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Tuesday, Dec 18 2012 06:29 PM

Worth noting in the community: Sort holiday mail for military members, more

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The American Red Cross Kern Chapter will sort the cards it is sending to military service members, veterans and their families at a party Wednesday evening, according to a Red Cross news release.

The cards are for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, in which cards are sent to military installations, Veterans Affairs and other military hospitals, and veterans' organizations.

The sorting party will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the chapter's headquarters, 5035 Gilmore Ave. To volunteer, call 324-6427.

Clay's Restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving Christmas dinner to the homeless despite its downtown location closing.

When the restaurant on California Avenue closed at the end of November, owners were not sure the 22-year-old tradition would continue.

But on Tuesday, the owners announced they would serve dinner at a different location. The Downtown Ministry Center has offered to let the owners serve out of the church, according to a Clay's news release.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, dessert and a drink will served out of the church. The church is located at 930 18th St. Santa will make an appearance to greet children.

GET buses will pick up people from The Mission at Kern County and the Bakersfield Homeless Center and bring them to the dinner, according to the news release.

McFarland police hope to raise money to sponsor at least five needy families this Christmas with gifts, clothing and food, according to a department news release.

To help raise money, police have teamed with employees from the city of McFarland and have challenged faculty members from McFarland High School and McFarland Unified School District to a basketball game.

It will take place Wednesday at the Mouser Center at 100 2nd St. in McFarland. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation; anyone under 10 years old is admitted free.

For information, call Iselda Nunez or Christy King at the McFarland Police Department at 792-2121.

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