Still time to help for the holidays
There are still several opportunities to help others for the holidays, or attend Christmas activities and benefits.
Columbia Bank is holding a Warm Hearts campaign to collect hats, gloves and coats to benefit families at MountainStar Relief Nursery. Take donations to the bank.
Boxes have been placed at area banks and Bi-Mart to collect new, unwrapped toys for Operation Rudolph, which delivers gifts to 400 needy children.
The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a Christmas Eve luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 24, at the Jefferson County Senior Center for veterans and their families. Bring a side dish or a dessert. There will be a Christmas tree raffle for a decorated tree.
The Madras Elks Lodge will hold its annual free Children's Christmas Party at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, for kids ages 1 to 10 years, with gifts, cookies, punch, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa.
Jesse and Lupe Rodriguez and family are holding their 17th annual Farm Workers Toy Drive this year. The toys will be given away to children at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 22, at the Rodriguez home, by Santa and Mrs. Claus, at 451 SW J St., Madras.
The annual Freeze Your Fanny run and fundraiser for MountainStar Relief Nursery in Madras will be held Dec. 30, at the Madras Aquatic Center. Registration is at 9 a.m., $30 singles, $60 per team, includes run, a hat and chili feed.