Thursday, December 14, 2006

Holiday Giving that Keeps on Giving

Gifts that Keep on Giving!
As a gift idea this holiday season, give the gift of a donation to one of these amazing local organizations whose income depend on donations to operate services that are inclusive and provides services for ALL citizens in greater Wilmington Area.

The $5.00 or the $5000.00 (every bit helps! So no amount is ever to small See the 200 challenge at the bottom!) that you might be able to give in memory of a loved one or in recognition of someone you care about can be a gift that gives all year long! Imagine that person opening a card that says a donation was made to something so worth while in their name to carry out good works for the whole year. Personally, I can think of no great gift to receive.

1.) The OutWilmington Community Center: The center is sustained strictly by memberships sponsors, and donations. Your tax deductible gift to the center helps to make this center operate for the LGBT and greater Southeastern North Carolina area! Send your tax deductible donations to OWCC 317 Castle Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

2.) PFLAG of Wilmington: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Wilmington are a band of AMAZING people who meet monthly to provide support and service to other folks who are coming to accept their LGBT child or friend. These active participants in our community have gone to the school board to see that all children are safe, work with youth, maintain regular contact with newcomers, and are a life force for equality. You can send your tax deductible donation to: PFLAG 5404 clear Run Drive Wilmington, NC 28403

3.) The Boseman-TenHuisen Scholarship at UNCW: This scholarship at UNCW has seen to it that five of our students have had a better place at UNCW financially without fear from reprisals from anyone about who they are. One student now is in his 2nd year of law school, another graduated with accolades and honors, and one is student teaching and the other is in graduate school!! Your tax-deductible gift to this scholarship makes it possible for years to come to ensure the success of our youth!

4.) Coastal Horizons: What an amazing agency!! From the youth crisis emergency shelter to the Rape Crisis intervention services, Coastal Horizons Center promotes choices for healthier lives and safer communities by providing professional assistance to those in need of prevention, crisis intervention, criminal justice alternatives, community outreach, substance abuse and mental health treatment services. These folks make the difference for us all! You can give your tax deductible donation to Coastal Horizons Center 615 Shipyard Boulevard

5.) Coastal Carolina HIV Constorium: CCHCC is regarded as a comprehensive community resource for HIV/AIDS education, referral and support services. They are committed to eradicating the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and create a safe, supportive environment for those effected 925 N 4th Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-815-6930

6.) Coastal AIDS Resource Effort: Coastal AIDS Resource Effort stands almost alone, independent of the Hospital and Health Department, in providing resources for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Donations sustain this work and you can make yours by send it to 412 Ann Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

7.) The St. Jude’s Building Fund: For many who come to Wilmington, St. Jude’s is their first stop in finding their way to the LGBT community and to the greater community. Many go on to other places and activities, but that touchstone has been and will continue to be vital in this area. Now, St. Jude’s has a home on Market and a growing resource. Help support her with funds to sustain her building.

8.) Hospice of Lower Cape Fear: Serving the needs of ALL people in their finals days, Hospice of Lower Cape Fear is an Amazing organization that helps families and individuals in critical periods.

9.) Phoenix Employment Ministry of Wilmington, Inc: We all might have need of a helping hand, but for many in our own community who end up in the penal system, it is folks like Phoenix who make the difference everyday in their ability to recover and become engaged community members. Your Tax Deductible donation can be sent to: 201 North Front St, Suite 507, Wilmington, NC 28401
10.) WHQR Public Radio: Could you get a fairer, more responsible news and music public radio station? Tax deductible donations for WHQR can be sent to

11.) The Wilmington Police Department—No, no donations for the police department, but they do do a Santa Cop Toy Drive for Underprivileged Children each year. The officers go and buy toys for the kids with donations they receive from citizens. Empowering them to do this, is amazing! You can send your donation to The Wilmington Police Department-Santa Cop
115 Red Cross Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

12.) Domestic Violence Shelter and Services of Wilmington: Talk about inclusive, aware, involved, motivated, and AMAZING! You can send your donation to: The Domestic Violence Shelter and Services Inc at their public center, located at 2901 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

13.) Good Shepard Ministries: Feeding and giving shelter to those AMERICAN CITIZENS without a home. This group does such extraordinary work for so many.

14.) First In Families
First In Families of North Carolina believes:
People with disabilities and their families should have the right to make independent choices and decisions about their lives
Service delivery systems should be customer focused, flexible and incorporate the principles of self-determination
Services delivery systems should be responsive and sensitive to the particular needs of the individuals with disabilities and/or their families
Johnny Johnson - Project Coordinator

5041 New Center Drive, Suite 109
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-350-2732 (fax)

15.) The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina: Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a non-profit organization that provides food to people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. In 2005-06, the Food Bank distributed over 31.4 million pounds of food through 890 partner agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and after school programs for children. 1314 Marstellar Street, Wilmington, NC 28402-1311 Phone: 910-251-1465 Fax: 1-910-251-3591 Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Warehouse Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Warehouse Manager: Dennis Connor

16.) The Lymphoma Lukemia Society: Sponsor Kurt Wooten’s run for for the cure:

Other organizations:
17.) Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

18.) Equality North Carolina:

19.) The Human Rights Campaign

20.) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


For those who can, wouldn’t it be great to do the $200.00 challenge-Send a check for $10.00 to each of the agencies listed (which adds up to $150.00)! For the price of two bottles of cologne or perfume or for the cost of three meals out on the two for a couple, we could send checks to 20 agencies! If 100 of us did this, we would be adding twenty thousand dollars into their ability to operate! How cool would that be!