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Brooke Brown, Advisory Board Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters writes:

“With a new year upon us, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge would like to recognize the many contributions from our Columbia Gorge community.

On behalf of BBBS’ staff and the Advisory Board, we’d like to express our gratitude for the kind, generous support of the work we do and the children we serve.

First we’d like to thank the Beneventi’s. The family, friends and employees of Beneventi’s Pizza of Bingen/White Salmon, Wash., raised $2500 through their recent garage sale. Since 2006, Beneventi’s efforts have raised nearly $20,000 for BBBS’ work in Klickitat County. Beneventi’s will raise additional funds with their Lasagna Feed Friday, Feb. 15. Save the date!

“We also want to thank the Hood River Leos sponsored by the Hood River Lions Eyeopeners. This group of amazing kids (approximately 75 sixth through 12th graders) donated their time this past summer selling candy and popcorn at “Movies in the Park” to raise $1,089. With an additional $600 anonymous matching contribution, they raised $1,689. Leos also raises money for multiple teams for Bowl for Kids’ Sake and donates the proceeds from their March Bottle and Can recycling to the event.

In addition, thank you to G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe. Throughout the holiday season the folks at G. Williker’s provide gift wrapping to their customers. The cost of gift wrapping is free, but donations for BBBS are graciously accepted.

This season, nearly $770 was donated by shoppers to support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

There are many, many more folks in the Columbia Gorge community who support the program, we apologize we are unable to mention them all but they are just as dear to our hearts.”

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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

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