Don’t forget that tomorrow is the second and last Saturday (Dec. 11) to donate nonperishable food items to the Lane County postal food drive. Just leave the food in a bag by your mailbox.
Also, St. Vinnie’s, a.k.a. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a.k.a. the much beloved and inventive philanthropic organization in town, is holding a special holiday drive as we speak:
Every year St. Vincent de Paul provides thousands of food boxes for the holidays. Each box contains a turkey, ham or chicken, plus olives, cranberries, stuffing and all the fixings for a nourishing holiday meal. Few nonprofits in Lane County provide holiday food boxes, so we see a huge spike in requests this time of year.
The way they do it is to “sell” little turkey decals for donations at St. Vinnie’s stores and at three Oakway Center stores (thanks, Coldstone Creamery, Johnny Ocean’s Grille, and Dept. of the Interior!). You can also donate online on the website linked above.
Another option is to donate food directly — you’ll need to take it to a St. Vinnie store near you. A good source let me know that they most need people to buy the turkey decals (or donate cash), since it provides money for the purchase of whatever is necessary in the holiday boxes. But if you want to give food, they most need hams, canned fruit and veggies, and black olives. I noticed today that Grocery Outlet is selling little canned hams (about the size of a paperback book) at a steep discount. Might you consider picking up a few and donating them for individuals/small families?
Thanks for anything you can give. Please spread the word in your social media networks.