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Firefighters Ask Community to Help “Fill The Boots”

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Group of Firefighters Hold Up Their Boots
Collectors hold up their firefighter boots in which they collect donations.
Photo courtesy of the Firefighters Burn Institute

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - It’s that time of year again to be prepared to give coins and cash to firefighters collecting donations to help burn victims.

Firefighters from many of the fire departments serving Sacramento and surrounding communities will support the Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) in their annual “Fill the Boot for Burns,” Boot Drive in February. This year’s Boot Drive will once again be held President’s Day weekend from February 12th through February 15th at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. at Greenback Ln. at the Sunrise Mall and Sunrise MarketPlace.

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Community Donates 96 Baby Baskets for New Moms

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Basket Filled With Baby Clothes and Useful Things For New Moms
The Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive raised funding for 96 baskets in December, which will be given to new moms throughout 2015.
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community members donated $4,800 in December to provide 96 local pregnant women with baby baskets, thanks to the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive. The baskets are filled with needed items including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers, and more, and are given to every Sacramento Life Center patient after the baby’s birth. Donors also gave new items to add to the 1,000 baskets the Sacramento Life Center will give in 2015. Monetary donations and new items for baby baskets are accepted year-round. For more information, visit www.saclife.org.

“Our patients may come in for a pregnancy test, but they leave with strong support systems and resources,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “We want to encourage women and teen girls and their partners that they are capable of caring for a child, and we understand the hurdles that they often face, sometimes as simple as wondering if they will be able to afford diapers. These baby baskets give new moms a boost of confidence and needed supplies.”

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Smiling Girl Scout Offers Boxes of Cookies
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California purchases its cookies from ABC Bakers, one of two licensed Girl Scout cookie bakers.

Girl Scouts About More Than Just Cookies

Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scout Cookie Season is underway and continues through March 22nd! But there’s more to Girl Scout Cookies than what’s in the box—Girl Scouts is about the essential skills a girl gains from interacting with customers and the experience of running her own cookie business and working with others. New this year, Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online through Digital Cookie, adding new skills to the program like online marketing and e-commerce.

From its earliest beginnings in 1917 to its current popularity, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. Cookie earnings help pay for the leadership activities and field trips Girl Scouts do all year long. Plus, the cookie program benefits more than just the girls selling them. With their earnings, Girl Scouts fund important community projects at the local level. When you buy Girl Scout cookies in your neighborhood, you are keeping your dollars in the community.

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At a Previous Event Brave Men March in Fashionable Shoes
WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.
Photos courtesy of Tia Gemmell

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Walking in someone’s shoes is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you’re a man marching in women’s high heels. That’s exactly what 620 men did last spring to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault at WEAVE’s 2014 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. Through sponsorships, they raised over $237,000 to fund many programs the organization provides to victims of abuse.

WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.

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Food for Families Raises Almost Three Million Pounds of Food in Holiday Donation Campaign

Posted: 1/16/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thanks to the generosity of Raley’s customers, employees, and community partners, Raley’s Food for Families annual Holiday Bag Campaign surpassed its goal by nearly 50%, raising 2.9 million pounds of food in Northern California and Northern Nevada in 2014. The total, raised from November 7th through December 31st, is among the highest in recent years and set a new bar for 2015.

“This year was one of our best Holiday Bag Campaigns ever,” said Jennifer Teel-Wolter, executive director of Food for Families. “Not only did we raise nearly three million pounds of food for those in need, we also did it by providing fresh and healthy options to our food banks. We’re thrilled to see how the community supported this effort and we’re so grateful to everyone who participated.”

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/18/2014

Nicole Pesco and Lisa Culp
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.

“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”

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Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

Dozens of Volunteers Paint the Holiday Bus
Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party. More than 100 people used a paint-by-numbers technique to bring the decorative bus to life.
Photos by Rick Sloan and Michael Young

By Michael Young,
RT Marketing Representative
Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party.

Colored lights and holiday decorations adorn the workshop and surround a 40-foot bus wrapped in white vinyl and marked with outlines of lights, candy canes, and other fanciful creations of the season in preparation for the annual gathering.

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A Brightly Lit Christmas Tree Surrounded by Presents
A Christmas tree decorated by A Community For Peace is surrounded by all the beautiful gifts waiting to be unwrapped.
Photos courtesy of Elaine Whitehead

Earth Angels Bring Hope to Kids

Citrus Heights Women’s Club Supports A Community For Peace

By Elaine Whitefeather
Executive Director, A Community For Peace
Posted: 12/18/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - ‘Twas months before Christmas and all through the year, Earth Angels planned meetings and fundraisers and gatherings galore to raise enough funds for some special kids whom many ignore.

Earth Angels buy brand new bicycles and tricycles, skateboards, and more: dolls, stuffed animals, and puzzles to solve; trucks, footballs, soccer balls, and games of all sorts. All of these blessings are delivered for a party, and these angels, mothers themselves, have understanding and wisdom and some experiences shared.

As mothers, they know just how much these mommies must bear, thinking they’ll have nothing to share or will be unable to give their children the joy of a Christmas without fear. They lighten mothers’ hearts, giving each woman the joy of wrapping every bear, every doll, every toy, and the most important gift of all—the joy of their children’s smiles and a day to enjoy.

These Earth angels, some young and some old, are prayers answered as the story is told by one weeping mother, and another, and another. For each woman has travelled a long, hard path out of darkness and fear with just courage and hope to guide them here.

Now these angels will help keep the mommies encouraged to carry on the journey for their kids’ sake without fear.

So at the A Community For Peace (ACFP) special holiday party at the end of the year, these angels and the mothers and children will share the blessings of giving, of receiving, of hope, of faith, and of kindness wrapped up in LOVE—for this is the service of the Citrus Heights Women’s Club (CHWC).

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Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014


Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 12/4/2014


Headstone Mystery Finally Solved

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 11/20/2014


Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen

Posted: 11/20/2014


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