As of Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hood River County Christmas Project is getting ready for the 2014 holiday season.
The program provides assistance with holiday food and children’s gifts, during the Christmas holidays, to low-income families living within Hood River County.
The Christmas Project is available to Hood River County families meeting State of Oregon Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) standards (previously known as the food stamps), although they do not need to be presently receiving SNAP benefits. A Women, Infant, and Children (WIC card) or a Oregon Health Plan (OHP card) also meets the registration requirements. Families wishing to apply will need to bring proof of income and residency. Eligible children in the family must be living at home. Christmas Project applications will be taken again this year at the following locations:
In Cascade Locks, applications will be taken at The Cascade Locks City Hall – FISH Food Bank on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.
In Hood River, applications are being taken at the Oregon Department of Human Services, 1610 9th Ct. on the Heights off of Pacific Avenue, on:
- Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.
- Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 122 and Dec. 6.
- In Odell, applications will be taken at the Odell Food Bank, 3440 Odell Highway during 3:30-6 p.m. on Nov. 20; the previous date was cancelled due to snow.
- In Parkdale, applications will be taken at the Parkdale Community Church during Food Bank hours (4-6 p.m.) on Nov. 24.
Applicants can sign up at whichever location is most convenient for them.
Coordinator Bruce Holmson said that last year the Christmas Project provided food and toys to approximately 500 families (over 2,000 men, women, and children) within Hood River County.
“We will continue to need the community’s help in money donations, toys, and food items, to make another successful year”. The main fundraiser for the Christmas Project this year was the 18th Annual Gala Fashion Show, Nov. 7 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room
Insitu, Dakine, and Pistil helped sponsor the Gala again this year. In addition, a Hood River Lions grant will be used to help purchase new toys and a grant from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge will be used to add a variety of healthy, nutrient packed food items within each family’s food box. Many area churches, civic organizations, local schools, individuals and families participate by sponsoring families, or donating food, toys, and cash.
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 www.hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.
This year, the Hood River County Fairgrounds has again offered their facilities for distribution of the Christmas baskets to the families. Registered families will need to come to the Community Building this year, on Dec. 19 and 20, from 1-6 p.m. to pick up their baskets. Seniors and people w/ disabilities baskets will be delivered to their residence on Saturday, Dec. 20.
During mid-November and December, the following businesses will have food and toy collection barrels for folks to drop off items:
Alder Creek Kayak and SUP, CenterPointe Community Bank, The Children’s Play Place, Columbia State Bank, Curves, Hood River Middle School, Hood River News, Hood River Sports Club, Horizon Christian School, Melika, Naked Winery, Orchard Lanes Bowling, Print It/Sign Media, Rosauers, Walmart, Washington Federal Savings, Westside School, Wy’east School.