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Will Rogers The last time I wrote about a 'wish...

December 15, 1999

Will Rogers

The last time I wrote about a 'wish list' for the Boys and Girls Club

of Burbank, it included the club's wish for a 15-passenger van. That wish

was granted. Isn't that great? All right, it's true I had absolutely

nothing to do with it. Publicity I gave the list did not prompt the

donation. Some have said the contribution by local Kiwanis was more

likely made despite that tenuous connection between myself and the club.

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But I've been working around politicians so long that I can't help but

feel entitled to kudos for accomplishments that were not mine. So please

be tolerant while I bask in the glow of wholly undeserved glory.

While I am feeling so good about my non-accomplishment, I want to let

you know about another opportunity to help the Boys & Girls Club of

Burbank. The club is hosting a holiday party for the kids next week and

needs us to help by donating new gifts. You'll find there's nothing on

the list nearly as challenging as a 15-passenger van, and I urge you to

help if you can.

For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12, the club needs all

the popular action figures and dolls, Hot Wheels cars and related

equipment, and Legos. As parents of kids that age can tell you, the club

will also eagerly accept gifts in any way related to the Pokemon

phenomenon.

For kids age 13 to 17, the club is taking the smart route. They're

asking for gift certificates to let kids buy their own tapes and CDs at

stores like Virgin Records and Sam Goody's. Movie passes for the local

theaters are another great idea. And because these are for teenagers,

gift certificates for clothes at Miller's Outpost, Target, Mervyn's and

Sears are requested.

As any teen can tell you, except for important staples the club asks

you to

donate new - like t-shirts, shoes, socks, sweaters and jackets - DO NOT

TRY

BUYING CLOTHES FOR KIDS! YOU WILL DO IT WRONG!

Finally, the club also requests donated school supplies like folders,

backpacks, novelty pens and pencils.

When I try to promote wish lists like this one, realizing how basic

the

needs are always moves me. At least for now, there isn't a thing on this

list that my kids can't count on having when they need them, and I'll bet

most of you can say the same.

Just a few years ago some doubted we needed a Boys and Girls Club in

Burbank. Today the club has more than 700 kids as members. That many

attending the holiday party next week can't count on basics many of us

take

for granted reminds me of how lucky I have been. And while I know that no

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