Contributed By Kathy Kemp.
Want to make a small difference in the world? Or perhaps you just need a stocking stuffer. Either way, Alabama’s nonprofit organizations can help. Many sell toys, logo clothing, coffee mugs, calendars and all kinds of items to help meet their annual budgets. We invited nonprofits and charities from around the state – all members of the Birmingham-based Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama – to tell us what they’re selling this season and how and where to buy. These are their gifts that keep on giving.
Area charities, nonprofits have all kinds of items for holidays
Adaptive Aquatics (www.adaptiveaquatics.org) in Wilsonville provides water skiing, canoeing, kayaking opportunities for disabled people and injured Alabama soldiers. Items: Life Is Good Adaptive Water Ski T-shirt, $20. Buy online or e-mail lifeisgood@adaptiveaquatics. 807-7519.
AIDS Alabama (www.aidsalabama.org) helps people with AIDS to live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of AIDS. Items: personalized red ribbon ornaments, $20, 324-9822; Higher Ground coffee Red Ribbon Blend, prices vary, at Whole Foods, Tria Market and V. Richards.
Alabama Architectural Foundation (www.alabamaarchitecturalfoundation.org) promotes good design in Alabama communities and works to heighten public’s understanding and appreciation of architecture. Item: Book ”Community in Alabama: Architecture for Living Together,” $39.95. At most book stores. 592-9658.
Alabama Ballet (www.alabamaballet.org) provides professional ballet performances, dance education and community outreach. Items: ”Alabama Ballet: The Chapman Decade,” featuring Billy Brown’s photos, $28; Fit and Fun adult dance class card, $130, good for 10 classes of ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom or Pilates; tickets, prices vary. Buy online; at 2726 1st Ave. North; or call 322-1874 for dance cards.
Alabama Public Television (www.aptv.org). Item: one-year APT membership, $40 individual, $50 family. 800-239-5233, ext. 136.
Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation (www.awdm.org) is raising money to build a monument honoring war dog handlers and their dogs, also provides patriotic and educational programs. Items: logo T-shirts, $20; book ”War Dogs of Courage,” $15; video ”War Dog” movie, $10; art print ”Daddy’s Honor,” $20; ”Wishing You a Homeland Christmas” CD, $15. Buy on Web site or call 995-8495.
Alys Stephens Center (www.alysstephens.org) showcases world-renowned musicians, dancers, actors and comedians, and provides free artistic events for local students. Items: ASC gift cards, in any denomination, can be redeemed for tickets to any performance. Buy online; at the box office at 1200 10th Ave. South; or call 975-2787.
Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (www.alzca.org) serves patients and families in 21 counties. Item: 2008 ”Telling Stories” calendar, $10, featuring artwork by local patients. Buy online or call 871-7970.
American Red Cross, Birmingham Area Chapter (Birmingham.redcross.org) provides disaster and emergency relief. Items: Eton emergency radio, $50; first aid kit, $25; pet first aid kit, $20; vintage bag, $15. Buy online. 458-8282.
American Village (www.americanvillage.org) in Montevallo is a living history museum. Items: White House porcelain cameo ornament, $7.55; tabletop nine pins Colonial children’s game, $10; Lynn Cheney children’s book set, $57.13; Dolley Madison Presidential/First Lady china set, $65. Buy at gift shop, 3727 Alabama 119, Montevallo. 665-3535, 877-811-1776.
Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) works to control, prevent and cure arthritis, and serves people with arthritis in Alabama. Item: ”Kids Have Arthritis Too” cookbook, $20; Jingle Bell Run T-shirt, $15; stadium blanket $18; foundation ornament, $5. To buy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-879-7896.
Autism Society of Alabama (www.autism-alabama.org) works to improve quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Items: Bean bag frog ornament, $5; ”Walking Billboard” T-shirts, $10 youth, $15 adult; ”You Are the Essential Piece” puzzle piece pin, $4, necklace, $12. Buy at 951-1364.
Barber Motorsports Museum (www.barbermuseum.org) promotes history and preservation of motorcycling and motor sports. Items: 2007 commemorative ornament, $15, or five for $42; ”Investment Biker on the Road with Jim Rogers” book, $19.95; museum tickets, $10 adults, $6 children 4-12. Buy at Museum Store, 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway. 699-7275.
Better Basics (www.betterbasics.org) helps public school children improve reading skills. Items: ”Precious Cargo” book, $12; ”Calling All Kids” craft and cookbook, $12. Buy online or at 944-2928.
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (www.bbgardens.org) promotes knowledge of plants, gardens, environment. Items: Leaf & Petal holiday lemon cypress tree, $29.95, 877-3030; memberships at $45 for individuals and $60 for families, 414-3950; variety of items in gardens gift shop, 2612 Lane Park Road. 414-3959.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (www.bcri.org) is a museum focusing on Birmingham’s civil rights history, and educating children and the world about civil and human rights. Its gift shop, 520 16th St. North, is heavy on civil rights and black history items. 328-9696.
Birmingham Museum of Art (www.artsbma.org) world-class museum. Items: Gees Bend necktie, $40, and ornaments, $19.95; membership with Pompeii exhibit, $50, individuals or $70, family. Buy at museum, 2000 Eighth Ave. North. 254-2777.
Birmingham Public Library (www.bplonline.org) Items: Alabama Bound T-shirt, $10 and $12; canvas book bag, $10; 75th anniversary canvas bag, $8; historic photos of Birmingham, $39.95. Buy at the public relations department at downtown library. 226-3604.
Black Warrior Riverkeeper (www.blackwarriorriver.org) protects, monitors and restores the river. Items: Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap, $5 ($20 for five); Riverkeeper T-shirts, $12 short, $15 long. Buy online or call 458-0095.
Children’s Dance Foundation (www.childrensdancefoundation.org) provides dance education to all ages. Items: O’Henry’s Christmas blend coffee, $12; ”Angelina Ballerina Christmas” book, $16. Buy at 870-0073.
Children’s Hospital (www.chsys.org) provides comprehensive health care to children. Items: Simon the Loving Lion plush animal, $25, call 939-9090; Amelia Center National Children’s Memorial Day T-shirts, $10, wrist bands $2, 251-3430; Fuzzy Friends plush animal, $50, 939-5841; Busy BEES calendars, $10, 939-6826. Also, Mark Roberts Frost Fairy ornament, $29.50. Buy at the Birmingham Ballet studio, 2198 Columbiana Road; 979-9492; or at Birmingham Ballet performance of ”The Nutcracker” at the BJCC Concert Hall today at 2 p.m.
Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama (www.childrensliteracyguild.org) gets books in the hands of needy children through book drives and fundraisers. Items: coffee-table book ”Precious Cargo: A Celebration of Alabama’s Children,” $25. Buy online or in book stores. 515-3714.
Collat Jewish Family Services (www.cjfsbham.org) specializes in caring for older adults and provides transportation and other community-wide services. Items: Baskets of Blessings color-coordinated table, podium or bimah centerpieces, $20 and up. Buy online or at Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Road. 879-3438.
Community Kitchens of Birmingham (www.thecommunitykitchens.org) provides meals to the hungry. Items: donation cards, $5 each, sent to people on your list. Buy online or at 251-3569.
Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham (www.cultural-alliance.com) 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 www.activeculture.info; 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 (www.eastersealsbham.org) provides medical and vocational rehabilitation for disabled children and adults. Items: Birmingham landmark ornaments, $10 each; Christopher Radko ornament, $30. Buy at 200 Beacon Parkway West. 314-2188.
Exceptional Foundation (www.exceptionalfoundation.org) provides social and recreational activities for mentally and/or physically challenged people. Items: Ornaments, $10; dog bowls, $15-$20; piggy banks, $15; platters, $40. Buy at holiday open house, Dec. 20, 11 a.m., at foundation, 1616 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. 870-0776.
First Light (www.firstlightshelter.org) provides emergency shelter for homeless women and children. Items: hand-made crosses, $10-$14; artwork by residents, prices vary. Buy at gift shop Fridays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2230 Fourth Ave. North. 323-4277.
For the Cause provides wellness adventures for breast cancer survivors. Items: logo T-shirts, $10; pink John Deere caps, $10; prayer flags carried to summit of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro by local survivor team, $25; inspiration DVD of the climb, free. Buy at 876-4571.
Friends of Rickwood (www.rickwood.com) preserves and restores Rickwood Field. Items: Rickwood Tshirt, $15; ”Every Other Sunday: The Story of the Birmingham Black Barons,” $25; ”Good Wood: A Fan’s History of Rickwood Field,” $25. Buy online. 458-8161.
Glenwood (www.glenwood.org) provides education and treatment for children and adults with autism and/or behavioral problems. Items: fresh pecans, pecan candies, coffees, prices vary. Buy: Glenwood Vocational Market, 100 Euclid Ave., Crestline; grocery stores; www.pecanswithapurpose.org.
Grace House Ministries (www.grace-house.org) provides Christian home for abused and abandoned girls. Items: Gift-wrap services at Riverchase Galleria, outside the old Belk/Macy’s store; visit Grace House, 4923 Farrell Ave., Fairfield, 2-4 p.m. today for fellowship and bake sale. 786-4663.
Hand-in-Paw (www.handinpaw.org) provides registered pet/ handler teams to work with disabled, ill and special-needs children, and hospitalized adults and nursing home residents. Items: Personalized photo tiles with image you provide, $60; Picasso Pets Calendar, featuring artwork of animals and owners, $10; T-shirts featuring classic artworks starring dogs, $15; holiday tribute cards sent to names on your list. Buy online or at 2616 7th Ave. S., 322-5144.
Junior League of Birmingham (www.jlbonline.com) is an organization of women volunteers dedicated to improving the community, especially the lives of women and children. Items: Cookbooks, ”Magic,” $14.95; ”Food for Thought,” $24.95; ”Tables of Content,” $29.95; Imagination Library gift cards, $7, gives one book to child recipient. Buy at 2212 20th Ave. South, English Village; online; 879-9861, cookbook mailbox.
Kid One Transport (www.kidone.org) provides free transportation to medical services for children and expectant mothers in 32 counties. Item: Kid One Holiday T-shirts, $20; ”Cookin’ It Up with Taylor Tots,” recipe book featuring American Idol Taylor Hicks, $20; 2008 Taylor Hicks calendar, $20. Buy online or call 978-1005.
Lakeshore Foundation (www.lakeshore.org) helps people with disabilities and health problems through sports and physical activities. Items: Cards. 12-pack, $10; Beijing Olympics apparel, process vary. Buy at 4000 Ridgeway Drive; cards, 313-7420; apparel, 313-7400.
Leeds Historical Society (www.leedshistoricalsociety.org) promotes historic site preservation and restoration in Leeds area. Items: collectable ornaments of Bass House Museum and Rowan Oaks Historical Home, $25 each; ”Voices of Leeds: Now Recalls Then” oral history CDs, $5 each; memorial bricks for placement at historic sites, $40; ”More Than a Cookbook” with historic photos and information, $15. To buy, e-mail email@example.com.
Levite Jewish Community Center (www.bhamjcc.org) serves Birmingham community with a fitness center, childcare, senior services and programs that celebrate and explore Jewish culture. Items: gift certificates, various prices, for swim and personal training sessions, tennis lessons, Theatre JCC shows, massages, memberships. Buy at 3960 Montclair Road. 879-0411.
Literacy Council (www.literacycouncil.org) serves as coordinating and supporting body for Central Alabama literacy programs. Items: Books, $1-$3, at downtown office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 21; donation holiday cards online or at 326-1925.
McWane Science Center (www.mcwane.org) features handson exhibits, live shows, Imax theater, children’s educational programs. Items: Gift of Wonder, $110, allows 10 children to visit center; Gift of Wonder plus 20 holiday cards personalized and mailed to those on your list, $125. Buy at www.firstgiving.com/giftofwonder. 714-8419.
Red Mountain Theatre Company (www.redmountaintheatre.org), formerly Summerfest , offers professional productions, plus educational and performing opportunities for aspiring artists. Items: Logo hoodie, $25; leather belts, $27; cross necklaces, $27-$70; leather bracelets, $15; CDs by Belinda George Peoples and Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, $20 each. Buy before RM Cabaret Theatre performances. 324-2424.
Ronald McDonald House (www.rmhca.org) provides place to stay for families with sick or injured children being treated in Birmingham. Items: Ornament, $10; cookbook, $5. Buy at 1700 4th Ave. South, online. 212-7255.
Ruth and Naomi Senior Outreach (www.ruthandnaomi.org) provides companionship, live music and other services to elder orphans and older people in nursing homes. Items: Words of Comfort fleece blanket, $20; therapeutic music CD, $16-$20. Buy at Fairhaven Retirement Facility, Montclair Road, gift shop. 322-5469, ext. 209.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, north central Alabama (www.komen.org) helps people with breast cancer and funds research and services. Items: ”Garth Brooks, the Ultimate Hits” pink edition CD, $15; Birmingham Race for the Cure long-sleeved T-shirt, $10; men’s heather-gray koMEN T-shirt, $10. Buy CD at www.komen.org/garth; shirts, 930-8886.
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (www.ccc.uab.edu) provides cutting-edge patient care and conducts research for better treatments. Items: Personalized holiday scrolls, $5. To buy, e-mail Rachelwaters@ccc.uab.edu. 934-0034.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (www.ucpbham.com) provides care, programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Items: the Zachary ornament, $50. Buy online or at 120 Oslo Circle, Homewood. 944-3900.
VSA arts of Alabama (www.vsartsalabama.org) offers art opportunities for people with disabilities and chronic diseases. Items: 2008 Art for Life calendars, $15. To buy, email Julie@vsartsalabama.org. 212-7042. Also benefits Shelby Humane Society.
Vulcan Park Foundation (www.vulcanpark.org) oversees and manages Vulcan Park, promoting historic preservation and education. Items: Vulcan bobble head/buns, $16.99; ornament, $12.99; wine stopper, $16.99; foundation membership, starts at $20; ”Lone Pine Mine” helmet, $14.99. Buy: Gift Shop at Vulcan, atop Red Mountain. 933-1409, ext. 32.
OUT OF TOWN
The ARC of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties works to improve quality of life for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Item: ARC Cookbook, $10. Buy: 256-236-2857.
Autauga County Heritage Association in Prattville collects and preserves local history and artifacts. Items: Buena Vista porcelain ornament, $20; ”A Look Back: A Pictorial History of Autauga County, $40; Rawlinson Mill print, $30; Mulbry Cottage brass ornament, $2.50. Buy at 102 East Main St., Prattville. 334-361-0961.
Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama www.montgomerycancer.com) in Montgomery works with cancer patients and their families. Item: Honor someone by putting their name on a dove to be placed on ”The Dove Tree” in the Montgomery Cancer Center, $5, includes card sent to honoree. To buy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 334-273-2279.
Children’s Harbor (www.childrensharbor.org) at Lake Martin provides services to seriously ill children and their families. Items: Friends of Children’s Harbor T-shirt, $15, and ornament, $20; CH cap, $10, cookbook, $15, cards, $10. Buy: 334-857-2133.
Easter Seals Alabama (www.alabama.easterseals.com) in Montgomery provides services and programs for people with disabilities. Item: 2007 ”A Capital City Christmas” ornament, $15. Buy at 5960 East Shirley Lane, Montgomery; 800-338-7325 or 334-395-4489.
Greater Huntsville Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter. Items: New and like-new clothes, shoes, jewelry, estate items, ornaments, vehicles. Buy at thrift store, 2812 B Johnson Road, Huntsville. 256-881-8081.
Lower Alabama Arts Center in Andalusia offers art, music and drama classes to adults and children, and gallery space and outreach programs. Items: Local artists’ art sale, $25-$800; art-print aprons, $25; LAAC T-shirts, $12. Buy at 513a East Three Notch St., Andalusia. 334-222-3205.
Morgan County Child Advocacy Center (www.morgancountycac.org) provides a safe place for victimized children to be interviewed by professionals. Item: Morgan County Country Garden Club’s ”Favorite Recipes” cookbook, $15. Buy at Sugar Magnolia’s, Decatur; Genesis, Hartselle. 256-355-1908.
Rainbow Omega Inc. (www.rainbowomega.org) in Eastaboga helps developmentally disabled adults. Items: poinsettias in three sizes and colors, $5-$15. Buy at 256-831-0919.
SIFAT – Servants in Faith and Technology in Lineville (www.sifat.org) helps poor families in Third World countries. Items: 2008 calendar, $10; handmade Bible covers, $25; clerical stoles from Bolivia, $25; crosses from Ecuador, $10-$15; ”Glimpses of God” book, $15. Buy at 2944 County Road 113, Lineville. 256-396-2015.
Tuscaloosa’s One Place (www.etfrc.org) is a family resource center. Item: ”Tuscaloosa Sketchbook” featuring Tuscaloosa landmarks by area artists, $39.95. Buy: Junior League of Tuscaloosa, www.jltuscaloosa.org. 205-345-7416.