By Michael Sullivan 12/15/2011
Stuff the bus in Oxnard to help end hunger
B95.1 and Gold Coast Transit have teamed up to collect food and funds in December for FOOD Share, Ventura County’s only regional food bank. Gold Coast Transit buses are adorned with colorful posters designed to help raise awareness of FOOD Share’s Stuff the Bus holiday food drive.
This weekend, Dec. 16 through 18, Bo Jaxon, B95.1 KBBY’s popular morning DJ, will spend three days living inside and broadcasting from a Gold Coast Transit bus parked at Oxnard’s Chick-fil-A restaurant, 2040 N. Rose Ave. Jaxon will challenge Ventura County residents and business owners to visit Chick-fil-A and help him “stuff the bus” full of cash and nonperishable food donations for FOOD Share.
“As a child, there were times when my mom and I struggled and did not always have enough to eat,” said Jaxon, in a press release. “I am passionate about ending hunger here in Ventura County and proud to lend my voice to help FOOD Share during the holidays.”
Supervisor Kathy Long will stop by on Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. to make official proclamations and help kick off the weekend food drive. In addition to the chance to meet and be on the radio with Bo Jaxon, Chick-fil-A visitors who stop by during the three-day event will enjoy Christmas carolers, giveaways, prizes and the chance to meet jolly ol’ Santa Cow. The first 95 visitors who stop by on Friday and Saturday mornings with five or more cans of donated food will receive a free Chick-fil-A breakfast entrée, and all who contribute will be entered in a raffle to win the grand prize of free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.
FOOD Share relies heavily on community support to restock the shelves of its Oxnard warehouse distribution center in December and January. The nonprofit, which currently feeds more than 74,500 people each month, has set aggressive goals for its 2011 Tackle Hunger campaign and hopes to collect more than $150,000 in monetary donations and more than 200,000 pounds of donated food before Jan. 10.
Cookies for a cause at Panera
It’s fun. It’s festive. It’s a tasty treat. And it’s all in the name of charity.
Panera Bread in Ventura will host a cookie decorating event fundraiser Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, participants can purchase cookies, for $1 each, and decorate them with an assortment of toppings. Panera Bread in Ventura is located at 4910 Telegraph Road.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, which began in 1985, serves Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties and grants 65 to 80 wishes annually to children affected or who have been affected by debilitating diseases, thanks to the help of a team of 100-plus Volunteer Wish Granters.
Homeless persons’ memorial service in Ventura
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura will be holding its annual memorial service for the homeless who have died during the last year. The event will be held at Plaza Park in Ventura on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., sponsored by the church’s Lift Up Your Voice project. Music and refreshments will be provided.
Lift Up Your Voice is a grassroots project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura building a diverse coalition of people from all walks of life who are committed to preventing and ending homelessness while increasing the overall leadership capacity in Ventura.