To the Editor:

As Chairman of the Sisters Kiwanis Food Share, I am writing to remind everyone involved, the day we are giving out the certificates for a Christmas Dinner, the Fire Department is handing out toys and Furry Friends are remembering pets is coming up soon: Saturday December 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember the date!

If you haven't filled out an application you can still get one at the Food Bank, Wednesday, December 12 from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday during Food Bank hours, FAN office at the school until Friday and at Sisters Fire Department. The deadline, if you have children, is Friday December 15 to give the Fire Department time to shop and wrap in time for December 22.

Last year we had almost 200 applications, but at the end of the day of distribution, we had 28 envelopes left; the Fire Department had half-dozen bags of presents and Furry Friends hauled a lot of pet food back to their storage. We spent two days calling numerous times trying to get everything where it was supposed to be. It was stressful at a time that should be joyful. So, if you sign up, PLEASE show up!

Naomi and I have decided if you don't make arrangements to pick up at a different time, we will not hold the certificates. We will make reminder calls the day of distribution, but not after. If they are not picked up on Saturday, December 22, they will be used to purchase future food for the Food Bank.

This is a gift given by the community that is given with love. Hayden Homes deserves a huge thank-you for making this possible. We want everyone to have the best Christmas ever. So, from the Sisters Kiwanis, the Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Department, Furry Friends and the most amazing citizens of Sisters, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Shirley Miller

Naomi Rowe

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To the Editor:

Re: "Take another look at room rental," (The Nugget, December 5, page 2):

Another example of government control. Those in power picking winners and losers. Private property rights taken away. It's no longer about "Land of the Free."

Ben Ehrenstrom

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To the Editor:

The Pet Evacuation Team volunteers were happy to help with the rescue of Warley. Volunteers from P.E.T. spent a total of 24 volunteer hours in this effort.

P.E.T. is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our continued operations depend on donations from the communities that we serve.

To make your year-end donation for all the services provided by P.E.T. in the Sisters community, please go to www.petevacuationteam.com and click the secure donation link.

Thank you for your support!

Jamie Kanski

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To the Editor:

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to The Nugget and their staff for the fantastic support of the Sisters Food Bank. Because of the exposure we received with the ads and promotion in The Nugget, we had record food donations and cash donations. These will go a long way to helping folks in need for Christmas.

I also wish to thank the many business that are doing the food drives and drop-off points: Washington Federal Bank, Aspen Lakes Golf Course, Deschutes Public Library, just to name a few. Reed Brothers Coldwell Banker Reality located at 291 W. Cascade Ave. will also continue to be available to drop off food and donations until December 23.

Washington Federal Bank will have a bin to accept food and donations all year long. Thank you for your help.

The Sisters Food Bank has a box located in front of the food bank to put in the donations. Or, you can drop them off on Wednesdays between noon and 2 p.m.

I know they are many people in Sisters Country that are aware of the needs of our homeless and low income residents. Sisters Food Bank addresses the food needs of these folks. We buy the majority of our food each week, so the cash donations are extremely helpful. The food donations allow us to purchase less food so our dollars will go further.

Tax-deductible checks can be made out to Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank, P.O. Box 1296, Sisters, OR 97759.

The Sisters Food Bank is run by all volunteers; 100 percent of the money donated is used at the Food Bank. In addition to the Kiwanis, we have several members of the community that are not members of Kiwanis that volunteer their time.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Doug Wills

President Elect

Sisters Kiwanis