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Christmas gifts needed

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals and groups to adopt families for Christmas. Participants purchase gifts, or gifts and food, for the family’s Christmas celebration.

Deadline for gifts to be dropped off at the Salvation Army for distribution is Dec. 17. A total of 187 families need help for the holidays – To adopt a family, contact RaeAnne at the Salvation Army, 541-296-6417, by Dec. 15.

The Salvation Army is also organizing the 2015 “Tree of Giving” program, which also provides gifts for children. Each Tree of Giving is hung with tags naming a person in need and listing gift suggestions on the back.

Sponsor locations include Washington Federal, 115 E. 4th St., Cascade Eye Center, 301 Cherry Heights Rd., Columbia State Bank, 316 E. 3rd St., Grocery Outlet, 1300 W. 6th St., Hatenhauer Distributing, 201 W. 1st St., Hire Electric, 2700 W. 2nd St., Mid Columbia Medical Center, 1815 E. 19th St., Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., Mid Columbia Vision, 415 Washington St., Denny’s Restaurant, 1710 W. 6th St., Rivermark Community Credit Union, 1240 W. 6th ST., Shari’s Restaurant, 503 Mt. Hood St., Spooky’s Restaurant, 3320 W. 6th St., St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1222 W. 10th St., The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 623 E. 3rd St., Wasco County Court, 511 Washington St. and First Community Credit Union, 701 Hostetler Way.

Last year, the “Tree of Giving” helped almost 600 children receive gifts for the holidays. To help, find a tag at one of the sponsoring locations, purchase a gift for that individual using the suggestions listed on the back of the tag, and return tag and unwrapped gift by Dec. 18 to any of the sponsoring locations or The Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd St.

For more information on the Tree of Giving, or on how to adopt a family for Christmas, contact RaeAnne, 541-296-6417.

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