It’s the season for giving

Organizations share their holiday wish lists

It’s the season to be jolly, merry and gay. It’s also an important time of the year to support LGBTQ organizations who support the community in any way possible so that they can continue to offer the community vital services, solace and more.

Many have shared their wish lists with qnotes as noted below.

ALFA
Hickory, N.C.
Individuals or families to serve as sponsors for the adopt a child program. Children who have been affected by HIV will be able to receive holiday gifts from a caring and supportive sponsor. Contact Natasha Bunton, case manager supervisor via email at alfacms@alfainfo.org or call 828-322-1447 extension 226.
alfainfo.org.

Campus Pride
Charlotte, N.C.
For Camp Pride:
Jumbo markers
Pipe cleaners
Gift bags
Craft paper
Button supplies
Silent auction items for fundraising
General:
Phone chargers for training and
outreach
Airline miles for training and outreach
Office paper
Pizza gift cards for service volunteers
campuspride.org.

Carolinas CARE Partnership
Charlotte, N.C.
Office:
Lobby charging station
Toaster oven
8-10 conference room chairs
Art therapy project supplies
1 – 24 x 36 canvas
50 – 6 x 6 canvases
Assorted acrylic paint and brushes
Any such art project supplies
Volunteers:
Front desk volunteers
5K Run planning team members
Programs Committee members
Marketing Committee members
Fundraising Committee members
Clients:
Toiletries/hygiene supplies
New household supplies (trash cans, shower curtains, bathmats, towels, etc.)
Cleaning supplies
Snacks and water for support/educational sessions
carolinascare.org.

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CommonWoman Chorus
Durham, N.C.
Funds for a new membership management tool (circa $900/year)
Funds to rent storage space to store music library (circa $,1500/year)
commonwomanchorus.net.

Equality North Carolina
Raleigh, N.C.
Gift cards from various local restaurants and businesses to give to volunteers or include in silent auctions
equalitync.org.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.
New singers (need not be gay or cis-gender men, just sing tenor, baritone or bass and support the chorus mission of helping create a society that values and respects its LGBTQ members)
High-speed, high-capacity laser printer (black & white)
Graphic design services
Small filing cabinet
Volunteers to help with rehearsals and production
gmccharlotte.org.

Grand Strand Pride & Coastal Business Guild
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
More businesses to join the Coastal Business Guild showing they are Open to All.
Pride center
grandstrandpride.com.

Guilford Green Foundation LGBTQ Center
Greensboro, N.C.
Toaster oven
Apple TV
Letter folding machine
Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
Vacuum
Books for queer library (Amazon Wishlist: goo.gl/geQCXW)
Donations in any amount to support programs and activities that unite, support and elevate the LGBTQ community
guilfordgreenfoundation.org.

House of Mercy
Belmont, N.C.
Donated meals
Ayrsley Grand Cinema movie tickets (Charlotte)
Gift Cards (Walmart, Cook Out, Golden Corral, Pizza Hut, Tony’s Ice Cream, KFC, local restaurants)
Beverages (bottled juice, soda, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, Gatorade, tea bags)
Canned goods (all types including canned fruit cups)
Pantry staples
Individually wrapped snacks
Paper products (paper towels, Kleenex, toilet tissue)
Kitchen items (XL garbage bags, Brillo pads, gallon-size freezer bags, zip-lock bags)
Cleaning products (liquid laundry and dish detergent, Clorox, Lysol, Mr. Clean)
Toiletries (denture cleanser and adhesive, Dove soap (bar or liquid), Dove body wash, deodorant, shampoo (regular and dandruff), hair conditioner, triple blade razors, Vaseline, Chapstick, flushable wipes, hand sanitizer)
Bedding and personal care items (see bit.ly/2EibL1j for items and detail)
thehouseofmercy.org.

iNSIDEoUT & Upsidedown
Raleigh, N.C.
Speaker system for big indoor parties like Queer Prom
Laptops/tablets, with working wireless capabilities
House for homeless queer teens
Scanner for scanning art for zine
insideout180.org.

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LGBT Center of Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C.
Unlimited coffee
Snacks for volunteers and community
Refrigerator with an ice maker
Stove with an oven
Dishwasher
lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

NC AIDS Action Network
Raleigh, N.C.
Wish for the General Assembly to close the coverage gap and expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid would provide health insurance for thousands of low income people living with HIV, and increase the availability of PrEP (the HIV prevention medication) for those who need it.
ncaan.org.

North Star LGBTQ Community Center
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Printer paper
Ink for our printer (Brother MFC-J895DW)
Markers (Crayola, example)
Paper products (toilet paper, paper
towels, napkins, paper plates, cups, etc.)
Bluetooth speaker
New computer for center use
Children’s, teen/youth, adult library books (Amazon Wishlist: a.co/gHgiOnX)
northstarlgbtcc.com.

RAIN
Charlotte, N.C.
General:
Two privacy screens/room dividers to be used for non-traditional testing (highest priority/example: amzn.to/2LallnP)
Coffee service (Keurig cups, creamers, sugar packets, and disposable coffee cups (12 oz.))
Disposable cups for water/soda (a minimum of 16 oz.)
Manila folders
Pendaflex classification folders with two dividers (light green) (example: bit.ly/2zMA4ka)
Excel tutoring for staff (or a small class)
Noise-reducing devices
Two room flags (example: bit.ly/2SynewL)
BJ’s, Costco or Sam’s Club membership for agency use
Gatorade
Water
Sodas
Snacks
Bus Passes (CATS One Ride)
Oodles of Noodles or Cup of Noodles soup
Kleenex
Lysol wipes
Plug-in scented oils (device and extra refills)
Clients:
Gatorade
Water
Sodas
Snacks
Bus Passes (CATS One Ride)
Oodles of Noodles or Cup of Noodles soup
Gift cards for Walmart and/or grocery stores in denominations of $15, $20, $25, $40, $60
Small toiletry items (not necessarily hotel size) including deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lotion, hair grease, laundry detergent, toilet paper
Clothes bags or backpacks
carolinarain.org.

Time Out Youth Center
Charlotte, N.C.
(This is only a partial list. For more detail, visit the organization’s website.)
Underwear (all types, adult sizes, all genders)
T-shirts (adult sizes, all genders)
A-Shirts/Tank Tops (adult sizes, all genders)
Makeup (especially darker foundation for people of color)
Hair care products (especially those for African-Americans)
Body wash
Deodorant
Lotion
Umbrellas
Ponchos
Wallets
Hats/Gloves/Scarfs
Snacks
Frozen microwaveable meals
Family dinner providers (for 30-60 nightly)
Laundry pods
Bleach pods or crystals
Dryer sheets
Fiction and non-fiction literature
Video games
Prizes and giveaways
Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo gift cards
Operational Support (wish list online)
Group Room (wish list online)
Art supplies (wish list online)
TracFones (see website for details and link for purchase)
CATS bus passes
Uber/Lyft gift cards
Contributions
Volunteers
Housing (see website for ideas)
timeoutyouth.org.

Youth Outloud
Columbia, S.C.
All-In-One Karaoke System & Party Machine
Pick Your Poison card game
GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower
The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (PC/Mac/Linux steam code)
“Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace: A Body-Positive Coloring Book”
“Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth”
“Why Cat Why: a coloring book explaining cats”
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection (152 pieces)
ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Diffuser Gift Set
Hot Chili Pepper Takis Fuego Chips (1 oz.) (46 ct.)
Lay’s Classic Potato Chips (1 oz.) (40 ct.)
Nabisco Mini Snack variety pack (40 ct.)
Frito-Lay Classic Mix Chips and Snacks variety pack (50 ct.)
harriethancockcenter.org.

If your organization has specific needs, be they physical items or contributions, or volunteers, be sure to notify qnotes at editor@goqnotes.com so we can get the word out to our readers and the community. Your generosity is so appreciated and a welcome relief, especially at the holiday season.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.

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