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By Chris Murphy

There are many ways to help those that need it the most during the holidays.
We like the Salvation Army because over 85% of all funds received go directly to those in need and all are served without discrimination. The best way to help those in need is NOT to give to people in the streets, but to give to organizations that do the most good in the right places. The Salvation Army serves this way and you can be assured that your dollars actually go to food and shelter.

This is a very important issue that we can help solve. You can also help support Salvation Army in other ways. You can be a bell ringer for Salvation Army by calling 209-522-3209. You can do this as an individual, a family, or with a group. You can also give personal items that are needed in the shelters. Donations can be taken to 320 9th St or 625 I St. Items needed are: toiletries, bedding, underwear & socks.

Kettle Kick Off
This is the big event of the year that was created by the legendary Modesto volunteer Bette Belle Smith. Modesto starts the giving season off big! Join your friends at the Modesto Center Plaza for the Salvation Army Kettle Kick Off. Nearly $200,000 gets raised to help prepare for the winter and holiday season. The Kick-off is Thursday, November 15, 11:30 at the Centre Plaza. Tables are only $100 for a table of 10 and nearly sold out. If you can’t make it please donate and support the teams that are raising $$.
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This year’s Stanislaus Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration will be held on Monday, November 19 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The event will begin with gathering music at 6:45 PM and the Thanksgiving Celebration, featuring music from the multitude of Stanislaus County faith communities will begin at 7 PM. Donations of non-perishable food and financial gifts will benefit Interfaith Ministries.
For more information, email or phone:
Luella Cole

Comfort Kits
Hundreds of children in our area enter foster care every year with just the clothes on their back or a few belongings in a garbage bag. In collaboration with Child Protective Services, Love Modesto has developed Comfort Kits (quality bags with many useful items) for children who have just been uprooted from their family. In order to meet the need, we need 1,000 Comfort Kits. The average retail costs for each kit is $50-70, but we can purchase items in bulk at around $40/kit.

Here’s how you can help:
1) Donate Comfort Kits. If you would like to donate, Love Modesto needs receive all financial donations by November 10. Or you can shop for Comfort Kits on your own. 2) On December 1 (8:30-11:30am), can you volunteer at the Christmas Comfort Kit Drive. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Donate, Shop and/or Volunteer, visit:

Gospel Mission 6th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
500 turkeys are being collected to benefit the Modesto Gospel Mission and Salvation Army. Please donate a turkey (checks also accepted) to help us reach the 500-turkey goal. Can you help? For questions, please contact Heidi Davis, (209) 521-2727.
When: Mon.-Fri. Nov. 14-18, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Where: Rea & Associates, LLP, 1937 Coffee Rd., Modesto

By Abbey Murphy
If you have ever known what it is like to truly be without food, or to have missed a Thanksgiving dinner, you know how special this annual Thanksgiving meal is for so many people. Local entrepreneur and successful businessperson Dan Costa remembers this growing up and this experience formed his work ethic that still drives him today. Dan has rallied his food service partners, his own team and community friends and volunteers to serve a full Thanksgiving for any that need it. Last year they served over 2000 people in need and nearly 35,000 have been served over 30 years. Please help Dan and Denise Costa and friends on Thanksgiving Day to really make a difference in someone’s life. Additional food prepared benefits the Salvation Army of Modesto.
You can donate at
November 22, 12 pm – 3 pm
Modesto Center Plaza

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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.