Since 1918 Vina Moses has provided families in Benton County with some holiday joy in the form of holiday baskets. Corvallis is notable for its livability. What does this mean? Our spirit of giving is special in this community as many of us who moved here from other parts of the country can attest. Vina Moses Center is proud to part of Corvallis Heritage and to continue being a unique and integral part of its future.
Our holiday baskets contain gifts for children and food for a holiday meal and general consumption. Food is either donated or purchased from many local agencies and businesses. New toys and stocking stuffers are distributed to families according to the number and ages of the children.
Christmas Program Volunteers
Coordination of the baskets each year takes the help and skills of many volunteers. The baskets have to be packed individually according family size, need, etc. Arrangement for pickup and storage of food items in advance is needed as well as packers who can pack and sometimes deliver baskets to individuals without transportation. Arranging for pickup with the families and other charities who participate in this endeavor is certainly a fulfilling experience and also a great way to spend an afternoon in December. If you are interested in volunteering in any form or have more questions feel free to contact our holiday basket coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us or use our online contact form.
Make Our 100th Christmas Program the Best Yet
Volunteers Needed | To volunteer call 541-753-1420. If no one is available to talk about the schedule, leave your name, phone number and a convenient time for us to return your call.
Nov 26 – Dec 7th | 9am - 3pm | Volunteers to sort food, make food baskets, and display toys.
Saturday, Dec. 8th | 9am | Volunteers with cars to make deliveries to families unable to pick food/gifts.
Dec 10 & 11th | Volunteers to pick gifts up from Giving Tree locations.
All week: Volunteer with a pickup or van, to be on call during the day to pick up food and toys from giving trees and food drives. We do not know very far in advance when someone will ask for donation pickup.
Monday December 10th – Thursday December 13th | From 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day give out food boxes.
Wednesday December 12 | 6pm | Assemble food boxes, restock toy displays, work at check-out table*
December 17 | Starting at 2pm | Volunteers to clean up, pack up, & move out of center
*Some Spanish speakers needed.
*We need volunteers. However, scheduling is difficult as we are never certain when we will receive food and gifts and we are never sure how many food/gift boxes will be needed. On days you are available to volunteer, call the Christmas Center (541-7531420) after 8:30 a.m. to see what help is needed that day.
Toys for girls and boys from birth through age 12.
Clothing items for girls and boys, birth through size 16.
Nonperishable Food: Canned vegetables, soups, tuna, beans, chili, fruit packaged rice, pasta, cake mixes, Mac and Cheese.
Money to purchase perishable foods (use donation form in this newsletter.)
7 Ways You Can Help
Cash Donations: We need cash to purchase perishable foods for the baskets.
Food drives: Collect non-perishable food for distribution with Christmas baskets.
Toys/gifts: Collect toys and gifts for children. Take a tag from a giving tree.
Volunteer: Help pack food baskets. Make gift baskets. Help distribute baskets.
Sponsor a family: Sponsor a family for $75 (family of 4). Cash donations are appreciated and every dollar helps.
Adopt a family: You/your group provides food and gift basket for a family assigned to you. You may provide both food and gifts, or just food or just gifts. You may wish to deliver your own basket to the family or have the Center deliver it for you. The cost of this program is approximately $200 for a family of five, which includes gifts for adults. Please keep this in mind when deciding on the number of families or size of family that you want to adopt.
Giving Tree: You display a giving tree in your business or organization that will display tags. Each tag describes a child with their age and gender. The number of tags for the tree is up to you. Community members take a tag, buy a gift and return it unwrapped to the tree. The Center then picks up the gifts to include in our Christmas Basket program.
Thank You to Boy Scout Troop 3
Our sincerest appreciation to Corvallis Boys Scouts Troop 3 for their generous donation of Christmas trees, for both Giving Trees as well as for families that look to Vina Moses for assistance. Troop 3 has provided 80-100 trees annually for several years to meet the needs of the community and our Christmas Program.
Please consider using the Boy Scout tree lot if you are planning to buy a Christmas tree this year. They are located behind the armory, Kings Blvd. and Grant Ave. Thank you for your help.
What Happens When You Take a Tag from a Giving Tree
Items that you put under a Giving Trees are collected by Vina Moses volunteers, which are then displayed for parents so they can choose the appropriate gifts and clothing for their own children. This method of distribution is a huge success for our families and volunteers. Traditional locations for the trees are the following:
1st Alternative Co-op - North
1st Alternative Co-op - South
1st Presbyterian Church
American Dream Pizza
Arnold Dining Hall
Ashbrook Independent School
Best Western Grand Manor Inn & Suites
Church of Good Samaritan
Citizen’s Bank/Circle Blvd.
Citizen’s Bank/3rd St.
Creekside/Spring Creed Apartment
Crescent Valley HS
High Quality Compassion
Market Place West
McNary Dining Hall
Memorial Union Program Council
Osborn Aquatic Center
OSU Extension /Administration 4H & FCH
Peach Lutheran Church
Philomath High School
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Timberhill Athletic Club
US Bank North
Wood Science & Engineering/OSU