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WISH LISTS

Insights Teen Parent Program needs warm baby clothes, diapers, baby wipes, and arts and crafts materials. Call 503-239-6996, Ext. 224.

North Portland Nurse Practitioners Clinic needs adult and youth bus tickets, fireproof file cabinets, educational toys, a hand-held vacuum cleaner, adult and child Tylenol, Advil and Motrin, six surge protectors, diapers, nonperishable foods, baby supplies and more. Call 503-284-5239.

Transition Projects needs blankets, twin sheets, knapsacks and bath towels. Call 503-823-4930, Ext. 205.

Clackamas Women's Services needs $10 to $25 gift certificates to Fred Meyer, Target, JC Penney, Safeway and Albertson's; men's and women's new socks and underwear; size large and pull-up diapers; and bath towels. Call 503-722-2366, Ext. 2.

Todos Juntos of Canby needs refurbished computers and printers to give to Latino Club presidents, sports equipment, teen clothing and children's car seats. Call 503-544-1513.

Northwest Housing Alternatives needs basketballs, infant and toddler car seats, kids' knapsacks, new shoes in sizes 1 to 6, new socks for children and adults, new underwear for school-age children, and adult slippers. Call 503-654-1007, Ext. 103.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing of Tigard needs arts and crafts materials, educational software and homework supplies. Call 503-443-2117.

Centro Cultural of Washington County needs matching folding tables and folding chairs. Call 503-359-0446, Ext. 23.

Community Action Organization/Hillsboro Family Shelter needs household and cleaning items, baby supplies, personal hygiene and medical supplies, Oregon Zoo and OMSI memberships or passes, TriMet passes, phone cards, food, and grocery store certificates. Call 503-693-3254.

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS

Mercy Corps, a Portland-based international relief group, is selling Mercy Kits: $30 buys a Health Kit, helping children and mothers in rural southeastern Azerbaijan; $33 buys an education kit for an Afghan child; $35 buys a Food Kit to feed 17 children in Eritrea for a month; $70 buys an Animal Kit, enabling a family to buy a sheep. More information can be found online at www.mercycorps.org/mercy_kits, or call 1-800-292-3355, Ext. 250, or 503-796-6800, Ext. 250.

Holiday tree lights benefit United Way programs; $10 'purchases' a light on the holiday tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Supporters receive a card acknowledging the gift, and their names are listed at the square during the holiday season. Call 503-226-9366, visit www.unitedway-pdx.org on the Web, or pick up information at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Light the House benefits two Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide lodging for out-of-town families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Portland. Decorative lights on the top floors of U.S. Bancorp Tower are lit as donations come in. Supporters can buy earmarked products at Albertson's and participating Pearl District businesses. Donations also can be made at Albertson's. Call 503-287-7600 or visit www.rmh-or.org on the Web.

FOOD DRIVES

Radio Cab Turkey Project will culminate at 1 p.m. Saturday with the distribution of more than 100 turkeys to people who have lost their jobs. Those who show up at the Radio Cab office with an unemployment stub are eligible; people can support the project by sending a check to Radio Cab, 1613 N.W. Kearney St., Portland, OR 97209; dropping off a turkey or canned food; or making a deposit at any U.S. Bank branch. Call 503-380-8027.

The second annual Great Holiday Food Drive Ñ sponsored by NETurf.com Ñ will continue through Sunday at West Linn Thriftway, 5639 Hood St., West Linn. The goal is to fill 32 barrels for the Oregon Food Bank. Call 503-656-3875.