Buy a gift and help out nonprofit group at same time

Birmingham Area:

Academy of Fine Arts of Shelby County (
Items: logo T-shirts, $8-$12; coffee mugs, $5; gift certificates, $10, $20, $50, $100. Buy: 669-0044.

Alabama CASA Network ( provides trained volunteers to speak for children in the court system.
Items: “Kooking for the Kids” cookbook, $15; bracelets, $12. Buy: Online, 833-1135.

Alabama Wildlife Center (
Items: seed wreaths, $25-$50; T-shirts, $15-$20; ornaments, $3-$10; more. Buy: Today at the center’s Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oak Mountain State Park. 663-7930.

Aldridge Botanical Gardens (
Items: 1-3 gallon snowflakes, $15 and $25; T-shirts, gardening books, tote bags, mugs, caps, $7.50-$35. Buy: At the gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover, 682-8019.

Alys Stephens Center (
Items: ASC gift cards, in any denomination, can be redeemed for tickets to any performance. Buy: Online; at box office, 1200 10th Ave., South; 975-2787.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (
Items: Telling Stories calendar, $10, and note cards, $10, both featuring artwork by local patients. Buy: 871-7970.

American Red Cross, Birmingham Area Chapter (
Item: Frequency radio 300, $40 (includes charger for cell phone, lights, siren and seven weather channels). Buy: Red Cross, 950 22nd St. North, Suite 750, 458-8247.

Birmingham Ballet (
Item: Mark Roberts Frost Fairy ornament, $29.50, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital. Buy: At studio, 2198 Columbiana Road; 979-9492; at Birmingham Ballet performances of “The Nutcracker” at the BJCC Concert Hall Saturday and Sunday.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (
Its gift shop, at 520 16th St. North, is heavy on civil rights and black history items. It will take 10 percent off all merchandise Dec. 15-17. 328-9696.

Birmingham Festival Theatre (
Item: Four-ticket gift pack, $65. Buy: Online; 933-2383.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper (
Items: Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap, $5 ($20 for five); Knight & Hale sunglasses, $10; T-shirts, $12, $15; Pradco fishing lures, $5 ($20 for 5). Buy: Online, 458-0095.

Camp Smile-A-Mile (
Item: 20 Christmas cards, designed by the children, $25. Buy: 323-8427.

Children’s Aid Society (
Item: Wooden star ornament inscribed Children’s Aid Society 2006, $20. Call Nicole at 943-5333.

Children’s Hospital and VSA arts Alabama will be among the charities to receive proceeds from the sale of “A Country Music Christmas,” $25, a book-and-CD collection put together by Birmingham resident, author and cancer survivor Edie Hand ( and the late Buddy Killen, an Florence native who went from Nashville bass player to one of the world’s foremost country music publishers. The collection includes holiday recipes from Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, John Michael Montgomery, Jeff Foxworthy and others, plus Hand’s story of cancer survival and 15 songs from Pat Boone, Dean Miller, Chris Young, Jessy Dixon and others. Buy: Book stores.

Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama (
Items: Coffee-table book “Precious Cargo: A Celebration of Alabama’s Children,” $25; handmade Better Basics Bookmarks, $25 for five. Buy: Book, online, book stores; bookmarks, e-mail 515-3714.

Crisis Center ( provides free, confidential telephone counseling, plus support for sexual assault victims.
Item: Christopher Radko blown-glass Frosty the Snowman ornament, $25. Buy: Call Willie Holt, 323-7782, ext. 200; e-mail

Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham ( funds, supports and promotes cultural organizations and working artists in central Alabama.
Item: Culture Cards, $25 and up, allows recipients to redeem for tickets among two dozen arts events and museums, from symphony performances and community theater productions to the zoo and the Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival. Buy:; at McWane Science Center, Vulcan Park, Alabama Symphony box office or Cultural Alliance, 1731 First Ave. North, Suite 190. 458-1393.

Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area (
Items: Christopher Radko Wings and a Prayer blown-glass ornament, $40. Buy: Briarcliff Shop and Barton-Clay Jewelers, Mountain Brook; the Curtain Exchange, Homewood; Holiday Shop, Hoover; Plott and Campbell Hardware, East Lake; Easter Seals office, 200 Beacon Parkway West. 314-2188.

First Light ( provides emergency shelter for homeless women and children. Items: Note cards featuring art by First Light guests, $10 for 10; handmade cross necklaces by guests in art therapy program, $5-15; holiday light (on First Light building) honoring someone special who will receive a card. Buy: First Light, 2230 Fourth Ave. North. 323-4277.

For the Cause ( provides wellness adventures for breast cancer survivors. Items: Prayer flags, $25, carried to summit of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro by local survivor team. Buy: 682-6306;

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (
Items: Membership package, $45 and up, includes BBG water bottle, hand tool, peat pellets plus choice of garden kit. Buy: Friends office, Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, or 414-3950.

Glenwood ( provides education and treatment for children and adults who are emotionally disturbed, mentally ill or diagnosed with autism.
Items: Fresh pecans, prices vary on amount; pecan candies, varied prices; coffees, varied prices; holiday cards, $10 for ten. Buy: Harvest Glen Market in Crestline; grocery stores;

Grace Episcopal Church Women (
Items: “Grace at the Table,” a cookbook and church history, $15. Buy:

Hand-in-Paw ( provides registered pet/handler teams to work with disabled, ill and special-needs children, and hospitalized adults and nursing home residents.
Items: 2007 Day Planner, featuring photos of local pets, $25; Picasso Pets Calendar, featuring artwork of animals and owners, $10; holiday cards, 12 for $10; $10 donation honoring someone who receives acknowledgment card. Buy: At Hand-in-Paw office, 2616 Seventh Ave. South, 322-5144.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (
Items: Authentic Mexican Christmas Tamales, half dozen, $12; dozen $20; pork, chicken, pepper. Buy: At Web site or send order with check to P.O. Box 190299, Birmingham, 35219. Order deadline is Thursday. 942-5505.

Junior League of Birmingham ( Items: Three cookbooks: “Magic,” $14.95; “Food for Thought,” $19.95; “Tables of Content,” $29.95. Buy: At League office, 2212 Twentieth Ave. South, English Village; online; 879-9861, cookbook mailbox.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (
Items: JDRF holiday cards and special occasion note cards, 90 cents-$2.30 each; logo wristbands, $2; logo ornaments $7.95. Buy: 871-0333.

Kid One Transport ( provides free transportation to medical services for children and expectant mothers in 32 counties.
Item: 2007 Handsome Heroes Alabama Firefighters Calendar, $14.95. Buy: Online; Parisian stores;; 978-1017.

Lakeshore Foundation ( is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities or chronic health conditions by providing physical activities and education. Items: Lakeshore Foundation Holiday Cards, depicting a scene created by local artist Ben Burford, 10 for $10. Buy: Online; at the front desk at 4000 Ridgeway Drive; 313-7417.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (
Items: Ornaments, $19.25 and $26.50. Buy: 989-0098.

Levite Jewish Community Center (
Items: Mitzvah certificates, various prices, for swim and personal training sessions, tennis lessons, Theatre JCC shows, massages, memberships. Buy: JCC, 3960 Montclair Road, 879-0411.

Old Firehouse Shelter feeds and helps homeless men.
Items: Ornaments, $5: Shelter, 1501 Third Ave. North.

Shelby Humane Society (
Item: Art for Life 2007 wall calendar, $15. Buy: online or at adoption center, 381 McDow Road, Columbiana. 669-3916.

Society of St. Andrew – Alabama Gleaning Network ( salvages fresh, unsold produce from growers, packers, and shippers and distributes it to agencies that feed the hungry. Items: $10 donation for card honoring person of your choice, sent to the honoree. Buy:; 1-800-333-4597.

Summerfest Musical Theatre (
Items: gift certificates in any amount; CDs “Respect! A Tribute to the Queen of Soul,” starring Belinda George Peoples, and “Sentimental Journey: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” starring Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, $20; and a variety of logo clothing. Buy: 324-2424.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (
Items: Set of three Santa ornaments, $36.95; UCP note cards, $15. Buy: Call Jennifer Mackey, 944-3906 or

VSA arts of Alabama ( offers art opportunities for people with disabilities and chronic diseases.
Items: 2007 Art for Life calendars, featuring clients’ pictures of Shelby Humane Society animals, $15; Pete and Herbie limited-edition prints by client Anna Wallace and Pete the Cat artist James Dean, $25. Buy: Call Julie Wall, 212-7042; e-mail Also benefits Shelby Humane Society.

Vulcan Park Foundation (
Items: Vulcan ornament, $12.99; wine stopper, $16.99; holiday cards, $12.50; foundation memberships, starts at $20; and more. Buy: Gift Shop at Vulcan, atop Red Mountain; 933-1409, ext. 32.

Workshops Inc. ( provides vocational training for disabled.
Item: Desk calendar, $4; custom desk and wall calendars, custom greeting cards, prices vary. Buy: 592-9683.

YWCA Central Alabama (
Items: Ornaments, $1-$25. Buy: YWCA, 309 23rd St. North; 322-9922; online

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