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Several groups around the community are holding drives for residents in need of food and gifts.

Culver food help

Applications are now available for those living in the Culver School District (except Crooked River Ranch), who need some help with food and gifts at Christmas.

Applications need to be in no later than Dec. 13, and may be brought to Culver City Hall, or mailed to Culver Community Improvement Group, P.O. Box 86, Culver, OR 97734, or people may contact Joanne at 541-546-4502, or Jane at 541-419-8512.

The CCIG will be holding food drives during the month of December, and have its Sharing Tree, for gifts for children from birth to age 13, at Culver Market, 411 First Ave.

Coats for Kids

The Jefferson County Library will forgive library $5 worth of fines for child sized coats donated to its Coats for Kids drive before Dec. 1. The coats will be delivered to children of Warm Springs by Christmas Day.

Operation Rudolph

Operation Rudolph, which serves approximately 500 local youths, has placed boxes for the donation of new toys for Christmas at: Bi-Mart, Erickson's, Les Schwab, Mid Oregon Credit Union, Payne West, MAC, St. Charles Madras, Chinook Place, Plateau Travel Plaza, MHS, U.S. Bank, Columbia State Bank, Washington Federal Bank, Mail Copies and More, Grocery Outlet and Dance Arts Studio.

Holiday Dough

Mid Oregon Credit Union is holding a Holiday Dough fundraiser to support charities that provide food, clothing and shelter for individuals in need during the holidays.

People can stop by any Mid Oregon branch to donate through Friday, Dec. 7, and all contributions will stay in the community where they are collected. Locally, donations will be given to the Jefferson County Food Bank.

Farm Workers Toy Drive

This is the 16th year of the Madras Farm Workers Toy Drive, which provides Christmas gifts to the children of local farm workers. Madras resident Jesse Rodriguez and his family collect funds each year, purchase and wrap new toys, then have Santa and Mrs. Claus give them away at an event at their home. This year, the gift giveaway will be at 5 p.m., Dec. 22, at 451 SW J St., Madras.

Those interested in donating may make out a check to Farmer Workers Toy Drive, and mail or bring it to Columbia Bank at 624 SW Fourth St., Madras. For more information, contact James Rodriguez at 541-350-7381.

Warm Hearts

Columbia Bank is holding a Warm Hearts Campaign to raise money and collect winter clothing for the local homeless population. This year, it is collecting money, coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and socks for the Jefferson County Winter Shelter. From now through the end of December.

In addition, the Madras Branch is putting together toiletry bags for the folks staying at the shelter. The bags for men, women and children include a pair of socks, soap and shampoo, granola bars, hand warmers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair brushes, hand wipes, tissues, and band aids.

Share the Warmth

Windermere Real Estate is holding a coat and blanket drive through Dec. 19. Boxes have been placed at local stores for the donation of new or gently used coast and blankets.

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