Warming Shelter — Hood River Warming Shelter is open at Riverside Community Church for the week of Nov. 16-23. From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., 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, and it will move to Immanuel Lutheran Church on Nov. 23.
If you are interested in taking the training to serve as a volunteer, attend the session on Nov. 25, 7-9 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 November and be entered into a raffle for a turkey; in December, be entered into a raffle for a ham. The drive will go through Dec. 19.
Operation Christmas Child — Boxes are now being accepted at Immanuel Lutheran Church on the following days: Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Nov. 24, 9-10 a.m.
Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes — either supplied by OCC, or one that is a standard size — that are filled with items such as school supplies, toys, personal hygiene and sometimes even clothing for a boy or a girl, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. OCC recipients are often living in extreme poverty or war-torn areas and suffering from conditions ranging from HIV/AIDS to malnutrition. Often, they’ve been displaced due to natural disasters, living in orphanages or on the streets. Just as often, the shoebox is the first gift they’ve ever received. For more info call Karen Goebel at 509-493-8665.
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 www.hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.