Volunteers are springing into action

As the tide turns toward the beginning of the holiday season, the goodness in people’s hearts truly begins to show.

Local volunteers, both young and old, are an inspiration as they spring into action. They coordinate food and toy drives, prepare hot meals for people in the community, put together gift baskets, collect jackets, hats and mittens, and raise money to benefit those in need. All of these efforts are done on both large and small scales, from a penny drive to events like Stuff the Bus that generates thousands of pounds of donated food each and every year.

The great part about all of these efforts is that they allow each and every one of us to give what we can, because even the smallest contribution has the capacity to help someone in need.

A few local opportunities include:

• Many downtown Camas business, including the Post-Record, are stocked with bright red plastic bins where donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off for the Camas-Washougal Fire Department’s CAROL Christmas food basket program.

• A.L. Insurance Group, Inc., on Northeast Fourth Avenue, is collecting donations of toys to benefit the Children’s Center in Vancouver.

• The Knights of Columbus is looking for donations of turkeys, pies and money as part of its Thanksgiving dinner program. Volunteer drivers are also needed to deliver the meals. For more information, contact Al Schmid at 835-5346.

• Gateway Church’s Run for the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day will benefit its food pantry program that has helped fill more than 600 Thanksgiving food boxes and 400 Christmas food boxes for local families in need during the past decade.

• The Camas-Washougal area’s major food drive is also underway. All schools in the Camas and Washougal school districts are now collecting for Stuff the Bus, which benefits the Children’s Home Society, Inter-Faith Treasure House, American Legion and the CAROL program. The annual event culminates on Friday, Dec. 6.

In the coming weeks, watch the pages of the Post-Record for more opportunities to give and receive. It’s what this holiday season is all about.