc. for volunteer thank you gifts, early reading games, gift certificate printing services, and craft supplies, such as pipe cleaners, pom poms, construction paper, googly eyes, and yarn.
Leap Frog – Teresa Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-801-9698. Leap Frog is in need of outdoor toys to expand their enrichment hour.
Lovepacks – Camie Bianco, email@example.com, 662-832-0206. Lovepacks is in need of the following items: pop-top ravioli, pop-top mac and beef, pop-top vegatable soup, pop-top chicken noodle soup, pop-top Vienna sausage, non-refrigerated pudding, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pop-top containers of fruit, and plastic grocery bags.
Memory Makers – Dianne Arnold, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-234-3324. Memory Makers is in need of the following items: Equipment – an upright vacuum cleaner, 7-quart crock pot, griddle, rolling TV stand for 45″ television, karaoke machine; Food – coffee (regular & decaf), #4 coffee filters, mayonnaise, muffin mix in blueberry, brownie mix, walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, goldfish crackers, Lays potato chips, apple or orange juice; Craft/Office Supplies – paint for ceramics, ceramics pieces, prizes for games, card stock, envelopes, copy paper; and Kitchen/Cleaning Supplies – paper towels, toilet paper, large paper napkins, dish-washing detergent.
More Than a Meal – Kristy Bridgers, email@example.com, 662-801-4712. More Than a Meal is in need of the following items: backpacks, binders, notepads, to-go boxes, name tags, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo*, body wash*, women’s deodorant, size 5 diapers, size 3T pull-up diapers, coats, mittens, hats, dish towels, cleaning supplies, and TI 83 & 84 calculators. *Regular size preferred over travel size.
Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society – Natalie Marrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-236-7631. The Humane Society is in need of dry cat, kitten, dog and puppy foods (recommended to buy Purina, Pedigree, or Iams), dog and cat treats, toys, collars, thick leashes, polar fleece blankets, stainless steel pet bowls, pet crates, fabric, various shelter supplies, including bleach, Dawn liquid soup, laundry detergent, trash bags, scrub brushes, various medical supplies, various office supplies, gift cards to Walmart and Kroger. For a full list, please email email@example.com.
Oxford School District – Sunny Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-675-7631. OSD is planning new school gardens and is in need of dirt, shovels, wheelbarrows, trowels, gloves, pots, seeds, and other gardening supplies.
Salvation Army – Lisa Coleman, email@example.com, 662-236-2260. Salvation Army is in need of new toys and clothes for the Angel Tree, coats in all sizes, blankets, scarves, hats, and gloves.
Senior Saint Ministry of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church – Mary Patton-Jarrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-234-0816. The church is in need of humidifiers, hand held vacuum cleaners, toasters & toaster ovens, microwaves with dials, quilts and blankets, fleece socks, wet jet & carpet sweepers, cotton/wool/knit scarves, oil filled radiator space heaters, house shoes, gift cards to Walmart, laundry supplies, personal hygiene items, and kitchen supplies.
Special Olympics – Felisa Bonner, email@example.com, 662-513-7845. Special Oplympics needs softball bats, softy softballs, helmets, a chest protector for hind catcher, and several volleyballs.
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council – Wayne Andrews, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-236-6429. The YAC is in need of the following: colored pens, paints, markers, sharpies, extention cords, folding tables, staplers, 3-hole punch, mod podge, glue sticks, colored paper & card stock, paint brushes, scissors (adult & child size), plastic storage bins (big & small), white card stock, construction paper, duct tape, turbo tacky glue, apple barrel acrylic paints, water color pan sets, pom poms & pipe cleaners, feathers, finger paint, and paper towels.
Yokna Bottom Farms – Douglas Davis, email@example.com, 662-380-2367. Yokna Bottom Farm needs 1 storage/organizer on wheels with handle (can be found at office supply stores), empty egg cartons, 2 or 3 large plastic storage bins with lids, thick rubber bands, and packages of large unused paper lunch bags.
9 Lives Cat Rescue – Natascha Techen, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are in need of the following items: Amazon.com gift cards, Purina One Sensitive Systems cat food (7 & 15 lb. bags), Friskies poultry variety pack, Friskies classic pate poultry cat food variety pack, Friskies cat food classic pate, Purina cat chow dry cat food, Capstar flea treatment, and Capstar blue fast-acting for dogs & cats.