Holiday season is time for giving

By: Lauren Gibbs, Associate Editor
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One of the fun things about being part of a newspaper is we’re first in on information related to the community. We’re the outlet people use to let residents know about an upcoming event, breaking news or new businesses. But we’re also the first to hear about the great things going on in Rocklin. The holidays are a great time to be in the know with people doing extraordinary things in the name of Christmas or another festive celebration. Below are a few ways to help fellow Rocklin residents this holiday season. Holiday adoption One Rocklin family is raising money to help two families they’ve adopted for Christmas. Tasia Stone’s family, which includes four children, is holding a fundraiser the evening of Dec. 10 at 3069 Strand Road, where they will be selling hot chocolate, mistletoe and a cookie for $3. The neighborhood is a prime spot for viewing Christmas lights, according to Stone. The money will go toward helping two Rocklin families. One family has been hit hard with layoffs and is having trouble paying their monthly bills. The goal is to help the family pay their December house bills. The other family consists of a single mom who was in an accident four years ago, which left her trying to rebuild their life since then. The mother is asking for help in buying gifts for her four kids. In an e-mail, Stone said she is hoping that her family’s efforts will teach her children that Christmas is about giving, not receiving. Look for a story on this in next week’s Placer Herald. Toys needed for local kids Three Rocklin groups are coming together to collect warm coats, toys and gifts for local families. The South Placer Rotary Club, Rocklin Fire Department and Rocklin Unified School District are joining forces to give families a reason to celebrate this Christmas. Toys for Tots boxes have been placed at each of the three Rocklin Fire stations – Rocklin Road, Crest Drive and Wildcat Boulevard – as drop-off points for new and unwrapped toys and children’s coats. The South Placer Rotary Club started their annual Christmas Basket Program in 2005 and the program has grown every year. Rocklin schools staff helps identify the families who are in need of assistance. The Rotary Club will wrap and distribute the presents between Dec. 15-23. Students give back The season of giving also continues at the school level. At Rocklin High School, the annual Thunder Galleria will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The cafeteria transforms into a mall, where children from the community come to shop for their family at no cost. The event is made possible through donations from students, residents and businesses. At Spring View Middle School, students have adopted students and families. Through Dec. 10, the school will accept cash, check or gift card donations. Parker Whitney Elementary students are helping to keep locals warm by collecting new coats. They are partnering with the South Placer Rotary Club and the Rocklin Fire Department through Dec. 10. Sunset Ranch Elementary students are helping as well by collecting new or gently used coats through today. Their goal is to collect more than 100 coats for the News10 Coats for Kids Drive. It’s amazing to not only see adults helping those in need, but also kids helping kids. Whether it’s dropping a few coins into the red donation kettle for the Salvation Army, bringing a few cans of food to the local food shelter or purchasing a coat for a person in need, there are so many opportunities to give back. And every little bit counts.