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The season of giving in Central Oregon: Five ways you can donate

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Matthew Lasala
Tree of Joy 2022 – Old Mill District

This holiday season, consider giving back to the Central Oregon community and making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Here are five places accepting donations this December.

1. The Humane Society
The Humane Society has compiled a wish list of items from blankets and toys to essential supplies. These donations directly benefit and contribute to the well-being of animals in their care. To streamline the process, the organization lets donors purchase wish list items directly through Amazon, ensuring a stress-free delivery to their location.

2. Neighbor Impact
The holiday season can be particularly stressful for families facing food insecurity. Consider donating to Neighbor Impact’s food bank to ensure that families in need have access to nutritious meals. Monetary donations are accepted online, or consider participating in one of their Mobile Prep Pantry and food repack days. Neighbor Impact offers numerous opportunities to actively contribute and get involved this season.

3. The Mid Oregon Credit Union’s Holiday Dough Fundraiser
Participate in the Mid Oregon Credit Union’s Holiday Dough Fundraiser, where every dollar raised directly benefits food charities in Central Oregon. Among the beneficiaries are organizations such as The Giving Plate, LaPine Christmas Basket Association, Jefferson County Food Bank, Crook County Holiday Partnership, Jericho Road and more. Donate online from now until December 16th.

4. REACH
REACH has a wish list of essential items including backpacks, tents and sleeping bags, that can significantly improve the comfort and safety of individuals facing homelessness. Donations are accepted through their website and have the potential to bring warmth and crucial support to those navigating the challenges of homelessness, especially during the colder months.

5. Salvation Army Tree Of Joy
The Tree of Joy program helps families in need by providing new clothing and toys to hundreds of children every year. The Tree of Joy is a partnership between the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club of Greater Bend and the Old Mill District. Children are added to the tree every day, ensuring that every child in Central Oregon receives a gift item from their wish list. After selecting gifts from the online registry, contributors can bring them to the Salvation Army at 541 NE DeKalb, or drop them off at the Hilton Garden Inn by 5pm on December 18th.

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Arden Anderson, Editor
Arden Anderson is an editor who began contributing to The Broadside in early 2023 and has since discovered a passion for news writing.

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