How you can help this holiday season
Let an elf wrap your gift
For a small fee, volunteer elves from Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will wrap gifts in paper and bows to get them ready for the Christmas tree. All proceeds from the “Wrap for a Cause” booth, in the upper level of Rogue Valley Mall next to Macy’s, will fund Habitat programs and projects in Jackson County. The elves will work every day to Christmas Eve. Cost is $3 to $10 per package, depending on size and number of items wrapped. For questions or more information, call 541-779-1983.
Sing for tots
The Rogue Community College Rogue Chorus and Rogue Singers invite the community to enjoy their second annual Toys for Tots Benefit Concert and Singalong, set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Newman United Methodist Church, 132 N.E. B St., Grants Pass. The concert is free, but donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots of Josephine County are encouraged.
Be a Santa to a Senior
The Home Instead senior care office serving Medford is taking donations of gifts for seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its Be a Santa to a Senior program.
This is the program’s fifth year. Last year, more than 200 local seniors received 350 gifts.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees are on display now to Dec. 10 at several locations in the region. Each tree is decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached.
Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
Home Instead Senior Care, 81 Freeman Court, Central Point
Fred Meyer South, 1301 Center Drive, Medford
Fred Meyer North, 2424 Crater Lake Highway, Medford
Cascade Pharmacy, 7591 Crater Lake Highway, Medford
Butler Kia, 4950 Crater Lake Ave., Medford
Club NW, 2160 NW Vine St., Grants Pass
Fred Meyer, 1101 Grants Pass Parkway, Grants Pass
For more information about the program, see BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 541-423-8026.
Join libraries in supporting Maslow and CASA
Jackson County Library Services is partnering with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jackson County and the Maslow Project to collect donations for children living in foster care, and for unhoused children and families.
CASA’s Giving Trees allow the community to participate in donating new toys, pajamas, clothing and gift cards to children living in foster care. Participants take tags from the trees and return with an unwrapped gift with the tag attached. Donations can be made during regular hours through Dec. 24 at libraries in Central Point, Jacksonville, Medford and Talent.
The Medford Teen Library is hosting a “Share the Warmth with Maslow” donation drive through Dec. 31 at the Medford library. Community members are invited to donate new, cold-weather items such as gloves, hats, socks and hand warmers, as well as snack foods or single-serve meals to benefit the Maslow Project, which serves homeless youth and families in the Rogue Valley.
Buy a Paw for a cause
R&R Pet Resort is holding a fundraiser for victims of the Paradise fire. Purchase a “paw” for $1 donation, or purchase 10 paws and get a free pet stocking. Sue Ross of R&R Pet Resort says all proceeds will benefit Paradise fire victims. The pet resort is at 340 Cabbage Lane, Phoenix. For more information, phone 541-535-1900.