By Laurelle Walsh
Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides assistance to local families in need of a little help shopping for gifts or getting Christmas dinner on the table through two programs: holiday food baskets and the Manger Mall.
The group distributed holiday food baskets to 126 families last year, and is expecting to add another 20 to the list this season, according to organizer Jennifer Elden.
Families may register to receive a holiday food basket at The Cove on the following Thursdays: Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.
Food baskets will be delivered to recipients’ homes on Dec. 20.
Manger Mall allows parents to select and purchase new, donated gifts for their children for $1, and receive a soft item — like a fleece blanket or pillow — for free.
Dec. 5 is the deadline to register for Manger Mall, which takes place on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Twisp Valley Grange. Pre-registration is required, and forms are available at school offices, Room One and The Cove.
Non-perishable foods will be collected starting this week at all Methow Valley schools and at Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp and Evergreen IGA in Winthrop.
Donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children ages infant to 18 can be delivered to the Carlton and Mazama stores, Ulrich’s Pharmacy, North Cascades Bank, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar and Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a program of The Cove, is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that has provided assistance to Methow Valley families for over 35 years. Monetary donations can be made at North Cascades Bank, or at www.thecovecares.com.
Call Jennifer Elden at 996-4343 to volunteer, or for more information.