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Assistance Groups' Holiday Wish Lists


Lincoln Training Center in South El Monte, which provides work skills training and employment placement for people with developmental disabilities, would appreciate stocking stuffers for its holiday party, such as combs, brushes, shampoo, cologne, music tapes, candy, socks, slippers, pocket radios, tape players, large and extra large T-shirts, gloves, wallets, art sets, and gift certificates to restaurants, movie theaters or grocery stores. Information: David Dunham, (626) 442-0621.

* Patterns Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center for Women and Children in Hawthorne wishes people would adopt a family for the holidays; or donate cash, toys, women's and children's clothing, a Christmas tree, crayons, construction paper, disposable diapers, holiday decorations, furniture, highchairs, car seats, cribs, wall hangings and pictures, videos, child protective gates, pillows, twin bedspreads and sheets, school supplies, bath towels and toiletries. Information: (310) 675-4431.

* Homeless Health Care Los Angeles is joining with Heartfelt Foundation and SRO Housing to throw a children's Christmas party Dec. 19 for the hundreds of children and their families living on Skid Row. They need: food and refreshments for 1,500, 500 adult T-shirts or sweatshirts, Polaroid film (for pictures of kids with Santa Claus), toys, gift bags or wrapping paper, volunteers to help wrap gifts, and volunteers for the party. Information: Lenor de Cruz, (213) 741-0325.

* St. Francis Medical Center, which serves Lynwood, Compton, South Gate, Downey and Huntington Park, needs many toys and gifts to distribute to children from birth to 17. The wish list includes: books, blankets, pajamas, rattles, teething toys, teddy bears, dolls, balls, blocks, stacking toys, pull toys, doll clothes, stuffed animals, dollhouses and furniture, crayons, clothes, toy cars, action figures, plastic animals, sports games, toy kitchen sets, Polly Pockets and Barbies, puzzles, backpacks, coloring books, board games, bracelets, watches, wallets, purses, mirrors, jewelry and jewelry boxes, diaries, school supplies, basketballs, footballs, Walkmans and cassette players, makeup and toiletry sets, clock radios, flashlights, and gift certificates for food music and movies. Information: Sylvia Gardner, (310) 603-6350.

* Assorted gifts or educational items would help brighten the holiday season for the children of ERAS (Educational Resources and Services Center) in Culver City, which serves developmentally and emotionally disabled children, many the victims of poverty, abuse and medical problems. Information: Elesha Simons, (310) 838-1200.

* All year long, the Create-a-Smile Animal Assisted Therapy Team in Santa Monica brings joy to seniors, battered women, abused children and others through pet visits. On its holiday wish list are: children's books about pets, stuffed animals, stickers, office space, a van or truck, signage and banners, a copier machine, cellular phones, fax and printer cartridges, office furniture, folding chairs and tables, building materials, Polaroid film and cameras, a microwave, a color printer for a PC, a TV, a VCR and a camcorder and stand, recycled paper, printing services, vet and grooming services, volunteers, sponsorships, and cash donations. Information: (310) 392-6257.

* Exceptional Children's Foundation, which help babies at risk for developmental disabilities, is asking for the following items for babies and toddlers: clothing and new toys for infants to 3-year-olds, books and music tapes, canned and dry goods, grocery store gift certificates, holiday food baskets, volunteers to adopt a needy family for the holidays, and volunteers to help make food baskets and wrap presents. Information: (323) 298-8263.

* A van, sports and recreation equipment, indoor games and puzzles, and arts and crafts supplies are on the holiday wish list of the Center for Visionary Education, a South-Central Los Angeles group that runs gang prevention and intervention programs. Information: Chetera Watson, (323) 735-4012.

* Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, which offers food, clothing and rental, utility and transportation assistance to people of all ages, races and religions, in addition to running shelters and job training programs, has a lengthy holiday wish list. Some suggestions: blankets, bookcases, candy, CD players, clothing, computers, copier, diapers, fax machine, food baskets, footballs, games for senior citizens, jackets, large-screen TV, microwave oven, movie tickets, pillows, pingpong tables, refrigerator, sheets, shoes and socks for men, women and children, toothbrushes, towels, toys, turkeys, underwear, and volunteers. Information: (213) 251-3433.

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