Light of Hope list

THE OLYMPIANNovember 27, 2011 

Barb’s Family & Friends

Barb’s Family & Friends is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that has been serving the Thurston County community for 42 years. Founder Barbara O’Neill began the holiday meal tradition, inviting a co-worker and her family to her home for Thanksgiving dinner when she heard that they intended to share a pancake for the holiday dinner. When the annual holiday meals became too big for Barb’s home, it was moved to her soul food restaurant in downtown Olympia, Barb’s BBQ Soul Cuisine and Catering. The holiday meal tradition grew into Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

The meals moved from Barb’s restaurant to United Churches. The programs expanded to include food baskets, warm clothing and blankets at Thanksgiving, and toys for kids, gifts for parents from their children, free clothing, coats, blankets and food baskets at Christmas dinner. Project Easter Bunny was added later, providing Easter baskets and books to kids.

Barb’s Family & Friends holiday dinners serve approximately 2,500 meals each year. Project Easter Bunny provides 500 free Easter baskets annually. With the state of the economy, the number of those in need grows substantially each year.

Our organization needs: Monetary donations, volunteers, food, toys, teenage gifts and gifts for parents, clothing and warm coats.

There are three special families Barb O’Neill’s Family & Friends would like to have adopted this year:

Family 1: A single mother with one child, establishing a new life, free from domestic violence. An 11-year-old boy, size 12 clothing, age-appropriate toys (DSII). The mother wears size 5 pants, size small shirts and size 5 shoes. The mom also could use two dressers for their clothing.

Family 2: A single mom with one child. Although mom has a job, she has to focus her finances on maintaining a house for them to live in, and has little left over for anything else. The 9-year-old boy wears size 9 clothes, and would like any erector-style toys (no Legos, please) and Beyblades.

Family 3: A single mom with a 6-year-old son wishes for an Air Hog control fly crane, Legos or anything educational, a 12-year-old son wants a mountain bike and a helmet, a 15-year-old son would like gift cards and an electric razor. She is also helping raise her 1-year-old grandson who would like a wagon, 2T clothing. Family wish list: SpongeBob sheets (twin), sheets and comforter (queen), model building set, mp3 player, and a Children’s Museum pass.

For information and donations: Call Rodney O’Neill at 360-485-9931.

Capital Clubhouse Recovery Center

Capital Clubhouse Recovery Center provides an array of community services to the general public as well as its members, including employment, education, housing and wellness.

With winter approaching, supplies are dwindling and there is great demand for socks, tarps, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, hats and coats.

Donations can taken to: 522 Franklin St. S.E. in downtown Olympia.

For further inquiries: Email Rob Richards at rrichards@capitalclubhouse.org.

City Gates Ministries

City Gates Ministries is a faith-based outreach program operating in Thurston County since 1995, and has been an IRS-approved nonprofit corporation since 2005. City Gates Ministries serves low-income families, families fallen on hard times, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled.

We distribute some very basic necessities of life (help with rents and utilities, food, clothes, sleeping bags, tents, hygiene items) along with love and encouragement.

We also need financial partners to help us with needs that can be met only with money.

To learn more about City Gates Ministries, donate items, adopt a family, or learn more about our programs and needs, visit our website at citygates ministries.org, or contact us at 360-705-0291, ext. 5.

A list of some of the items we always need:

Street Survival Gear: Personal items, batteries (AA, AAA, D, C), deodorant and razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, aspirin, ibuprofen and Aleve, cough drops and syrup, bandages and antibacterial ointment, emergency candles, flashlights, sewing kits, sunscreen, allergy meds, shaving cream, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, hand sanitizers, wash cloths and towels.Small individual items, such as travel-size shampoo and soap packages.

Camping and other: Blankets, pillows, tarps, backpacks, small propane bottles, sleeping bags, tents, camping gear, Bibles, gas vouchers, bus passes, phone calling cards, bottled water, energy bars.

Men’s and women’s clothing: Jackets, coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, T-shirts, jeans, sweatpants, socks and underwear, shoes, sneakers, and rain gear.

Children: Same type of clothing as listed above, plus diapers and diaper wipes, baby supplies, small toys, and children’s books.

Food assistance: Mac and cheese, rice, macaroni, spaghetti, pasta sauce, canned foods, dry mashed potatoes, boxed cereals and oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, gravies, frozen meats (hot dogs, hamburger), Vienna sausages, margarine, powdered milk, cookies, dried fruit, Top Ramen and Cup-o-Noodles, pancake mix and syrup, Rice-a-Roni, Jell-o and pudding mixes, dried beans, and just about any nonperishable food item.

Covenant creatures: Dog and cat food, treats, flea collars, leashes, harnesses and toys.

Other: We will gladly accept cars or trucks in running condition.

Families in need:

Family 1: Family of six with one part-time income. Three boys, 12, 15, and 16, need pants (32-33, 28-28, 18), shirts (large, 10-12), shoes (11, 9.5, 8.5), coats (large), Colts/Cowboys football stuff, Beyblades. 10-year-old girl needs pants (10), shirts (8-10), medium coat, shoes (2), and jewelry. All would appreciate socks, belts, hats, gloves and gift cards.

Family 2: Family with three kids and no income due to job losses. Nine-year-old boy needs shirts (10-12), jeans (10), coat (10), shoes/boots (3), sports stuff. Girls, 8 and 6 (sizes 10 and 7), need shirts, jeans, coats, dresses, shoes/boots (2, 12), jewelry. All need socks, hoodies, sweats. Age-appropriate toys and books are great. Family could use bedroom furniture for the kids.

Family 3: Husband lost job, and family going through hard times. Two boys, 9 and 11, two girls, 6 and 3. The boys would love lots of Pokemon cards, Xploder gun, superhero action figures, and board games. The girls would love anything Barbie (doll house, dolls), Victorious Singing doll, a vanity, and girly stuff.

Family 4: Single mom with three boys ages 10, 7, and 1, having a hard time making ends meet. The 10-year-old loves Bionicles and to build things. The 7-year-old loves cars, art, and they both love Angry Bird stuff. The 1-year-old could use a winter coat and age-appropriate toys.

Family 5: Family with four girls ages 5, 7, 10, 13. Mom can’t work to care for daughter who has cancer. Dress-up/makeup toys, kid toys/movies. Hair accessories, jewelry, dolls with accessories (Barbies, Bratz, American Girl), clothes (5/6, 10/12, 12/14, 16) shoes (10, 2, 8), sports bras (medium, large, extra-large). Gift cards would be greatly appreciated.

Family 6: Single mom working two jobs, hard to make ends meet. Two 5-year-old girls would like dress-up/warm clothes (6, 3T/4T), baby/Dora/Bratz dolls, play kitchen, learning/coloring books, crafts. Two-year-old boy loves cars, football toys, needs 3T/4T clothes, training toilet, twin bed set. Bike helmets!

Family 7: Grandmother has her 6-year-old grandson living with her along with other older grandkids. He needs pajamas, sweat outfits (10), boxers, socks. He loves SpongeBob, video games, and a remote control car. Others in the family would love four sets of socks (9-11, 10-13), two sets of boxers (XL), 8.5 shoes, Fashion Bug gift card, cordless phone.

Family 8: Family with three boys and a girl. The boys, ages 17, 14, and 10 love anime (Manga, etc.), Gundam and Halo models, and sketching. Game Shop gift cards would be great. The girl, 10, loves makeup, glitter eye shadow, lip gloss kits and neon nail polish.

Family 9: Mom with boys 18, 17, 13, and 9-year-old girl. All the kids would love headphones, art supplies, and pillows. Also, a basketball, football, Judy Moody books, nail stuff, and candy. Need socks (13, 10, 6), shorts (11-12), boxers, shirt (large), flat bill Chiefs hat, and kitchen things (dish towels, silverware).

Family 10: Disabled single mom with a 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl. They need jeans (36, 12), shirts/hoodies (xxl, 14), size 6 hightops, socks, “Soul Surfer” DVD, Red/Skillet CD, two Virgin Mobile phones, sheets (twin, double, full), cordless phone, Fashion Bug gift card, dishes, fry pans, game store gift card.

Family 11: Family with five kids on Social Security. Four girls, 11, 12, 14, 16; 1-year-old boy. All of the children would love books (teenage love stories, magical fantasy, mysteries, animal puzzle books – or gift cards for bookstores). Arts and crafts, hair accessories, makeup kits, gift cards for music, hats, gloves, jackets/coats (2 junior mediums, 1 junior lrg, 1 kid medium).

Family 12: Single mom with three kids, on Social Security, three daughters, ages 3, 5, and 8 (8-year-old is recovering from brain cancer). The girls love anything Dora, Tinker Bell, and Disney princess. Reading and learning toys, Zu Zu pets, jeans and shirts (7, 6, 4T), shoes (size 1.5, 9, 12)

Family 13: Parents on disability with three boys, ages 16, 9, and 6, and two girls, both 15. The two younger boys love anything with wheels (cars, trucks, etc.) and Legos (Atlantis, Alien Conquest), books about heroes and cars. The older boy would love gift certificates for Game Stop and jeans (40). The girls both love makeup, perfume, curling iron, shoes (8.5, 9.5), pink bathrobe (medium and small), slippers, footie pajamas.

Family 14: Grandparents raising four granddaughters, 15, 12, 12, and 8. They need jeans (1 tall, two wear 10-12, 7-8), shirts/coats (large, 10-12, 7-8), and pajamas. They love hair care products and girly things, friendship bracelet kits, Mario game, Buzz Lightyear and Victorian dolls, Hi Ho Cherry-O Game, family DVD movies, throw blankets. Grandparents could use lotions, candles, winter wear (scarves, hats, gloves, socks), slippers, jeans (30x30). Grandfather rides bike to work and needs a bike light.

Family 15: Grandmother would appreciate help with Christmas for her 4-month-old granddaughter. She needs infant toys, 6-9-month-old clothes and sleepers, blankets, and bottles.

Family 16: Young family with 15-month-old developmentally disabled little girl. Toys that stimulate eye movement and hearing. Diapers, size 3 or 4, and clothes, size 18 months to 24 months. Parents would like to have gift card to PetSmart for fish in their aquarium and treats for their two birds, who serve as therapy for their little girl.

Family 17: Young mom with toddler living with grandmother having serious health issues. Toddler needs size 3T clothes, 8.5 shoes. She loves baby dolls and accessories, and singing along to children’s musical CDs. Teen mom wears size 9 pants, medium shirts, and likes girly things. Grandmother wears 2X shirts, 18 jeans, and likes going to movies.

Family 18: Dad lost job and supporting family by working fast food. Four-year-old daughter wears 5T/6T pants and shirts. Needs PJs, shoes (11), and would love Barbies and a Barbie doll house. Eight-year-old wears 8-10 slim pants and long-sleeved shirts, likes to play My Little Ponies and play horses. Mom wears 3X pants, 3X shirts and needs pots, pans, and other kitchen items. Dad wears 36x34 jeans, large shirts, socks, size 11 shoes.

Family 19: Single mom and 2-year-old daughter who wears size 3T or 4T clothes, size 8 shoes, and likes Legos and Dora. Mom wears size 2X and would like anything to fix up apartment.

Family 20: Couple with three children would like for their three children to have Christmas. Oldest boy wears size 7/8, younger boy wears size 5, and the youngest is a little girl that wears size 24 months or 3T. The boys like anything Spider-man; their sister likes Dora.

Family 21: Single mom working, going to school, raising two girls and three boys. Need jeans (girl 4T, girl 12, boys 12, 34x30, 36x30), shirts/coats (4T, 10-12, 12/large, two XL’s), shoes (girl 4.5, boys 6, mens 10, 12.5), hats, gloves, underwear. Family games, puzzles, CD player, arts and crafts, movie tickets, girly stuff (hair, makeup), Happy Napper monkey, gift certificates to Game Stop. Mom needs baking pans, XL shirt, 14 jeans.

Family 22: Single dad with two girls, three boys, rough circumstances, struggling to make ends meet. Girls would love girly stuff (hair, makeup), gift cards, Zobbles. The boys would like Legos, Game Stop gift cards. The family need is for a vacuum cleaner. Clothes for the girls (14-16, 12/med), boys (14/husky XL, 5 med, 6-7 med). Grocery or Walmart gift cards would be appreciated.

Family 23: Single mom with disabled teenage son. She works with low-income children and families, hard to make ends meet. Son wears size 13 shoes, sweatpants/shorts XL, hoodies XL. He loves anything related to basketball, would love music cards for downloading. Mom would love gift cards for Walmart and Target, scented lotion and soaps, and candles.

Family 24: Single mom with two teenage girls, recently lost dad to cancer and lost home. Girls wear 8-long jeans, large sweatshirts and T-shirts, like girly stuff. Arts and crafts supplies, Michaels gift cards, Christian bookstore gift cards. The girls would love to give their mom PJs (large) and slippers. Mom wants girls to have a special Christmas.

Family 25: Mom and dad with three small girls 3, 4, and 8. Clothes are 4T, 5T, the 6-year-old needs pants (10), shirts (14), winter coat, footie pajamas, shoes (toddlers 10, 12, and girls 2). They love red and pink colors and love dolls (Barbie, Cabbage Patch, iCarly, anything Dora, Disney princess, Victorious, Mickey Mouse, and Toy Story characters - Buzz Lightyear and Woody), doll accessories and doll house. Penbo, Nerf guns, doctor kit, and trains. Parents would love books, clothing, movie gift cards.

Family 26: Dad with two boys, 10, 15, and two girls, 12 and 15. The boys would love gift cards for Game Stop, Nerf guns, Nerf swords, 2 PacSun backpacks, skate shoes (11.5). The girls would love makeup kits, fastpitch glove, skate board, Wii game and shoes (8.5).

Community Youth Services

Community Youth Services provides a continuum of services to improve the quality of life for homeless and high-risk youths and their families. Services include family counseling, therapeutic foster care, street outreach, transitional housing, job training, juvenile diversion, emergency shelter, and community service through AmeriCorps programs. CYS follows a positive youth development model, involving youths in all phases of their program participation.

Our agency needs: Blankets; sleeping bags; tents and tarps; warm coats, jackets, hoodies – all sizes; rain jackets, rain pants; socks and warm sweaters; hats, gloves, scarves; battery-operated alarm clocks; date/appointment books; children’s clothing; bus passes; toothbrushes and other hygiene items; gift cards; household items.

We also need volunteers and tutors.

To help: Contact Susan Alexander, director, resource development and community relations, 360-943-0780, ext. 116, fax 360-943-0785; salexander@communityyouthservices.org. Street address: 711 State Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. Online: communityyouthservices.org.

Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging

Information and Assistance/Case Management, a program of the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, provides information and assistance with accessing a wide variety of social and health services to help vulnerable adults who struggle to remain in their homes. LMTAAA also maintains a special assistance fund that helps year-round with basics such as food, heat, electricity, housing and medications. During the holidays, funds are distributed for client-specific needs such as warm clothing, pet care and household items.

HOW TO HELP: To make a tax-deductible donation to one of these families or to the general special assistance fund, mail a check to LMTAAA Special Assistance Fund, 4419 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. For more information, call 664-3162, ext. 133 in Thurston County or 427-2225 in Mason County. We thank the community for the generous past contributions that have made the holiday season bright and touched lives throughout the year. The following are some of the requests we have received.

Client 1: Younger disabled woman who is a very good seamstress and enjoys this as a hobby. She has lost many of her belongings as she has been homeless in the past. She is requesting a new sewing machine, or a used machine in good working condition.

Client 2: Client has multiple serious medical conditions, and has been homeless much of his adult life. He is low-income and in need of a new or gently used recliner chair. Client is 5 feet 11 and 246 pounds. Client could also use new underwear, simple white briefs, size 36-inch waist, and a pair of tennis shoes, Velcro closure, size 101/2.

Client 3: A young female with multiple mental and physical health conditions on a fixed income. She is requesting gift card to Catherine Clothing Store, sweatpants size 6XL, women’s slip-on shoes with rubber sole for indoor/outdoor use size 10 wide or 11, and hypo-allergenic body washes, soap and lotions.

Client 4: A disabled single mother on a fixed income. She has recently returned to her home after an extended stay in a skilled nursing facility. She has lost a significant amount of weight while in the nursing facility and is in need of new clothing. She is requesting a Fred Meyer gift card to purchase new clothes.

Client 5: An elderly woman with multiple health conditions who lives alone on a very low fixed income. She is requesting a Fred Meyer gift card to purchase household items and a gift card to J.C. Penney to purchase comfortable clothing/lounge wear.

Client 6: A young disabled mother of two young children who is on a fixed income. She has multiple health conditions that severely limit her functional abilities. She is requesting a Walmart gift card to help purchase needed household items.

Client 7: A 48-year-old woman who sustained a stroke resulting in partial paralysis of her right side. She also has fibromyalgia and arthritis resulting in her having chronic pain that limits her ability to perform even simple tasks. She is requesting an electric can opener and a gift card for Walmart to help purchase other household items.

Client 8: A young disabled woman whose medical condition interferes with her body’s ability to sustain adequate nutrition. Her physician has provided her with a prescription for Ensure/Boost nutritional drinks, but her insurance does not cover this item. She is requesting Boost/Ensure nutritional drinks. Her favorite flavor is vanilla, but she says that she likes any and all flavors.

Client 9: A disabled woman who lives alone and struggles with making ends meet with her small disability income. She has multiple health issues including a left leg amputation. She would like to maintain her independence, and is requesting an Intercity Transit yearlong bus pass.

Client 10: A disabled women with Stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver and has developed tumors in her body. One of the tumors is in her esophagus and limits her ability to eat solid foods. She is on a limited income and would like a blender in order to prepare soft foods and increase the variety in her diet.

Client 11: A disabled woman, who lives alone, is on a limited income and does not have any informal support. She has several medical conditions as well as struggling with mental health issues. She benefits from being able to use the public transportation system to get to various medical appointments. She is requesting a yearlong bus pass.

Client 12: A disabled woman with multiple health conditions including a genetic disease affecting her hair and nails that causes chronic infections. She would like a weather-resistant winter coat in blue with a hood, size 2X or 3X. She would also enjoy gift cards to Dairy Queen, Value Village or Goodwill.

Client 13: An elderly woman facing physical health battles, including neuropathy, anemia, hypertension. She has requested a black, large tote bag, warm winter stockings or a gift card to Fred Meyer to purchase household items.

Client 14: A low-income elderly man with multiple health issues who lives alone. He was an officer in the South Vietnamese army and was a POW in North Vietnam for six years. He is requesting a new vacuum cleaner.

Client 15: A low-income woman who suffers from multiple health problems. She is in need of basic household supplies and is requesting a Walmart gift card.

Client 16: A low-income senior who was a cook for 25 years before having a disabling stroke in 2007. He would love a new queen-size bed set for winter or a Walmart gift card to purchase one.

Client 17: A 96-year-old man who lives alone and struggles to pay his basic utilities in the winter. He is reluctant to turn on his furnace due to the cost, and instead chooses to wear multiple layers of clothing. He uses a wood stove as much as possible to heat his home. He is requesting a donation toward his Puget Sound Energy bill. He could also use a gift card to purchase some needed household items.

Client 18: A low-income disabled male with mental health issues including PTSD and depression. He would appreciate a gift card to Walmart to purchase a winter jacket and household goods.

Client 19: An elderly women who has had two strokes and suffers from congestive heart failure. She lives on a limited income and has had an increased difficulty making ends meet with the increased lot fees in the mobile home park where she resides. Her furnace recently stopped working, and she does not have the funds to have a quote on a repair, or pay for the repair. She is currently without a furnace, and the weather is getting colder. She is requesting assistance to pay for the diagnostic test on her furnace. Additional funding to assist with the repair would also be greatly appreciated.

Client 20: A disabled woman with multiple health conditions who struggles with having the money to purchase her vitamins. She is requesting assistance to purchase vitamin D, vitamin E, Omega-3 fish oils and a multi-vitamin.

Client 21: A low-income woman who lives with her caregiver. A portable phone with intercom would allow her easier access to her caregiver when needed. She is requesting the VTech LS6326-4 DECT 6.0 expandable four-handset cordless phone system with digital answering device, caller ID and push-to-talk intercom. She would need only two handsets.

Client 22: A 38-year-old disabled man who spends his time walking in the community in both good and bad weather. He is requesting sweat clothes to help him stay warm. He needs men’s 3X sweatpants and 3x hooded zip sweatshirt; underwear and socks.

Client 23: A disabled woman that has had a very tough year in maintaining her well-being with the loss of her mother, a decrease in the amount of time family and caregivers can help to provide support, and a potential loss of the home she has lived in for more than 20 years. Client is requesting a gift card to purchase food.

Client 24: An elderly woman on a limited income who lives alone with her dog and cat. She is requesting dog food and cat food.

SafePlace

Since 1981, SafePlace advocates have offered safety and support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. SafePlace provides life-changing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including emergency confidential shelter; residential children’s program and support group child care; 24-hour crisis line; in-person advocacy; community support groups in Spanish and English; information and referrals for other community services; client assistance funds; legal advocacy; support during and after a sexual assault exam; culturally relevant advocacy for underserved populations; and in-house Cambodian and Spanish translation.

Consider sending gift cards this year: Gas cards in $20-$25 increments; fast-food cards in $5-$10 increments; grocery and department store cards in $10 and $20 increments; Intercity Transit bus passes; phone cards in 30-, 60-, or 120-minute increments; gift cards for shelter food or maintenance (Costco, Home Depot or Lowe’s); gift cards for children’s program (Target, Joann Fabrics, Michaels or Wind Up Here). Our ongoing necessities include toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, large garbage bags and diaper wipes.

For additional information on donating to SafePlace and its clients, call Derek, 360-786-8754, ext. 100. Donations can be brought to the buisiness office, 314 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Office hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Go online to safeplace olympia.org.

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services was incorporated in 2000 and since that time has provided safety and support services to domestic violence survivors and their families. Our work has helped build awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence on families and the community. Our services are free and confidential.

Turning Pointe’s services include 24/7 crisis line providing supportive advocacy and safety planning; local emergency shelter staffed 24/7 providing safe housing for survivors and their children; one-on-one advocacy-based counseling including information on other resources such as housing, social services, education, counseling, alcohol and drug treatment referrals, child care, employment, and medical treatment; legal advocacy to assist survivors with legal questions, help fill out paperwork, and accompanying them to legal proceedings; support groups in Spanish and English to examine the power and control dynamics of their relationships; “Insights” classes, a series of six sessions covering topics such as domestic violence dynamics, how children are affected, the cycle of violence, and basic life skills; community education on domestic violence issues; and The Domestic Violence Task Force, a group of community leaders working together to stop domestic violence in Mason County.

Each November, Turning Pointe kicks off its annual Adopt a Family Christmas program. The Adopt a Family program is a wonderful opportunity to help survivors of domestic violence and their children have a pleasant holiday season in an otherwise traumatic time in their lives.

Sponsors are needed each year to adopt families working with Turning Pointe who need help during the holidays. As a sponsor, you can determine the size of the family you would like to adopt, and Turning Pointe will provide you with a list of the family member’s age and gender, clothing sizes, a “need” and a “want” for your consideration and food items needed if requested.

If you would like to be a sponsor in our Adopt a Family program: Contact Terresa Morris, program coordinator, at 360-426-1216, or by email at terresa@qwestoffice.net . You can also visit the website and fill out a sponsor form at turningpointe.org.

Union Gospel Mission

The Olympia Union Gospel Mission began its work with the homeless and needy in 1995 through a street ministry outreach. Sandwiches and hot drinks were offered in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Our goal was and still is to share God’s love in practical ways.

Our current Mission needs are:

Dental: Good quality, soft toothbrushes.

Transformation Program: School supplies, NIV study Bibles, bath towels, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, shower shoes, daily devotionals, bathrobes.

Street Ministry: Coats/jackets, hoodies, hats, jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, sleeping bags, shoes, white crew socks, women’s hair brushes, gloves, boxer style men’s underwear, Q-tips.

Kitchen: No. 10 cans of fruits and vegetables, fresh produce.

Mission needs: White towels, white washcloths, low-sudsing laundry soap, travel-size toiletries, toilet paper, toothpaste, baby wipes, toothbrushes.

Make checks payable to: Olympia Union Gospel Mission. Send a check by mail to Olympia Union Gospel Mission, PO Box 7668, Olympia, WA 98507. Drop donations at 413 Franklin St. N.E., Olympia. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Office phone 360-709-9725; fax 360-570-8848; email customerservice@ougm.org. To learn more about the Union Gospel Mission’s programs and services, go online to ougm.org.

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties provides 24-hour centralized service to anyone who calls, offering crisis intervention and emotional support as well as information and referral to appropriate resources using a database of community referrals.

To donate to the Crisis Clinic: Send a check or money order payable to The Crisis Clinic at The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties, PO Box 13453, Olympia, WA 98508-3453. The Crisis Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed under federal tax law.

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