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CanTree Breakfast fights hunger for the holidays
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Local Realtors Shelly and Robert Bell get into the holiday spirit at the 2014 CanTree Breakfast event. - photo by Photo Contributed

For 34 years, the Central Valley Association of Realtors has sponsored an event that not only spreads holiday cheer but raises thousands of dollars for food baskets that go to families and seniors in need during the Christmas season.

In cooperation with Turlock Together, The Salvation Army and other community organizations, more than 2,000 baskets are distributed throughout the areas of Turlock, Denair, Delhi, Hilmar and Stevinson.


“It’s such a great event for the community,” said Shelly Bell, president of CVAR Turlock council. “The breakfast is a time for people to have a good time and donate to a good cause.”


The CVAR is organized by local Realtors and affiliates, however, many organizations and individuals contribute to its success through donations of food, money, goods, services and the auction that is held at the breakfast.


“We are really in need of donations for the auction and raffle,” said Lloyd Blackman, CVAR council member, “anything helps.”


The annual Turlock CanTree Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Turlock War Memorial. Pancakes, eggs, ham and juice is served for a $5 donation.


The CVAR hosts a CanTree breakfast in Modesto and Oakdale as well, and Melissa Staley, chairman of the Modesto event, urges the communities to get involved and donate.


“This cause is very dear to my heart and it’s just such a wonderful thing,” she said. “It doesn’t matter the amount you donate, everyone comes together and is able to raise enough money to buy canned goods and non perishables for low-income families and seniors. It’s just such a generous event.”


The Modesto CanTree breakfast will be held Dec. 9 and the following day Oakdale will have their breakfast.


“All of these events go hand in hand,” said Staley. “Attend your local event, attend them all if you can. This great cause renews our hope in people.”


To purchase a ticket or donate to the CanTree breakfast, visit


“All proceeds, every dime, goes into the purchase of food for those in need,” said Blackman. “This volunteer event is truly something special.”