Plenty of nonprofits looking for holiday help

For many nonprofit, charity and community organizations, the December holiday season is a very busy time of giving as well as fundraising. This December, you can help out the groups that help out so many others.

Here is the first of our weekly columns during the holiday season to connect you with groups that need help.

Caritas of Austin

Mission: Caritas of Austin helps people obtain safe housing, jobs, life skills, and healthy food to achieve lasting stability.

Contact​: Shelby Griffin, or at 512-646-1258.

Wish list: Walmart and H-E-B gift cards, cleaning supplies, rice cookers, laundry detergent, new bath linens. Holiday opportunities at:

CareBox Program

Mission: CareBox Program provides free essential care supplies to cancer patients to help prevent malnutrition, infections and injuries from falls.

Contact info: Rhiannon Nunziatio,, (512) 296-2180.

Wish list: To help with logistics and storage, etc., items that would be helpful include an iPad, iPhone (4 or newer), Office Depot gift cards and Container Store gift cards.

Austin Diaper Bank

Mission: Improve the health and well-being of babies and senior citizens by providing diapers that are not covered under assistance programs.

Contact: Beverly Hamilton, or 512-710-7232.

Wish list: Any size of baby or adult diapers, especially larger sizes, even opened packages. Gift certificates to H-E-B, Walmart, Costco or Target to purchase wipes, diaper creams and warehouse supplies.

Central Texas Food Bank

Mission: To nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.

Contact: 512-282-2111.

Wish list: Monetary donations ($1 = 8 meals thanks to holiday matching gifts) and donations of healthy, nonperishable food items such as peanut butter; canned chili, soups and stews; canned chicken breast or tuna; canned low sodium vegetables; canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added); dry beans; rice; pasta and pasta sauce; 100 percent whole grain cereals.

Keep Austin Fed

Mission: Keep Austin Fed gathers wholesome and nutritious surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to local charities that serve hungry people in need.


Wish list: Insulated food delivery bag pan carriers — like the Choice 23” x 13” x 15” bags that hold up to five full-size steam trays — to transport hot food from caterers as well as cold food from other food donors. Glass or reusable plastic food storage containers (like Tupperware, zip-lock containers, Gladware, etc.) to distribute individual-size portions of the catered food to residents. Also needed are scales, large coolers, insulated bags, chafing trays, stands and wick fuel.


Mission: To empower young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education.

Contact: Con Mi MADRE (512) 475-6309. Email:

Wish list: H-E-B gift cards for our families. Supplies for our work with schools: glue sticks, sharpies, color pencils, Play-Doh, pens, pencils, card stock. Office supplies: large dry erase boards, small printer table, ink cartridges: HP laserjet 410a black, cyan, magenta and yellow, and HP LaserJet 85L black. Additional items are listed in our Amazon Wish List under Con Mi MADRE.

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