How you can help during the holidays

The ACCESS Senior Shoebox program collects and delivers wrapped shoeboxes of simple gifts for seniors, people with disabilities and shut-ins.

Pre-wrapped shoeboxes (lid and box wrapped separately) of gift items are needed by Monday, Dec. 3. ACCESS could also use help delivering the boxes the week of Dec. 10.

Suggested items for the shoeboxes include pocket calendar, address book, Post-it notes, flashlights, sewing kit, neck pillow, jar grippers, alarm clock, small stuffed animal, card games, crossword puzzle, toiletries or other inexpensive gifts. For a sample list of needed items, visit and click on the "Senior Shoebox" button.

Shoeboxes should be dropped off at ACCESS, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford.

Those willing to help deliver boxes can contact Barbara Bieg at 541-774-4324 or

CASA of Jackson County will have Giving Tree locations throughout the county through Dec. 10 to help provide gifts to children living in foster care.

The CASA Giving Tree campaign seeks donations of such things as new toys, pajamas and gift cards.

The court-appointed special advocates, who help foster children through the process, often buy presents for them, but need the community's support to help all the children.

CASA Giving Tree locations include: Medford Builder's Exchange, Dogs for the Deaf, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Lithia Nissan, Lithia Honda, Harry & David Country Village, Harry & David Corp., La Strada Boutique, Southern Oregon University's Athletic Department, the Medford library, Lithia Motors' headquarters, Salon Avalon, Thai Bistro, Home Federal banks, the Santo Community Center and 19 Dutch Bros. locations.

Donors will be able to pick out a CASA ornament with information on what is needed for the child listed on the ornament.

The Medford library Children's Department will host a Giving Tree for CASA until Dec. 19 at 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. It asks for new, unwrapped children's pajamas, socks and underwear to hang on or place under the tree. Disposable diapers are also needed.

The Ashland library Children's Department is accepting community donations to hang on the Giving Tree at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., until Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Accepted donations include new gloves, mittens, and hats. Gifts from the Giving Tree will be presented to 150 preschool children in need.

The children range from infants through 5 years. Any size or style of gift will be accepted, including handmade items.

For more information, call the Ashland library at 541-774-6995 or visit

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