Christmas Project: Never too early to help

This is the post-Halloween zone when plans are made for Thanksgiving and even Christmas holidays. But some folks won’t have much for the holidays. The Hood River community has always stepped up to fill the gap through the giving campaign known as Hood River Christmas Project.

Organizer Bruce Holmstrom, who has turned running the program into a retirement vocation in the past seven years, said the project hopes to serve even more families and needy individuals than past years.

The work, for the general public, starts now. Recipients are invited to sign up, as early as Friday of this week, at locations around the county. See page B10 for a full schedule, and information on how to sign up, documents needed, and other eligibility and procedural information. Last year, Holmson said the Christmas Project provided food and toys to approximately 500 families (over 2,000 men, women, and children) within Hood River County.

Each year in Christmas Project, people from throughout the community get involved in collecting and distributing food and toys to recipients. The project takes on a high profile by mid- November with the placement of more than 20 donation barrels at local businesses and organizations.

In addition, the main fundraiser for the Christmas Project is the 18th Annual Gala Fashion Show, Nov. 7 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room. If you miss that show, the CAST production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” opening Dec. 6, will collect food in support of the project.

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). If you are interested in getting involved or sponsoring a needy family, visit

Baskets will be distributed on Dec. 19-20 from the collation site, Hood River County Fairgrounds.

In a society that promotes Christmas gift purchases year-round, early November is no longer too early to think about Hood River Christmas Project giving.

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