Monday, August 13, 2012

Christmas in August? MV Friendly Neighbors

Submitted By Etta Gross, Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors

Christmas already???  Well, the Friendly Neighbors Club is starting early this year.  Last year the families that needed help at Christmas time broke the record for more than 20 years.  The community helped over 138 families last year.  This year we want to be prepared for even more families since our economy has not improved.  One of the Christmas Baskets goals is to help OUR local (Meadow Vista Christian Valley, Clipper Gap, Applegate and Weimar) families in need with enough food to last for the two week Christmas vacation from school and supply Christmas dinner.   This helps the families tremendously since many of these children won’t be able to receive lunch at school during those two weeks of vacation.  Cash donations are always greatly appreciated.  With cash donations we are able to purchase food from our county food bank at a huge discount since we are a 501(c) 3 organization.   Non-perishable canned foods are always gladly accepted and greatly appreciated!

  In the coming months we will need the community’s help with assembling the boxes of food.  Those notices will come out in September/October.  As in many past years, ornaments will be available in town that represent a local child in need to bring a little brightness to his/her Christmas.  Cash donations may be payable to TMVFNC (The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club) and mailed to P.O. Box 764, Meadow Vista, CA  95722.  Any questions or concerns please contact a Friendly Neighbor member or Etta Gross at (530) 637-5359.

 Save the date of the second Saturday in November for the Community Christmas Basket Program pancake breakfast.  All the proceeds go to the community Christmas Basket Program. It is a good way to come meet your neighbors and help your community at the same time.  More on this event will be announced soon! We thank all those that have donated generously to our community Christmas Basket Program and hope you will continue to support this project. Please remember your donations will stay within our local area of Meadow Vista, Clipper Gap, Christian Valley, Applegate and Weimar to help your neighbor at Christmas. 
The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club is a 501(c) 3 organization.  Please consult your tax advisor for verification on whether your donation is tax deductible.

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