The thought of giving during the holidays conjures images of Salvation Army bell ringers and toy drives; however, numerous other ways to help out in the local
Although students may not have a surplus of cash, options include teaming up with a friend to sponsor a child from the Holiday Tree of Giving in O’Riley’s Café or volunteering a few hours to collect canned goods for the local food bank.
“We’re continuing the traditions of giving back to the community during the
holiday season,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said.
For more information about volunteering in any capacity, contact Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linfield Blood Drives
Sponsor: Linfield College
What: Sign-up for a time to donate blood at www.givelife.org by entering the sponsor code, ‘Linfield.’
When: Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Giving Tree
Sponsor: Linfield Employee Association and Associated Students of Linfield College
Donations go to: Salvation Army, to be
distributed to underprivileged children
What: Choose a tag from the tree, purchase age-appropriate gifts for the child indicated
When: Drop off unwrapped gifts at the
Linfield Bookstore by 4 p.m. Dec. 19.
Where: O’Riley’s Café in Riley Student Center
Annual Boy Scout Food Drive
Sponsor: Local Boy Scout Troops
Donations go to: Yamhill County Food Bank
What: Door-to-door collection of canned goods
When: Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Meet at McMinnville Cooperative
Ministries parking lot, 544 NE 2nd St.
Not enough Boy Scout Troops are available to facilitate the drive, so any volunteers are welcomed. Simply show up on Dec. 6, and you will be assigned a task.
Yamhill County Food Drive
What: Sorting food collected in the Annual Boy Scout Food Drive
When: Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Food bank, 800 NE 2nd St.
12 Days of Christmas
Sponsor: Theta Chi Fraternity
Donations go to: Salvation Army, McMinnville School District and Yamhill County Food Bank.
What: Collection of items such as school supplies, clothes and food
When: Dec. 3-14
Where: Drop off gifts at the “Gift Mobile” parked across from Dillin Hall.
Contact: Beau Slayton, email@example.com
Each day has a different theme, but all donations are accepted on all days.
Dec. 5: Stuffed animals
Dec. 6: School supplies
Dec. 7: Books
Dec. 8: Movies
Dec. 9: Blankets and scarves
Dec. 10: Clothes
Dec. 11: Canned foods
Dec. 12: Bathroom products
Dec. 13: Coats and hats
Dec. 14: Anything
alternative ways 2 donate
Ask your friends or family to donate money to your favorite charity or cause this holiday season instead of buying gifts. Last year, junior Becca Williams asked her family to donate to international charities, such as World Vision and genocide intervention groups in Darfur. This year, she has asked friends and family to support local organizations where she volunteers, such as the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen.
Volunteer to ring bells and raise money for the Salvation Army. Sign up to volunteer in the Portland area or for your hometown at www.ringbells.org. In 2004, the Salvation Army raised more than $100 million through the holiday campaign, supporting 37 million people in need.
Donate food or money to the Yamhill County Food Bank. With 12 food pantries in operation, the local food bank helps more than 5,000 people each month by providing food boxes to those in need. During the holiday season, the need for emergency food boxes increases.
Join with friends or family to put together a Christmas care package for the U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visit www.supportourtroops.org and click on “Christmas Care Packages” for information. Items requested by soldiers for the packages include phone cards and other simple items such as soap, batteries, USB drives, gum, beef jerky, breath mints and earphones.