As cold weather settles in and the holidays approach, there are ways to provide help where it is needed. Here’s a list of opportunites to help in Rancho Murieta:
Toy and Food Drive
Bins are in place until Dec. 16 at the Rancho Murieta Association Building to collect non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Elk Grove School District Healthy Start Program.
Family Shelter Blanket Drive
Rancho Murieta 12-year-old Joseph Allman is heading the Next Move’s Family Shelter Blanket Drive here, continuing efforts to help needy families that began when he was a student at Cosumnes River Elementary School and conducted a drive for toiletries and other necessities.
The goal is to collect 200 gently used or new standard-size blankets by Dec. 5. A drop-off box is located in the lobby of the Rancho Murieta Association Building.
Next Move operates shelter programs that serve Sacramento area families with children and single women. The blanket drive benefits participants in Next Move’s emergency shelter Winter Solutions program.
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
The 4th annual Turkey Trot takes place 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Stonehouse Park. The recommended donation to participate in the run is $5, with all donations going to the Fisher House Foundation. Family flag football is scheduled immediately after the run.
The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low cost accommodations to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
Sheriff’s Department VIPS collect toys
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Volunteers In Partnership with the Sheriff are collecting new unwrapped toys until Dec. 5 to be given to low-income families in south Sacramento County. Donations can be dropped off at the James L. Noller Safety Center, 15160 Jackson Road, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 354-8509 to make special pick-up arrangements.
Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has dropped off toy collection boxes in Murieta Village and other locations as part of its annual effort to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to less fortunate children in the community.
The annual Coat Dinner takes place Dec. 12 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. The price of admission for a chili dinner a clean, gently used or new jacket, coat, sleeping bag or blanket. According to organizers, this year’s donations will go to the needy in Weed, Ore., where 100 homes were lost in a wildfire. The event begins at 6 p.m. with no-host cocktails.