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It's good news for people in need in our community because some of our biggest opportunities for giving in Crook County will remain intact

2020 will likely be remembered in Crook County as the year when many of its signature events were canceled because of the COVID pandemic. The biggest to meet the chopping block were the Crooked River Roundup rodeo and horse races.

The good news is that the events that locals can count on during the holiday season will likely move forward. The annual Lighted Christmas Parade is still taking place as is the Christmas in the Pines drive-thru light display at the Crook County Fairgrounds. In addition, the Holiday Partnership is poised to move forward as is the Hospice Christmas Auction.

The events won't be the same as usual. The parade is taking a different route, the Holiday Partnership will change to stay within COVID guidelines, and the Hospice Auction will feature its open house, but the auction will be virtual this year.

This is not only good news for the people who enjoy these holiday events each year, because they won't have to go without them, but it's good news for people in need in our community because some of our biggest opportunities for giving in Crook County will remain intact.

Hopefully, the challenges of the pandemic do not prevent people who have the means from opening up their checkbooks this holiday season and giving to people less fortunate. The community has often shown its incredible generosity and giving spirit, particularly during the holidays. The Holiday Partnership helps hundreds of families each year receive a holiday meal and Christmas gifts thanks to the people who donate food and cash and take the time to go shopping and fill gift requests. St. Charles Hospice has brought in an astounding $100,000 or more the past few years from its tree auction. Meanwhile, other local families undoubtedly benefit from the food donations collected by visitors to the Christmas in the Pines display.

In addition to these giving opportunities, community members can still seek out other ways to give to those less fortunate and help them not only have a better holiday but have a better holiday in the midst of a pandemic.

So get out in the community, relish the fact that the holiday events are still taking place during a time when much has been taken away, and if you are able to do so, take advantage of the giving opportunities that this community provides each holiday season.


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