Wish Lists 

Gifts that give back.


Nonprofit: The Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is running a "Stepping Up for Kids and a Cure" campaign.

Gift pick: Blue rubber bracelet.

Price: $3.25 each or $5 for two.

Contact: 254-8014.

Web site: www.jdrf.org/centralvirginia

Nonprofit: Big Brothers Big Sisters Services needs ducks for its annual Duck Race fund-raiser. Racers "adopt" a fake duck with a donation. (They raced a record 16,530 ducks last year.)

Gift pick: Pair of ducks.

Price: $2.94, which includes shipping.

Contact: 261-4940.

Web site: www.bigbrobigsis.com

Nonprofit: Children's Hospital and the VCU Children's Medical Center through the Children's Miracle Network.

Gift pick: "A Time for Miracles" CD featuring holiday music by local jazz musicians.

Price: $14.99 at Mongrel, RSVP or the customer service desk at The Shops at Willow Lawn.

Contact: 228-5929, ext. 7150.

Web site:


Nonprofit: Noah's Children, the pediatric program of IVNA, is a pediatric hospice and serves the IVNA's home health-care needs for children.

Gift pick: An evening out for ice-cream sundaes for a hospice family.

Price: $15.

Contact: 355-7100, ext. 247.

Web site: www.ivna.org/nc.html

Nonprofit: The Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates help abused or neglected children find a home and serve as their advocate in court.

Gift pick: 100 miles in travel expenses for a volunteer to visit a child.

Price: $33.

Contact: 646-0516.

Web site: www.richmondcasa.org

Nonprofit: Prevent Child Abuse Virginia works to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Gift pick: "Blue Ribbon Guide to Parenting" for 250 new or expectant parents.

Price: $100.

Contact: 359-6166

Web site: www.preventchildabuseva.org

Nonprofit: Children's Hospital is a private, specialty pediatric facility.

Gift pick: Pair of tickets to the 10th Annual Children's Hospital Casino Night Jan. 29 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Price: $150.

Contact: 228-5826.

Web site: www.chcasinonight.com

Nonprofit: The Harold M. Marsh Sr. Metrotown Institute holds four-day, three-night summer retreats to educate youth about issues of bias, bigotry, racism and violence.

Gift pick: A scholarship for one student.

Price: $350.

Contact: 285-7950.

Web site: www.nccjvirginia.org

Nonprofit: Coordinators2inc is a private, nonprofit adoption agency that specializes in placing children who have been abused or neglected and are waiting in foster care.

Gift pick: Sponsor a waiting child, to help pay for activities, meetings with prospective families and preparation for placement.

Price: $5,000-$15,000.

Contact: 354-1881.

Web site: www.c2adopt.org/index.htm

Nonprofit: Central Virginia Division March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies.

Gift pick: Fund a site for the NICU Family Support Project, which provides services for families whose newborns are being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Price: $35,000.

Contact: 968-4120.

Web site: www.marchofdimes.com/virginia


Nonprofit: The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities works to protect and save Virginia's historic structures. Gifts help preserve the John Marshall House.

Gift pick: The book "Jamestown Rediscovery 1994-2004," documenting the archaeological rediscovery of the James Fort, by William M. Kelso with Beverly Straube.

Price: $19.95.

Contact: 648-1889, ext. 311.

Web site: www.apva.org/marhsall

Nonprofit: The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation.

Gift pick: "Couples' Desserts" cooking class is part of a series the museum is holding with Sur La Table at Stony Point Fashion Park.

Price: $65 per person.

Contact: 864-1540.

Web site: www.smv.org

Nonprofit: The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation is raising money to build a performing arts center in downtown Richmond.

Gift pick: "Wider Views of Richmond" signed, limited-edition prints.

Price: $110.

Contact: 327-5759.

Web site: www.vapaf.com/widerviews/index.html

Nonprofit: Artspace helps advance art and artists in Richmond. Its current show features original work for sale by local artists through Jan. 23.

Gift pick: Your choice, with 25 percent going back to Artspace.

Price: Starting at $125.

Contact: 232-6464.

Web site: www.artspacegallery.org

Nonprofit: Chamberlayne Actors Theatre.

Gift pick: A chair and portions of new risers for the audience.

Price: $200.

Contact: 262-9760.

Web site: www.cattheatre.com

Nonprofit: Maymont is a 100-acre park full of architecture, history, gardens, wildlife and a children's farm.

Gift pick: A tree, to help replace those downed in recent hurricanes.

Price: $250.

Contact: 358-7166, ext. 321.

Web site: www.maymont.org

Nonprofit: Richmond Ballet.

Gift pick: Pointe shoes for a professional ballerina.

Price: $1,620.

Contact: 344-0906, ext. 244.

Web site: www.richmondballet.com

Nonprofit: The Richmond SPCA helps nearly 3,000 orphaned pets each year.

Gift pick: Become a sponsor of the SPCA's spay/neuter television advertising campaign for 2005.

Price: $40,000.

Contact: 521-1313.

Web site: www.richmondspca.org


Nonprofit: The Chester House is a psychosocial clubhouse in Chesterfield County that helps adults with serious mental illnesses who want to contribute to the community.

Gift pick: Hotel shampoo, soap or toothbrushes.

Price: Free.

Contact: 748-6787.

Nonprofit: The Da Vinci Project, located at Art Works, helps artists with disabilities.

Gift pick: A work of art.

Price: $20-$200.

Contact: 230-0246, ext. 3.

Web site: www.vsarts.org/x332.xml

Nonprofit: Richmond Area ARC serves people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Gift pick: One-week session of summer camp at Camp Baker to help a family member with a developmental disability.

Price: $650.

Contact: 358-1874.

Web site: www.arc-richmond.com


Nonprofit: The Virginia Historical Society's Youth Education Fund.

Gift pick: Help underwrite the field trip for a class of 80 to 150 students to attend the Virginia Historical Society.

Price: $40-$50.

Contact: 342-9664.

Web site: www.vahistorical.org

Nonprofit: The READ Center.

Gift pick: Help start a student in the center's adult literacy program.

Price: $50.

Contact: 353-1587.

Web site: www.readcenter.org

Nonprofit: United Methodist Family Services is working to raise money for its new Charterhouse School, which helps children in need.

Gift: A brick with an inscription of your choice for the school's entry plaza.

Price: $100.

Contact: 254-9663.

Web site: www.umfs.org

Nonprofit: Richmond Montessori School has 31 countries represented among its family and staff community.

Gift pick: Sponsor an international flag, flown in someone's honor for a year along the school's frontage on North Parham Road.

Price: $200.

Contact: 741-0040, ext. 13.

Web site: www.richmondmontessori.org

Nonprofit: St. Andrew's School in Oregon Hill, founded by Grace Arents, provides a private, free education to children of limited resources in grades K-5.

Gift pick: A day's education for a class of 18.

Price: $720.

Contact: 548-4952.

Web site: www.st-andrews-school.org

Nonprofit: The Faison School for Autism.

Gift pick: Data-collection computer tablets for teachers to help develop specialized behavior programs for students.

Price: $2,000 each.

Contact: 828-4708.

Web site: www.thefaisonschool.org


Nonprofit: YWCA of Richmond operates two domestic violence shelters for women and children fleeing abuse and provides counseling and educational services for low-income or homeless families.

Gift pick: Sweat suit for a sexual assault victim whose clothing has been taken into evidence at the hospital.

Price: $25.

Contact: 643-6761, ext. 126.

Web site: www.ywcarichmond.org

Nonprofit: The Central Virginia Food Bank.

Gift pick: Feed a disadvantaged family of four for a month.

Price: $30.

Contact: 521-3275.

Web site: www.cvfb.org

Nonprofit: Safe Harbor is a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

Gift pick: Help remodel a room in the shelter.

Price: Furniture items start at $50.

Contact: 287-7871.

Web site: www.safeharborshelter.com

Nonprofit: The Friends Association for Children offers support and educational and career training for low- to moderate-income families in Richmond and Chesterfield County.

Gift pick: A V-Smile educational video game system.

Price: $55.

Contact: 644-2357.

Web site: www.friendsassn.org

Nonprofit: The Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force helps people who have left — or are leaving — their abuser.

Gift pick: Alarm system installation.

Price: $100.

Contact: 706-6600.

Web site: www.carolynmillerfund.org

Nonprofit: Richmond Goodwill Industries offers job training and placement programs for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Gift pick: Five one-on-one job search sessions.

Price: $250.

Contact: 745-6300.

Web site: www.goodwillrichmond.org

Nonprofit: Family Lifeline helps at-risk families strengthen themselves.

Gift pick: A year's worth of services from a team of professionals who help a child experiencing school and social failure.

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 282-4255.

Web site: www.family-lifeline.org


Nonprofit: The Irvin Gammon Craig Health Center helps uninsured adults and children in the metro area.

Gift pick: One school physical for a child.

Price: $35.

Contact: 553-3351.

Nonprofit: Crater Community Hospice, with headquarters in the tri-cities, provides care to terminally ill patients in their own homes.

Gift pick: Two weeks' supply of oxygen.

Price: $100.

Contact: 526-4300.

Web site: www.cratercommunityhospice.org

Nonprofit: Cross Over Ministry is Virginia's largest free clinic.

Gift pick: Dental visit for two people in need.

Price: $150.

Contact: 262-3585, ext. 107.

Web site: www.crossoverministry.org

Nonprofit: The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.

Gift pick: A scholarship for a woman younger than 40 who has been diagnosed with breast cancer to attend the Young Survival Coalition annual conference.

Price: $300.

Contact: 285-1200.

Web site: www.vbcf.org


Nonprofit: Polkadot Arts creates, coordinates and supports arts-oriented programming for children and adults who are experiencing homelessness.

Gift pick: Journal for poetry workshops.

Price: $1.

Contact: 355-7514.

Nonprofit: The Daily Planet.

Gift pick: Calling cards or bus tickets for clientele to keep in touch with loved ones during the holidays.

Price: $10, $25, $50.

Contact: 783-2505.

Nonprofit: CARITAS is the largest homeless shelter in the Richmond metro area.

Gift pick: A week of evening shelter and meals for one person.

Price: $105.

Contact: 358-0964.

Web site: www.caritasshelter.org


Nonprofit: The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Clearinghouse offers free services to charities.

Gift pick: Cash or check.

Price: Varies.

Contact: 780-0700.

Web site: www.grbf.org

Nonprofit: The Giving Heart works to acquire, store and distribute donated items to nonprofits and their clients.

Gift pick: Bus tickets, needed by clients of several nonprofits to get to jobs.

Price: Varies.

Contact: 749-4726.

Web site: www.thegivingheart.org

Nonprofit: LINC, the Legal Information Network for Cancer, provides business and legal assistance to cancer patients.

Gift pick: Donation.

Price: $50.

Contact: 662-5462.

Web site: www.cancerlinc.org


Nonprofit: Public housing volunteers with the city's AmeriCorps program help provide positive role models and create a visible adult presence in their neighborhoods. They're identified by hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts or vests.

Gift pick: T-shirt.

Price: $15.

Contact: 646-3887.

Nonprofit: The Junior League of Richmond's programs at Sacred Heart Center, serving neighborhoods in South Richmond with efforts to address education, socio-development issues and poverty.

Gift pick: Unwrapped gifts for children at the center, dropped off at the league's community thrift shop, The Clothes Rack, at 2618 W. Cary St.

Price: Varies.

Contact: 358-4693.

Web site: www.jlrichmond.org

Nonprofit: Oregon Hill Home Improvement Council (OHHIC) helps residents of Oregon Hill with emergency home repair and historic rehabs for affordable housing.

Gift pick: Donation, listing the donor in its newsletter and online.

Price: Starting at $100.

Contact: 644-4244.

Web site: www.ohhic.org


Nonprofit: South Richmond Adult Day Care Center.

Gift pick: One day of nursing, therapeutic recreation, assistance and food for an elderly or disabled adult.

Price: $45.

Contact: 231-9306.

Nonprofit: The Capital Area Agency on Aging's "Empty Plate" campaign helps older residents who need meals, groceries and assistance with other services.

Gift pick: Fill 12 empty plates.

Price: $50.

Contact: 343-3000.

Web site:


Nonprofit: The Circle Center Adult Day Services provides care to older adults who are frail or who have disabilities.

Gift pick: Raffle ticket for a Nancy Witt painting valued at $5,000.

Price: $50.

Contact: 355-5717.

Web site: www.circlecenteradultday.org

Nonprofit: The Senior Center of Richmond offers fitness classes, health programs and social opportunities for Richmonders aged 50 years and older.

Gift pick: One-year membership.

Price: $85.

Contact: 353-6256.

Web site: www.scrichmond.org

Nonprofit: Meals on Wheels provides daily, home-delivered meal service to 1,300 homebound residents in the metro area.

Gift pick: Naming rights for the nonprofit's new central kitchen under construction in Colonial Heights.

Price: $2 million.

Contact: 673-5035.

Web site: www.mowdelivers.com


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