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This is the season of giving. Here’s a salute to individuals and organizations whose acts of kindness will have an impact all year long in our communities.

Eric Thanem of Poulsbo Athletic Club collected 150 coats and donated them to the Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary Club, Tuesday. The coats will go to residents of the Alive Shelter and Eli’s Place, both of which serve victims of domestic violence, and to homeless students in the North Kitsap School District. (Thanem, a Poulsbo Lion, can likely expect a lighthearted fine at his next club meeting).

Pacific Northwest Title collected 6,696 pounds of food and $590.06 for local food banks in its seventh annual food drive.

Pacific Northwest Title conducted the food drive with the help of local real estate and lending offices, chambers of commerce and the community.

The recipients: Central Kitsap Food Bank, 4,999 pounds of food and $503.06 cash; South Kitsap Helpline, 587 pounds; Bremerton Foodline, 400 pounds; North Kitsap Fishline, 375 pounds; Helpline House on Bainbridge Island, 255 pounds; and ShareNet Food Bank in Kingston, 80 pounds.

Blue Heron Jewelry is donating to Fishline a portion of its proceeds from sales. To date, Blue Heron has raised $2176.15 for the Fishline Food Bank.

Residents of the Forest Rock Hills neighborhood in Poulsbo collected 918 pounds of food for Fishline in a recent neighborhood food drive.

Here are some ways you can help make a difference this season.

Cell phones needed: The YWCA is seeking donations of used cell phones for its Cellular Phone Collection Project.  Cell phones will be recycled through the Shelter Alliance for funding; proceeds will support YWCA ALIVE Programs for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Cell phones can be dropped off at YWCA Community Center, 905 Pacific Ave., in downtown Bremerton. If you are willing to have your business be a phone collection site, call the YWCA, (360) 479-0522.

Fishline Toy Shop: The ability to provide Christmas presents for their children is becoming increasingly difficult for some of our area’s struggling families. Fishline has a long tradition of gathering donated items for local children, bringing joy to those who would otherwise be without.

This year, Fishline is in need of new toys and books for children, and gifts for teens as well as for gift cards. You can drop off your donated items at several locations in town, including the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, Curves, Farmers Insurance, 1st Security Bank, the North Kitsap Herald, and Sport Haus. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 13.

Holiday Adopt-A-Family: Help a family in need this holiday season. Contact YWCA Family Services at (360) 479-0522 or debbieb@ywcakitsap.org. The program is also accepting donations of food, gift cards, gift-wrapping materials, grocery cards, and new toys. Any help is greatly appreciated and will make a difference.

Road to Recovery: Help cancer patients get to and from treatment by contributing to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program as a donor or volunteer driver. Call (800) 227-2345 or visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site/PageNavigator/RFL_GW_RTR_TEMPLATE.html.

Many patients in the program have no other means of getting to and from their lifesaving treatments and appointments.

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