Turkeys and stuffing

On Nov. 22 and 23, the volunteers of Colton Aid Network (CAN) put together Thanksgiving food baskets for 17 families. The boxes were filled with turkey, milk, eggs, bread, bananas, apples, potatoes, celery, carrots and more.

Colton High School and Canyon Creek Bible Fellowship held food drives and brought in enough packaged goods to add soup, stuffing, canned meats, cereal, canned vegetables, pasta and rice to the CINDY FAMA - Left to right: Kelly Stephens, Nicole Ogden and Amanda Ogden help fill boxes with food for a Thanksgiving meal as part of Colton Aid Network's charitable outreach.

CAN would like to thank the following volunteers for their help packing, sorting and moving the food boxes: Michele Chapman, Paul Bell, Carl and Kelly Stephens, Amanda and Nicole Ogden, Gary Benthin, Connie and Scott Wheeler, Valarie Bretz, Cindy Fama and Kyle Powell.

CAN treasurer, Kelly Stephens, said that they spent more on Thanksgiving than they brought in, but because of careful planning last year, the generosity of the proceeds from Double R Tree Farm—we wouldn’t have the kind of food boxes we have without them—and the money raised by the Colton Community Christmas CD, they were able to provide Thanksgiving dinner and a little extra.

Pastor Eric Cline said the 2013 CD is on the way and Double R Tree Farm, just off 211 on Elwood Road, is open every weekend for tree sales benefiting CAN.

Christmas donations

“At Christmas we have more families with needs, usually twice as many. Food, gifts and monetary donations are important to help us cover these requests,” said Geri Fraijo, Colton Aid Network (CAN) president.

CAN puts together “Gift of Giving” tags for children in the Colton community who would go without a gift this holiday season. You can pick up a tag at the Coltontel business office or at the Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Anyone can drop off a toy without a tag at Coltontel, 20983 S. Highway 21 or Colton Fire Department, 20987 S. Highway 211. Last year, the group had many more children added to its list the day before delivery was to be made.

“Most people, when they think of donating toys, think in that 1- to 8-year-old group, so we wind up short of gifts on the higher end, the preteens and teens — those are items we are always short of,” Fraijo said.

Colton Elementary School is having a packaged food drive. The Scouts will be going door to door asking for donations, and both Colton Fire and Coltontel will be accepting food, gifts and monetary donations for the seasonal charity, and Double R Tree Farm will be selling trees for CAN.

New board member to be chosen

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the board of directors of Colton School District will be interviewing the four candidates for the open board position. The interview process is open special session and will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the district office, 30429 S. Grays Hill Road.

Each of the four applicants (Lori Bell, Tim Behrens, Lynn Skinner and Sarah Ford) will be interviewed separately, and the decision is slated to be made at the end of the process.

Bring in the season

Coltontel is hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the green space beside the business office, 20983 S. Highway 211.

The family fun night offers music, goodies, prizes and a special visitor. Don’t forget to bring your member postcard.

Come one, come all

Colton Community Church is hosting a community Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The invitation says: “We have outgrown our church and will be using the Colton-Foothills Grange, 20237 S. Highway 211. Let’s fill it to the rafters.”

Christmas tree lot

Colton FFA Alumni and Friends will have Christmas trees available at the Colton Garage—next to the Chop Shop—21088 S. Highway 211. The trees are free, but donations will be gladly accepted to help send Colton FFA members to the state FFA convention in March.

The lot will be open Saturdays and Sunday starting on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trees can be picked up at other times and donations left in the drop box on the west end of the building.

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