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Holiday Gift Ideas: All for a Good Cause.

If the thought of pre-holiday shopping malls, crammed with frantic shoppers sends a shiver down your spine, here are a few gift ideas you can order from your home. Each of them also raises vital funds for the Parkinson's community.

Award-Winning Note Pad and Pen Set
This elegant packet, designed by photographer, artist and PWP, Dick Gunther of Illinois, features his award-winning photograph "Monument Valley in Sepia". The set is enclosed in an attractive frosted plastic envelope and contains three different sized note pads, including a shopping list with magnets and a beautiful refillable Maple pen. The packet costs $15 (plus shipping) with $5 benefiting the PDF. To order, please contact Dick Gunther Photography: Mail: P.O. Box 428, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Ph: (847) 377-0020 or email: dguntherphotog@aol.com.

Rocking New CD Set
"Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen" is a two-CD set featuring thirty-seven different artists covering the songs of Bruce Springsteen. Performances by Elvis Costello, Pete Yorn, Patty Griffin, Billy Bragg, members of the E Street Band and many others pay tribute to Mr. Springsteen by donating their time and talent to record this winning tribute. Proceeds from the sales of the CD set will benefit the PDF and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund which raises money to research rare sarcoma cancers. Prices vary depending on supplier (from $13.99 - $19.99). For a list of suppliers and prices see www.lightofday.org, visit any major music store or call J&R Music and Computer World on (800) 806 1115.

Delightful Note Card Set
Carol Riggs, artist and PWP has produced a delightful set of blank note cards featuring her watercolor paintings of nature and landscapes. Each box contains four different scenes and costs $12 (including postage). Sales from the cards will benefit The Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, an advocacy group providing programs and services to PD patients within the Greater Kansas City region. To order by credit card, please call (913) 341-8828 or send a check or money order to: Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, 7800 Foster, Overland Park, KS 66204.

Bears Who Care
Grace, the "Remembrance Bear" is an adorable nine-inch beanie-baby-style bear who carries her own card with the cover message: "Fight Parkinson's - With Love". Grace can be ordered from makers H.O.P.E by calling (877) 887-HOPE and costs $17.99 (including postage). Another cuddly friend is "Parker" the Parkinson's Research Bear, a baby-blue bear with jointed arms and legs. He sports "PDF" on one paw and his name on the other. "Parker" can be ordered from makers The Charity Bear Company by calling (814) 763-6755 or through the website at www.charitybear.com. He costs $10 (plus $3 for S&H) with $6 benefiting PDF. Please remember to mention the "Parkinson's Disease Foundation" to ensure that PDF benefits from the proceeds for both of these bears.

So, that just leaves the wrapping paper and bows!