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Greystone lights up for ACCESS food drive

Local report

The annual holiday light display and food drive for ACCESS at Greystone Court has begun and will continue through Christmas Eve. The event runs each night from 5:30 to 9:30.

The residents of Greystone Court are accepting donations of nonperishable food items and cash donations for ACCESS, to help feed hungry people in Jackson County. ACCESS also accepts secure donations online. Go to the ACCESS homepage (accesshelps.org) and click on the Greystone button. Greystone Court is located off North Phoenix Road in east Medford.

"This is such a unique event, where everyone can view the lights and really help many local families," Philip Yates, ACCESS Nutrition Programs director, said in a press release. “This really helps fill the pantries around Jackson County after our holiday programs put a large dent in our supplies.”

Santa will be there each night to greet children and hand out candy canes. Human Bean will hand out free sample cups of hot chocolate tonight.

This is the 15th year for the event. More than 4,000 cars are expected to drive through the cul-de-sac in five days. The first donation was made Dec. 22, 2001. So far, community members have contributed thousands of pounds of food and more than $300,000 dollars.

“It’s a Christmas tradition in Southern Oregon to drive through Greystone Court and enjoy the beautiful light display,” said Jackie Schad, ACCESS executive director. "Families come together to donate food or a few dollars to help feed the hungry."

Foods rich in protein are especially needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat and beans. However, donations of any nonperishable food items, including rice, pasta, cold and hot cereals, are always helpful.

ACCESS is the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, providing various services to low-income individuals and families.