The Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House Christmas 2001 Wish List

+ We invite families to sponsor Christmas for poor families here in Oklahoma City. We will provide names, ages, and sizes, the donor family helps with the presents, or to provide presents that we can then distribute both to children and to the homeless. For homeless gifts, we suggest warm caps, socks (white athletic are best), sweat shirts and pants, and gloves, also small "travel sized" toiletries which we put together in little "hospitality bag" and give out on the streets, and Christmas candies. For gifts for children (not directed at a specific child), we suggest books, teddy bears, school supplies, educational toys.

+ Food. Our primary food needs are: beans, rice, crackers, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, pasta, corn bread mix, canned vegetables, canned soups, boxed mac and cheese, tuna, potatoes, onions, peanut butter, oatmeal, powdered milk, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, and at Christmas and Thanksgiving, frozen turkeys, boxed stuffing, canned pumpkin.

+ Other. Sweaters, sweat shirts and pants, socks, caps, and gloves for the homeless, toiletries of all kinds, propane heaters and propane tanks, kerosene heaters and kerosene, hot plates, crock pots, electric frying pans, toaster ovens, solar cookers, camp stoves that run on bottled propane, wood stoves & fire wood, propane & kerosene refrigerators, blankets; bed sheets, towels, rolls of plastic & lathe to cover people's windows, garden tools, seeds, fabric, sewing notions, patterns, pots, pans, dishes, Rosaries, and any kind of Catholic devotional articles and literature, zip lock bags (sandwich, quart, and gallon sizes), bicycles.

+ Money. We get a lot of our food donated, but even so we often must buy food for our weekly distributions, that is our single greatest expense. We also need funds to maintain our internet apostolate, print and mail our newspaper and almanac, and provide emergency assistance in the form of help with rent, utilities, doctor or vet bills, and prescriptions as we are able. We pay no salaries and pay the direct bills for our house (taxes, utilities, upkeep, household expenses, etc.) out of our own pockets, not from donations. As far as we know, donations are tax deductible, we have not passed the IRS threshold where we have to decide whether or not to file for a formal tax exemption (poverty hath its advantages), you will have to consult your own financial advisor for a ruling on this. Everything we get goes to help the poor.