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We need lots of help and there are still volunteer slots unfilled for the Reindeer Run Race Day. We especially need Road Elves; this is basically a role of cheer leader and safety helper. We have stations along the route for pairs (or more) of volunteers to cheer on the runners, make sure folks are staying in their lane and being safe, and generally keeping the holiday spirits high and positive! It is a FUN job. If you or someone you know could help us out, please click on this link to sign up so we know you will be helping:
https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/NC/Pittsboro/ReindeerRun11th
Saturday, Dec. 3, 6:15-7:15 PM
St. Julia Catholic Church
210 Harold Hart Road, Siler City

Celebrate the season under the stars with live entertainment, a bilingual Christmas message, and luminaries lighting the way. This event is FREE, but luminaries can be purchased in advance for $10, in person or online. The parking lot opens at 6:15 pm. 100% of luminary sales is used for prescription drug purchases for our low income clients.

For more information, go to ChathamCares.com/Celebration-of-Lights. If you'd like to purchase luminaries in person, go to our office at 127 E Raleigh Street in Siler City. All luminary purchases after November 28 will be listed online online, rather than online and in the printed program.
Furniture - We need furniture for our furniture ministry to help homeless settle in housing. Here's a snapshot of what's needed. We have quite a few requests for furniture at this time.
Item Quantity Needed
TW Bed 2
Q Bed 9
F Bed 1
K Bed 0
TW Bedframe 2
Q Bedframe 9
F Bedframe 1
K Bedframe 0
TW Boxspring 2
Q Boxspring 9
F Boxspring 1
K Boxspring 0
Dresser 10
Kitchen setup (pots, pans, utensils, dishes) 8
Microwave 1
Toaster Oven 0
Blenders 0
Kitchen tables 4
Kitchen chair 18
Coffee table 5
Living Room Chair 10
Night stand/end table 12
Bed linen 16
Pillow 24
Towels 18
Rugs 1
Baby Bed 0
Washer 0
Dryer 1
Refrigerator 0
Lamp 18
Couch 4
Love Seat 1
Stove 2
Vacuum Cleaner 2

Contact Love Chatham to arrange for pickup of donations or learn where donations can be taken.

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Rock City Church will be providing holiday baskets for elderly residents of Chatham County. Please help with support by donating and volunteering.
Donations of healthy snacks, gift cards, hygiene products, hats, gloves, scarves, or a monetary donation will be welcomed.

Baskets will be packed on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chatham County Fairgrounds (191 MKJ Jr. Drive, Pittsboro, NC 27312). Baskets can be picked up and delivered by volunteers on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Chatham County Fairgrounds Winter WonderLand.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with packing, delivering the baskets or nominate an elderly person for a basket in the Chatham County area, please email the following information (name, address, telephone number) to RockCity.RockLife@gmail.com by Monday, December 12, 2022. The goal of this event is to bring joy and cheer to people who may feel alone, isolated, and forgotten this Holiday Season.
Thank you for being a generous CommUNITY partner.
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Tis the season to celebrate with Chatham County Parks and Recreation at the fourth annual Holiday in the Park. The evening will be packed full of fun, family friendly, free activities for the community to enjoy. Holiday in the Park will take place on Friday, December 9, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Northwest District Park located at 2413 Woody Store Road, Siler City, NC. This free event will include pictures with Santa, holiday themed crafts, letters to Santa station, warm drinks and cookies, a hayride around the pond, and more holiday fun. The event will kick off with the tree lighting near the pond at 5:15 p.m. For more information, please contact Mallory Peterson at the Parks and Recreation Department at 919-545-8553 or mallory.peterson@chathamcountync.gov. Information and updates will also be shared on Chatham County Parks and Recreation’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Dear Friend,

During ordinary times, too many families across Chatham County experience hunger and food insecurity. But these are not ordinary times. Inflation is draining wallets while household expenses continue to climb. It’s harder than ever to make ends meet. You can make a real difference for children, families, and seniors in our community who are facing hardships and experiencing hunger by making a gift to CORA.

Although we live in one of the wealthiest communities in North Carolina, there is an extraordinary disparity between those with wealth and those who live in poverty. Families are experiencing food insecurity in alarming numbers, and the lines at CORA continue to grow longer. Over the past three months, we have experienced a 20% increase in the number of people needing food assistance over the same period last year. CORA needs your support to ensure that we can support those confronting the difficult decision of buying food or paying bills.

CORA is also facing a convergence of crises. Not only are we serving more people, but they are also using our services more often. We are receiving requests to expand our programs to serve more children and seniors in our community. And we are experiencing the most significant rise in food costs in our history. We know that our community is resilient, and we invite you to join us in ensuring that individuals enduring food insecurity get the assistance they need.

Please help our neighbors facing hunger this holiday season and beyond by making a gift of $5, $50, $500, or more. You can give online at www.corafoodpantry.org. Your donation helps ensure that our critical programs continue to help families who rely on CORA to help them get through challenging times.

Our community has continuously demonstrated its care for others by feeding individuals and families facing hunger. This holiday season, we need your help! On behalf of all the families who visit CORA and receive the nutritious and healthy food they need. THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Melissa Driver Beard
Executive Director
Get into the holiday spirit Saturday, December 3, from 2-5 p.m. at MOSAIC in Pittsboro! This special holiday festival is a partnership between United Way and MOSAIC, and for a suggested donation United Way is offering photos with the Grinch for children and pets! This festival will also include a holiday vendor market, food trucks, hot cocoa and hot cider, a tree farm and handmade wreaths, a $100 MOSAIC gift card giveaway, and more! United Way has invited its partner agencies to participate, planning an activity for children at each of the tables. For more information, visit www.unitedwayofchathamcounty.org.
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of writing a grant including: learning different components of a grant, setting and maintaining grant cycles, identifying grant funding resources, and applying good storytelling to sell your proposal for a successful program.

That is why you should enroll in Introduction to Grant Writing at Central Carolina Community College.

Visit www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes (Creative Writing Category) to enroll in the next upcoming session.

For more information, please call Latoya Brower, Director - Operations & Staff Development at 919-718-7073, or email lbrower@cccc.edu.
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Chatham County Partnership for Children is looking for volunteers for the annual Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 10. Open volunteer positions can be found by navigating to the volunteer page of our race registration page (on the left side).
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Chatham Community Library is excited to announce its first-ever Teen Writing Contest. Local teens ages 12-18 are invited to submit a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry (max 3000 words) in response to one of the TAB-crafted writing prompts.

Submissions will be accepted from November 18 – December 18, 2022. Participants should email their submission to Kathleen Pierce, Youth Services Library Assistant and TAB advisor. TAB members will judge the submissions. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded gift cards to McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro.

Prizes for the Teen Writing Contest are sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.

For more information, visit the Chatham County Public Libraries website, or contact Youth Services at youth.services@chathamlibraries.org.
The Reindeer Run 5k is a long-standing community event in Pittsboro, NC.
With the Start and Finish located at Central Carolina Community College, the race takes you around campus and through the streets leading to downtown Pittsboro and then loops back for a USATF certified 5k course. This community event also offers Rudolph’s Fun Run for younger ages!
Register online or by mail. T-shirts guaranteed if registered by November 14th.

Proceeds from the Reindeer Run benefit health promotion through the Chatham County Partnership for Children’s Physical Activity Grant.

http://chathamkids.org/events/reindeer-run/
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Chatham County children ages birth until their 5th birthday can receive a new book in the mail each month at no cost to the family.
Learn more at www.chathamkids.org/families/imaginationlibrary/

CORA is asking for help to make the holiday season bright for families in need. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, and other community groups are encouraged to organize holiday food drives through the end of 2022. Some of the items needed are:



-Small Turkeys/Turkey Breasts
-Mini Hams
-Mac and Cheese
-Boxed Stuffing/Cornbread Mix
-Canned Fruit/Veggies
-Pie/Cookie/Brownie Mix
-Cinnamon
-Fresh Apples (please package in a separate bag to prevent damage)


Donations can be dropped off at CORA at 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro Monday through Friday between 9 am – 3 pm. For additional information, please email info@corafoodpantry.org or call 919-542-5020. If you have a large amount of donations, please contact Rebecca Hankins at Rebecca@corafoodpantry.org to make pick-up or delivery arrangements.
El Futuro is providing in-person therapy appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Siler City Clinic. They also reopened the walk-in clinic for those same days from 10:30-12:00 where clients can register and get seen for a clinical intake. For more information, clients can call the main office at 919-688-7101
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CARE (CHATHAM ANIMAL RESCUE & EDUCATION) is offering FREE spay surgeries for female cats and dogs through June 30, 2023.

This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie’s Fund. (Limit of three female pets per household). Additional pets, female or male, require a co-pay of $20 per pet.

Call (919) 542-5757 or go to chathamanimalrescue.org and click on Programs and Resources and then the spay/neuter link for an application.