2015 Mercury News Wish Book
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!
Donate to the general Wish Book fund, to be applied to all wishes in the series.
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.
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.
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.
Help provide grants to teachers to pay for materials, books and educational field trips for their students.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Help Project NOAH, which provides safety-net resources such as food, gas and household supplies for low-income Santa Clara County residents.
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.
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.
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.
Each $25 donation will help buy shoes for the children who will come through the shelter programs this winter.
Help place automated external defibrillators in local schools. A new AED costs about $1,200. Each dollar raised will be matched by county funds.
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.
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.
$43 will help feed a senior for one week, and $185 will help feed a senior for one month.
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.
Help provide immigration legal services. It costs $450 to $600 to process one naturalization application.
Each $250 donation will underwrite a hands-on science and technology lab for one classroom of underserved students at local elementary schools.
Help provide support groups for teen moms ($100 per session), buy diapers and wipes ($25) and purchase baby clothes, equipment and toys ($50).
Help establish a fund to provide free legal advocacy services for sexual assault survivors who want to pursue justice for crimes committed against them.
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.