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Hi, everyone! This is my second year here and having had a great experience last year, I'm back this year to not only post my own wishlist, but to also see what I can do to help grant someone else's wish this year.

Edited to add: I just realized that I never included any kind of intro about me. I'm 31, a mom to one wild six year old girl, stepmom to a seven year old girl, a wife, sister, daughter, friend, etc. I live in Tacoma, WA and work in the travel industry. My life is crazy and chaotic and beautiful and amazing, sometimes all at the same times, which can make a girl kind of queasy...but in a good way. :)

1. Donations to local food banks. It's been said already, but I started writing this list a couple days ago and I hadn't seen if anyone had said this yet. Food banks everywhere are struggling to supply the influx of requests they've had from needy families. The current economic downturn has left many families and individuals, many whom have never had to ask for help before, with nowhere else to turn except their local food banks. While we have been fortunate to always have food on the table, there are so many others that are in need, especially as we near the holiday season.

2. A new or used iPod. My car was broken into in September. I'm an idiot and had left a great many valuable things in there - and had also been completely distracted by the six year old tumbling out of the backseat. While some things were replaced and some things made their way back to me (bless that man that found my checkbook and passport in some bushes), the thing I miss the most is my iPod. I actually feel very naked without it. I had a 6GB 3rd generation Nano and I'm looking for something similar. My alarm clock with iPod dock is very lonely.

3. Random acts of kindness. Pick up the tab for the person behind you at the coffeeshop. Leave an anonymous gift on a co-worker's desk. Grant someone's wish here on holiday_wishes. These are the kinds of things that make me smile, even when I'm having the world's worst day/week/month/year/century.

4. Anything from my Amazon wishlist. It's located here: http://amzn.com/w/3O0DMZU4RELRO. I'm happy with used items.

5. Donations to the Mary Bridge Children's Foundation. My nephew was the victim of child abuse and passed away in February 2006 as a result of his injuries. The staff at Mary Bridge were gentle, caring and provided my nephew with the best attention and care that we could've ever asked for. There are many ways to donate to Mary Bridge, which you can see on their website, here: https://www.multicare.org/foundations/ways-to-give

6. The funds to replace my passport. I said above that my passport was returned to me. It was. Unfortunately, it was returned to me a day after I contacted the State Department and had it invalidated. Now, it's just a really expensive booklet of paper - once it's invalidated, it can't be re-validated. While I don't foresee any overseas travel anytime soon, I do live just a few hours away from the Canadian border. One of the reasons I loved my passport the most was because it gave me the freedom to take a road trip with my friends to Vancouver, BC - sometimes at a moment's notice. We love to pick up Canadian snacks - Popcorn Twists by the case!

7. Donations to Girl Scouts or Girl Guides, depending on your locale. As a Brownie troop leader, it would be terrible of me not to mention this. If you can donate your time instead of money, reach out to your local council. I can speak from experience that there are not as many adult volunteers as one might think - in our service unit alone, there are hundreds of girls on a waiting list for troops. My daughter and I have both thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Scouts and the lessons girls learn are invaluable. (P.S. The lessons we adults learn are pretty invaluable also!)

8. A new cell phone, on Sprint. My poor Blackberry. I used to love it. Now, I want to throw it against a wall. I'm particularly interested in the HTC Evo 4G or the Samsung Epic.

9. A real Christmas tree. My husband is out of work and I just don't think we're going to be able to afford a real Christmas tree this year. I have a fake one, but I hate it. I grew up with real Christmas trees every year and this fake one actually kind of makes me angry. Who ever heard of having to assemble a tree? Plus, it doesn't SMELL like a tree. What's the point of that?

10. Peace on earth, goodwill towards men. It really is possible, if we all try.
Gosh, I'm so sorry that happened to you. I can't even imagine.

I have a used 30 gig, still in good use, if you're interested in it!
I would definitely be interested. Right now, I'm using my Blackberry as an interim MP3 player, but it can only hold about an album's worth of songs before it starts locking up every five minutes. I'll send you a message here on LJ.

Thank you so much!!
I can provide you with a real tree. will have to figure out a time to get together to get it. We get back late Dec. 1st.
You are the amazing shiz. If you want to go to Red Barn out near Orting, Ron might be able to swing us a discount like he did last year. His family is friends with their family.
I definitely plan on donating my time to Girl Scouts. I grew up as a part of the organization and can't wait until my life becomes a bit less chaotic, and I can have my own troop! :)
Hooray! We just held our troop's Investiture and Re-Dedication ceremony yesterday and it was such a great time! It's definitely helped me get over my issues with dealing with other people's children! :D
I'm a trainer for my local Girl Scout council and a lifetime Girl Scout, so I know just what you mean. :) And I'm so very sorry about your nephew. I finished school as an x-ray tech over a year ago, and last spring I had to do my first post-mortem x-rays on an 18-month-old. Some people are just monsters.
Pick up the tab for the person behind you at the coffeeshop. Leave an anonymous gift on a co-worker's desk.

This is my favorite thing to do! Give for the sake of giving, as opposed to expecting something back. It's like being a ninja, only being nice hehehehe