ABC House is running a campaign to benefit children who have been affected by abuse or neglect. The community is invited to donate unwrapped items for thematic gift drives by December 10: clothing for youth and teens, art supplies, reusable water bottles, board games, individually wrapped snacks. ABC House is unable to accept toys and stuffed animals due to limited storage space. Participants can also organize a drive or adopt a family trying to celebrate the holiday season on a tight budget. Information: [email protected] or https://www.abchouse.org/wishlist.
The Tree giving arcs, a 17-year tradition, will soon be ready for action at the Arc Thrift Store, 928 NW Beca Ave. at Corvallis. Stop by Saturday or later to select a gift tag from the tree. Requests for gifts to buy are specifically for people in the community with a developmental disability who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season. Detailed purchasing instructions are provided on each tree tag. No need for gift wrapping – the Arc has elves for it. Gifts must be dropped off by December 15th.
Jackson Street Youth Services asks the community for help to support young people aged 10 to 24 who are homeless or at risk. Community members can make a generous donation, adopt a specific youth’s wish list, or organize a fundraiser to collect needed items. The deposit of gifts will take place until December 23 at approved locations. Information: 541-360-0867, 541-745-4553, [email protected] or [email protected]
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Children’s Farmhouse Trillium Family Services is running a campaign to benefit children unable to be home during the holidays because they are receiving residential mental health treatment, as well as families that Trillium serves who, due to various difficult circumstances, may not be able to to provide the necessary elements to create a bright vacation for their children. Buy a wishlist online (https: //trilliumfamily.lorg/shop-client-wish-tags) or get a tag from a participating partner. The home accepts donations of new unwrapped gifts until December 9. Information: [email protected]
Vina Moïse Center runs a Giving Tree campaign for gifts for children ages newborn to 18 and low-income seniors through partner agencies. All households receive a gift card for a festive meal. The program is open to residents of Benton County; to register your family for the program, call 541-753-1420 and make an appointment between December 10 and 16. Donations of new unwrapped gifts will be accepted until December 13. For more details, visit vinamoses.org, or get a Vina Moses gift tag from a local business; a list of companies is available at https://www.vinamoses.org/giving-tree-business-locations. More information is available at 541-753-1420 or [email protected]
Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate brokers gear up for Let’s share the annual heat of Windermere Real Estate campaign. Until December 17th, Windermere Brokers are collecting winter necessities from community members in need. In the Mid-Willamette Valley region, donations will benefit Community Outreach, Inc., in Corvallis; Helping Hands Albany; and River Center, Lebanon. Organizations specifically ask for coats, blankets, gloves and hats. All donations in the area can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Windermere office at 987 NW Circle Blvd. at Corvallis. Information: windermere.com.
Fourth annual ornaments hunt and competitions, until January 1, non-wild trails, Willamette National Forest and Umpqua National Forest. The Willamette Valley Visitors Association sponsors the hunt, which encourages locals and travelers to connect to public lands and increase outdoor recreational activities. Two hundred wooden ornaments depicting the Willamette Valley will be hidden along trails that are untouched and untouched by forest fires. Each ornament includes a Willamette Valley leather patch and instructions on how to enter to win the prize for an adventure and overnight stay in the Willamette Valley. The Visitors Association’s website, https://willamettevalley.org/ornament, will serve as a hub for contest winners to claim their prizes throughout the contest. You can also find trail information and tips throughout December on this page. Once the contest is over, any remaining ornaments will be collected by professionals from the US Forest Service. The Willamette National Forest offers opportunities for recreation, fishing, hunting, foraging, firewood, minerals, wood products and Christmas trees. Christmas tree permits are available at https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits.
Holiday Fairy Lights Collection; drop off the lights at the Republic Services Office, 1214 SE Montgomery St., Albany. Until January 3.
Thanksgiving eve worship, 7 p.m. Shrine, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2650 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis. Everyone is invited to meet at 6 p.m. in the community hall for a pumpkin-themed social dessert before worship.
Corvallis turkey trot, 7:30 a.m., departure from Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Drive. Fundraising for the Corvallis Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund, which provides low-income families and individuals with access to programs such as swimming lessons, therapy lessons and more. Register or donate: http://www.oaturkeytrot.com.
Gobbler’s revenge, 7:30 a.m., North Albany Middle School, 1205 NW North Albany Road. Registration: https://omrr.enmotive.com/events/register/2021-gobbler-s-revenge.
The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation invites Oregon residents to take the air on Green Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. OPRD will waive daytime parking fees that day at the 25 state parks that charge parking fees. The exemption applies from opening to closing on Friday. A list of parks requiring day parking permits is available at stateparks.oregon.gov.
Winter’s Eve Corvallis Online Silent Auction, 9:00 a.m. The event benefits the six philanthropic programs of the Assistance League of Corvallis, which has served families in Benton County for over 50 years. Information: 541-760-1546, [email protected] or www.assistanceleague.org/corvallis.