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  • 'Feed the Valley' Christmas feast is open to all

    Rich or poor, anyone feeling the need to give or receive holiday cheer is welcome to attend
  • With some of its founders knowing how it feels to be down and out during the holiday season, Mobile Auto Detail Charity Events will put on its first-ever Christmas dinner Thursday.
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      What: "Feed the Valley" Christmas feast
      When: 3 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day
      Where: Club Oxygen, 333 E. Main St., Medford
      Admission: Free to anyone who wants to share Christmas with the communi...
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      If you go
      What: "Feed the Valley" Christmas feast

      When: 3 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day

      Where: Club Oxygen, 333 E. Main St., Medford

      Admission: Free to anyone who wants to share Christmas with the community

      To make donations: Contact Travis Sprague at 840-6123 or e-mail him at mobileautodetailcharityevents@gmail.com
  • With some of its founders knowing how it feels to be down and out during the holiday season, Mobile Auto Detail Charity Events will put on its first-ever Christmas dinner Thursday.
    Dubbed "Feed the Valley," the event, to be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at Club Oxygen in downtown Medford, is in need of residents willing to give and receive.
    Donations of hams, turkeys and toys would ease coordinators' minds about having enough food to serve and toys to hand out.
    For those on the receiving end, a holiday meal will be ready for hundreds of residents along with a free visit and photo with Santa, toys for kids and a chance to make gingerbread houses.
    "This is open to all residents of Southern Oregon and college kids who can't make it home for the holidays or just basically anyone who needs it," said Travis Sprague, Mobile Auto Detail Charity Events president.
    "We want anyone who needs something like this to come enjoy themselves and have a nice dinner with the community."
    Sprague said the event was conceived when he found himself and two close friends homeless with nowhere to enjoy a warm holiday dinner.
    Years later, the trio decided to create a "Feed the Valley" Thanksgiving meal in 2005 and 2006.
    After taking last year off, Sprague and a slew of supporters brought the event back this year, this time for Christmas. They plan to eventually obtain full nonprofit status.
    Sponsors include RE/MAX Ideal Brokers, BiCoastal Media, Tek Printing Service, Gerry Katz Photography, Young at Heart Magazine and Salon /Nouveau, among others.
    RE/MAX owner Bob Gervais said the event would fill a need that only seems to be growing in the Rogue Valley, considering tough economic times.
    "I think it's a good time to give when so many don't have anything," he said.
    Sprague said he anticipated 100 or more diners to show up. Thanksgiving two years ago brought more than 250.
    "However many shows up, we want to provide a nice meal," Sprague said, noting that the registered charity eventually hopes to host a handful of events each year.
    "You could be the wealthiest person in the valley and if you want to come in and have dinner, there's no charge whatsoever, we'd be glad to have you. Just come in and enjoy yourself and have dinner with your community."
    Thursday's event will be smoke-free. Club Oxygen is at 333 E. Main St., at the corner of Main and Riverside Avenue, Medford.
    For details about Christmas dinner or to make a donation, contact Sprague at 840-6123 or e-mail him at mobileautodetailcharityevents@gmail.com.
    Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.
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