Monday, November 30, 2009

Celebrating Community over the Holidays

I hope that all of you had a warm, wonderful holiday weekend with your friends and family.

I had the great pleasure and honor of volunteering at the local Eagles Lodge on Thursday, scooping out green beans to about 100 visitors who were there for a free, hot meal during the hour I was there. At that rate, they served hundreds of people and had dozens of volunteers on-site throughout the day.

We have so many people and organizations in our community who really care about helping others, and I was so pleased to be able to be a part of it.

Giving thanks and giving food were a naturally strong theme this holiday weekend, with the Festival of Trees hosted by the Vancouver Rotary Club. Events for the festival were free , with cashiers taking donations of non-perishable food.

On Friday night, we got the holiday season off to a great start with the Community Tree Lighting in Esther Short Park. It was a huge crowd and a gorgeous night. Thanks to everyone who attended, and to the Rotary Club, Clark PUD, the sponsors who made it possible, and Santa!

This weekend, don't forget to keep the spirit going by contributing the Walk & Knock. Leave a bag of non-perishable food at your front door on Saturday morning by 9am, and volunteers will pick it up for delivery to our area's food pantries. And if you've got some time on Saturday and are able to volunteer, contact Walk & Knock to find out how you can help!

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