Warming Shelter — Hood River Warming Shelter is open at Riverside Community Church, Third and State, this week until Dec. 20, and then at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State, Dec. 21-27. 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.

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.

Volunteer drivers from the Mid-Columbia area are needed to take veterans to the Portland VA Medical Center. Oregon drivers must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. CDL is not needed. For more information, contact the DAV Coordinator at 1-800-949-1004, ext. 57804 or ext. 56957.

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 hrccfc551@gmail.com.l

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.

Memaloose Winery will hold its fourth annual “Great Eagle Outing” Fundraiser and New Year’s Day Party on Jan. 1, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Gorge Community Foundation. Eagle expert Tim Pitz will be present with spotting scopes to educate and to lead walks (at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.) along the Klickitat to view the eagles and other wildlife. A representative from the Gorge Community Foundation will be present to answer questions about this important organization. Cheeses, snacks and a wide selection of wines for tasting will be provided by the winery. A $10 per person tasting fee will be donated to the Gorge Community Foundation. A charitable silent auction of Memaloose and Idiot’s Grace library wines will also be held and there will be wine specials for guests.

Children are welcome (for a small donation, maybe?). Wear walking shoes and dress in warm layers. Bring binoculars if you have them; call 360 635 2887 for event updates.

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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