Nov 14, 2014 8:18 PM by Cecile Juliette
It was a day of charity, based in the north state. "LIFT," or Live Inspired for Tomorrow was hosted by the Tehama County Community Action Agency. People in need can get free services of all kind, from birth certificates, free pet vaccinations, and even medical and dental care. Jeff Larkins recently moved to Tehama County from Southern California. He says, "I got a birth certificate. I'm going to look for a job." Larkins says he plans to volunteer at LIFT next year. Another woman who identifies herself only as "Shellie" says she is getting a free mani-pedi. She says, "It feels really good. I'm nine months pregnant, so I can't afford to do it myself." Amanda Sharp, who works for Community Action Agency of Tehama County, says this is her favorite day of the year. She says, "It takes us about four months to plan. Fifty different organizations serving people in need in Tehama County in one day."
Carrie Pine says she can't afford glasses on a fixed income, so she stopped in to pick up a free pair. Scott Spencer Thurston was hungry, and ate two meals. He was visibly moved by the event, and said he was very grateful. He said, "I feel lifted up in Tehama County...It's a great day." Tammy Jones volunteers as a dental hygienist at this event every year, and she's been hoping to find her father, who is homeless. This was her year. She recognized his blue eyes, and they sat and talked for an hour. The annual event depends on donations to make it possible. To find out how to help, log on to tehamacountycaa.org.