In November 2011, the Lifestyle staff published a Nonprofit Wish List. We asked area nonprofits to submit a list of tangible items that could be used to help further their missions. When we published the lists, we then asked the community, in return, to help out the organizations by giving something on the list.
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We would love to say that every single one of the nearly 80 nonprofits had their wishes granted, but we know that was unrealistic. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out several of the organizations that participated did have the community donate an item or two.
What we also found was that every gift, no matter how small, was appreciated.
Some organizations said they received small items, some items specifically listed on their lists.
Keena Crowell, administrative assistant with Children's Resources Inc. in Hagerstown, said their organization received fishing poles, fishing gear and school supplies such as pencils, colored pencils and notebooks.
Diana Wall, community missions coordinator of One Hope Ministries with Bags of Love Program in Martinsburg, W.Va., said her organization received two bags of toys as a result of the list. Kathi Draper with Friends for Life based in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said her organization also received a donation of toys.
Maureen Grove, executive director of Girls Inc. in Hagerstown, said the organization received some books and toys, as well.
Courtney Wiggins, chief executive officer with Oak Hill House & School in Hagerstown, said Oak Hill received many donations. She said Rick Calef and Butch Dingle of Hagerstown donated two TVs, a microwave, VCR player, a box of VHS tapes and a table, and Brian Lynch, president of Antietam Cable, donated Christmas shopping money and a PlayStation 3 with games. Thomas Stevenson of Barefoot Bernie's in Hagerstown raised money as well as brought gifts for the boys at the home.
Ron Lytle, founder of Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc., said his organization received lots of paints and high-end markers to help his after-school programs.
Yvonne M. Perret, executive director of Office of Consumer Advocates Inc., a peer-support mental health agency, in Hagerstown, said a desk and office chair were donated, as well as children's books that weren't on the list but a nice surprise.
"We got things we can definitely use," she said.
Perret said every little donation mattered.
"We appreciate any opportunity to request donations because we're always in need of many things for our program," she said.
Antietam Bible College asked for a few items, including a scanner, which college secretary Barbara Calhoun said was gifted to the school.
Beth Schroyer, executive assistant from Cedar Ridge near Williamsport, said the organization received donations of copier paper and a couple gift cards.
Even the basics were needed. Kay Hoffman, director of development of Brook Lane Health Services, said they received in-kind donation of hygiene products that were used as gifts in patients' and residents' Christmas stockings.
Dori Yorks, director of Washington County Family Center in Hagerstown, said the organization received dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses, markers, glue sticks, diapers and diaper wipes.
Trina Johnson, director of Hagerstown Day Nursery, said her organization received a monetary donation for kitchen supplies. And whether it was a direct result of the list, Paper Plus, which was going out of business, donated paper supplies, which the nursery shared with Eastern Elementary School.