Saturday, November 30, 2013
Christmas is just around the corner, one of those corners the needy among us will have to be cutting.
The time has come to help Hood River Christmas Project, which provides food and toys to the less fortunate families and seniors in our midst.
It all comes about just as the expanded Thanksgiving shopping rush goes by. The addition of more and more shopping days on and around Thanksgiving can be looked upon this way: all the more days the needy in our community will not be able to afford luxuries.
(Merchants’ desire to thrive, or even survive, in this economy is understandable, and people are at liberty to choose when and where to shop, but if we have to open our stores on Thanksgiving Day do we have to call it “Gray Thursday?”)
See page A5 for full information on Christmas Project and how to either help or access the program. (Just three days remain to register for food and toy baskets.)
Every year, organizations and individuals in the community truly come together to help the project; no doubt this year will be no different. But the best way to approach it is a large number of people making small contributions. Please do what you can; donation barrels are located at businesses throughout the county.
If you can’t help financially, the committee is looking for people to help with food sorting, deliveries on Dec. 21, and other aspects of the project.
On a related note, you could attend another of the community’s best Christmas traditions by attending the Dec. 14-15 Scenes from The Nutcracker, at the same time helping the FISH food bank and Providence Hospice of the Gorge. Admission is a donation of food for the program.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge