By December 4, 2018 Read More →


By Chris Murphy & Middagh Goodwin

There are so many in need this year. With the fires up north and those here in our community in need, there are so many ways you can lend a hand. One of the best organizations to help is the Salvation Army as they can help you connect to the Salvation Army office that is assisting Paradise and your donations go directly to programs. There are many needs here at home and you can help by being a bell ringer this season. Captain Breazeal has let us know that the local priorities are 1) Volunteering to be a bell ringer and you can sign up at 2) You can sponsor a family from the Angel Trees www.SalvationArmyModesto.orgThe Salvation Army and ABC10 are encouraging viewers to pick-up an Angel Tree tag and fulfill the wish of a child in our community. Angel Tree matches donors with children from qualified families. Select a tag at any local participating business, purchase the gift on the tag and then return in to the tree site… and the wish of a local child will be granted. Angel Tree tags can be found at The Salvation Army’s Admin. Building – 625 I St. Modesto Call 522-3209 and ask for Jen to ring bells and Capt. Deb for Angel Tree info.

You can donate online here:

Here are some of the coat, clothing and shoe drives you can help out:

Through December 17 – Soroptimist Giving Tree at Vintage Faire Mall – Upper level find The Giving Tree Kiosk until December 18th at 8:00pm, staffed daily from 12noon to 8pm by Soroptimist members and community volunteers.

12/01 Stay Warm Blanket and Sock Drive benefiting Stanislaus Family Justice Center music by Koala & the Golden Boy, BeadHeads, Sincerely Allison and more at Queen Bean Coffee House
12/01 Kat Country Christmas Show benefitting Camp Fire Victims Fund at the Udder Place Turlock
12/08 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla-Fill the Boat Toy Drive at Modesto Walmart- 2225 Plaza Parkway
12/08 Santa vs. Grinch Toy for Tots Fun Day Toy Drive at Extreme Paintball Park
12/09 Impalas & Luxurious Toy Drive at Christopher’s Home Furnishings 1604 Sisk Rd
12/13 Comedy for a Cause to benefit victims of the California Wildfires at Famiglia Bistro
12/15 Modesto Raiders Toy 4 Tots preseason game at Perkins Park
12/15 7th Annual Do Something Toy Drive featuring Purp Reynolds, Oozee, 3rd Eye Team, The Valligators and more at Alano Club Ceres early donation bin located at Rasputin Records benefiting Women & Children’s Crisis Centers of Stanislaus County
12/15 TrailerHead Toy Drive with Pruno, Double Barrel Boys, Satisfied Mindz at The Other Place

12/15 Help for the Holidays at Deva Cafe
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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.