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Service opportunities abound for the holidays across the state

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 5:18 p.m. MST

With the holiday season upon us and the spirit of Christmas in the air, several opportunities to provide service to those in need have cropped up. Opportunities range from donating warm clothing and decorated trees to lower-income families to helping disabled individuals participate in winter sports. If you're looking for a way to share the Christmas spirit, you might want to try some of the opportunities below.

Tooele High School Winter Tree Festival — Each year, student clubs at Tooele High School provide a fully decorated tree, dinner and presents to about 40 families in need. The festival runs Dec. 10-13 from 5-8 p.m., Dec. 11-13 from 7:30-8 a.m. and Dec. 14, 2:35-4 p.m. and is open to the public for viewing and donations. All proceeds will be split evenly between each sponsored family. For more information, call 435-841-0705 or visit www.tooelehigh.org

Warm Bodies, Warm Souls coat drive — The community is invited to donate new or gently used coats, blankets, hats and gloves to help Utah's less fortunate. Visit any Bank of Utah branch and place your donation in the decorated barrel, through Dec. 14. The bank will deliver the donations to local charities. For more information, visit www.bankofutah.com.

Pioneer Theatre Company and Wells Fargo Food Drive — Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, throughout the production of "A Christmas Carol: The Musical," which ends Dec. 15. Wells Fargo Bank will give $1 per pound of non-perishable food donated, up to $10,000, to the Utah Food Bank during the production. All donations will be given to the Utah Food Bank. For more information, call 801-581-6961 or visit www.pioneertheatre.org.

The Christmas Box House — The house is dedicated to providing temporary crisis shelter and assessment services to children up to age 11 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The Salt Lake house, located at 3660 S. West Temple, has provided a Christmas wish list of items for the children. Donations are limited to new items. For more information, call 801-747-2201 or visit www.thechristmasboxhouse.org.

Christmas fundraising concert with David Glenn Hatch — A benefit concert will be held Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Springville High School, 1205 E. 900 South, Springville, to benefit the students of Oakridge School. Oakridge is a school for disabled students ranging in age from 8 to 22 with disabilities ranging from Down syndrome to autism. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and $30 for families and can be purchased at the door or online. For more information, visit oakridge.nebo.edu.

Service opportunities compiled by United Way of Salt Lake — United Way of Salt Lake has compiled two lists of service opportunities that include sponsoring refugee and low-income children with holiday presents; donating toys, books, clothing and frozen turkeys among other items to families and organizations in need; wrapping gifts and assisting disabled individuals with their winter-time sports and more. For more information, call 801-736-8929 or visit www.uw.org. To see the lists, visit online here.

Email: ajones@desnews.com

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