Service agencies nominate Candle candidates

I am wondering when and how the nominations for the Light One Candle series start. Do the nominations have to come only from social service agencies? Thank you so much for your time.

— Julie S., via email

Thanks for the question, Julie. The annual "Light One Candle" event will flicker in the not-too-distance future.

We are grateful you have given us the opportunity to run through the holiday-giving series' rules once again.

"Light One Candle" is an annual Mail Tribune series that focuses on the single need of an individual, family or agency during the holidays. And, yes, the Candle candidates need to be nominated by a local nonprofit organization and/or social service agency.

We know that might be disappointing for folks who hope to nominate someone they personally know and believe to be a perfect candidate for a Candle story. A special friend. A co-worker. Sometimes even themselves.

But this way all the Candle candidates are screened by professionals. Not by the Mail Tribune. And all donations go directly to those agencies/entities, not to the Mail Tribune.

(Note to agency officials: Now would be a good time to start making your lists and checking them twice. In a few short weeks you'll be sending them to Mail Tribune reporter Sanne Specht.)

Specht says the series will kick off on Monday, Dec. 3, this year. Like every year for the past baker's-dozen years, the series will feature stories offering readers an opportunity to help meet the needs of local individuals and families during this ho-ho-holiday season.

"On Dec. 21, we'll run the wrap-up and see how we all did in the giving department," Specht said. "Will you be naughty? Or nice?"

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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