Lend a Hand: Holiday season kickoff
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Brighter Christmas begins season

A weekend fundraiser and a volunteer orientation will get the Brighter Christmas season up to full speed.

Carly Abercrombie, youngest daughter of Steve Abercrombie, will sign “The World According to Carly” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3150 W. Naglee Road.

Abercrombie, the director of the local nonprofit, compiled the self-published book from his daughter’s sayings.

All proceeds from book sales will help Brighter Christmas buy toys and food for local families.

Volunteers should attend an orientation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 105 of the Tracy Transit Station, at Sixth Street and Central Avenue.

Individuals and families can sign up to help with the local charity’s Angel Tree, barrel distribution, food and toy sorting and other activities.

Families who wish to receive food and gifts can apply Nov. 16 and 17 at Tracy Community Center. Details are on the Brighter Christmas website.

For information: Steve Abercrombie, officerabs@yahoo.com; or Tracy Brighter Christmas, 833-3309 or www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

Children’s coat drive continues

Residents can contribute to a coat drive for local children that began Thursday, Nov. 1, sponsored by Tracy African American Association.

Warm coats for children and teenagers of all ages and sizes, either new or in good condition, can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays at T&J Educational Supplies for Early Learners, 320 W. 11th St.

The coat drive ends Nov. 16.

Tracy African American Association members will deliver coats Nov. 17 and 18 to families living in predetermined low-income areas of the city.

For information: www.taaa.net

Nonprofit collects toys for holiday gifts

Tracy resident Pat Jones hopes to inspire local residents to donate small stuffed animals for care packages for members of the U.S. military.

As gifting chairwoman for a nonprofit called Good News Bears, Jones needs to collect 2,500 Beanie Baby-style toys by mid-November.

Good News Bears gives stuffed toys to groups throughout the region, including Military Moms of Tracy, McHenry House Family Shelter, VBR Foster Family Agency and other Tracy organizations.

According to Jones, the nonprofit has given out more than 100,000 stuffed animals since 1996.

Those who wish to contribute can email or call about where to drop off donations.

For information: Pat Jones, 914-2116 or pajones61@comcast.net

Wreath fundraiser supports tutoring group

Give Every Child a Chance, a tutoring and mentoring program that helps students at some Tracy elementary schools, is raising money through wreath sales this holiday season.

Proceeds from purchases of wreaths until Nov. 19 will support one-on-one tutoring for Tracy children.

Wreaths are shipped by UPS, and prices and styles vary.

For information: Karen Abler, 832-4481; or www.gecactracy.org.

• Lend a Hand runs in Our Town whenever someone is looking for volunteers or has a need for donations in Tracy. Send your plea to Our Town at tpourtown@tracypress.com.

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