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Charity Christmas organization still seeking donors for 50 wish lists

Organization: Families from West Madison, Middleton, Cross Plains in need this season

An area non-profit working to match families in need with local givers said there are nearly 50 families registered in need of gifts this holiday season. 

Middleton Outreach Ministry said Tuesday it is still seeking donors to pair with individuals who have registered for the program from West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains.

MOM said it has families of varying sizes and will accommodate the size requested by a potential donor. The family completes a list of items written by a person in need and that is provided to donors who can choose items from the list or another gift.

MOM said it has already matched nearly 450 families and seniors with wish-list donors and helped provide more than $80,000 in gifts last year.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Women receive discounts, prizes at shopping event


A local shopping center will host its second annual Ladies' Night Out event Thursday.

Greenway Station Shopping Center will offer discounts at participating stores and restaurants from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for women.  Complimentary appetizers, drink specials, prizes, gift cards, a $100 shopping spree and a free night stay in an on-site hotel will also be featured at the event, said a press release.

The event costs $5 which will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of South Central Wisconsin.

"We're thrilled to be part of Ladies’ Night Out," said Laura Richards, Development Director at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "We are very appreciative for the support from Greenway Station. This truly fun and unique fundraising opportunity will help us create awareness for breast cancer along with raising money for local breast health education, screening, treatment, and support programs."

Greenway Station promotes shop for charity


Greenway Station will hold a shopping event Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chico’s and Soma will donate 10 percent of purchases to the Junior League of Madison. The Junior League of Madison is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through leadership, said their website.

The free, public shopping event will include a raffle for a necklace donated by Chico’s as well as refreshments at both stores.

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

As part of the Good Nieghbor Celebration, Willy Stree Co-op is hosting the Good Nieghbor Griller with proceeds benefitting Camp Kenwood.

Enjoy a delicious burger, sweet potato salad and home-made lemonade for only $5.

Camp Kenwood's programs focus on cooperatives, family farms, sustainable leadership, conservation, rural communities, social justice and active citizenship.

Goodwill holds free computer collection drives


Goodwill is holding free computer collection drives from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The drives will be held at the following Goodwill donation centers:

  • Madison East -- 2127 East Springs Drive
  • Madison West -- 4530 Verona Road
  • Middleton -- 6661 University Ave.
  • Monona -- 2501 Royal Ave.

Goodwill accepts working and nonworking computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards and mice and just about anything that can be attached to a computer (e.g., printers, speakers, cords), regardless of brand. It also accepts Microsoft Xbox and Zune systems and peripherals.

Donors are asked to: