By Mary Varley
Those of us who enjoy the comfort of our own homes realize we have much we are grateful for. We also know many of our neighbors are not so fortunate, especially in these challenging times. If you are able to spare any of the items in the following requests, please consider donating them to a homeless service provider. While you enjoy your holidays, you’ll also know that you’ve helped homeless families and individuals stay warm and meet their basic needs as they work to stabilize their lives. Thank you!

Catholic Charities Family Support Center, Carol Kempton, 542-5426: Toothpaste & toothbrushes, toilet paper, laundry soap, bleach, disposable razors, shampoo, bar soap, socks, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cold medicine, antibiotic or antifungal creams, aspirin, acetaminophen, underwear, t-shirts, garbage bags, sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear.

Catholic Charities Homeless Services Center & Sam Jones Hall, Kate, 525-0226: Toilet paper, laundry soap, bleach, disposable razors, shampoo, soap, socks, feminine hygiene products, OTC cold medicine, antibiotic or antifungal creams, aspirin, acetaminophen, ground coffee, underwear, t-shirts, garbage bags, sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear.

Community Action Partnership Sonoma, Sloan House Women’s Shelter, Jeanetta, 521-9338 : New pillows, new women’s underwear, disposable razors, ibuprofen (Advil), Tylenol, aspirin, bandaids, cough drops, non-alcohol cough syrup & cold medicine, ear plugs, Breathe Right strips, neosporin, Tums, feminine products, Q-Tips, Safeway gift cards, gas gift cards, Santa Rosa city bus ticket book, Sonoma County Transit one ride passes, postage stamps, latex gloves, coffee, sugar, mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressings, mustard, bleach, Windex.

Community Support Network, A Step Up, Nancy, 795-4336: Linens for twin size beds, sheets, blankets, pillows, pots and pans, board games/games for the WII system, art supplies for groups, guitar/musical instruments, new socks/underwear for men and women.

Community Support Network, Brown Street, 568-5204: Large area rug for staff office, patio furniture, picnic table, TVs for client bedrooms, board games.

Community Support Network, Dutton House, Rita Larson, 575-0979 x21: “Gorrilla Hair” ground cover, carpeting for recreation room, area rugs for clients’ rooms & dining room, exercise equipment, ping pong table, patio furniture, 2 refrigerators.

Community Support Network, E Street Program, Thai Gallo, 573-6960: New coats and sweaters, art supplies for groups,(beads, paper, pens, paints, etc), house computer (PC, MAC or both), movies on DVD.

Community Support Network, Opportunity House, Cathy Carr, 573-6955: Raincoats & ponchos, umbrellas, backpacks, blankets, new pillows, pillow cases, forks, spoons, dish towels, washcloths & hand towels, hats, socks.

Community Support Network, Transitional Training, Marissa Johnston, 484-5110: Pillows & pillow cases, sheets, comforters, laundry baskets, garbage cans, coffee pot, coffee cups, vacuum cleaner, baking sheets, casserole dishes, juice pitcher, silverware, throw rugs, lamps, dressers.

Community Support Network, Stony Point Commons, Michael Hvidt, 696-7927: Dishes, plates, bowls, silverware, pots, pans, towels, twin sheets & blankets, kitchen towels, pot holders, new microwave, blender, hand mixer.

COTS Family Center & Mary Isaak Center, Indingo, 765-6530 x 111

: Upright standing dressers,  throw rugs, twin & full size sheets, blankets, comforters, sleeping pillows, hotel size toiletries, gift cards for food or clothing. Food storage containers (Glad, Tupperware). Healthy snacks for children: fresh fruits & vegetables, yogurt, string cheese, graham crackers, Ritz crackers.

COTS Petaluma Kitchen (Drop off at 900 Hopper St. Petaluma), 765-6530 x 130: Canned vegetables (#10 size): green beans, corn, potatoes, chili/chili beans, instant stuffing mix (Stove Top), instant mashed potatoes, cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter, tomato sauce, diced or stewed tomatoes, canned stews, condensed cream soups, canned tuna, meats, pasta & spaghetti sauce, pasta noodles, pasta mixes, rice, brown rice, rice mixes, ground coffee, spices (black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, curry, Italian seasoning), salad dressings, ketchup, mustard,  relish, Pam Cooking Spray, Dawn dish soap, bleach, all purpose surface cleaner (409), stainless steel dishwashing scrubs. Checks for Petaluma Kitchen.

Interfaith Shelter Network (12 Transitional Houses), Carmen Bonnin, 546-7907 x10: Blankets, sheets & comforters for twin beds, pillows, towels, DVDs, board games, umbrellas, socks, gloves, scarves, beanie hats, pots, pans, utensils.

Interlink Self Help Center, Sean Kelson, 546-4481 ext 207: Sleeping bags, warm coats, rain ponchos, umbrellas, hats, socks, jeans, razors, combs, toiletries. Cups of soup and instant oatmeal. Drop off at 1033 4th St., SR.

North Bay Veterans Resource Center, Holly Jones, 578-8387.  Men’s clothing (clean & in good used condition), belts, socks & underwear (new & packaged), camping gear, sleeping bags, blankets; 3 new twin size mattresses & couch for Hearn House, kitchen table with chairs & couch for Rocca House.

Redwood Gospel Mission, 578-1830: Heavy cotton socks, men’s & women’s practical shoes, sweatshirts & sweatpants, stocking caps, warm coats, women’s PJs (size M to XXL), personal toiletry items (razors, toothbrushes & deodorant), prepaid phone cards, City Bus Ticket Book, 20 Ride FastPass for Adult Zone 1.

Manna Home (Women’s Recovery Program), Deborah Paukowic, 576-1471:  AA & NA books, gift certificates, postage stamps, note cards, stationery, prepaid phone cards, umbrellas, socks, matching bath rugs & towels, matching twin bedspreads & comforters, bed pillows, alarm clocks.

The Rose (Women & Children’s Shelter), Sandra Kates, 573-0490: Women’s PJ’s (M-XXL), Kids’ PJ’s (L – XXL), slippers, underwear, socks, sweats, any clothes, postage stamps, phone cards, city bus passes, umbrellas, coffee, cereal, twin comforters & sheet sets, towels, bath rugs.

River to Coast Children’s Services, Elaina Boyce, 869-3613 x 104: Children’s small size clothing, especially gloves, scarves, hats, boys’ coats/sweatshirts/hoodies (black, gray or brown in XL & XXL), children’s rain boots & socks (6 to 12 year old sizes), gift cards & certificates (Target, Kohls, etc).

SAY Coffee House Teen Shelter, Eria St.Claire, 546-3432: Movies/Dvds, city/county bus passes. jackets/rain ponchos (M, L, XL adult sizes), toothbrushes, razors, new games/puzzles, storage freezer, storage shed, deodorant, mini first aid kits, feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads), small packets of ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Tamayo House (Transitional Housing for Youth), Dorothy, 528-7500: Kitchen chairs/stools, couches, overstuffed & entryway chairs, ping pong table.

Santa Rosa Community Health Centers:  Brookwood & Turning Point Health Centers & Bridge Health Services, Lynea Seiberlich, 583-8700 ext 3690: back packs, umbrellas, tarps (for weathering the rain), Bus Passes, large garbage bags (for protecting belongings in the rain), jackets, hats, shoes and socks for men and women, tents, Ensure and/or Glucerna.

Sonoma Overnight Support, Katherine King, 939-6777: Gas cards, gift cards (CVS, Payless Shoes), twin sheets, towels, 4 dressers, couch, TV stand, 4 twin mattresses, coffee, sugar. Funds welcome & appreciated.

The Living Room (Drop-in Center for Women & Children), Terra, 579-0138: City & county bus tickets, AC taxi vouchers, gift cards for gas, grocery stores, & Dollar Tree stores, prepaid phone cards, umbrellas, rain ponchos, women’s & children’s socks, gloves & underwear, reading glasses, disposable razors, small deodorants, baby/child strollers & diapers (sizes 5 & 6).

VOICES Sonoma, Greyson Gunheim579-4327 or 331-3537: Deodorant, socks, combs, toothbrushes, soap, sponges, feminine hygiene products, food, sleeping bags, tarps and tents.

Wallace House, Colleen Halbohm, 292-4785: Office supplies – copy paper and large binders; Kitchen & Cleaning supplies – Dishwashing & dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, bleach, 409, hand soap refill for soap dispensers, sponges, windex, Fabreze, Lysol disinfectant wipes and spray; Paper products – Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic spoons and forks; Outdoor supplies – Backpacks & sleeping bags; tents, tarps, Grooming supplies & personal items – Disposable razors & men’s socks.

West County Community Services Emergency Winter Shelter, Emily, 823-1640 ext 403: Loan of a storage trailer or portable storage shed, temporary fencing and shower trailer. Also need donations of large coffee pot,  kitchen rags, sponges, coffee mugs (25-30), plates (25-30), bowls (25-30), forks, knives, spoons (50 of each), sleeping bags, blankets, yoga mats, bath towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, body soap,  lotion, washcloths, combs & brushes, razors, coats, sweat pants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks, underwear, winter boots, flip flops for shower shoes.

Women’s Recovery Services (120 Day Residential Substance Dependence Program for Women and their young children) Cheryl Stanley, 527-0412: Chapstick, nail clippers and slipper socks.  Children’s bicycle/tricycle helmets, high chairs, Sippy Cups, diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo and bottle brushes; binder paper, blank journals, pens, pencils and erasers; toiletries such as tooth brushes and tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, hair brushes;  We also would like a man or woman who would be “on call” to do small carpentry type jobs on the facility.

 Thank You!