We are pleased to present the 2018 Spread Holiday Cheer gift giving guide! These selections below feature nonprofit wish lists, offering you a range of unique giving opportunities. Each organization has been vetted and has identified projects or items that will contribute to their mission and further help the people they serve. We hope you'll enjoy reviewing the options and will find projects that are meaningful to you. Together, we can spread holiday cheer to the people who need it most!

Grant Requests

Holiday Grant Selections

Abilene Education Foundation
Wish List:
- $25: Transportation, presentation, and a meal in the campus cafeteria to a university in the State of Texas for 1 junior and 1 senior in high school.
- $65: SAT or ACT registration fee for 1 student.
- $75: College application fee for 1 student.
  Funded
1,343.00
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Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District
Wish List:
- $26.39: Care package for child (includes first aid kit, thermometer, food portions, deodorant, shampoo, body soap, adult and child toothbrush, adult and child toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, hairbrush, shaving razors, coloring book and crayons, puzzle, small plush toy, calendar, mini sewing kit, manicure set (100 needed)
  Funded
663.00
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Adult Protective Services Partners, Inc.
Wish List:
- $30: Hats, gloves, scarves, and socks sets to help the elderly to have layered clothing to prevent heat loss
- $40: Lightweight yet warm lap blanket
- $50: Space heaters (UL safety listing, thermostat control, and will switch off automatically if it falls over) to help warm rooms in poorly-insulated houses
  Funded
2,663.00
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Wish List:
- $200: Purchase cords for graduating Littles and high school Bigs
- $500: Sponsor back to school bash for 20 matches at PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center
- $1,000: Provide the opportunity for a group of matches to travel to a professional sporting event
  Funded
513.00
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Cancer Services Network, Inc.
Wish List:
- $85: Provide a wig for a cancer patient who has lost their hair, boosting their self esteem and helping them cope with physical changes
- $250: Help a cancer patient who is too sick to work pay utility bills to keep their lights and water turned on at home while they undergo cancer treatment
- $470: Provide a breast cancer patient with new bras and breast prostheses
  Funded
4,173.00
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Chorus Abilene, Inc.
Wish List:
- $75: Supply 36 new 3-ring binders for youth choirs to keep music for the season
- $75: 1 scholarship to attend a January choir festival near San Antonio, working under world-famous British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott
- $275: 5 formal dresses for concert uniforms to replace damaged dresses and supplement common sizes
  Funded
513.00
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Christian Service Center
Wish List:
- $8.74: Children's bibles to provide to neighbors
- $341: Wireless recording system for professional audio when shooting video
- $1,399: Mac Book Pro to replace outdated laptop
  Funded
563.00
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City of Abilene, Community Services
Wish List:
- $650: Sponsor 10 children for spring break camp
- $850: Support for the purchase and installation of new restroom partitions at the Adaptive Recreation Services building
- $1,000: To purchase pre-filled Easter eggs for a free Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under
  Funded
1,513.00
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Day Nursery of Abilene
Wish List:
- $134.29: New preschool tricycle (requesting 10)
- $161.45: New big kid tricycle (requesting 10)
  Funded
4,913.00
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Disability Resources, Inc.
Wish List:
- $540: Four wheelchairs (not covered under Medicare) for homes that have "Folks" who struggle walking longer distances
- $799: To purchase a new vocational freezer to store bacon that is used by our "Folks" to make Perini Ranch pepper bites - $1,015: New concert shirts for the "Bell Peppers" bell choir and "Ring of Fire" chimes choir
  Funded
1,603.00
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FaithWorks of Abilene, Inc.
Wish List:
-$150: 2 Counter-top food/soup kettles for meals for students (under-employed people working to gain job skills), many of whom have no other source of good food
- $400: Video camera to record mock interviews so that students can evaluate and respond to suggestions for better interviewing skills
- $1,100: Dell laptop computer for classroom instructor
  Funded
1,513.00
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Food Bank of West Central Texas
Wish List:
- $75: Collapsible cart to help volunteers at a Mobile Pantry site get food to the Mobile Pantry patrons' vehicles (10 needed)
- $300: New pallet jack (4 needed)
  Funded
1,888.00
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Friends for Life Abilene
Wish List:
- $25: Emergency backpack filled with the essentials an elderly adult or adult with disabilities would need in an evacuation or trip to the emergency room, including important documents, medication lists, personal hygiene items and items to help an elderly adult cope with a shelter stay (100+ needed)
  Funded
1,513.00
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Goodwill Industries of Abilene
Wish List:
All projects benefit Work Again West Texas:
- $32: One day of wages for a participant (participants are people living with homelessness who are looking for a job; program is operated by Goodwill-West Texas)
- $68: Work supplies for one program participant
- $261: One full month's wages for one worker
  Funded
1,013.00
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Harmony Family Services
Wish List:
- $50: New bedding for a bed in the children's emergency shelter
- $200: 1 twin size mattress for children's emergency shelter
- $300: New heavy-duty platform bed with drawers for children's emergency shelter
  Funded
1,713.00
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International Rescue Committee
Wish List:
- $32: Provide a refugee family with the groceries, supplies, and instructions (in their language) to cook their first holiday meal (23 needed)
- $100: Provide a bike and helmet to 1 newly-arrived refugee child to ride to and from school (10 needed)
- $750: Provide food and decorations for a Christmas celebration for all new refugee families, family mentors, volunteers, and Santa
  Funded
1,545.00
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Meals On Wheels Plus, Inc.
Wish List:
- $50: Holiday food basket for low-income clients who otherwise would not have a Christmas dinner (50 needed)
  Funded
4,203.00
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Natl. Ctr for Childrens Illus. Literature
Wish List:
- $25: New hardback book for two children in the Abilene Head Start Program (given during their gallery visit every Spring)
- $100: Brings two area classes to the NCCIL for a school tour program that focuses on hands-on art experiences and docent-led gallery tours
- $500: Supports an on-site visit to a local school by an award-winning illustrator
  Funded
578.00
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New Horizons
Wish List:
- $300: Wooden picnic table for outdoor cookouts for kids (specific handmade, heavy-duty picnic tables made in Central Texas; 2 needed)
- $600: Laptops for Audrey Grace House (3 needed)
  Funded
578.00
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Noah Project
Wish List:
- $25: Winter coat for a domestic violence or sexual assault victim or their child who arrives without a coat in the colder months
- $85: "Room Basics Bundle" which will provide essential furnishings for one of the rooms in the new wing
- $1,750: Provides the entire Noah Project staff with first aid and AED training
  Funded
3,188.00
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Strength for Life Foundation
Wish List:
- $16: Gives each cancer patient a color copy printed folder with pictures and instructions of tailored exercises and stretches they can use as a guide
- $600: Allows one participant to exercise 4 days a week, for a year
  Funded
513.00
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Taylor County History Center dba BGHV
Wish List:
- $1,000: Magnolia glass pump globes and mounting rings for gas pump, new gas pump nozzles and hoses, weather-resistant text panels detailing the history of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, Magnolia Petroleum signs for interior of station and outside oil dispensers
- $1,500: LED track lighting to enhance visitor experience in the Wagon Barn by highlighting artifacts and corresponding text panels
  Funded
513.00
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Taylor Jones Humane Society
Wish List:
- $35: Help a pet owner with their dog or cat's spay/neuter
- $200: New cat mats, cat hammocks, dishes and bowls for cats in the shelter
- $400: Raised beds, bowls, and buckets for the new dog kennels that have just been constructed
  Funded
583.00
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Texas Ramp Project
Wish List:
- $50: (10) 2x4x8' treated wood for building wheelchair ramp
- $75: (10) 2x6x8' treated wood for building wheelchair ramp
- $100: (1) 25-pound tub of deck screws
- $500: 1 complete ramp constructed in Abilene
  Funded
3,163.00
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Young Life of Abilene
Wish List:
- $200: Covers a child's cost of transportation for December ski trip
- $850: Sends a child with special needs to summer camp
- $1,000: Provides Christmas gifts for 60+ volunteer leaders
  Funded
538.00
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