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NDGW to Welcome Donations during Annual Holiday Food Drive

The Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW) El Pinal Parlor once again is organizing the annual holiday food drive to provide food for those in need locally.  Please support the food collection by driving by the NDGW table in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Catholic Church (1174 Main Street) on Saturday, December 10, at any time between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

     Donations of non-perishable food items also can be brought to the Church office between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday.  All donated items will be distributed to families in Cambria and San Simeon through the efforts of the NDGW partners at the Santa Rosa Parish Food Pantry.

     This year the NDGW El Pinal Parlor has chosen not to host a holiday toy collection but instead is supporting and encouraging donations to the Toys for Tots project of the American Legion Post 432. 

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Say Yes! to the Homeless Animal Rescue Team

Although Giving Tuesday is over, there is still a chance to adopt an adorable animal that needs a good home.  Cambria’s Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) said Yes to Sassy.

     This beautiful girl was sentenced to death before a HART volunteer rescued her.  Sassy’s crime?  She was terrified of a new puppy that her previous owners brought into the home.  The owners felt the best way to solve the problem was to have Sassy euthanized.  Fortunately, the volunteer stepped in and convinced them to relinquish Sassy to HART instead.

     Unlike other shelters, HART has no age or temperament restrictions for intakes, so Sassy had a second chance to live and a loving place to heal from her trauma.  Sassy was initially mistrustful of people, but with time and attention she is learning to trust again, little by little.  In fact, she recently surprised HART volunteers by plopping right down in the laps of some young visitors.  Sassy truly wants to be a sweet lap kitty, and she just needs the right person to find her.

     Sassy’s story is an example of why it is so important for HART to reach our $10,000 goal, as every dollar donated helps.  Everyone at HART truly appreciates this community’s support.  To donate, visit the Giving Tuesday page on the HART website (  HART accepts checks, as well.  When making out a check to HART, please mail it to 2638 Main Street, Cambria 93428.

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Cambria Rotary Invites Branna Still to Discuss Food Insecurity

At Cambria Rotary’s November meeting, Club members listened to Branna Still of the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Food Bank discuss local food insecurity.

     Important points in Branna’s presentation included the fact that 26 percent of households in the County do not earn enough to afford an essential cost of living.  Further, one in six children may experience food insecurity in the United States next year.  The SLO Food Bank serves over 31,000 individuals in the County each month, including Cambria and San Simeon, of which 28 percent are children and 25 percent are seniors. 

     On the first and third Thursdays of each month, the SLO Food Bank truck makes deliveries in two spots in Cambria, in the parking lot at the Old Grammar School (1350 Main Street) and in the Santa Rosa Catholic Church parking lot (1174 Main Street).  Another delivery is made in San Simeon on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  For exact days and times, see the cambriaca Calendar each week.

     All distributions provide much needed food to local families.  When local schools are on break and over the summer months when children do not get supplementary meals at school, the SLO Food Bank has a program that delivers healthy breakfast items and fresh produce to the children in Cambria and San Simeon.  Community Service Chair Sandy Cha Mumper was pleased to present Branna and the SLO Food Bank with a check for $500 to help families and individuals during this holiday season.

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American Legion Ceremony on Saturday to Remember Departed Veterans

At this Christmas and Holiday season, it is time to remember the departed veterans in our two local cemeteries.  On Saturday, December 3, American Legion Post 432 will be leading a 9:00 a.m. Holiday Remembrance ceremony at the Bridge Street Cemetery.

     About 25 wreaths will be placed to decorate both cemeteries, as well as the Veterans’ Memorial Hall.  Over 500 veterans’ graves in Cambria will be decorated with metal wreath signs thanking and remembering these veterans. They will stay on the graves until the last Saturday in December and then collected and stored until next year.  Everyone from the Legion Family and the entire community is invited to join in this program honoring our departed veterans.

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Toys for Tots Once Again Will Bring Holiday Joy to Local Families

Our community is fortunate again this year to have Toys for Tots where donations directly support local children.  Cambria American Legion Post 432 collects toys and monetary contributions, and the American Legion Auxiliary sorts and distributes the Christmas gifts.  Last year, gifts were delivered to approximately 250 children in Cambria and San Simeon.

     A large number of toy donation receptacles have been placed around town.  Cash donation canisters are located at various merchants throughout Cambria, but donations also can be made online through the Cambria Toys for Tots website at:  Checks made out to Toys for Tots will be received gratefully at American Legion Post 432, Post Office Box 697, Cambria. 

     Contact Dave Ehlers, local campaign coordinator, with any questions regarding Toys for Tots (805-927-1876).   Please note that Season of Hope is a separate, County-wide charity and not associated with Toys for Tots in Cambria and San Simeon where all donations stay local.