How you can help during the holidays

GIVE BOOKS TO CHILDREN: New and gently used books are being collected for children until Dec. 12 in the Ashland library's Children's Department, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. These books will be given to children in Ashland Head Start programs and other programs serving preschoolers. For more information, call 541-774-6995 or visit

GIVE THE TROOPS A DVD: Charter Media, History and Connecting Point (along with other local businesses) are partnering to collect DVDs to send to U.S. troops overseas. Children's titles are also welcome and will be distributed to the troops' families in the U.S. A collection box is available inside Connecting Point, at 545 Stevens St., Medford.

GIVE A TOY TO A CHILD: Court-Appointed Special Advocates is hosting its annual Giving Trees at locations throughout Jackson County through Dec. 9 to benefit abused and neglected children. Pick up a CASA ornament, which lists the items a child needs, then return with an unwrapped gift with the ornament attached. You can either place the gift back under the tree or drop it off at CASA's office at 613 Market St., Medford.

CASA Giving Trees can be found at Medford Builder's Exchange, Dogs for the Deaf, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Lithia Nissan, Lithia Honda, Harry & David Country Village, La Strada Boutique, SOU's Athletic Department, Medford library, Lithia corporate offices, Salon Avalon, Thai Bistro, Home Federal Bank, Santo Community Center, Skylark Assisted Living and 19 Dutch Bros. locations.

For more information, please contact Daria Land at 541-842-4077 or visit

TAKE A SCAN: Grocery customers can support hunger-relief efforts in Jackson County with the "Take a Scan Against Hunger" campaign.

At participating stores, customers pull off a $1, $5 or $10 bar-coded coupon from the display rack and present it to the cashier. The coupons are scanned and the amount is added to the customer's bill. Coupons may be reused.

The grocery stores send 100 percent of the donated money to ACCESS Inc., where it helps support 24 emergency food pantries.

FILL A SHOEBOX: Since 1988, Girl Scouts in Southern Oregon have provided shoeboxes filled with gifts for children during the holiday season. Last year, girls filled 838 shoeboxes for donation to local organizations such as Community Works, Head Start, LISTO, Northwest Seasonal Farm Workers and the White City sheriff's substation.

Needed are donations of small gifts, hygiene items, hats, gloves and school supplies for children ages infant to 17 years. Donations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Girls Scouts' Medford Service Center, 2001 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. For additional information, contact Vicki Risner, Girl Scout volunteer, at 541-261-6893 or

ADOPT A FAMILY: Community Works hopes to provide a cheerful holiday for 60 families this year through its Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays program. Participants will receive information about a family in need and its wish list. They can either shop for the family themselves or make a donation and have Community Works staff do the shopping. Contact Misha Hernandez at 541-779-2393, ext. 228.

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