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Do you know about Compassionate Friends? Gary Shannon wanted me to share this information with readers, and it is a fabulous organization.

“The Compassionate Friends is a self-help organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved families following the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation. There are no membership fees or dues, and all bereaved family members are welcome.

At present there is not a chapter of The Compassionate Friends in this area, but if there is enough interest then it would be possible to form a chapter here. In order to try to make this possible, the Yuba City Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will hold a meeting in Nevada City on Sunday, March 12, 2-4 p.m., at the Rector House in Nevada City, 316 Nevada St. All bereaved family members are invited to attend. For more information, please call Gary or Kathy at: 477-2892; or Jim or Renee at: 265-2951.” There is nothing like sharing experiences with someone who has walked in your shoes. I’ve known people who were in this group in Southern California and they benefited tremendously from the camaraderie.



Buy a beautiful bracelet: And the $20 you spend will go to our own Cancer Center. Carol Hauswirth, a volunteer there, came into The Union office on Wednesday to show me the bracelet and tell me the particulars. It’s silver, with a sterling silver ‘ribbon’ and silver beads interspersed with colored beads that represent the various cancers (pink for breast, white for lung, etc.) The bracelets are made by employees and volunteers of the Cancer Center and are available at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

Fundraiser for Pakistan: Reader Sussanna Dimmitt wants readers to consider attending a fundraiser for Greg Zaller, the Nevada City man who has been building simple houses in Pakistan for the survivors there. Greg has now figured out how to build straw bale houses there for even less money, but of course he needs help. The event is Saturday, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a silent auction, team trivia game, prizes, appetizers and desserts, and a no-host bar. “We will show Greg’s slide show so everyone can get a personal experience of just what these brave survivors need. It’s a win-win – we will have a fun evening and participants will get to make a difference for some folks who really need our help. Greg is working through the Dosti Foundation, a nonprofit working to build homes and schools, so all donations are tax deductible.” For more information, go to: http://www.dosti .org. For more information about the event, people can call Trish at 210-1163, or Sussanna at 268-2439. Tickets are $12 either before or at the door.




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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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