How you can help during the holidays:
GIVE SOLES FOR SOULS: Orthopedic surgeon Rich Owens is sponsoring a shoe drive and giveaway Wednesday at the Medford Gospel Mission. Called Our Hearts for Your Soles, it's held in conjunction with Soles for Souls, an international charity, and is in its second year. Last year, 105 homeless and working poor, mostly men, were given free foot medical screenings, shoes and socks.
Volunteers and donations still needed. Call Owens at 541-690-9432.
HELP KIDS UNLIMITED WITH 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 email@example.com.
GIVE A TOY TO A CHILD: Court-Appointed Special Advocates is hosting its annual Giving Trees at locations throughout Jackson County through Dec. 9 to benefit abused and neglected children. Pick up a CASA ornament, which lists the items a child needs, then return with an unwrapped gift with the ornament attached. You can either place the gift back under the tree or drop it off at CASA's office at 613 Market St., Medford.
CASA Giving Trees can be found at Medford Builder's Exchange, Dogs for the Deaf, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Lithia Nissan, Lithia Honda, Harry & David Country Village, La Strada Boutique, SOU's Athletic Department, the Medford library, Lithia corporate offices, Salon Avalon, Thai Bistro, Home Federal Bank, Santo Community Center, Skylark Assisted Living and 19 Dutch Bros. locations.
For more information, please contact Daria Land at 541-842-4077 or visit www.jacksoncountycasa.org.
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.
FILL A SHOEBOX: Since 1988, Girl Scouts in Southern Oregon have provided shoeboxes filled with gifts for children during the holiday season. Last year, 838 shoeboxes were filled 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.