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Operation Helping Hand needs your help

Operation Helping Hand organizers report 297 families from Archuleta County have registered for assistance from the program this Christmas season.

A plea goes out to community members to assist with Project Empty Stocking. Stockings have been posted at both City Market locations and at the chamber of commerce. Each stocking requests a specific item that has been requested by a client of Operation Helping Hand. Even with the incredible participation from the community thus far, hundreds of stockings remain unfilled.

Requests are for items such as warm clothing, coats, socks, hats, gloves, blankets and toys.

Please assist Operation Helping Hand in aiding those less fortunate by purchasing one of these, then wrapping and attaching the stocking to it so the gift will be delivered to the correct individual or family. Take your gift to one of the drop off locations listed on the back of the paper stocking by Tuesday, Dec. 15.

If you don’t have time to shop, but would like to assist in purchasing toys, clothing and household items, you can make monetary donations to Operation Helping Hand and deposited to account no. 6240417424 at Wells Fargo Bank, or account no. 20014379 at Bank of the San Juans. You may also mail donations to Operation Helping Hand, P.O. Box 1083, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Christmas Food Boxes

It is the goal of Operation Helping Hand to provide ingredients for Christmas dinner, along with additional food to help families during this difficult economic time.

Food donations are accepted at both City Market locations. Look for donation containers near the entrances of the stores. Nonperishable food items are gratefully accepted to use in preparation of food boxes. Choose to donate foods that your own family would enjoy at the holiday season. We suggest stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables and fruit or gelatin.

To assist in purchasing perishable items, monetary donations can be made to Operation Helping Hand and deposited to account no. 6240417424 at Wells Fargo Bank, or account no. 20014379 at Bank of the San Juans. Donations may also be mailed to Operation Helping Hand, P.O. Box 1083, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

You may also purchase a City Market gift card and mail to Operation Helping Hand at P.O. Box 1083, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or drop it at the front desk at The Pagosa Springs SUN.

Something Old,

Something New

Each year, a highlight of Operation Helping Hand is the Something Old, Something New project. Used, but still usable items are collected, sorted and made ready for Operation Helping Hand clients. When they arrive to receive their gifts and food, they are given an opportunity to peruse the donated items to select items their family can use.

Donations of used clothing and household items are welcomed by organizers and greatly appreciated by recipients. These items should be brought to one of the following drop off locations: Jann Pitcher Real Estate located on Put Hill, Bank of the San Juans on Hot Springs Boulevard, or either First Southwest Bank location by Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Questions about Operation Helping Hand may be directed to the message line, 731-3735. A volunteer will return your call.

Civic organizations and church groups have united to avoid duplication of efforts, while ensuring accommodation of as many holiday season needs and wishes as possible. This is the 20th year for this organization to assist local seniors, adults and children with holiday needs including food, clothing and toys. Together we can make a difference in our community.