The Giving Guide 2020

By Anna Tabet and Samantha Dietzler

Gift giving is a natural part of the holiday season. Whether you view it as a stress-inducing task or a creative way to show a loved one how much you care, it’s a valuable facet of the month of December. While you might automatically add parents, significant others and children to your holiday shopping list, there’s a large part of the Waco community that is not always represented on those lists that would immensely appreciate your ability to give in this season.

Waco is filled with nonprofits, many of which have been hit especially hard this year as large events, including crucial fundraisers, were canceled due to the pandemic. This giving guide allows for local nonprofits to display a list of current needs so our readers can help meet those needs.

These organizations advertised in the nonprofit profile section of our July Community issue, so if you’d like to learn about their missions and work, you can find information at Between baby wipes, dog leashes, Chromebooks and a storefront sign, there is an item on one of the following nonprofits’ lists that is sure to fit your price range. No matter how large or small you deem your donation to be, the collective effort of our readers is sure to benefit the Waco community and beyond. After all, isn’t that the true spirit of the holidays?

American Cancer Society
Attacking cancer from every angle
254/236-5288 | |

The American Cancer Society serves the Central Texas community by providing 24/7 patient support, grants for life-saving research, advocacy and more.

1 Silent and live auction donations for the 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball.
2 Sponsors and underwriters for the 2021 Central Texas Cattle Baron’s Ball.
3 Volunteers.
4 Support on social media by following American Cancer Society – Texas on Facebook, Instagram (@acstexas) and Twitter (@acstexas).
5 Monetary donations to ACS at

American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas
Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in.
9205 Oak Creek Drive | 254/523-4985 |

Since 1881, the American Red Cross has prevented and alleviated human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

1 Donations of $5 to provide one blanket for a person seeking comfort after a disaster.
2 Donations of $10 to provide one hot meal and additional snacks and nourishment for a person after a disaster.
3 Donations of $15 to provide a free smoke alarm, safety education and installation for a home in need.
4 Donations of $150 to provide travel, meals and shelter for one day for a Red Cross volunteer to provide hope to communities affected by disasters.
5 Individuals to become Red Cross volunteers, bringing hope after a home fire or other disaster.

Animal Birth Control Clinic
Happiness, health and safety for animals and people
3238 Clay Avenue | 254/776-7303 |

Animal Birth Control Clinic believes that every cat and dog in Central Texas deserves a happy, healthy life at home with a loving family of their own.

1 Pup-Peroni dog treats and Cheez Whiz.
2 Dog, puppy, cat or kitten food (pouch, canned or dry kibble).
3 Gently used or new leashes, collars, towels and sheets.
4 Replacement minivan or funds toward the future van.

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
From victims to victors
3312 Hillcrest Drive | 254/752-9330 |

The professional staff at the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children offers hope and healing to survivors of sexual assault and violent crime in six Central Texas counties.

1 New furniture for The Victims Center lobby.
2 Gift cards for emergency necessities.
3 Monthly donors to PAVE the way for change (Prevention, Advocacy, Victory and Education).
4 Monetary donations for operating costs.
5 Corporate sponsorships.

The Baylor Line Foundation
Informing, inspiring and empowering alumni
600 Austin Avenue, Suite 14 | 254/732-0430 | |

In addition to publishing The Baylor Line magazine for 74 years, The Baylor Line Foundation supports current Baylor students through Legacy Scholarships and honors distinguished alumni and faculty at its annual Hall of Fame awards banquet.

1 Donations to the Legacy Scholarship program for deserving students who are children and grandchildren of Baylor alumni.
2 Donations or ad purchases to sustain the foundation’s award-winning magazine, The Baylor Line.
3 Underwriters for the annual BLF Hall of Fame awards ceremony in February 2021.
4 Individuals to become members of the Torchbearer Society.
5 Sustaining gifts that honor a friend or family member through the memorial and tribute fund.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco
Great futures start here
2700 North 21st Street | 254/752-6443
2020 Richter Avenue | 254/754-2451

Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco offers young men and women ages 6-18 a variety of after-school and summer activities, including educational support, character and leadership building, and exposure to the arts.

1 Commercial vacuum cleaner.
2 New foosball table for the game room.
3 Quality walkie-talkie/handheld two-way radios for our staff to communicate during program hours.
4 Funding for a new, safer gym floor to replace the concrete floor.
5 Monetary donations toward the Back-A-Kid Campaign, a sponsorship program to pay for membership fees.

Bosque Arts Center
Home to all facets of the visual and performing arts
215 South College Hill Drive, Clifton | 254/675-3724 |

Bosque Arts Center hosts concerts, community theater, workshops, culinary events, literary meetings, auctions, youth day camps, as well as art, photo, quilt
and songwriting competitions.

1 New bingo equipment ($5,000).
2 New projector for the Tin Building Theatre ($7,000).
3 In-ear monitor system for concerts ($3,000).
4 New roof for the third floor.
5 Funding to cover 2020 COVID-19 financial shortfall due to cancelation of all events for the year ($25,000).

Cameron Park Zoo
Escape into the wild
1701 North Fourth Street | 254/750-8400 |

Waco’s 52-acre natural habitat zoo provides educational programs on conservation efforts for both animals and their habitats, and it is one of the main tourism attractions in the city.

1 Kong Extreme treat dispensing dog toys, size large or greater.
2 Multi-colored, mini Christmas light sets.
3 20-inch Boomer Balls.
4 Mobile TV cart, such as Vivo STAND-TV04M.
5 Lighted disco ball.

Beyond hunger to hope
300 South 15th Street | 254/753-4593 |

Caritas of Waco provides urgent assistance — food, clothing, household items, utility payments and more — to an average of 2,500 families in need per month.

1 Box truck to pick up large items donated to our thrift stores.
2 3 iPads and 3 laptops for staff to use when working with clients.
3 25-30 shopping carts to use in our pantry.
4 New chairs for our waiting areas.
5 Monetary donations, preferably undesignated so they can be used for the area of most need.

Charity Champions
Helping those who help others
510 North Valley Mills Drive | 254/755-7000 |

Five years ago, TFNB Your Bank For Life started the Charity Champions program to give back to the community; Charity Champions are nonprofit organizations chosen annually after nomination by the community.

1 Funding for books to expand classroom libraries. (STARS Book Clubs)
2 New elevators for the museum. (Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute)
3 $25,000 to create a new online marriage prep course. (Legacy Family Ministries)
4 $25,000-$50,000 to employ a full-time staff member for one year. $100,000 to employ them for two years. (Esther’s Closet)
5 Funding for an Art Shack for the respite house that is dedicated to art and therapeutic activities. (Klaras Center for Families)
6 25 individual donors to pledge $5,000 a year with a three-year commitment to build the new Art Center Building. (The Art Center of Waco)
7 Real estate in any form — vacant land, city lots, existing housing or commercial property. (NeighborWorks Waco)

Catholic Schools – Diocese of Austin
Forming children in wisdom & holiness
Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School |
St. Mary’s Catholic School |

Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in West provide complete faith-based programs dedicated to the social, physical, intellectual, religious and psychological formation of children.

1 15 Chromebooks to assist students who transition to distance learning due to quarantine. (St. Mary’s)
2 Monetary donations to help cover the cost of increased safety/sanitation supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. (St. Mary’s)
3 Financial assistance with uniforms, books and classroom supplies for students who need it. (Bishop Louis Reicher)

Compassion Ministries
Dreaming of a “white Christmas”
1421 Austin Avenue | 254/755-7640 |

Compassion’s proven program based on mentorship, accountability and teaching personal responsibility has helped hundreds of homeless families in Waco obtain full-time employment and permanent housing.

1 Paper towels.
2 Toilet paper.
3 Baby wipes.
4 Size 5 or 6 baby diapers.
5 Notebook paper.

Creative Waco
Waco’s local arts agency
712 Austin Avenue | 254/300-8677 |

Creative Waco’s vision is to grow and support a thriving cultural and creative community in Waco.

1 Sponsorships for talented high schoolers to participate in an ArtPrenticeship,
2 Individuals to shop original and custom items created by local artists, performers and small businesses on
3 Monthly donations toward innovative arts projects and programs in our community.
4 Sponsorships for “Texas Music Café: Destination Waco” TV show, featuring musicians and live music venues, which reaches 25,000 households per week across Central Texas.
5 Donations to the Make It Through Corona Fund.

Christian Women’s Job Corps of McLennan County
Nurturing women, transforming lives
500 Webster Avenue (Enter at Clay Avenue) | 254/757-0416 |

Christian Women’s Job Corps provides free GED classes, mentoring, career and job readiness classes, and life skills training to underserved women in Central Texas to empower them in transforming their lives, families and communities.

1 3 MacBook laptops for GED testing.
2 2 iPads for community engagement.
3 2020 Kaplan GED test prep books.
4 White 2-inch binders.
5 Gift cards to Walmart, H-E-B or Target for student needs.

Christian Men’s Job Corps of Waco
Iron sharpens iron
1226 Washington Avenue | 254/855-4823 |

At Christian Men’s Job Corps of Waco, the mission is to equip, build and sustain men through personal, professional and spiritual growth.

1 A single-story, accessible building in the downtown area to provide adequate space and facilities to grow the program.
2 12 laptop computers to update and expand the computer lab.
3 Large, free-standing portable video screen.
4 An audio/video cart.
5 Funding to be used to make the part-time director full time, purchase training materials, and increase the hours of operation and the number of men served.

The Cove
Ending youth homelessness
524 West Waco Drive, Suite B | 254/224-6095 |

The Cove offers a safe space during after-school hours for Waco ISD homeless teens, where they can have access to showers, laundry facilities and a family-style dinner as well as educational programs. View The Cove’s Amazon wish list for more items.

1 A panel sign for the front of the building with The Cove logo ($2,000-$4,000).
2 $10 gift cards to Walmart or H-E-B to give to students on their first visit.
3 Digital camera with video capabilities, such as Canon EOS 2000D Rebel T7 Kit with zoom lens and accessory bundle
4 Printer ink (Brother TN-331 in black, cyan, yellow and magenta).
5 Monthly financial support.

Family Abuse Center
Supporting survivors of domestic violence
800/283-8401 (24-hour hotline) | 254/772-8999 |

For 40 years, Family Abuse Center has served victims of domestic violence by providing an emergency safety shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, case management, legal advocacy, children’s services and counseling.

1 Paper towels.
2 Disinfectant spray cleaner.
3 Disinfectant wipes.
4 Powdered laundry soap.
5 Vacuum cleaner.

Friends for Life
Live the fullest life possible
5000 Lakewood Drive | 254/772-7600 |

Friends for Life serves the elderly and people with disabilities through a continuum of care from independent living and quality-of-life programs to money management, guardianship and adult day care.

1 Laptop computer and printers.
2 Tablets and iPads (new or used) to help connect with our life skills clients in nursing homes.
3 Gift items and supplies for Gift for Grannies, life skills training, bingo and fun projects.
4 Gift cards to H-E-B, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and restaurants to help low-income clients and to treat them on their birthdays.
5 Monetary donations of any size to help Friends for Life reach out and help more people in need.

Grassroots Community Development
Building community together
1624 Colcord Avenue | 254/235-7358 |

Grassroots Community Development is committed to cultivating healthy neighborhoods by helping community members work alongside each other to create sustainable change.

1 Furniture for the reception area.
2 Furniture for the board/training room.

Family Health Center
Care like family
1600 Providence Drive | 254/313-4200 |

Family Health Center seeks to improve the wellness of underserved and vulnerable residents of the Heart of Texas by providing effective access to high-quality, comprehensive primary health care and by educating tomorrow’s family physicians and health care professionals.

1 25 lightweight plastic folding chairs.
2 Lightweight portable folding tables for events.
3 Picnic tables for staff to eat lunch outside.
4 Outdoor propane heaters for our COVID-19 tent clinics.
5 Monetary donations toward COVID-19 response, gifts in memory or in honor of someone, programs for women and children, or general support.

Lutheran Sunset Ministries
Inspired retirement living
413 Sunset Avenue, Clifton | 254/675-8637 |

With more than 60 years of ministry, Lutheran Sunset Ministries offers a full continuum of person-centered support for every stage of life on a 32-acre campus in a vibrant neighborhood in Clifton, Texas.

1 Monetary donations to be made at

Humane Society of Central Texas
Finding a friend is easier than you think
2032 Circle Road | 254/754-1454 |

The Humane Society of Central Texas strives to achieve a no-kill status by partnering with the city of Waco animal shelter to offer adoption, rescue and foster opportunities, and community education programs.

1 Volunteers to become a foster family.
2 Donations to the medical fund to help animals that arrive at the shelter with injuries and special conditions.
3 Monthly donations of $50 per month.
4 Adoption sponsors.
5 T-shirt sponsors — $1,000 gets your business logo on the shirts of hundreds of amazing volunteers.

Junior League of Waco
Women building better communities
2600 Austin Avenue | 254/753-5574 |

For more than 80 years the Junior League of Waco has promoted voluntarism, developed the potential of women and improved the community with trained volunteers, who currently focus on early childhood education and development.

1 Books for the Pre-K Literacy and Learning program, which equips caregivers with materials to support learning at home during the key years
of early development.
2 Backpacks for the Pre-K Round-Up in conjunction with Waco ISD.
3 Gift cards to Target, H-E-B or Walmart for the Pre-K Educator Appreciation program.
4 Donations of $100 to become a Friend of the League to support all the Junior League of Waco’s initiatives.
5 Contributions to the endowment fund at Waco Foundation to ensure future operations to carry out the vision of the Junior League of Waco.

Hewitt Public Library
Beyond books
200 Patriot Court | 254/666-2442 |

The Hewitt Public Library is an active community hub, encouraging personal enrichment, meaningful collaboration and content creation.

1 Butterfly house.
2 Butterfly watering dish with stand.
3 Plants for the garden (black-eyed Susan, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, cosmos, ironweed, joe-pye weed, phlox, purple coneflower, sedum and zinnia), including food plants for the larvae (dill, fennel, milkweed and parsley).
4 Caterpillar to Butterfly Kit with live caterpillars.
5 Gift cards to purchase books about butterflies.

Meals on Wheels
Caring for our seniors
501 West Waco Drive | 254/752-0316 |

Meals on Wheels Waco provides not only home-delivered meals to a growing population of senior adults and their pets, but it also meets needs through its transportation program and senior centers.

1 Dry pet food (cat and dog).
2 Countertop microwave ovens, 0.7 cubic feet.
3 Utility milkhouse-style heaters, 1,500 watt.
4 $1,200 to purchase an additional laptop.
5 Donations of $150 to feed a senior for a month ($1,820 for a year).

Midway ISD Education Foundation
Moving education forward
13885 Woodway Drive | 254/761-5614 |

Midway ISD Education Foundation invests in Midway ISD by generating and distributing resources for programs and projects that enhance the quality of education.

1 9-by-12-inch manila envelopes.
2 Bags of wrapped candy to use in promoting staff drive.
3 Amazon gift cards to use in purchasing classroom grant supplies.
4 Gift cards to area restaurants or venues to give as staff drawing prizes.
5 Monetary donations to support classroom grant requests.

Methodist Children’s Home
A nurturing, Christian community
1111 Herring Avenue | 800/853-1272 |

Founded in Waco in 1890, Methodist Children’s Home is a nationally accredited child care agency with residential and community-based programs in Waco and Axtell.

1 Donations of $35 to provide a music lesson for one resident on the Waco campus.
2 Donations of $50 to provide school supplies for one child on the Waco campus or MCH Family Outreach.
3 Donations of $150 to provide college testing for graduating seniors.
4 Donations of $250 to provide school uniforms for one child attending the charter school on the Waco campus.
5 Donations of $1,200 to provide parent education classes in Waco for one year.

The Salvation Army of Waco
Doing the most good
4721 West Waco Drive | 254/756-7271 |

In McLennan County, the Salvation Army helps individuals and families as they rebuild their lives with a wide spectrum of programs and services.

1 Heavy-duty cots for overflow at the homeless shelters.
2 Vehicle(s) — box truck for thrift store and a passenger van for client transportation.
3 Updated security system for thrift store and community kitchen/shelter.
4 Replacement fencing at the social services/donation center.
5 Volunteer bell-ringers and individuals to host virtual red kettles through our Red Kettle Challenge.

Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Every child deserves a loving family
400 Schroeder Drive | 254/741-1633 |

Nightlight is a full-service adoption provider, offering domestic, international and embryo adoptions, as well as foster and home study services.

1 Mini stainless steel refrigerator with freezer for office.
2 Gift cards to restaurants for meetings between pregnancy counselors and expectant parents.
3 Gift cards to office supply stores for business administration.
4 Family guest passes to the Mayborn Museum or Cameron Park Zoo to facilitate meetings between birth parents and adoptive families.
5 Cash donations to birth mother fund for prenatal and post-placement expenses.

Talitha Koum
My child, rise up!
1311 Clay Avenue | 254/753-1144 |

Talitha Koum Institute is a mental health therapeutic nurture center, focusing on the brain development of trauma-affected children from infancy to 4 years old.

1 Snug kids earmuffs/hearing protectors ($11 each).
2 5 CD players for classrooms.
3 Gallons of washable tempera paint.
4 Playground balls.
5 Monetary donations to the Brain Trust Program,

The TSTC Foundation
Look into the future
3801 Campus Drive | 254/867-3900 |

The TSTC Foundation supports the critical needs of students with scholarships, hardships, tools and equipment, and it provides funds for new and emerging technical programs to support the Texas workforce.

1 Donations to the Texan Success Scholarship Campaign, a scholarship program geared at helping new full-time and part-time students coming to TSTC.
2 Donations to Helping Hands Scholarship Fund, providing emergency aid to help students with expenses outside of tuition such as books, tools or housing needs.

Unbound Waco
End human trafficking. Ignite hope.
254/757-2333 |

Unbound Waco seeks to end human trafficking in Central Texas communities through prevention and awareness, professional training and survivor advocacy.

1 4 Logitech presentation remotes with Bluetooth & USB connectivity ($40 each).
2 2 iPhones for 24/7 human trafficking crisis response line ($500 each).
3 H-E-B gift cards for survivor groceries and basic needs ($25 each).
4 H-E-B gift cards for juvenile detention center outreach and prevention group supplies ($20 each).
5 Funding for victim services ($5,000).

Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Building homes, community and hope
1224 Franklin Avenue | 254/756-0131 |

The Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore supports the mission of Waco Habitat for Humanity by offering a diverse selection of building materials at reduced prices, serving as a center for recycling and donations, and providing community service and volunteer opportunities.

1 Lighted storefront sign, 4 feet by 8 feet

Robinson Education Foundation
Every student, every day
500 West Lyndale Drive | 254/662-0194 |

The Robinson Education Foundation enriches and expands innovative programs for teachers and staff at Robinson ISD.

1 Gift cards and silent auction items for foundation events.
2 Sponsorships for students and parents at upcoming Celebration of Stars event ($25 per ticket).
3 Table sponsorships for Celebration of Stars event ($300 per table).
4 T-shirt sponsors for the 2021 Employee Giving campaign.
5 Annual sponsorships/monetary donations to help fund creative and innovative programs within Robinson ISD.

Waco Pets Alive
Saving dogs and cats at the most risk
P.O. Box 8580, Waco, TX 76714 | 254/300-8575 |

Waco Pets Alive is a foster-based pet adoption program that fills a gap in the community by exclusively rescuing urgent animals from the Waco city shelter.

1 Soft baby blankets.
2 Royal Canin Babycat wet food.
3 Purina Pro Plan dog food.
4 Pop-up tent for events.
5 Volunteers.

Waco Lions Park and KiddieLand
A historic icon enjoyed by generations of Wacoans
1715 North 42nd Street | 254/772-3541

Waco’s nonprofit amusement park has provided family-fun entertainment for more than 60 years with attractions like the train, putt-putt, go-karts, merry-go-round and more.

1 Monetary donations toward improvement
of go-karts and putt-putt courses.
2 Sponsors for individual rides in KiddieLand.

Waco Symphony Orchestra
Music is the key. Unlock your life.
600 Austin Avenue, Suite 10 | 254/754-0851 |

Performing music from classical masterpieces and ballet to classic rock and Broadway, Waco Symphony Orchestra offers a rich and rewarding live music experience in Central Texas.

1 Donations to continue providing tuition assistance for the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra members.
2 Donations to provide musical instruments for the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s Adopt-a-School band programs.
3 Sponsors and donations for the Waco Symphony Council, which raises funds to support the annual children’s concert and the annual Belles and Brass program.

Waco ISD Education Foundation
Raising the power of education
501 Franklin Avenue, Third Floor | 254/755-9517 |

The Waco ISD Education Foundation encourages excellence in public education by focusing on early childhood development, enhanced programming for advanced students, extended education for staff and emphasis on student performance.

1 Readers and scorers for the Innovative Grants program.
2 Gift cards to assist campuses and teachers with purchases for the classroom, campus and students.
3 Gift cards to local restaurants, venues or activities to use for incentives for students and staff giveaways.
4 Monetary donations, which can be designated for specific campus or district programs, scholarships, or honorariums and memorials.

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