Have a Heart, Help the Needy

Boy, today would be a bad day to rely on public transportation. Howling wind, driving rain, and you’re standing at a bus stop? Brrr. Even worse if you had to walk.

Those are the only options for lots of poor and homeless folks in Redding and Shasta County. Often, they can’t make it to appointments with welfare agencies, doctors or potential employers because they can’t afford the bus fare. Before you know it, those people fall through the social safety net.

Redding Area Bus Authority has come up with a way you can help: 24-inch “Helping Hearts” that will be displayed on buses throughout February. Each valentine will bear the name of the person or business that donated $100 to provide bus tickets for the needy.

For each tax-deductible $100 donation, RABA will give $150 worth of tickets to local agencies, which can provide them to clients. And the wheels of charity go round and round.

For more info, send e-mail to Evelyn Peterson at RABAmarketing@ilium.com.

  • Today is supposed to be the worst of the storms that have rolled through Northern California recently, with the heaviest rain and snow coming this afternoon and evening. Could be Saturday before we see any sunshine around here. Check out our Redding Weather Now box for more.
  • It’s not too late to sign up for Saturday’s writing seminar in Anderson. The all-day Resolutions for Writers Seminar will include workshops, an author panel, a catered lunch and more. I’m the lunch speaker and, as always, my goal is to make people laugh so hard that food squirts out their noses. Registration is $65 in advance and $75 at the door. For more info, contact Maxine Cambra at 365-1848.
  • DVD I Watched on the Dreadmill: “The Merry Gentleman,” starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Macdonald. This was a Christmas season release, and nothing says “Christmas” like a story about a glum hitman who helps an abused wife on the run. Yow.
  • Rules for Successful Living #20: Do not inhale the toothpaste.

Tips appreciated: Send news tidbits to steveb.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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