Stepping Up: The community keeps on giving

Between Hood River Christmas Project and other community efforts, there is plenty of sharing going on this time year throughout Hood River County.

Hood River area schools are in the final throes of their canned food drives; they’ll make delivery to FISH food bank this week. The donations account for a major portion of the year’s provisions, especially the cash donations. The money can be used for FISH needs now and in the future. Keep that in mind as your youth approach shoppers at local stores.

Canned goods, peanut butter, pasta and other non-perishables are, of course, welcome. With the increase in frozen foods, as well as whole fruits and vegetables, the food banks these days provide an even deeper nutritional boost than they did just a few years ago.

The food drives conducted through our schools and churches have the direct benefit of serving the needy but they are also a great way for young people to get involved in something meaningful; it’s modeling behavior for how to make a difference. The high school alone has a goal of cash and goods donations equaling 200,000 cans — a major increase over the 124,000 collected in 2011. However, given past efforts there is little doubt they will reach it.

Meanwhile, add to the list of examples of community sharing a free Christmas dinner on Christmas night, Dec. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School.

All upper valley families, seniors or those in need are welcome to come enjoy a Christmas dinner at no cost, provided by the Inn at Cooper Spur.

With a few extra turkeys from Thanksgiving the restaurant saw a way to help those in need in the community. Parkdale School PTO members will be there helping serve the food, and anyone else interested in volunteering may call Alison at 541-370-5644.

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