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Local nonprofits share their Christmas wishes

It's no secret that nonprofit organizations provide much of the institutional fuel to power the Roaring Fork Valley, and that generous local volunteers give thousands of man-hours to the arts, social services, environmental work, humanitarian projects and youth programs. But it's easy to forget that all of these organizations need fuel, in the form of money and equipment, to continue their good work.Following are "wish lists" from numerous local charities. As we have each Christmas for several years, we asked local nonprofits to give us lists of up to three items that they need to continue their good work. Here are their 2005 wishes.We ask readers to look over the lists and see if they can meet any of these needs. And if you don't see your favorite nonprofit listed, feel free to give them a call and speak with them directly.Consider this an opportunity to give to the givers. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.All Beings Equal Foundation (Horse Rescue)$100 to pay the chiropractor, $100 to pay the dentist or $300/month or any monthly donation to help pay for feed and care. Contact Alecia Evans at 948-5418 or send to P.O. Box 2051, Carbondale CO 81623.Anderson Ranch Arts CenterA four-wheel-drive pickup truck, handwarmers and toewarmers for Wintersculpt artists, Jan. 12-14. Contact Erica Berens, 923-3181, ext. 208Animal Rescue FoundationLand and a shelter, advertising and marketing sponsors and volunteers to sponsor or manage various programs, restaurants to participate in our Bone Appetit fundraising program, foster homes. Contact Peggy Corcillo at 963-4562 or info@arf-colorado.com.Aspen Center for Integrative HealthLaser printer, fax machine, all-in-one printer/fax/copier (HP 7310). Contact Elise Groves at 920-2957 ext. 2, or elise@acih.org.The Aspen Choral Society$500 for a portable podium from the Wenger Company. It would be used for any event not held in Harris Concert Hall. Contact Ray Vincent Adams at 925-3685.Aspen Community ChurchVideo projector and screen, laptop computer. Call 925-1571.Aspen Foundation for Sports Medicine, Education and Research (AFSMER)Color laser printer, laptop computer, digital video camera. Contact Laura Bell at 920-4151.Aspen Historical Society Volunteers of all ages and times, authentic "silver baron"-era items (cane, top hat, etc.), Powerpoint software for PC. Contact Edna Edeh at 925 3721. Aspen/Pitkin County Lift UPAny size bills: $1, $5, $10, $50, $100; cell phone expenses for a month or a year. Call 920-3132.Aspen Santa Fe BalletA used car in good condition for use by visiting artists, housing for visiting artists, $40 for one pair of dance shoes for a student from our Mexican folk dance outreach program. Contact Zander Higbie at 925-7175, zander@aspensantafeballet.com or 0245 Sage Way, Aspen, CO 81611.Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard ClubIndividual contributions to match a $4,000 challenge grant from the Wild Waters Foundation for outreach programs to reach underserved youth. Checks can be sent to AVSC, P.O. Box C-3, Aspen, CO 81612, or delivered to the club at 300 AVSC Drive behind the Aspen High School. Contact Alan Cole at 925-2720, ext. 106.Aspen Youth CenterXBox controllers, educational computer software, portable basketball hoop. Contact Sarah Blangsted at 544-4130 or 544-4133.Aspen Youth ExperienceNew or almost-new ski/snowboard jackets, bibs, hats, helmets and gloves (medium, large, XL, XXL) for upcoming winter program, Jan. 6-15; new or almost-new camping equipment (tents, cooking utensils, etc.) for Latino and summer youth programs; locals to serve as host families for Jan. 6-15 winter program; volunteers for 10th Annual Aspen Celebrity Downhill Weekend, Feb. 2425. Contact Bennett Bramson at 925-6671.Basalt-MidValley Kiwanis Wish ListNew members to help with projects that benefit local children. Please come to Basalt Town Hall at noon on Wednesdays to get involved. Contact Tandy La Master at 927-4051.Basalt Regional Heritage SocietyDonated prizes, including scuba-diving lessons or cooking classes, to give away at the annual Saloon Night Benefit. The March 11 benefit will raise money to help restore the Arbaney Barn into a museum and educational center. Contact Diana Cordova Elliott at 927-4693.Beyond HungerMoney to supply Shannon Myers, executive director of the California group Beyond Hunger, with a round-trip ticket from California to Aspen for a presentation on eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating) at The Aspen Club & Spa. Contact Debra Mayer at 379-7156 or 925-2286The Buddy ProgramA new desk with drawers, bookshelves, lift tickets for Buddy Ski Day in February at Buttermilk. Contact Dina Bloom at 920-2130 or dina@buddyprogram.org.Carbondale Clay CenterPrinter/fax/scanner/copier (all in one machine), 12-by 24-foot shed for clay storage, metal rolling shelving, rotary saw. Call 963-2529 or e-mail info@carbondaleclay.org.Challenge AspenPower Point projector, two 50-inch plasma screens to use for scheduling, three laptops. Contact Jenni Peterson at 923-0578.Children's Health FoundationColor printer, laptop, office reception chairs. Contact Mardell Burkholder at 920-4750 or 400 W. Main St., Suite 210, Aspen, CO 81611. Children's Rocky Mountain SchoolTwo sturdy four-drawer file cabinets that can accommodate hanging files. Contact Debbie Condello at 963-2524.Community Health Services$3,500 for a colposcope, and training and travel expenses for three people to learn to use it. The training is $850 per person and the travel is about $2,000 per person. The device and the training will help us treat and prevent cervical cancer. Contact Betsy Browning at 920-5424.DonorDirect's 'Tide Me Over' Lending FundVisits to our new website (www.donordirect.net), a roll of first-class postage stamps, a ream of copy paper. Contact Bartlett at 948-2104 or Box 1908, Aspen, CO 81612.Early Learning CenterFive digital cameras, a refrigerator, cash donations for art, science, math, and social studies materials, cash donations for outdoor playground equipment and toys. Contact Sara Burrows at 920-9201.English In Action (formerly Adult Literacy Program)Laptop computer (preferably PC); rust-, brown- or tan-colored area rug (roughly 8-by-8 feet), audio supplies (portable tape recorders, cassettes, AA batteries). Contact Julie at 963-9200 or julie@englishinaction.org.The Garden SchoolScholarships, flooring and windows, sponsorship of our presentation of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" presentation in March. Contact Renee or Dave Miller at 984-0604 or 876-2205.Garfield County Senior ProgramsDonations for gasoline for senior and disabled transportation; lap robes for traveler vans (vans have heaters, but with doors opening at numerous stops, it's hard to keep warm); donations for bus passes and meal passes for those who cannot afford them (a $25 meal ticket buys 10 hot meals, a $30 Traveler Pass buys 20 trips). Contact Debera Stewart at 947-8464.Girl Scout Troop No. 265 (Basalt)Any amount of money to send girls to World Girl Scout Center in London this summer (8 Girl Scouts are going); six round-trip early morning airline tickets from Aspen-Denver (leaving July 30, returning Aug. 23) for connecting flights to Europe; painting, aromatherapy supplies and comfortable furniture to begin a Girl Scout Gold Award project beginning in early summer. Contact D.D. Gerdin at 923-3347.High Country Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)Four laptop computers with printing capability to do low-income and senior tax assistance from Aspen to Parachute. Also $800 to help fund this program. Contact Cheryl Cain at 947-8462.Jazz Aspen SnowmassBaritone saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone. Contact Jennica Lundin at 920-4996 or jlundin@jazzaspen.org, or Joe Lang at 704-9312.PowdertothePeople.orgSnow track grooming cat, $10,000 for public campaign. Contact Isabel Melvin at 544-6544.Red Brick Center for the ArtsLarge desk, 36-cup coffee maker, laptop computer. Contact Debra Muzikar at 429-2777.Roaring Fork ConservancyPalm T/X 128MB handheld PDA (for field water-quality monitoring), 70-by-70-inch tripod projector screen, 10-by-10-foot event tent. Contact Tim O'Keefe at 927-1290.Roaring Fork KidsCash donations to help keep tuition costs low, gift certificates to local grocery stores or big-box stores for snacks and cleaning supplies, sturdy toy dump trucks or digger trucks for toddler rooms. Contact Valerie Hincy at 925-3136 or 215 N. Garmisch St., Aspen CO 81611.Roaring Fork Outdoor VolunteersPowerPoint projector, portable generator, portable air compressor. Contact David Hamilton at 927-8241 or rfov@sopris.net.Sopris Therapy ServicesAnything equine for therapy horses, small saddles for disabled children to ride, office help for two to three days a week. Contact Pat Horwitz at 963-4677.Thunder River Theatre Company Black velour theater drapes, office furniture (two desks, office chairs, bookshelves), heavy scene shop tools (table saw, 12-inch compound saw). Contact Lon Winston, at 309-5398, 963-0399 or lonw@rof.net.Trout Unlimited (Ferdinand Hayden chapter)Digital projector for PowerPoint presentations ($2,500), two scholarships for Colorado TU youth conservation camp in June 2006 ($250 each), two 10-by-10-foot canopy tents with side walls ($150 each). Contact Ed Perregaux at eandmpx@rof.net, 963-6663 or 963-4754.True Media FoundationA Good Samaritan with TV industry connections to help produce and distribute "Media that Matters," including a series for kids, hosted by Aspenite Christy Smith; educators to help develop local young people into thoughtful and responsible media makers; a corporate sponsor for our first film festival featuring the stories of longtime valley residents. Contact Christopher Tribble at 963-1115 or ct@truemediafoundation.org.United Way of Garfield CountyLaptop with DVD capability for video presentations about United Way, a projector to hook up to the laptop, donation of services from a local marketing group to help with fundraising campaign. Call 970-625-8189 or e-mail untdway@sopris.net.Valley Angels/PathfindersGift Certificates for restaurants, movie theaters, pools and facials, manicures and pedicures; gift basket items (picture frames, journals, candles); printing of brochures. The donations will be used by local cancer patients. Contact Diane Welter at 925-4919Wilderness WorkshopA four-line phone/voicemail system, partitions for a growing office, late-model laptop. Contact Dave Reed at 963-3977 or P.O. Box 1442, Carbondale, CO 81623.The Wildwood SchoolTwo floor sweepers (the nonelectric kind), a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner, peace on earth and good will to men and women. Call 925-5678


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