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Lend a Holiday Hand

Lend a Holiday Hand
By Chris Murphy

There are so many that need so much this season. Giving seems natural this time of year, but many need it all year long. The best way you can help the homeless or those in need is to give to our local organizations that get food and shelter directly to those that need it. We have compiled a basic list of groups that we know for sure are getting your valuable and important support directly to those that need it with the lowest possible overhead. ModestoView is always looking for the smartest way to lend a hand.

Soroptimist Giving Tree
Upper level – Vintage Faire Mall
Help a child have a happy holiday by choosing his/her name off of the Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree. Take a name tag, shop for a gift at Vintage Faire stores, (many have discounts if you show them the tree tag) and return the items to the Soroptimist booth. Volunteers will wrap the gift and deliver it to the child before Christmas Day. The Soroptimist booth and tree will be located on the upper level outside of Forever 21 and opens at 10 am most days through December 1.

Toy and Coat Drives
Salvation Army Needs You
The Salvation Army needs new, unwrapped toys very much this season. Bring your donations to 625 I Street (corner of 7th and I). The Salvation Army also needs basic essentials like toiletries, socks, sanitary products and more for the winter homeless shelter at the Berberian Shelter at 9th and D. There is a Christmas dinner for all who come, Thursday, December 24, 11:00 a.m. at The Salvation Army Modesto Citadel, 625 I Street.

Rockin Holiday Coat, Shoe and Toy Drive
All of the Rockin Holiday groups have linked up to make sure that the Foster Children of Stanislaus Country are receiving much needed items. Foster kids are some of the forgotten in our area and there will be pick up points at all of the Rockin Holiday events in downtown Modesto as well as drop boxes at the following locations.
Modesto DID (11th)
Trevino’s Barber Shop (10th)
Twisted Pig (on Coffee & Floyd)
Daydreams & Nightmares (7th)
Keller & Keller Assoc. (Sylvan)
US Bank McHenry)
City of Modesto (10th Street Plaza)
Tangled T’s (on Downey)
Talk of the Town Barber (H St)

Toys for Tots
You can really make a difference and put toys on hands of kids in need. Our friends at KAT Country 103 are really helping a lot with this organization.

Fill the Boat

Join the Hawk December 12th at the Modesto Walmart on Plaza Parkway for the

“Fill The Boat” Annual Toy Drive! Help Walmart & the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary with new unwrapped toys for the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley!

If you have a Toy, Coat or Food drive, please let us know and we will spread the word.<>



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.