Thanksgiving is a holiday based on being thankful for what we have. But for many, that may not be much. So several north state residents are taking it into their own hands, to do what they can to help others less fortunate, this holiday season. Feather River Hospital Head Chef Travis Perez says, "It's really our own community taking care of our own community."
Roughly 30 volunteers gathered at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise Friday, for the sixth annual Gift of Giving Campaign. 264 boxes were packed, with everything needed for a Thanksgiving feast. And most of the donations for the food packaged, came from hospital employees. "We care about our co-workers, we care about out families, and also all the families on the ridge in need. We just like to give," Perez says.
Another giving group is the staff at Century 21 in Chico. They are participating in three charitable campaigns this season: the blue santa program, that gathers toys for children at the Esplanade House, 'Tis the Season' canned food drive for the Salvation Army, and 'Socks and Sundries' for the Jesus Center.. Hoping that they can help all those in need this holiday season. Century 21 Realtor Anita Miller says, "With economics the way they are right now, we are really dedicated to giving back to the community and to help those in need."
Although some organizations are over flowing with the amount of donations coming in, others like the Salvation Army are still in need. And they need a lot of help by next week's Thanksgiving dinner. Chico Salvation Army Director Capt. Darren Stratton says, "Our cupboards are bare for thanksgiving. We have a huge need. We are preparing to serve approximately 450 meals." And right now, the donations they have will only feed about 15 people.
They're asking for any Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.. So they can once again serve the Chico community with a meal on Thanksgiving.
Donations for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving feast are needed by next Wednesday at the latest. If you have anything to donate, take it to the pantry on 16th and Laurel Street, Monday or Tuesday, between 9am and 4pm.