Christmas Project signups start Nov. 9

Hood River County Christmas Project registration dates start Nov. 9 in Hood River, Nov. 12 in Odell and Nov. 15 in Parkdale. Cascade Locks sign-up day will be Nov. 28 for baskets of food and gifts to be delivered Dec. 21-22.

Full details will be published in the Nov. 4 edition.

The Christmas Project is available to Hood River County families meeting State of Oregon Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) standards (previously known as the food stamps), although they do not need to be presently receiving SNAP benefits. Families wishing to apply will need to bring proof of income and residency. Eligible children in the family must be living at home.

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To contribute to the Christmas Project, checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 872, Hood River, OR 97031. All donations are tax-deductible; 501(c)(3) organization.

As always, the committee is looking for new people to help with family registration and directing or participating in various aspects of the project. If you would like more information on how to get involved or sponsor a needy family, call Kym Zanmiller at 541-386-5153 or visit hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.

The main fundraiser for the Christmas Project this year is the 16th Annual Gala Fashion Show, scheduled for Nov. 16 (Friday) at the Best Western Hood River Inn (details on page B6). Insitu is helping to sponsor the Gala this year.

In addition, a Hood River Lions grant will be used to help purchase new toys and a grant from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge will be used to add a variety of healthy, nutrient packed food items within each family’s food box. Many area churches, civic organizations, local schools, individuals and families participate by sponsoring families, or donating food, toys, and cash. During mid-November and December, businesses will have food and toy collection barrels for folks to drop off items.

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