Good Shepherd Health Care System is launching its annual 12 Days of Giving event, providing community members with an opportunity to help less fortunate residents.

Each day from Nov. 25 to Dec. 6 gives a nod to the classic song 12 Days of Christmas while asking people to donate items based on the theme. On Monday, for example, the “partridge in a pear tree” encourages people to bring in canned foods, while other days are for collecting everything from books to gloves. See page A9 for the full list.

Items can be dropped off at the main entrance of Good Shepherd Medical Center, the lobby of the Good Shepherd Medical Group Clinic or the lobby of the Medical Plaza.

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Highland Hills Elementary School will hold its holiday concert on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Armand Larive Middle School, 1497 SW Ninth St. The theme will revolve around giving thanks, and will include moments in the program to thank teachers, classified staff, first responders, the armed forces and more.

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Get ready to get revved up for the Echo Toy Run as bikers hit the road to deliver toys to Good Shepherd Medical Center. In its 16th year, the Dec. 7 event is being held in memory of longtime organizer Al Sells. See next week’s Hermiston Herald for a full story and photos about the event. For questions, call/text Amanda Silvani at 541-720-9304 or search Facebook.

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If she could, Robin Barker likely would be wagging her tail and barking while expressing appreciation to Marcia and Allan Lambert of Affordable Family Eyewear. Barker said the Hermiston business has provided great support to Fuzz Ball Animal Rescue.

In addition to making financial donations, they have provided food and supplies. Also, they hold fundraisers, donate services to fundraisers and foster animals, Barker said.

Affordable Family Eyewear recently moved to a new, larger location at 298 East Gladys Avenue just down the street from the Hermiston Public Library.

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Hermiston High School FFA students participated in the 92nd National FFA Convention, and Hermiston students brought home some banners. The Agronomy Team received the team bronze award, and individually, Jayda Hoston, Thomas Wright, Grant Hills, and Jantzen Wrathall also received bronze awards, according to a news release from the school district.

The Food Science and Technology Team also placed at nationals. Individually, Marti Plum earned bronze, Jenna Wallace and Joseph Knight earned silver and Alexis Leathers earned gold. The team walked away with a gold ranking, placing 7th in the nation out of 38 teams. The team also earned an all-expense-paid trip to a food processor convention in Atlanta, scheduled for January 2020.

2018 HHS graduate, Dylan Westfall received his American FFA Degree, which is one of the highest that can be bestowed upon a member. Less than one percent of FFA members earn the degree.

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Thursday at the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is a special Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, rolls and pie. The menu for Friday is a hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy and dessert. Monday is tater tot casserole, fruit and dessert. Tuesday is chili, corn bread, salad and dessert. Wednesday is cook’s choice, and the senior center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 28-29.

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