2015 Mercury News Wish Book

To fulfill a wish ... 

Please check all the wishes you'd like to help and fill in your donation amount. If you came to this page by clicking the donate button for a specific wish, that wish is already checked below -- just fill in the amount. Then click the "Donate" button at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

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Donate to the general Wish Book fund, to be applied to all wishes in the series.

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Help Abode's "Project Welcome Home" fill the needs of its homeless clients that go beyond housing, such as providing furnishings, security deposits, childcare, job training, utility bills and groceries.

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Help support free math and college-readiness classes for students like Glenda Vargas. $50 provides a math book. $100 provides a student with project kits and a college field trip. $500 funds one middle-school student for a four-week summer program. $2,500 funds one summer teaching assistant.

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Help raise $16,000 to cover the cost of one week of summer camp, year-round reunions and an ongoing support network for 16 children whose parents have cancer.

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Help provide grants to teachers to pay for materials, books and educational field trips for their students.

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Help support former foster child Dontae Lartigue as a paid mentor for the bike shop’s new “transitional age youth” program, which aims to help other foster youth enter college or find a career.

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Help provide basic needs assistance for Grace members. $10 can buy a pair of thrift-store pants; $30 can buy a pair of sneakers; $150 can pay for an eye exam and glasses. 

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Help provide clothing and personal care items to victims of sexual assault. $50 can buy an outfit; $100 can fill a backpack with personal care items, clothing and basic food.

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Helps seniors live independently. Donations will support activites such as driving seniors to the grocery store and medical appointments, running errands, and helping with household repairs and paperwork,

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Help Project NOAH, which provides safety-net resources such as food, gas and household supplies for low-income Santa Clara County residents. 

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Help to create personalized music programs for elderly clients, many of whom suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Donations will help buy iPods, headphones, docking stations and iTunes cards.

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Help provide a year’s worth of baby clothes to low-income Santa Clara County babies. It costs $84 to provide a wardrobe in a box filled with 75 essential baby clothes in sizes 0-12 months.

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Donations will go toward repairing Leah and Vincent Montoya’s house in Gilroy, including installing a ramp at the front entrance and renovating the bathroom for wheelchair access, and repairing an unusable den.

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Each $25 donation will help buy shoes for the children who will come through the shelter programs this winter. 

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Help place automated external defibrillators in local schools. A new AED costs about $1,200. Each dollar raised will be matched by county funds. 

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Each $250 donation will help the dental program at Ravenswood raise $10,000 to provide comprehensive oral health care exams for 40 low-income children in East Palo Alto.

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Help make repairs to Marlene and Brian Carr's home, including fixing corroded plumbing and soggy floors, water damage to the deck, and the heating system.

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$43 will help feed a senior for one week, and $185 will help feed a senior for one month. 

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Help sponsor children at San Jose-area elementary schools who participate in a reading program. Donations will go towards $125 gift cards that the kids can earn to spend during a holiday shopping spree.

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Help provide immigration legal services. It costs $450 to $600 to process one naturalization application.

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Each $250 donation will underwrite a hands-on science and technology lab for one classroom of underserved students at local elementary schools.

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Help provide support groups for teen moms ($100 per session), buy diapers and wipes ($25) and purchase baby clothes, equipment and toys ($50). 

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Help establish a fund to provide free legal advocacy services for sexual assault survivors who want to pursue justice for crimes committed against them.

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Help support an educational fund for YWCA client and sexual assault survivor Blue, a brave role model with dreams of working in law enforcement against sexual and domestic violence.