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Community Thanksgiving dinner

The Lions Club of New Castle is hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the New Castle Community Center. Bring a side dish or dessert and table service (optional). Donations of nonperishable foods items for LIFT-UP are welcome.

Operation Christmas Child

Hundreds of Roaring Fork residents are on a mission to make a lasting impact on children in need. Residents are transforming 1,000 empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, will deliver these shoebox gifts to children overseas living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster.

Important dates to remember:

Tuesday, Dec. 6: The Orchard will host a trip to volunteer at the Regional Processing Center in Denver.

Nov. 14-21: National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts.

Regional center drop-off hours at The Orchard:

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

8-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, The Orchard will receive last minute boxes. All shoe boxes will be packed and shipped. The Property Shop is donating its moving truck again this year to transport all the boxes to Edwards where they will be sent to the distribution center in Denver and then shipped all over the world.

For more information on any of these activities please contact Roz Fowler, Rocky Mountain Region area coordinator, at 970-945-8940 or

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 970-945-8940 or visit

By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.

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