Every December, the Livingston United Methodist Church brings in hundreds of community members and volunteers for its annual Mochitsuki ceremony, a Japanese New Year's tradition that requires many hours of physical labor for the pounding of rice cakes.
Recent farming trends showcase the public interest in a "farm to table" approach, which promotes a transparent process of food handling for the consumer, but this movement has reached beyond the individual consumer as farmers have developed relationships with larger operations such as food banks to provide those in need with the same healthy advantages.
Staff Sergeant Brian Bischoff, along with two other soldiers and their wives from the Army Recruitment Center in Modesto visited each of the Children's Crisis Center's five sites on Friday, handing out gifts to the children and spending time getting to know them. The children were very excited to see the soldiers and had lots of questions for them. When they arrived at Verda's House in Turlock, which was their first visit of the day, one 2-year-old girl present immediately ran to one of the soldiers and gave him a big hug!
The holiday season can be difficult for many families struggling with the grief of losing a loved one. Fortunately, Jessica's House – a branch of Emanuel Medical Center dedicated to providing grief support for children and teens – has made continual efforts to bring Christmas cheer to the children participating in the program.
The holiday spirit was evident at the recent Festival of Trees gala and auction, which raised an astounding $323,624. Every dollar goes to support local hospice services and Jessica's House, a grief support program for children and teens.
December 19, 2013|
Recycling is a great way to earn some extra cash on the side, but when the proceeds go towards others in the community the benefits of giving outweigh the dollars earned. Steven Shamgochian of Turlock Junior High School experienced this first hand as he has spent the past year recycling, ultimately raising over $2,000 and using the proceeds to purchase items to donate to fellow schoolmates.