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Nonprofit Wish Lists: Get local with your giving

December 15, 2018

During this time of year, it is easy to plan your personal wish list and think of all the things you want. It may be fun to hint to your friends and family what is on that list to make sure you get what you want.

But for many, the holiday season is not anything special. For those who can’t afford to buy needed items throughout the year, there is no expectation of getting them.

This is why it is a great time to think about others. There are many opportunities to give cheerfully to those in need. And those in need who didn’t expect that need to be met will surely be filled with gratitude.

At the Post Bulletin, it is our pleasure to facilitate ways for our community to help local nonprofits this time of year. Bringing you the Season of Giving Holiday Wish List brings as much joy to us as it does to those who receive the needed items. Making Rochester not only feel like a city, but feel like a home community is a gift to us all.

If you are able to help grow that community spirit, below are some much-needed items for local nonprofits.

American Cancer Society, Inc. -- Hope Lodge

Mailing and delivery address: 411 Second St. NW, RochesterWebsite: cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/rochester-mnPhone number: 507-529-4673 or 800-227-2345Mission Statement: The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. More than just a roof over their heads, it’s a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need. Each Hope Lodge community offers a supportive, homelike environment where guests can share a meal, join in the evening’s activities, or unwind in their own private rooms.

Items needed:

AAA or AA batteriesClorox wipesToilet paperPaper towelsPlastic silverwarePaper plates

Channel One Regional Food Bank

Mailing and delivery address: 131 35th St. SE, RochesterWebsite: helpingfeedpeople.orgPhone number: 507-287-2350Email address: channel1foodmn@gmail.comMission Statement: To work in partnership with others to help feed people in need

Items needed:

Channel One needs donations of food and funds (Channel One can turn $1 into 4 meals!) to offer a variety of nutritionally balanced food to individuals and families in need:

Canned/dried meat, fish, and proteinsuch as tuna, chicken, peanut butter, etc.Canned fruits and vegetablesCanned or boxed meals such as soups, stews, macaroni and cheese, etc.Grains such as pasta, rice, and cerealCooking basics, such as flour, sugar, and oilSpecial dietary foods, such as gluten-free, low-sugar, and low-sodium optionsPersonal care products like shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products.

Food items can be brought to Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Funds can be donated online at helpingfeedpeople.org or mailed to Channel One Regional Food Bank, 131 35th St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Bear Creek Services

Mailing and delivery address: 3108 Highway 52 N, RochesterWebsite: bearcreekservices.orgPhone number: 507-288-7195Email address: pama@bearcreekservices.orgMission Statement: We provide community personalized life experiences for people with disabilities and traumatic brain injury

Adult Men Wishes:

Men’s winter hats and gloves(several requested)Men’s PJs - Med/ Large/XLMen’s sheet sets – twin size deep pocketMen’s XL comforters for twin bedMen’s comforter for queen bedMen’s sheets – queen bed deep pocketMen’s winter jackets, XL x 2Men’s winter jackets, L X 2Men’s bowling ball, 10-12 pound and bag (someone really wants this)Men’s bowling shoes, size 11Men’s pullovers or zip-up sweatshirts, any color (except pink) Med/Large/XL/2XLMen’s Minnesota Viking sweatshirts Large/XLMen’s long-sleeve t-shirts, Large/XLMen’s undershirts, Large/XLMen’s, slippers, LargeFishing poles for small lake fishingMen’s wool socksMen’s grey sweater button-up

Adult Women Wishes:

Winter PJs, 2-piece with elastic waists, Med/Large/XL/2XL/3XL (several requested)Winter nightgowns, Large/XL/2XLSlippers, Med/LargeAny hair accessories ( older women)Women’s winter hatsWomen’s winter glovesWomen’s elastic waist pants XL (several)Women’s turtleneck shirts Large/XLWomen’s jeans (elastic or stretchy) XL/2XLWomen’s white socks - LargeWomen’s slip-on tennis shoes sizes 8 & 9Women’s long tunic tops 2XLWomen’s bathrobe Med/Large/XLWomen’s sweatshirt pullover 2XLWomen’s Vikings scarfWomen’s sheet sets (twin/ queen beds)Women’s comforter bed set (twin)Women’s necklaces/earringsNail polish/makeupWomen’s lap blankets

Men & Women Wishes:

Vikings picturesRadio/CD player to fit under cupboardCanisters for kitchenFlat-screen TVs ( not a wall mount), 32-inch or largerPots and pans sets (stock pots/fry pans)Silverware setsDVDs - Jim Carrey’s “The Grinch”Jimmy Johnson carStereo with CD playerHeadphonesBack massagerBible (large print)Word search booksChristen CDsNew sturdy dining room chairs, 6DVD playersMayo Clinic picture books/calendarsMarkers/craftsScented lotions, cologne, and perfume“Golden Girls” box setScrapbooksAvonNew computer printers with scannersLarge print romance novelsComputer speakersBaking pans- all typesBathroom towelsWashclothsKitchen towelsDish ragsFarmhouse wall décorKitchen utensilsFood processorsCorell plates/bowlsToothbrush holders (neutral colors)Bedroom clockAir fresheners (misters)Diabetes socksAnimal puzzles (no larger than 100 piece)DVDs of animalsElvis itemsStorage containers for kitchenPortable DVD playersGift Cards: Movie passes, Subway, Culvers, McDonalds, Hobby Lobby, Taco Bell, Bowling, Chanhassen, Plays, Barnes & Noble, KFC, Chinese restaurants, Walmart, Target, 125 Memberships, Y memberships, Dunn Brothers

Bundles of Love Charity

Mailing and delivery address: 4522 5th St. NW, RochesterWebsite: bundlesoflove.org/rochesterPhone number: 507-288-0592Email address: Sharon.landsworth@bundlesoflove.orgMission Statement: Bundles of Love Charity is a collection of skilled, loving volunteers who, in partnership with Minnesota hospitals and social agencies, assist economically challenged families by providing handmade baby clothing and basic care items for their newborns; along with support for military families and condolences to grieving families experiencing the loss of an infant with handmade baby bereavement garments.

Items needed:

Size 1 diapersBaby wipesBaby wash or shampooVolunteers who sew, cut, knit, crochetBaby-appropriate knit fabric for sleepers and gownsSoft acrylic yarn in baby-appropriate colors to make afghans and sweatersMonetary donationsBroadcloth for making crib sheets

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester

Mailing and delivery address: 850 Second St. SW, RochesterWebsite: www.rmhmn.orgPhone number: 507-282-3955Email address: JDreyer@rmhmn.orgMission Statement: The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota provides a home away from home and offers support to families seeking medical care for their children

Items needed:

Coffee (regular and decaf)13-gallon garbage bagsGift cards in denominations of $25 or less(grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc.)Gifts for adult males

Zumbro Valley Health Center

Mailing and delivery address: 343 Woodlake Dr. SE, RochesterWebsite: zvhc.orgPhone number: 507-289-2089Email address: info@zvhc.orgMission Statement: Promoting healthy minds, bodies, and communities with a person-centered, integrated approach

Items needed:

Winter coats (adult)Blankets, bed sheets, and pillow casesDog/cat foodBus passesToiletriesBath towels and washclothsSpace heaterSocksVacuumSweat shirts and pantsClothingSelf-soothing items (fidget spinners, stress balls,relaxation CDs, coloring books/pencils)

Elder Network

Mailing address: 1130 1⁄2 7th St. NW, Suite 205, RochesterWebsite: elder-network.orgPhone number: 507-285-5124Email address: info@elder-network.orgMission Statement: Individuals impacted by limiting effects of aging have an optimal quality of life

Items needed:

Birthday cardsSympathy cardsK-cup coffee, sugar, creamerLarge post-it flip chartsWhite board markersPermanent markersCopy paperPaper platesPaper towels

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