Hope for the holidays

Marie Havenga • Dec 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Little kids aren’t the only ones with holiday wishes.

Area non-profit organizations are making their wish lists, and checking them twice, hoping you’ll find in  your heart to fulfill them, which sure would be nice.

Here’s a roundup of local, non-profit needs:

Bluebird Cancer Retreats: In an effort to help people who are experiencing cancer.

Wish List: Gift baskets, gift cards to local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and service providers; candles, playing cards, adult coloring books and pencils and volunteers.

To donate: Visit www.bluebirdmi.org or call 616-847-0839.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven: With nearly 400 cats and kittens in inventory, this organization strives to find foster and permanent homes for all.

Wish list: Kitten chow, adult kibble and canned food.

To donate: Visit the Petco on Harvey Street from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or visit www.heavencanwaitmi.org and click on the “donate” button.”

The Salvation Army: Helping to meet human needs, without discrimination.

Wish list: Financial donations or non-perishable food items like canned cranberry sauce, corn, green beans gravy and yams; boxes of instant mashed potatoes, refrigerated ham and frozen turkeys.

To donate: Unwrapped toys and other items can be delivered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 310 N. Despelder Ave. in Grand Haven.

Bucs Pride: Grand Haven Public School's cancer awareness program delivers baskets to families affected by cancer.

Wish list: Chap stick, hard candy, books (word-find, etc...), Dune Dollars and monetary gifts.

To donate: Visit the BucsPride Facebook page or call 616-402-1443.

Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club: Operates the Santa House in downtown Grand Haven, sponsors the Harbor Island circus and runs the pediatric care salmon tournament.

Wish list: Monetary donations.

To donate: Mail donations to Kiwanis, P.O. Box 571, Grand Haven, MI 49417 or visit www.TriCitiesKiwanis.org. Call 616-638-5220 for more information.

R.E.A.D Ottawa: Provides adults in Northwest Ottawa County with an opportunity to strengthen reading and language fluency.

Wish list: Projector, ESL workbooks, citizenship workbooks, name tags, copy paper, mailing labels, committee members, board members.

To donate: Mail donations to P.O. Box 429, Grand Haven, MI 49417, email [email protected] or phone 616-843-1470 to arrange drop-off. Financial contributions may be made at readottawa.org.

Grand Rapids Civic Theater: Aims to bring the magic of theater to life for over 90,000 people in West Michigan.

Wish list: Grand Rapids Civic Theater is accepting year-end monetary donations

To donate: Visit www.grct.org/give.

Humanity for Prisoners: Strives to alleviate suffering for those serving time.

Wish list: Multi-purpose copy paper, Staples gift cards, postage stamps, gas cards and cash gifts (matched dollar for dollar in December).

To donate: www.humanityforprisoners.org or P.O. Box 687, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

American Legion, Post 28 Goodfellows: Provides backpacks and gifts to children in need.

Wish list: Warm clothing, toys, candy, essential needs items, cash donations.

To donate: Drop off the American Legion, 700 S. Harbor in Grand Haven or mail to American Legion Post #28, Goodfellows, PO Box 439, Grand Haven, MI 49417 with “Goodfellows” in the check memo line.

Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity: Assists in building affordable housing in our community.

Wish list: At the ReStore, 408 N. Ferry St. – gently used or new building materials, appliances, cabinets, flooring, lighting, windows, doors, furniture, tools and donated storage space for inventory. For building projects, needs include wheelchair ramp materials, volunteers (experience not required), donated buildable lots. Administration offices need upgraded computer software, volunteers, monetary donations, used vehicles, raffle items.

To donate: Call 846-1505 or visit tricitieshabitat.org. You may also drop items off at the ReStore, 408 N. Ferry St.

Kids' Food Basket Muskegon: Nourishes children to reach their full potential.

Wish list: Bulk Cheerios, pretzels, Goldfish, raisins, Nutri-Grain bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, applesauce, snack and sandwich zip-lock bags.

To donate: Call 231-747-8575 to arrange drop off.

Ed & Nancy Hanenburg Children's Advocacy Center: Provides prevention and intervention for child sexual abuse cases.

Wish list: Detergent, paper towel, toilet paper, cleaning sprays, gel pens, blank journals, waterproof gloves, gift cards to Grand Haven restaurants.

To donate: Drop off items at the Center, 12125 Union St., Holland, MI 49424.

Embrace Books: A free bookstore that strives to make books accessible to everyone in West Michigan.

Wish list: Reusable bags, Home Depot, Staples and Lowe's gift cards, industrial book cart, heavy duty hand cart/dolly, vacuum cleaner, rolling laundry bin, mini shopping cart.

To donate: Monetary donations can be mailed or delivered on the 2nd/4th Saturday of every month to 1050 W. Southern Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441. Call 231-981-8415 to arrange weekday drop off.

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