How to Help for Dec. 5, 2012

Mosier Christmas Basket Project

The 2012 Mosier Christmas Basket Project is under way. Come help support a small-town effort that helps over 35 families each year. There are several ways to help:

n Buy a gift for a Mosier child from one of the tags on tree at the coffee shop (Lowlands/10 Speed East) in downtown Mosier and return the gift to under the tree.

n Organize and fill food boxes on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Mosier Grange.

n On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m., meet at the grange to fill boxes for 4-6 p.m. pick-up.

n Send donations to P.O. Box 284, Mosier, OR 97040; contact Allene at 541-478-3442 for more info.

For all other questions, contact Karen Baily at 541-478-3442 or 541-478-3467.

Walgreens hosts toy drive to benefit The Next Door

From now through Dec. 15 Walgreens will be collecting toys for The Next Door Inc.

Walgreens is located at 1727 12th St. on the Heights.

Share the Warmth coat and blanket drive

Through Dec. 19 — “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive: Now through Dec. 19, community members can bring blankets and new or gently used, laundered coats (for adults and children) to any of the following Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate offices. Local nonprofit organizations will distribute donated items to those in need. Donation drop-off hours are:

n Hood River — 504 Cascade Ave., 541-386-3444, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n The Dalles — 207 W. Third St., 541-298-4451, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Bingen, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 900 W. Steuben, 509-493-4666, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Stevenson, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 220 S.W. Second St., 509-427-2777, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hood River Christmas Project

n Through Dec. 21 — Hood River County Christmas Project: Individuals may help in several important ways by:

n Contributing checks to the Christmas Project to help purchase food and gifts: Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 872, Hood River, OR 97031. All donations are tax-deductible and letters will be mailed to donors.

n Donating non-perishable food items for the Christmas food boxes. See the list of locations for drop boxes below.

n Donating new toys and teen-appropriate items for the children’s gift baskets.

n Volunteering to help pack or deliver items. Coordinated by Kym Zanmiller, the project needs between 200 and 300 volunteers; now, for registration, and particularly during the Dec. 15-21 packing and distribution period. For more information on how to get involved or sponsor a needy family, call Zanmiller at 541-399-6606 or visit for more information.

Hood River Care Center birdfeeder project

The Hood River Care Center Family Council is looking for donations of birdseed. Each resident has a birdfeeder outside of his or her room, with 10 of those made and donated by Webelos Scout Troop 282.

The activities department is also requesting craft supplies, fabric remnants, beads, small picture frames, hair clips, caffeine-free sodas and beauty items such as lotions, shampoos, body washes and body sprays.

Donations may be dropped off at the Hood River Care Center, 729 Henderson Road. For delivery or pickup, call Debbie Medina at 541-490-1575 or email Donations may also be mailed to: Family Council, Hood River Care Center, P.O. Box 551, Hood River, OR 97031.

FISH food bank building project

Give a donation to FISH food bank building project in honor of friends and family this holiday season. The four locations in Hood River County now serve over 400 families each month, and a new facility is needed that allows clients to wait out of the rain, is handicapped accessible, and where volunteers can efficiently and safely stock and store food with adequate food storage.

For more info call 541-490-1470 or visit Building contributions can be sent to FISH, 1767 12th St., #147, Hood River, OR 97031.

Parkhurst House Senior Living Community

Do you have an open heart and some extra time? Parkhurst House is seeking volunteers who will spend a little time with its residents doing activities that you both enjoy, such as playing cards, exercise, singing, playing a musical instrument, watching movies, scrapbooking, sewing/cross-stitching, religious studies, playing bingo, cooking, reading books, giving manicures, facials or massages, gardening, storytelling, poetry reading, playing sports or board games.

To volunteer call Parkhurst House at 541-387-4600. Parkhurst is located at 2450 May St., Hood River.

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