Extend a helping hand to someone in need

Operation Helping Hand will join with the Rotary Club to distribute winter clothing at the fairgrounds Extension Building from 3-5 p.m. tomorrow.

For Archuleta County’s less fortunate citizens, more help is on the way.

According to Operation Helping Hand organizers over 200 families have registered for assistance from the program.

The deadline for applying for help is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Application forms are available at the Human Services office at Town Hall on Hot Springs Boulevard.

Something Old, Something New

Program organizers, who help coordinate the charitable work of area civic clubs, churches, businesses and organizations, say they are getting numerous requests for used furniture, blankets, pots and pans, dishes, silverware and electric blankets. These items, which organizers say can be “used, but still usable,” should be brought to one of the following drop-off locations: Jann Pitcher Real Estate, located on Put Hill, Bank of the San Juans on Hot Springs Boulevard or either 1st Southwest Bank by Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Toy Outreach

This branch of Operation Helping Hand provides an opportunity for children to get involved in the program.

Parents may help their children select for donation a toy or toys they no longer use, but which are still in good condition. Used bikes, PlayStations, stereos and CD players are especially high on the wish lists of many young people. These items should be brought to one of the above drop off locations by Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Project Empty Stocking

Volunteers have posted requested items on paper stockings at both City Markets. These requests range from socks and underwear to snow boots, pants, coats and toys. To fill one of these requests, remove a stocking from the board in City Market, then purchase and wrap your gift, attaching the stocking to your package so the gift will be delivered to the correct individual or family. Take your gift to one of the above drop-off locations by Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Snowflake Program

Volunteers at Community United Methodist Church are participating by assisting families with their holiday needs in cooperation with Operation Helping Hand.

Bucks for Bikes

Each year the Pagosa Springs Area Association of REALTORS® teams up with Operation Helping Hand to sponsor the Bucks for Bikes program. This program solicits donations to buy new bicycles for children and youth in our community who are less fortunate and then distributes them in coordination with Operation Helping Hand.

Bucks for Bikes needs donations to help these dreams come true in Archuleta County. The goal this year is to raise at least $3,000. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Pagosa Springs Area Association of REALTORS®, 190 Talisman Drive No. D-5, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Checks should be made payable to Bucks for Bikes. The donation deadline is Friday, Nov. 21.

For more information, call Lonnie Patison at 731-1370 or Jan Santopietro at 731-4015.

Library “Giving Tree”

The Giving Tree is up at the Sisson Library, so stop by and donate a book to a child or young adult. Your contribution and sponsorship of a book or money for purchase a book for a child who may not otherwise own one, can be an important factor in the literacy of that child. When given a book, a child is receiving a world of possibilities. Come to Sisson Library to sponsor an ornament from the “Giving Tree.”

Christmas food boxes

Food donations are always needed for Christmas dinners. It is the goal of Operation Helping Hand volunteers to provide the ingredients for a holiday dinner to those who otherwise would go without this holiday season. Nonperishable items may be brought to one of the above drop-off locations by Tuesday, Dec. 16.

You can also help by purchasing a City Market gift certificate and bringing it to The Pagosa Springs SUN or mailing it to Operation Helping Hand, P.O. Box 1083, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. These certificates will be used to purchase turkeys and other perishable items.

Other components of the Operation Helping Hand Program will be outlined in upcoming weeks in The SUN.

Civic organizations and church groups have united to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure as many holiday season needs and wishes as possible can be accommodated.

Questions about Operation Helping Hand may be directed to the message line, 731-3735. A volunteer will return your call, if necessary.

Monetary donations can be made to Operation Helping Hand and deposited to account no. 6240417424 at Wells Fargo Bank or account no. 20014379 at Bank of the San Juans. Donations may also be mailed to Operation Helping Hand, P.O. Box 1083, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.