Wednesday, December 28, 2005
December 21, 2005
There’s hope in a hunger bag.
The familiar Rosauers food donation bags are just one part of the enormous community effort known as Hood River Christmas Project.
From a fashion show downtown to bulging boxes at the Hood River Valley High School cafeteria, many hands and hearts go into donating to, and funding, the Christmas Project.
News staff writer Christian Knight reports in rich detail on what went into this year’s food and toy drive, and about the long tradition of community-wide organized giving.
The project that dominates the lives of coordinators Bruce Holmson and Michelle Westfall, and a crew of other volunteers, for the last half of each year, comes wrapped in many forms, some of it in the simple brown grocery hunger bags that are purchased pre-filled and ready for delivery.
As described starting on page A1, the project has a long history. We believe it also has a bright future, but it requires the help of volunteers.
As the reporter states, “It’s a gargantuan event, loosely organized by dozens of people and consolidated by one charge: Give.”
The community owes a debt of gratitude to the dedicated volunteers who make the Christmas Project happen.
Like the food inside the Hunger Bags, their compassion is non-perishable.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge