As the holidays near, momentum is building for two Neighbors Helping programs that provide assistance to local families in need of a little help shopping for gifts or getting Christmas dinner on the table: holiday food baskets and the Manger Mall.
Last year, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, in conjunction with the Methow Valley Manger Mall, provided gifts for more than 225 children and holiday food baskets for some 140 families and individuals.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors also funded The Cove’s aid and assistance program, which provides people emergency, short-term financial assistance with rent, utilities and more. In 2014, this program helped 180 households.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is now collecting non-perishable food items at all local schools as well as Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp, Evergreen IGA in Winthrop, and the Mazama and Carlton stores.
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.
New, unwrapped gifts for children ages infant to 18 can be delivered to North Cascades Bank in Twisp, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar in Twisp, and Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness.
The final registration day for Manger Mall will be at The Cove from 1 – 4 p.m. on Dec. 3, or pick up registration forms at any Methow Valley school and return them by Dec. 4. Manger Mall will be held in mid-December at the Twisp Valley Grange.
Holiday food basket registration will take place at The Cove on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. Holiday food baskets will be delivered on Dec. 19.
Cash donations can be made through North Cascades Bank, or at www.thecovecares.com. If you are interested in volunteering to sort food donations or to pack holiday food baskets, contact Pearl Ramcke at 996-8129. Questions about Neighbors Helping Neighbors can be directed to Jennifer Elden at 996-4343. For information about the Manger Mall, call Wendy Braden (206) 999-1898.