Takin’ Care of Business 11-17-2022

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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

November 23, 2022

Cambria Celebrates the Holidays and Hospitality 

The Cambria Chamber of Commerce wants to help young children celebrate the holidays.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Toys for Tots. The Cambria Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the organizations to bring joy to local children. 

They welcome your donation of new, unwrapped gifts at the Chamber office at 767 Main Street on weekdays. 

But wait, there is so much more. 

The Cambria Chamber of Commerce’s Hospitality Night takes place Monday, December 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

They are having Decorating Contest. – The contest starts on Nov 25th (Black Friday) and runs through Hospitality Night in the case of the Popular Votes. Bev Praver, the Town Crier, will announce the event and the judged winners at the chamber building

As usual businesses can have music, giveaways, or whatever they decide in the shop. Let the Chamber know what you’re planning, so they can promote it on their website and social media.

There will be music around town as well as a “drive through” of some historic vehicles; Santa and hot dogs at the Chamber offices in the West Village, and Santa will also be at the Historical Society. The fun doesn’t end there, 4-H will be at the Pacific Premier Bank parking lot with animals and a training exhibition, and there will be a dog parade as well.  

Dogs and their humans should meet at Pacific Premier Bank after 4 p.m. The procession is in the East Village at 4:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.       

Go to www.cambriachamber.org, for all the details or contact the chamber at 805.927.3624.

Toy Drive for Los Osos

Jennifer Doyle, a realtor with C21 Hometown Realty, has put together a toy drive for the community of Los Osos. All new unwrapped toys can be donated at any of the following locations: C21 Hometown at 1054 Los Osos Valley Rd., Central Coast Kenpo Karate at 1034 Los Osos Valley Rd., Kiwanis Club, or South Bay Community Center at 2180 Palisades Ave. They can also be picked up by calling Jennifer at 805-801-0215.

If you or someone you know would like to benefit from the drive, let Jennifer know.

Toys will be handed out Dec. 23. Call the above number for more information.

Volunteers needed to ring in the season

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bells at numerous Red Kettle locations around San Luis Obispo County this holiday season, Nov. 26 through Dec. 23.

Volunteers are not required to solicit donations – just ring the bell and greet passersby with a smile. Shifts are normally two hours.

Volunteering as bell-ringers can be a great holiday project for service organizations, youth groups or even a group of friends, Salvation Army officials say. A group of volunteers can adopt a site for several hours or an entire day. There is no age limit, but kids and teens must be supervised by an adult.

The annual Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s most important fundraising event of the year. And this year, demand is particularly high. With the cost of food and shelter skyrocketing, the organization is being called on to assist even more families in need.

All donations go to help families and individuals in San Luis Obispo County. To sign up for a time and a location near you, call (323) 316-7097.

Want To Be a Santa?

Home Instead’s Be a Santa to a Senior program kicks off in SLO County where community members can give a special holiday gift to an older adult who may otherwise go without.    

“A simple gift can bring such joy to older adults who may not have loved ones to celebrate with,” said Matt Galbraith, owner of the Grover Beach Home Instead office. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help them feel the holiday spirit.”  

This year program coordinators hope to collect gifts for 200 local older adults.  

To participate, shoppers can look for Be a Santa to a Senior trees or displays at locations around the area. Ornaments featuring the name and desired gift of an older adult will be on display, and shoppers can buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped or in a gift bag to the location with the ornament attached. Ornaments will be available through Dec. 8. The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.  

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations: 

SLO Smiles – 878 Walnut St. in San Luis Obispo 

Home Instead – 180 N. 9th St. in Grover Beach 

Carlock’s Bakery – 1024 Los Osos Valley Road in Los Osos  

For more information visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 805-473-5781. 

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