How to Help: Updated for Dec. 3

Warming Shelter — Hood River Warming Shelter is open at Mid Columbia Center for Living on the Heights, for the week of Nov. 23-29. From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly, homeless people can find a warm place to sleep, bedding, meals, and connection to community resources, all at no charge. The service is offered nightly at rotating locations.

HR Care Center — The Family Council at the Hood River Care Center is seeking donations for wild birdseed, to be used in filing the residents’ birdfeeders. This is an activity which is enjoyed all year round. Donations may be dropped off at the Hood River Care Center, 729 Henderson Road. For delivery or pick-up, call Debbie Medina, 541-490-1575 or Carol Daniel, chairman, 541-490-6136 or

The Activities Department is also requesting donations of the following items, to be used as Christmas gifts and bingo prizes: Costume jewelry (necklaces or bracelets); men’s and women’s colognes; shampoo and hair conditioner; diet, caffeine-free soda; 2015 large print calendars; lap blankets; DVD movies (G ratings).

Donations may be dropped off at the Care Center. For more information, contact Activities Director Christine Shannon at 541-386-2688, ext. 4603.

Share the Warmth — Windermere Realty, located at 504 Cascade, is again collecting new or clean coats and blankets for those in need with its Share the Warmth project. Now through Dec. 20, community members are invited to take part this winter by donating coats and blankets to help their neighbors in need. Donations can be made in Hood River or other Windermere locations in the Gorge.

FISH Food Bank — A Kidz Dental Zone, located at 419 State Street, is holding a community-wide canned food drive to benefit FISH. Bring in five cans in December and be entered into a raffle for a ham. The drive will go through Dec. 19. Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue seeks donations to meet its goal of raising $20,000 for its spay/neuter program to help fix over 800 homeless cats in 2015. Checks may be sent to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, PO Box 231, Hood River, OR 97031, or donate online at www.gorgecat. can also use cat and kitten supplies. Teaming up with Parkhurst Place Assisted Living, CGCR will accept bags/cans of cat food, treats, cat litter, and clean litter boxes, kennels, comfort blankets, toys and grooming supplies. Supplies may be dropped off at Parkhurst Place, 2450 May St., Hood River. Dutch Bros. of Hood River will donate one free drink card to the first 50 people who donate supplies.

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Christmas Project — The scouts of Troop 282 have placed collection barrels at various businesses to collect new toys and non-perishable food items.

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