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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2012 lIB olid 1 Brighten someone else's holidays this year through charitable giving Ingrid Burke Copy Editor iburke@plumasnews.com The holidays are known for being filled with food, family and those beautiful mornings frosted in fresh snow. But they can also mean a time of stress, cold and hunger for the less fortunate. Giving anonymously to those in need truly embodies the spirit of the season. Involving chil- dren and teens in giving makes a stand against the en- croachment of selfishness and materialism. Besides monetary dona- tions -- which support un- foreseen or unmet needs -- organizations commonly re- quest three types of items: --Food. Unopened, non-per- ishable food items will stock food bank shelves, or be pack- aged into holiday baskets for needy families. --Clothing. Warm clothing can be new or (often) gently used. Go through closets, pur- chase at local businessesor find those nearly new trea- sures at secondhand stores. --Angel trees. Organiza- tions set up Christmas trees decorated with paper angels in various easily accessible venues. Each angel lists perti- nent information about a needy child: age, clothing sizes, hobbies, specific Christ- mas wishes, etc. Donors choose an angel, then collect a box of gifts for him or her and deliver it to the organiza- tion, where employees will pass it on to the child. Whole families can often be "adopt- ed" together, so siblings can be gifted equally. Many donations to nonprof- its are tax-deductible; just ask for a receipt. And remember to shop to- rally, even in charitable giv- ing. Money spent in local communities stays in local communities. COUNTYWIDE Plumas County SherifFs Association Needy Chil- dren's Christmas Program The Plumas County Sher- iris Employees Association works with other county ser- vice organizations to "pro- vide a happy holiday season for those families who are not able to do so." Donated funds are used to purchase food, toys, winter clothing, heating fuel and other necessities. Drop offfood, toys, clothing or monetary donations at any sheriffs office: Main office, 1400 E. Main St., Quincy; Portola Substa- tion, 324 S. Gulling; Greenville Substation, High- way 89; Chester Substation, First and Willow. Monetary donations can al- so be mailed to P.O. Box 37, Quincy, CA 95971. Make checks out to PCSA/Needy Children's Fund. To sign up for toys and clothing or to submit the name of a child or family in need, contact the sheriff's of- rice or substations. Nomina- tions of families in need must be received by Dec. 19. The association is especial- ly seeking individuals or groups that would like to sponsor families. For more information, call Becky Grant at 283-6375. CHESTER/LAKE ALMANOR Almanor Basin C mmunity Resource Center food baskets The ABC Resource Center provides 50 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets each year for local families in need. Families in need can sign up for a basket at the center, 372 Main St. in Chester. The resource center also of- fers three food distributions each month: USDA commodi- ties are given out to the in- come eligible on the second Friday of each month, and a separate program provides for the distribution of other food goods on the first and third Saturdays of each month. For more information or to donate, call 258-4280, visit plumasruralservices.org or stop by the resource center. Helping Hands Food Pantry Though the pantry has received generous help this year from the ElksLodge and Boy Scouts, Pastor Nick Miller says that need is espe- cially high in the winter. The pantry accepts monetary do- nations and nonperishable food items, and it is located at the back of the Wesleyan Church on the corner of Melissa and Gay streets. Hours are Monday, Wednes- day and Friday, 1 - 3 p.m. Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 Christmas Angel Project The Elks serve needy fami- lies in the Chester, Westwood and Greenville areas by pro- viding toys, boots, gloves, jackets and food baskets. Monetary contributions and nonperishable food items are accepted. A food donation box is available at David Price Jeweler in Chester. Checks can be mailed to Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626, Attn: Christmas Angel Pro- ject, P.O. Box 1329, Chester, CA 96020. Schedule a donation pickup by calling Kay Alcorn at 596- 3153. The donation deadline is Dec. 15; any items or cash re- ceived after that date will be saved to start next year's pro- gram. Treats Dog Co. pet food drive Donations of danned pet food items will be accepted at the Main Street business dur- ing a visit from "Santa Paws" Each paper angel on an angel tree lists information about a needy Child in the community. Donors collect gifts and deliver them to the sponsoring organization, helping to ensure that even the less fortunate receive some holiday cheer. Feather Publishing Co. food drive Drop off donations of canned and non-perishable food items at.the Feather River Bulletin office, 287 Lawrence St. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 14. For more information, call 283-0800. Feather River College Uganda projects The FRC Enactus and Busi- ness and Entrepreneurship Center groups are planning a trip to Uganda in January. As part of the H20: Helping to Overcome project, students will help install a pipeline for clean water. They will also be purchas- ing pigs for families directly from local farmers in the vii- lage, providing both an eco- nomic infusion for farmers and a sustainable source of protein and income for fami- lies who receive pigs. Monetary donations are welcome. The cost per pig is $70. Checks with "Mbarare pigs" in the memo line canbe made out to H20: Helping to Overcome, and sent to P.O. Box 487, Modest0, CA 95353. Amy Schulz at FRC is also collecting contributions to submit to H20. She can be reached at 283-0202, ext. 358, or aschulz@frc.edu. Students plan to pack their suitcases with clothing for the villagers, and donations of any clothing items except heavy winter coats are wel- come. Schulz is also the con- tact for clothes donations. The angel tree in Portola's Leonard's Market sports an array of colorful paper angels Wednesday, Nov. 21. By Friday morning, all but two had been chosen! But don't despair; there are plenty of other giving opportunities throughout the county. Photos by Carolyn Car:cer on Dec. 1, from I to 3 p.m. Donations will be passed on to Plumas Animal Welfare So- ciety to help needy pets in Plumas County, and donors receive perks like photos of their pets with Santa Paws, and refreshments. For more information contact 258-0323. GREENVILLE/ INDIAN VALLEY Indian Valley Food Pantry annual holiday food drive At Evergreen Market, a $10 donation buys $20 worth of food for food pantry shelves. Especially needed are canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and cereals. The mar- ket is located on Highway 89, across from Greenville Ju- nior-Senior High School, and the drive will run up until Christmas. Indian Valley Hospital Thrift Shop free coats The store at 802 Main St. in Greenville, across from Ster- ling Sage, offers free coats for school-age children. Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed on holi- days. Call 284-7949 for details. Indian Valley Resource Center angel tree An angel tree will be set up by Sunday, Dec. 2, in Ever- green Market. Family "adop- tions" are also needed; con- tact Family Advocate Tami Williamson at 284-1560 for more information. Needy families may sign up in Greenville, either at the cen- ter, 209 Highway 89; the Roundhouse Council, on the corner of Bush and Grand streets; or the tribal office, lo- cated in Unit 2 of the Indian Valley Professional Building on Highway 89, across from the gas station. United Methodist Thrift Shop assistance The store on Pine Street of- fers help to the needy with clothing, bedding and house- hold requirements. Contact Marj Goosey, 284-1421, for more information. PORTOLA/ EASTERN PLUMAS Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network EPCAN operates pri- marily in the Portola and Graeagle ar- eas and pro- vides food for families in need. EPCAN us- es monetary donations to purchase food for the community food bank, which is open Monday through Thursday, two hours a day. This year EPCAN will be partnering with the sheriffs department to hand out holi- day meal baskets. For more information or food vouchers call 832-4570. Eastern Plumas Health Care coat drive EPHC says, "Some of our children need a little extra help for the holidays -- please give if you can!" Coats for kids, size infant through teen, will be accepted at EPHC clin- ics in Graeagle, Greenville, Loyalton and Portola, and m the hospital lobby at 500 First Ave. in Portola. The goal is to collect 75 coats. Donations will go to Santa's Workshop, to be included in the Plumas County sheriffs office holiday giving pro- grams. Monetary donations are al- so accepted, and will go toward purchasing coats, scarves and mittens. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14. For more in- formation, call Cathy Conant at 832-6567 or Regina Mar: tinez in nursing administra- tion at 832-6510. Check or cash donations can be made out to EPHC and given to Tiffany Williams in administration, 832-6564. Hands Angel trees~ have already been available if or several weeks in Leonard's Mar-' ket in Portola, Graeagle Store in Blairsden and Wiggin's Trading Post in Chilcoot. Sheriffs association rules will be implemented: only children 15 and younger are eligible, and families can only receice assistance for three years. Leave angel tree gifts unwrapped. For more information call the Portola Family Resource Center at 832-1827. , QUINCY Community Assistance Network The CAN food bank is locat- ed next to St. John's Catholic Church at 176 Lawrence St. To donate or request food, visit the church or Plumas Crisis Intervention and Re- source Center. Also, look for donation boxes at Quincy businesses, including Feather Publishing. For more infor- mation, call Geri Bernard at 283-0262. Junior High S-Club food drive The Quincy Junior High Service Club is hosting a food drive. Any non-perishable food items will be accepted. Boxes are located in all junior high classrooms and the of- fice in the student activities room. Monetary donations can be taken to Mrs. Stirling in Room 26. Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center Donations especially need- ed at this time of year are warm clothing items for tran- sitional housing clients; tents, blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless; and in- rant items. Monetary dona- tions are also welcome. Drop off donations at the center's temporary location at 546 Lawrence St. (previously AAA). Hours are Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed 1 - 2 p.m. for lunch. A coat drive will start soon. An angei tree is set up in the lobby of Bank of America; an- other will follow in the Plumas Bank lobby Dec. 7, in celebration of Sparkle. Those in need can pick up CAN food vouchers Monday and Thursday mornings. Re- ferrals come through agen- cies only. For more information, call Susie at 283-5515. Plumas Rural Services Domestic Violence Services Though the DVS office just completed a toiletries drive in October, staffers say they al- ways welcome donations of new toiletry items for the do- mestic violence shelter. Also needed are new bed sheets (twin size), infant items and children's toys and books. Since domestic violence victims often need to start a new household from scratch, the office also accepts a limit- ed number of gently used household necessities. The office is located at 711 E. Main St. Call Candy at 263- 5675 for more information. To report additional charitable giving opportunities, email iburke@plumasnews.com.