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“The Spirit of Christmas”

The Spirit of Christmas

This year’s annual community Christmas event held at the Nevada City Veterans Hall was an occasion to be remembered. The two-day event Dec. 24 and 25 was again sponsored and served by the local nonprofit organization Divine Spark, along with 73 local volunteers. More than 500 meals were served with 20 turkeys donated by BriarPatch, 15 hams, 200 pounds of potatoes, assorted vegetable and vegetarian dishes and 100 pies donated by Flour Garden. Coffee was contributed by Starbucks and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

All together 27 Grass Valley and Nevada City businesses donated to this event. A special “thank you” goes to our ongoing donors, such as SPD Markets, Save Mart, Safeway, BriarPatch, B & C Home Center, Haley & Bilheimer Attorneys, Hospice, New Moon Restaurant and Tri-Counties Bank.

The entertainment again featured Rowan donating his talent on the keyboard, along with 14 other local musicians, such as Chris, James, Mario, Tal, and others who occasionally intermingled in this jubilee of life celebration.

The festive flower donations by Magikal Florist and Grass Valley Florist along with poinsettias from B & C and Prospector’s Nursery were greatly appreciated. Upstairs at the Vets Hall was the giant Christmas tree donated by Willow Valley Tree Farm, surrounded by more than 300 presents given by kind and loving people for in-need children and adults. Also making an appearance were local practitioners such as Kathleen and Irene from Reiki Kitchen, Matt Sweigert Massage and Debra Buddie Acupuncture, donating their time and energy to be of service to people in need. Complementing the entire event was the Native American drumming circle sponsored by Mignon and Jeremy. Of greatest importance were the warm feelings of love and camaraderie shared by the people experiencing the spirit of Christmas alive and well at this annual community event.

Thomas James Streicher, Ph.D.

Founder of Divine Spark Inc.

Holiday cheer

Santa’s elves were out this past weekend to deliver holiday gifts to 135 Nevada County homebound seniors as part of the Senior Outreach Holiday Cheer program. Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who make this program possible, including American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130, A4AA, Craft Guild of Nevada County, Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Girl Scout Troops 185, 538, 939, GV Red Hat Crafters, Job’s Daughters, Key Club Bitney College Prep, Kitchen Crew Juvenile Hall, Lambda Ladies Club, Micah Group, Not 2 Square Weavers, Patchwork Pals, RSVP/HelpLine staff/volunteers, Sierra Center for Positive Living, Soroptimist International Sierra Foothills, Tech Publications Dept., Blue Shield California, Twin Cities Church Small Bible Study Group, elves from Human Service agencies and many more caring individuals. Again, thank you for your time and support, you are greatly appreciated and have brought much joy to these seniors. You have shown that the real spirit of Christmas is giving to others.

Judi Barbour

Coordinator Holiday Cheer Program (with senior outreach nurses Judith Bell, R.N., Kathy Gibbons, R.N., and Jane Hough, R.N.)

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