Local businesses, organizations offer opportunities to assist others during Christmas season.

HOLLY M. GILL - A house and horse barn are lit up for Christmas on Southeast Crestview Lane, in the Canyon View neighborhood, which has many colorful light displays. But if viewing lights are part of your Christmas tradition, you can also find bright lights all around the county.
There are still several opportunities to help others for the holidays, or attend Christmas activities and benefits.

Columbia Bank is holding a Warm Hearts campaign to collect hats, gloves and coats to benefit families at MountainStar Relief Nursery. Take donations to the bank.

Boxes have been placed at area banks and Bi-Mart to collect new, unwrapped toys for Operation Rudolph, which delivers gifts to 400 needy children.

The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a Christmas Eve luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 24, at the Jefferson County Senior Center for veterans and their families. Bring a side dish or a dessert. There will be a Christmas tree raffle for a decorated tree.

The Madras Elks Lodge will hold its annual free Children's Christmas Party at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, for kids ages 1 to 10 years, with gifts, cookies, punch, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa.

Jesse and Lupe Rodriguez and family are holding their 17th annual Farm Workers Toy Drive this year. The toys will be given away to children at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 22, at the Rodriguez home, by Santa and Mrs. Claus, at 451 SW J St., Madras.

The annual Freeze Your Fanny run and fundraiser for MountainStar Relief Nursery in Madras will be held Dec. 30, at the Madras Aquatic Center. Registration is at 9 a.m., $30 singles, $60 per team, includes run, a hat and chili feed.

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