How to Help: Updated for Dec. 13

Giving Tree — For the 20th year, John L. Scott realty offices host the Giving Tree. Gifts will be distributed to needy families in the area. Gift tags can be taken from trees located at any of the following John L Scott offices: 1000 W. Steuben, Bingen; 3206 W 6th St., The Dalles; 138 NW Second St., Stevenson; 512 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

Return your new, wrapped gifts with their tags by Dec.12 to the same John L Scott Columbia Gorge office. For details call 1-800-414-5031.

Warming Shelter — Hood River Warming Shelter is open at Church of the Nazarene, 22nd and Belmont, for the week of Dec. 8-14. 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.

Christmas Project — The scouts of Troop 282 have placed collection barrels at various businesses to collect new toys and non-perishable food items for the Hood River County Christmas Project. Barrels can be found at the following locations through Dec. 15:

Alder Creek Kayak and SUP, Columbia State Bank, Hood River News, Melika, Print It/Sign Media, Washington Federal Savings, CenterPointe Community Bank, Curves, Hood River Sports Club, Naked Winery, Rosauers, Westside School, The Children’s Play Place, Hood River Middle School, Horizon Christian School, Orchard Lanes Bowling, Walmart and Wy’east Middle School.

To contribute to the Christmas Project, checks may be mailed to PO Box 872, Hood River, OR 97031. All donations are tax-deductible (501 (c)(3) organization).

As always, the committee is looking for new people to help with family registration and directing or participating in various aspects of the project.

If you feel you would like more information on how to get involved or sponsor a needy family visit

Philippines hurricane — A new tropical storm has just hit the nation of The Philippines, but people there are still recovering from Hurricane Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in The Philippines) in 2013. Hood River resident Ben Kino, a member of the Japanese International Baptist Church (JIBC) in Portland, asked that people consider helping victims by sending funds in care of JIBC, 8500 SW Spruce St., Portland, OR 97223.

Funds go to pay for shelters and water purification systems via the JIBC “Hope for Philippines” project.

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