Wednesday, December 11, 2013
As the height of the holiday season is approaching, a fully stocked food bank is needed.
Every year during the winter season, volunteers from all over the valley step up to make sure everyone has access to a supplement of food in their time of need.
Hood River Valley High School, a major contributor to the success of FISH food bank, organizes a school-wide can drive every year. Each sixth-period class competes to collect the most cans, sometimes in very creative ways.
In the HRVHS food drive formula, one dollar is equivalent to five cans. A canned food drive theme is chosen yearly; last year’s was “The Hunger Games,” and this year’s is “Dr. Seuss.”
This year there has been a large competition in “caroling for cans.” Some neighborhoods have been covered multiple times by the musical voices of high school students, while other areas have yet to see musical visitors.
During last year’s holiday season, Mark Steighner’s Chamber Singers also went caroling to collect cans, and ended up being one of the top collectors of the school.
Also in contribution to the canned food drive is “Scenes from The Nutcracker” ballet performance, which is performed by the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy.
This year’s shows are Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., at Hood River Middle School auditorium.
Instead of buying a ticket, audience members are requested to bring a can of food. High school-age dancers are given the opportunity to sign up to be in charge of all the cans from one show, which are counted for their sixth-period class. Although it’s a big responsibility, it really adds up cans for a class.
Students will be standing in front of Rosauers in the next couple of weeks collecting canned food or donations to benefit the food drive.
Pre-packaged food donations can also be purchased at Safeway or Rosauers for FISH.
To make a donation to FISH, call 541-386-3471 or visit fish-food-bank.com.
Maddy Graham, an HRVHS junior, is an intern at Hood River News.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge