The generosity of the Hood River community broke records when they came together for the annual Hearts of Gold award dinner on Feb. 29.
The 2020 Hearts of Gold award went to the Hood River County Christmas Project. Comprised of more than 300 volunteers, the Christmas Project team works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure people who need help during the holidays will receive meals, toys, gifts and a warm sense of caring. During the 2019 holiday season, the Christmas Project served 470 local families – 1,787 individuals, including 868 children. The Christmas Project leaders and volunteers truly reflect the heart and soul of a community that cares.
Capping off the evening, party-goers raised $100,000 to benefit Providence Sunshine Club. The spirited fundraising broke all records for Hearts of Gold events in Hood River.
Sunshine Club is an important, life-enhancing resource for Columbia Gorge families living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It offers respite for families who serve as full-time caregivers. Participants enjoy purposeful activities, such as gardening, baking, crafts, music and exercise, along with family-style meals and compassionate care in a safe home-like environment.
The $100,000 funding ensures the Sunshine Club can continue to offer transportation, supplies and scholarships so those with memory issues can live longer, happier lives.
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