Most of us have too much unneeded stuff sitting in closets and taking up space in garages. But there are nonprofit organizations that can put those unwanted items to good use, while offering donors a tax deduction.

It's a way of helping out local organizations without having to reach into your wallet.

Al Reese, the volunteer director at Beacon Animal Rescue in Upper Township, needs pet beds and toys, laundry detergent, bleach and used printer cartridges. Reese trades the cartridges in to Staples for $2 each.

"I can trade in 20 a month, and get $40 towards office supplies," Reese said. "That keeps (the Beacon office) going."

The shelter and pet adoption facility rescues dogs and cats from being euthanized in other shelters, and gets no government funding, but relies on private donations, he said.

Reese said most people know the shelter needs towels and blankets for pet bedding, so he has plenty of that kind of thing in his supply closet. But fewer people know Beacon also needs supplies to keep those items clean.

With 15 mostly larger dogs and 25 cats on the premises, there's a lot of laundry to do. The indoor and outdoor cat rooms, in particular, rely on pet beds, pillows and blankets to create comfortable space for the cats, which are allowed to roam freely and climb to a favorite perch.

Jewish Family Service in Margate provides counseling and other services to people from all religious backgrounds. The agency also helps homeless people find permanent housing, and when clients move into a new place, they need just about everything.

"They literally only have what's on their backs," said Director of Communications and Donor Relations Beth Joseph.

So JFS is always seeking household items, but doesn't have a storage facility, Joseph said.

The agency's solution is its JFS Community program. Inspired by the Freecycling movement, it matches people's unwanted items with people in need, through its web site at http://www.jfsatlantic.org/community/" target= "_blank">www.jfsatlantic.org/community/.

Donors put descriptions of items they want to donate into the database, which is monitored by JFS staff. When a needed item gets entered, a staff member contacts the donor and arranges delivery or pick up.

"This past summer, somebody had a bicycle stolen, and it was their only means of transportation to and from their job," Joseph said. "Within two days, somebody had donated a bike."

Smaller items like microwaves and toaster ovens can be matched within a couple of days, Joseph said. Larger items, like furniture and appliances, may take a little longer.

JFS also collects winter coats to give to homeless people, especially during the 24-hour biannual point-in-time survey of homeless it helped conduct last Wednesday, along with workers from the Salvation Army, Atlantic City Rescue Mission and other agencies.

Joseph said workers offered clothing and food, and also took information about why the person was on the street, as well as gave information on help available. Last year the survey found 1,100 homeless people in Atlantic County.

Some organizations need specialty items.

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County needs a new sign for the front of its building, and new lights for its parking lot.

The Bayshore Discovery Project, which runs the AJ Meerwald oyster schooner and associated environmental and history programs out of Port Norris, needs a 1920's-style wood stove for its museum. It is also seeking a small boat trailer, and a 20-foot enclosed trailer to store sails and masts for its kids' boatbuilding program.

Two weeks ago it opened the Oyster Creek Cafe on its grounds, which still needs a commercial deep fryer and range hood. The restaurant, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., serves local seafood and vegetarian food, said Director of Development and Marketing Laura Johnson.

Bayshore Discovery also needs things people have sitting around in their garages, for its kids' boatbuilding project, like hammers, chisels and hand planes; electric palm sanders, belt sanders, jig saws, drills and circular saws; paint and epoxy; 3/8 nylon line; Type 3 life jackets; and anchors from eight to 15 pounds.

Donations are tax deductible for those who file itemized deductions, as long as donations go to charities recognized by the IRS as 501 c(3) charities. Look up a charity's status at http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/ or http://www.guidestar.org/" target= "_blank">www.guidestar.org/.

The IRS does not set values for donated items, but tells donors to deduct the fair market value of what they give - in other words, the amount you'd expect the item to sell for in a thrift shop or used goods shop. Goodwill has a guide to help people appraise what they have donated at http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation" target= "_blank">www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf/.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219

Nonprofit Organizations’ Wish Lists

Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families

support for children who have suffered death of a loved one

376 Tilton Road, Northfield 08225

609-484-1133, http://www.thealcove.org/">www.thealcove.org

Arts and crafts supplies

Color Sharpees / permanent markers

Laptop with Powerpoint

Folding Chairs

Painting Supplies - water based, non toxic and paint brushes

Paper Goods (plates, cups, etc.)

Copy Paper

Beverages, Snacks, Pizza

Large tablecloths

Gift certificates to Sam's Club, Staples and AC Moore

People can also donate to our new thrift shop 376 Tilton Road, rear of the Sunbank Building.

Arc of Atlantic County

services for intellectually and developmentally disabled

6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township 08234

609-485-0800 or http://www.arcatlantic.org/">www.arcatlantic.org

About five large vinyl bean bag chairs to create a “quiet room” at the After School Program, held at the Atlantic County Special Services School.

Small flat screen TV with a DVD/VCR player

Compact stereo system .

Sturdy shelving unit to house media equipment.

Xbox Kinect system.

60-inch (or larger) flat screen TV.

Pneumatic changing table.

Wii Fit systems

Day program staff are looking for a community center or other facility where they can spend a few hours one day a week playing basketball and other indoor sports activities.

Tickets to concerts, comedy shows, movie or bowling passes, restaurant gift cards, sporting events and other local entertainment for fun things for clients to do.

Donations to thrift shop

Vehicles 5 years old or newer. One of our residential programs would like a minivan so that all the residents can travel somewhere together. People can also donate vehicles older than five years that we wouldn’t be able to use by dialing 877-ARC-2270).

Two Island Gym memberships for people in our Supportive Living program

Two three-wheeled bicycles

New carpet, hardwood or sheet flooring throughout one of our group homes

If anyone can help with these items, they should call Children’s Programs Community Coordinator Lori D’Alessio at 609-485-0800 ext. 177.

 

Bayshore Discovery Project

Environmental education, AJ Meerwald oyster schooner

2800 High Street, Port Norris 08349

856-785-2060

Laura Johnson, ext. 102

Binoculars (used) and spotting scope

Wetland guidebooks for kids (or a gift card to bookseller)

Assorted craft supplies (or a Michael's gift card)

Four-wheel garden cart

Rubber boots - child and adult small sizes for muddy wetland walks

Waders

Flip video camera

Plankton Net

Watershed Maps

 For Building Kids boat building program:

Small boat trailer for moving boats

Life jackets type 3, both child and adult sizes

Hand tools such as hammers, chisels, hand planes

Electric palm sanders, belt sanders, jig saws, drills and circular saw

Anchors 8- to 15-pounds

3/8-inch nylon line 50- to 75-feet long

Paint

Epoxy

Gift cards for Home Depot, Lowes, and/or West Marine

20-foot enclosed trailer to store sails and masts at Lake Audrey

 For A.J. Meerwald:

Foul-weather gear - adult and child sizes

Cordless drills

Paint, turpentine, penetrol, polyurethane (call for specific types & colors)

Caulking hammers and irons

Gift cards - Home Depot/Lowes/West Marine

Flags-durable 3-foot by 5-foot US flag and 2-foot by 3-foot state flags (N.J., PA., N.Y., Va., Md.)

Fans - box fans, 12-volt bunk fans

Long-handled dip net or crab net

Boat hook

Electric blanket (for winter epoxy projects)

Small pot-bellied oil heater or vented propane heater

Hard pine and white oak timbers

Money

 For Office:

n Computer equipment - flash drives, flat-screen monitors.

First-class stamps

Staples gift card

 For the Museum:

Powder-coated heavy-duty shelving units and upright cabinets

Powder-coated flat cabinets (for maps and oversized documents)

Energy Star refrigerator for photo/artifact storage

1920's-style wood stove

For the Oyster Cracker Café open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00.

Commercial range hood

Commercial deep fryer

For the Schoolhouse (crew quarters):

Washing machine

 

Beacon Animal Rescue

animal shelter

701 Butter Rd. Ocean View NJ 08230

(609) 601-1961

Pedigree canned dog food

Office supplies (esp. Paper)

Tide laundry detergent

Mr. Clean

Dawn dish detergent

Postage stamps

9 Lives cat food

Bleach

Empty printer ink cartridges

Trash Bags

CASA For Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Advocates for foster children

321 Shore Road, Somers Point 08244

Phone: (609) 601-7800, http://www.atlanticcapecasa.org/">www.atlanticcapecasa.org

Phone system

Desks/chairs

Computers

Filing cabinets

Office supplies

3,000-square-feet of carpeting

Portable DVD player

 

Covenant House New Jersey

Care for homeless teens

Brian Nelson

Site Director Atlantic City

929 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City 08401

Phone: 609.348.4070 (X2918)

Gift cards to fast food restaurants

Clothes and accessories for employment seeking.

New clothes for young men, woman, and children: Undergarments, socks, sweatpants, T-Shirts, shower shoes, and robes.

Outerwear items - hats. scarves, and thermals etc.

Gift cards to Frank Theaters, Dollar General, Big Lots, Wal-Mart, and ShopRite.

Bottles and powdered formula, diapers (new-size 6), and wipes. Additionally, there is a need for diaper bags, learning toys and Toys R Us gift cards.

Gilda’s Club South Jersey

Support for people affected by cancer

700 New Road Linwood 08221

609-926-2699, http://gildasclubsouthjersey.org/">http://gildasclubsouthjersey.org/

Gift cards from AC Moore, Wawa, Staples, Any Grocery Store

Household Supplies: Clorox Wipes, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, sturdy paper plates, plastic knives, forks and spoons

Kitchen needs: Sugar Packets, small Poland Spring water bottles, Healthy snacks (Nature Valley granola bars, Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks (organic fruit gummies), low salt nuts and seeds, whole grain pretzels. Large (12 cup) flat bottom basket coffee filters

Service Needs: Snow plowing and walkway de-icing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, computer maintenance, waterproofing basement, gardening club for flower beds.

Equipment Needs: Wireless Microphone, LCD projector, screen and laptop, picnic table, low three-shelf bookcase, bean bag chairs, area rug , small vacuum.

Donations can be dropped off at the clubhouse, or call us and we’ll make arrangements to pick them up.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Multi-service family counseling agency serving people of all religions and backgrounds

607 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate 08402

609-822-1108, http://www.jfsatlantic.org/">www.jfsatlantic.org/

JFS is always looking for household and personal items throughout the year. We have developed the Community Exchange website at http://www.jfsatlantic.org/community">www.jfsatlantic.org/community for those who are looking to give their unused items or time. Embracing the FreecycleTM movement, JFS matches unused items with people in need. This initiative reduces waste, eases our local landfills, and strengthens the community through a renewed sense of giving.

Monetary Donations

Non-perishable food

Small appliances (Coffee maker, microwave, toaster)

Winter essentials (Hats, Scarves, Gloves, New Socks)

Sleeping bags / Comforter (no sheets or pillow cases)

Can openers and utensils

ShopRite gift cards

Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, shaving cream, Chapstik)

Small space heaters / fans

Alarm clocks

 

Kibble Cupboard South Jersey

Support to help seniors, low income families, the disabled and the homeless keep their pets with them.

P.O. Box 353, Egg Harbor City 08215

609-412-5440, http://www.kibblecupboard.com/">www.kibblecupboard.com

Cash donations via Paypal or check

Food and litter

An indoor distribution location in Egg Harbor Township

Ziploc bags (one gallon)

Stamps

Coupons

Gift cards (Petsmart, Target, etc.)

Climate-controlled storage space

Rubbermaid containers

Van

Pet flea and tick medicines

 

Women’s Center

Shelter for domestic violence victims and other services

1201 New Road in Linwood, 08221 http://www.acwc.org/">www.acwc.org

Donations are accepted at The Women’s Center’s thrift store, Finders Keepers, located at 1201 New Road in Linwood, on Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday, 10am-2pm.

Domestic Violence Shelter needs new, unopened packages of:

Diapers and pull ups (all sizes but toddler sizes are needed more)

Baby wipes

Antibacterial hand soap

Baby accessories (rash cream, shampoo, lotion, powder)

Wash clothes

Bath towels

Food storage bags

Food freezer bags

Dish-washer soap

Laundry detergent

Dish soap

Food storage containers

Children’s cough medicine and children’s Tylenol

Supermarket gift card (Shoprite, Acme, Genuardi’s, Pathmark)

Pharmacy gift card (Rite-Aid, Walgreen or CVS) gift cards to Wawa, Target and Walmart.

 

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County

Medical care for uninsured

423 North Route 9

Cape May Court House 08210

Joann DelVescio, Development Director

609-463-2846, ext. 5

Storage shed

New sign in front of building

Computers

New lights for the parking lot

New copy machine Click on this story at
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Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, Northfield
609-484-1133
Needed: Arts and crafts supplies, laptop with Powerpoint, folding chairs

Arc of Atlantic County,
Egg Harbor Township
609-485-0800
Needed: 60-inch or larger flat screen TV for large groups, Wii Fit systems for residential programs, tickets to entertainment events, three-wheeled bicycles

Bayshore Discovery Project, Port Norris
856-785-2060
Needed: Binoculars and spotting scope, four-wheel garden cart, rubber boots child and adult sizes, hard pine and white oak timbers

Beacon Animal Shelter, Upper Township
609-601-1961
Pedigree canned dog food and 9 Lives cat food, office supplies, Tide detergent, Mr. Clean, Dawn dish soap

CASA For Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Somers Point
609-601-7800
Office furniture, computers, 3,000 square feet of carpeting

Covenant House New Jersey, Atlantic City
609-348-4070, ext. 2918
Clothes and accessories for employment, gift cards to Frank Theaters, Dollar General, Big Lots, Wal-Mart, and ShopRite, baby bottles and powdered formula, new diapers and wipes

Gilda's Club South Jersey, Linwood
609-926-2699
Gift Cards to craft and grocery stores, wireless microphone, LCD projector, picnic table, bean bag chairs

Jewish Family Service
of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Margate
609-822-1108
Non-perishable food , small appliances, sleeping bags and comforters, toiletries

Kibble Cupboard
South Jersey
609-412-5440
Pet food and litter,climate-controlled storage space, Rubbermaid containers, pet flea and tick medicines

Women's Center, Linwood
609-601-9925
New diapers and pull-ups, children's cough medicine and Tylenol , supermarket and pharmacy gift cards

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County, Cape May Court House
609-463-2846, ext. 5

Storage shed, new sign for building, computers and copy machine

Nonprofit Organizations' Wish Lists

Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families

support for children who have suffered death of a loved one

376 Tilton Road, Northfield 08225

609-484-1133, www.thealcove.org

•n Arts and crafts supplies

•n Color Sharpees / permanent markers

•n Laptop with Powerpoint

•n Folding Chairs

•n Painting Supplies - water based, non toxic and paint brushes

•n Paper Goods (plates, cups, etc.)

•n Copy Paper

•n Beverages, Snacks, Pizza

•n Large tablecloths

•n Gift certificates to Sam's Club, Staples and AC Moore are greatly appreciated!

People can also donate to our new thrift shop 376 Tilton Road, rear of the Sunbank Building.

Arc of Atlantic County

services for intellectually and developmentally disabled

6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township 08234

609-485-0800 or www.arcatlantic.org

•n About five large vinyl bean bag chairs to create a "quiet room" at the After School Program, held at the Atlantic County Special Services School.

•n Small flat screen TV with a DVD/VCR player in the quiet room.

•n Compact stereo system .

•n Sturdy shelving unit to house media equipment.

•n Xbox Kinect system.

•n 60 inch (or larger) flat screen TV.

•n Pneumatic changing table.

•n Wii Fit systems

•n Day program staff are looking for a community center or other facility where they can spend a few hours one day a week playing basketball and other indoor sports activities.

•n Tickets to concerts, comedy shows, movie or bowling passes, restaurant gift cards, sporting events and other local entertainment for fun things for clients to do.

•n Donations to thrift shop

•n Vehicles five years old or newer. One of our residential programs would like a minivan so that all the residents can travel somewhere together. People can also donate vehicles older than five years that we wouldn't be able to use by dialing 877-ARC-2270).

n Two Island Gym memberships for people in our Supportive Living program

•n Two three-wheeled bicycles

•n New carpet, hardwood or sheet flooring throughout one of our group homes

If anyone can help with these items, they should call Children's Programs Community Coordinator Lori D'Alessio at 609-485-0800 ext. 177.

Bayshore Discovery Project

Environmental education, AJ Meerwald oyster schooner

2800 High Street, Port Norris 08349

856-785-2060

Laura Johnson, ext. 102

ljohnson@bayshorediscovery.org

n Binoculars (used) and Spotting Scope

n Wetland guidebooks for kids (or a gift card to bookseller)

•n Assorted craft supplies (or a Michael's gift card)

•n Four-wheel garden cart

• Rubber boots - child and adult small sizes for muddy wetland walks

•n Waders

•n Flip video camera

•n Plankton Net

•n Watershed Maps

For Building Kids boat building program:

•n Small boat trailer for moving boats

•n Life jackets type 3, both child and adult sizes

•n Hand tools such as hammers, chisels, hand planes

•n Electric palm sanders, belt sanders, jig saws, drills and circular saw

•n Anchors 8 to 15 pounds

•n 3/8 nylon line 50 to 75 feet long

•n Paint

•n Epoxy

•n Gift cards for Home Depot, Lowes, and/or West Marine

•n 20 foot enclosed trailer to store sails and masts at Lake Audrey

For A.J. Meerwald:

n Foul weather gear - adult and child sizes

n Cordless drills

n Paint, turpentine, penetrol, polyurethane (call for specific types & colors)

•n Caulking hammers and irons

•n Gift cards - Home Depot/Lowes/West Marine

•n Flags-durable 3-foot by 5-foot US flag and 2-foot by 3-foot State flags (NJ, PA, NY, VA, MD)

•n Fans - box fans, 12-volt bunk fans

•n Long handled dip net or crab net

•n Boat Hook

•n Electric blanket (for winter epoxy projects)

•n Small pot-bellied oil heater or vented propane heater

•n Hard pine and white oak timbers

•n Money

For Office:

•n Computer equipment - flash drives, flat-screen monitors.

•n First class stamps

•n Staples gift card

For the Museum:

•n Powder coated heavy-duty shelving units and upright cabinets

•n Powder coated flat cabinets (for maps and oversized documents)

•n Energy Star Refrigerator for photo/artifact storage

•n 1920's style wood stove

For the Oyster Cracker Caf� open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00.

•n Commercial Range Hood

•n Commercial Deep Fryer

For the Schoolhouse (crew quarters):

•n Washing machine

Beacon Animal Rescue

animal shelter

701 Butter Rd. Ocean View NJ 08230

(609) 601-1961

•n Pedigree canned dog food

•n Office supplies (esp. Paper)

•n Tide laundry detergent

•n Mr. Clean

•n Dawn dish detergent

•n Postage stamps

•n 9 Lives cat food

•n Bleach

•n Empty printer ink cartridges

•n Trash Bags

CASA For Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Advocates for foster children

321 Shore Road, Somers Point 08244

Phone: (609) 601-7800, www.atlanticcapecasa.org

•n Phone system

•n Desks/chairs

•n Computers

•n Filing cabinets

•n Office supplies

•n 3,000-square-feet of carpeting

•n Portable DVD player

Covenant House New Jersey

Care for homeless teens

Brian Nelson

Site Director Atlantic City

929 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City 08401

Phone: 609.348.4070 (X2918)

•n Gift cards to fast food restaurants

•n Clothes and accessories for employment seeking.

•n New clothes for young men, woman, and children: Undergarments, socks, sweatpants, T-Shirts, shower shoes, and robes.

•n Outerwear items - hats. scarves, and thermals etc.

•n Gift cards to Frank Theaters, Dollar General, Big Lots, Wal-Mart, and Shop Rite.

•n Bottles and powdered formula, diapers (new-size 6), and wipes. Additionally, there is a need for diaper bags, learning toys and Toys R Us gift cards.

Gilda's Club South Jersey

Support for people affected by cancer

700 New Road Linwood 08221

609-926-2699, http://gildasclubsouthjersey.org/

•n Gift Cards from AC Moore, Wawa, Staples, Any Grocery Store

•n Household Supplies: Clorox Wipes, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, sturdy paper plates, plastic knives, forks and spoons

•n Kitchen Needs: Sugar Packets, small Poland Spring water bottles, Healthy snacks (Nature Valley granola bars, Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks (organic fruit gummies), low salt nuts and seeds, whole grain pretzels. Large (12 cup) flat bottom basket coffee filters

•n Service Needs: Snow plowing and walkway de-icing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, computer maintenance, waterproofing basement, gardening club for flower beds.

•n Equipment Needs: Wireless Microphone, LCD projector, screen and laptop, picnic table, low three-shelf bookcase, bean bag chairs, area rug , small vacuum.

Donations can be dropped off at the clubhouse, or call us and we'll make arrangements to pick them up.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Multi-service family counseling agency serving people of all religions and backgrounds

607 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate 08402

609-822-1108, www.jfsatlantic.org/

JFS is always looking for household and personal items throughout the year. We have developed the Community Exchange website at www.jfsatlantic.org/community for those who are looking to give their unused items or time. Embracing the FreecycleTM movement, JFS matches unused items with people in need. This initiative reduces waste, eases our local landfills, and strengthens the community through a renewed sense of giving.

•Monetary Donations

•Non-perishable food

•Small appliances (Coffee maker, microwave, toaster)

•Winter essentials (Hats, Scarves, Gloves, New Socks)

•Sleeping bags / Comforter (no sheets or pillow cases)

•Can openers and utensils

•ShopRite gift cards

•Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, shaving cream, Chapstick)

•Small space heaters / fans

•Alarm clocks

Kibble Cupboard South Jersey

Support to help seniors, low income families, the disabled and the homeless keep their pets with them.

P.O. Box 353, Egg Harbor City 08215

609-412-5440, www.kibblecupboard.com

jen@kibblecupboard.org

•Cash donations via Paypal or check

•Food and litter

•An indoor distribution location in Egg Harbor Township

•Ziploc bags (one gallon)

•Stamps

•Coupons

•Gift cards (Petsmart, Target, etc.)

•Climate controlled storage space

•Rubbermaid containers

•Van

•Pet flea and tick medicines

Women's Center

Shelter for domestic violence victims and other services

1201 New Road in Linwood, 08221 www.acwc.org

Donations are accepted at The Women's Center's thrift store, Finders Keepers, located at 1201 New Road in Linwood, on Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday, 10am-2pm.

Domestic Violence Shelter needs new, unopened packages of:

•Diapers and pull ups (all sizes but toddler sizes are needed more)

•Baby wipes

•Antibacterial hand soap

•Baby accessories (rash cream, shampoo, lotion, powder)

•Wash clothes

•Bath towels

•Food storage bags

•Food freezer bags

•Dish washer soap

•Laundry detergent

•Dish soap

•Food storage containers

•Children's cough medicine and children's Tylenol

•Supermarket Gift Card (Shoprite, Acme, Genuardi's, Pathmark)

•Pharmacy Gift Card (Rite-Aid, Walgreen or CVS) gift cards to Wawa, Target and Walmart.

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County

Medical care for uninsured

423 North Route 9

Cape May Court House 08210

www.vimcmc.org

Joann DelVescio, Development Director

609-463-2846, ext. 5

•Storage shed

•New sign in front of building

•Computers

•New lights for the parking lot

•New copy machine ]]>