All I want for Christmas
During the holiday season, the Styles section collects Lawton's nonprofit organizations' and clubs' wish lists. The funding the nonprofits receive throughout the year go back to the community, in ways like producing a play or providing meals to the needy. But most of the time, the funding goes toward keeping the lights on and the water running. Each year The Constitution asks groups to send in their holiday wish lists in hope that Santa's helpers in the community will embrace the giving spirit this time of year.
Arts for All, 425 SW B, promotes the fine arts in Lawton-Fort Sill and Southwest Oklahoma. Funding is allocated to the Arts for All six member organizations: Lawton Community Theatre, Lawton-Ft. Sill Art Council, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawton Pro Musica, Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild and Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society; 248-5384.
Wish list: Roll of stamps, ream of paper and box of paper clips.
Lawton-Fort Sill Art Council, 1701 NW Ferris, provides a venue in which the public can view various forms of local art; 591-0454.
Wish list: Acrylic paints, brushes, charcoals, paper (art paper watercolor, acrylic, etc.), cleaning supplies, new laptop for the office, wireless internet ($35 per month or $420 year), outdoor LED light bulbs for mural ($15 each), outdoor light bulb for over door ($40 each), bottled water for children's workshops, Wal-Mart/Sam's gift cards, general art supplies, ink for the printer ($500 per year).
The Compassionate Friends is a support group for people who have lost children that meets the first Thursday of the month at First Church of the Nazarene, 1402 NW Arlington. The group also takes phone calls at any time of the day at 678-9024.
Wish list: Ream of computer paper for newsletters and fliers and 100 stamps for mailing newsletters.
Family Promise of Lawton, P.O. Box 142, Lawton, 73502, a national nonprofit with a local affiliate in Lawton that assists homeless families with children; 699-2821. Family Promise has a day center that allows families in the program to have a safe and warm place to stay during the day and then utilizes church buildings for shelter overnight.
Wish list: Hygiene products, laundry detergent, tableware for day shelter kitchen, medium-size kitchen bowls, new van tires, full van detail, paper products, diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, zipper food bags, food (perishable and nonperishable), Wal-Mart gift cards (for families' Christmas presents), pain relievers, large trash bags, feminine products, socks, underwear, bus passes, gas cards, first aid items, new carpet and paint for day shelter, blankets, bags, plastic reusable dishware, sponges or scrub pads, dish towels, bath towels and new pillows.
Habitat for Humanity, 1006 SW E, brings people together to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope; 250-1700.
Wish list: Measuring tapes (25 feet long, easy read), electric metal shears, levels (4 feet long), utility knives (for wallboard), paint brushes and rollers, a drywall lift, portable scaffolding, siding brake, forklift, furniture/mover's dollies, safety glasses, safety vests (neon orange or yellow), monetary donations and customers for its resale shop.
Lawton Community Theatre, 1316 NW Bell, longtime performing arts venue promoting live theater and enriching the quality of life in Southwest Oklahoma by entertaining, enlightening and celebrating the human spirit; 355-1600.
Wish list: Carpet for orchestra area, available from a local vendor, $2,000; cleaning and janitorial supplies available from Sam's/Wal-Mart, $1,000 per year; small metal storage shed, available at Home Depot/Lowe's, $500; outdoor benches, available at OSI, $250 each; small women's mannequin, available at Joanne's Fabric, $200; band saw (Ryobi BS904G, 9 inches), available at Amazon, $180; drill press, $200; 21-gallon air compressor, available at Harbor Freight, $150.
Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, 620 SW D, whose purpose is to promote the arts in Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma; 357-9526. Created in 1983 through the generosity of the late Leslie Powell, the gallery hosts multiple events throughout the year including art exhibitions and lectures.
Wish list: For more people to come visit the gallery.
Parker Pointe Group Home, P.O. Box 408, Lawton, 73502, a 16-bed facility that houses girls, ages 13-17, who have been removed from their homes because of neglect or abuse. The home is a long- or short-term facility that provides therapeutic services as well as educational and recreational opportunities; 248-6470.