How to help

As holidays arrive, think about this gift list

Every season is a time of need for some people in this and any community.

But the holidays, with the combination of cold weather and economic pressures, creates a heightened urgency to do something for those among us who are lacking resources.

From “Share the Warmth” to Hood River Christmas Project to the Warming Shelter, community groups, businesses and individuals are coming together to fill some gaps, add some layers, and lend a hand.

Do you wonder how you can make a difference in all this? Hood River News is again this year providing an ongoing listing we call “How to Help.”

The first compilation appears on page A7; future editions will also include information on how to receive help.

These avenues of assistance include donations of food, clothing, toys, and time. For example, the Warming Shelter, now in its fourth year, seeks people who can spend a few hours once a week or once a month volunteering at one of the church buildings that take turns providing overnight shelter for the homeless during our coldest months.

Christmas Project needs people who can collect, collate, and deliver Christmas baskets.

Examples of year-round needs include donating blood (see Three to Go on page A1) and Meals on Wheels senior nutrition program.

Whether during the holidays or throughout the year, committing as individuals to help with community aid programs is a gift to oneself, and a gift that keeps on giving.


Do you have a “How to Help” request? Send to Esther K. Smith at

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