How you can help during the holidays

TAKE A SCAN: Grocery customers can support hunger-relief efforts in Jackson County with the "Take a Scan Against Hunger" campaign.

At participating stores, customers pull off a $1, $5 or $10 bar-coded coupon from the display rack and present it to the cashier. The coupons are scanned and the amount is added to the customer's bill. Coupons may be reused.

The grocery stores send 100 percent of the donated money to ACCESS Inc., where it helps support 24 emergency food pantries.

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KIDS UNLIMITED THANKSGIVING: Volunteers and food donations are needed for Kids Unlimited's annual Thanksgiving dinner for kids in its programs and their families. Events run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 821 N. Riverside Ave. Email volunteers@kidsunlimitedoforegon.org.

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FILL A SHOEBOX. Since 1988, Girl Scouts in Southern Oregon have provided shoeboxes filled with gifts for children during the holiday season. Last year, girls filled 838 shoeboxes for donation to local organizations such as Community Works, Head Start, LISTO, Northwest Seasonal Farm Workers and the White City sheriff's substation. Needed are donations of small gifts, hygiene items, hats, gloves and school supplies for children ages infant to 17 years. Donations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Girls Scouts' Medford Service Center, 2001 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. For additional information, contact Vicki Risner, Girl Scout volunteer, at 541-261-6893 or risner49@gmail.com.


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