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Colfax Soroptimists gear up for holidays

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Soroptimist International of Colfax will hold its 32nd Annual Family Christmas Project Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Sierra Vista Center. Distribution hours will be 9 a.m. to noon for the food bags and toys for the children. Coffee, tea, milk and fresh baked cookies will be served to the families awaiting their Christmas baskets. Applications for the Christmas Project baskets are available at the Colfax Library, Colfax post office, Marson’s, Community Gift and Thrift, US Bank and Colfax Record. Those who are not applicants but would to make a donation can mail a check to the Colfax Christmas Project, Soroptimist International of Colfax, P.O. Box 475, Colfax, CA 95713. The Soroptimist Toy Drive is also being planned. Look for the Christmas angels coming soon to toy drop-off locations at the Colfax Library, US Bank, Marson’s, Basement Wines, Main Street Pizza, Studio “Z” Zumba, Dine N Dash Cafe and Colfax Farm and Country Store. To donate, choose an angel, purchase a toy or toys, and take the unwrapped toys to a drop-off location before Dec. 8. In addition to the Soroptimist Family Project, the Lionesses of Colfax will be distributing coats to those who need warmth for the winter. Anyone wishing to donate a coat may call Valerie Sussek at 346-8443. This year, the S Club of Colfax High School is holding a coat drive during November to help the Lionesses coast drive. The S Club members also hold a canned food drive. Donations are given to the Soroptimists to augment other donations from the community and businesses. The Soroptimist’s 24th annual Old Fashioned Soup Kitchen will also take place Dec. 10 at the Sierra Vista Center. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the club’s signature clam chowder, as well as other soup creations and garlic bread, will be served until 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the all you can eat soup and bread are now available from Soroptimist Club members. Advance tickets are $7 for adults or $5 for children 6 to 17; children age 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets purchased at the door will be $8 for adults and $6 for those 6 to 17; children 5 and under eat for free. Be sure to purchase your raffle to be sure of a chance at one of the awesome baskets that members donate and package. S Club of Colfax High will be selling delicious baked goods. Proceeds; will support their projects in the school and community. The Soroptimists will have a table with applications for both the Violet Richard Award, which is awarded to a young woman between the ages of 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities and schools. This is recognition of the activities that make the community and schools a better place. The Women’s Opportunity Award is awarded to a Woman who has the primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills, training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their families. Also taking place on Dec. 10 will be the Colfax Winterfest, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m. The Lions Festival of Lights Parade begins at 6 p.m.; call 346-8346. – Staff report