SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Children’s Home has kicked off its annual Holiday Giving Program, bringing the local community together during the holidays to serve children and families in need. Last year, our program provided gifts for 1,200 children, and the community adopted nearly 70 families, providing them with gifts, gift cards and everyday essentials. Once again this year we have 1,200 children participating; many of whom the gifts they receive through our program will be the only gifts they receive this year.

The holidays are a joyful time when we can give thanks for all that we have and give back to those in need. There are several ways for community members to get involved with the SCH Holiday Giving Program, which ends December 14.

Wish Stars and Ornaments: The classic yellow wish star includes three wishes from an SCH child. Community members are encouraged to shop for their child and return unwrapped gifts to the Sacramento Children’s Home at 2750 Sutterville Road in Sacramento. Financial contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more, as well as gift card donations help us ensure that all kids and families have their holiday wishes fulfilled and basic needs met. Some male youth in our Residential Program do not have family to spend the holidays with, so financial support specific to our snow trip enables us to send our residents on a snow trip to Mt. Shasta over the holidays.

Adopt-a-Family: Community members can also adopt an entire family this holiday season. The adoptees are families that participate in Sacramento Children’s Home programs such as the Family Resource Centers and the Counseling Center.

Volunteer Opportunities: Every year, we rely on community volunteers to help run our holiday donation site. Last year, about 200 volunteers provided nearly 100 hours of support, which included greeting donors, accepting gifts, registering gifts into our system, sorting, and wrapping.

Giving Tree Sites and Holiday Sponsors: Local businesses and schools participate by hosting Giving Tree sites with stars available to the public for pick up. Businesses and corporations also have the opportunity to sponsor an SCH Holiday Party for individual programs such as our Family Resource Centers and Crisis Nurseries to help strengthen families in our highest risk communities.

For more information about all of these options and important dates, please visit www.kidshome.org/holiday-giving.

The Sacramento Children’s Home was founded in 1867 and today it is the most comprehensive child and family service organization in Sacramento County serving more than 7,000 children and 4,300 families each year through a broad spectrum of residential, community-based, mental health and educational programs. Throughout its 151-year history, the Sacramento Children’s Home has been at the forefront of trauma-informed care and developing new ways to improve the outcomes of children and families. Through its multiple programs at six sites in the county, the Sacramento Children’s Home offers prevention, early intervention and treatment programs that are critical to strengthening families and stopping the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect. More information is available at www.kidshome.org

Source: Sacramento Children’s Home

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Vehicle vs Bicyclist on September 19

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On September 19, 2018 at approximately 5:20 a.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was dispatched to a call of a traffic collision involving a vehicle versus a bicyclist on Watt Avenue near Whitney Avenue. A 14 year old boy was riding his bicycle on Watt Avenue when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. The driver of that vehicle fled the collision scene.  

CHP investigators began a criminal investigation in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle and identify the responsible driver. With the assistance of witnesses, physical evidence, and information provided to Crime Stoppers, the suspect vehicle, a green 2000 Toyota Sienna, was located. A search warrant was obtained and vehicle was seized as evidence. Through subsequent investigation a person of interest, Edward John Flores (04/02/1968) of North Highlands, was identified as the possible driver involved in this collision.

On November 05, 2018, Flores came to the North Sacramento CHP Area office and spoke with CHP investigators. During the course of their conversation with Flores, investigators developed probable cause and arrested Flores for being the driver of the Toyota at the time of the collision.

Flores was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of felony hit and run and driving with a suspended license.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2018-11-25

"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" event at Sutter

"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" on December 8

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

Fort visitors will be delighted to have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1850s to enjoy festive holiday traditions from early in California’s early history when people from around the world passed through the Fort gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to experience a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants enjoyed. Complete with docents in period attire, entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions. As a special treat for kids of all ages, Father Christmas will be on-hand to hear holiday wishes.

Fort visitors can also participate in a number of hands-on activities such as dipping and creating their own holiday candles, crafting their own “keepsake” holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus making holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grinding raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” singing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more.  And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of the Fort’s cannon. Additionally, Friends of Sutter's Fort Trade Store will be open, providing complimentary samples of gold nugget chocolates and offering a special holiday sale. 

Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows: $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under.  For more information, please call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org

Source: T-Rock Communications

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Alsco Gives Support to Seniors Through Philanthropic Partnership Program

By Nina Canning  |  2018-11-20

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently joined the Eskaton Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner Program to better support senior citizens as they age, helping  them remain independent, but also provides volunteer opportunities and education forums about the aging experience for Alsco employees.

Seniors are an often overlooked demographic when it comes to charitable giving. In fact, in the United States, only two percent of all giving is directed to senior causes.

“Our donation allows us to support seniors through the innovative health, housing and social services the Eskaton Foundation provides to seniors,” says Mark Kotsios, general manager, Alsco Sacramento.

Eskaton, which means “the dawning of a new day,” is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is enhancing the quality of life of seniors to transform the aging experience. Eskaton Foundation supports the needs of seniors in the greater Sacramento area.

Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 129 years of business, Alsco provides linen and uniform rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com

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SSPCA RECEIVES OVER $100,000 IN GRANTS

By Sarah Varanini, SSPCA   |  2018-11-20

Sacramento SPCA Rescue Coordinator Emily Egle (on left) and Sacramento SPCA Foster Coordinator Palina Chordas with two transferred dogs from the Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. Photo courtesy SSPCA

Petsmart Charities Donates to Help Pets Find Forever Homes

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA– The Sacramento SPCA recently announced their receipt of two new grants of $50,000 and $51,821 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.  The grants are designed to increase intake and help the Sacramento SPCA transport and relocate pets so they can find forever homes.

Since 2016, the Sacramento SPCA has transferred close to 1,000 animals from overburdened shelters in Northern California to their location in Sacramento. In 2018 alone, the Sacramento SPCA transferred 328 animals from Antioch Animal Services, Contra Costa County Animal Services, Placer SPCA, Stockton Animal Control, Sacramento County Animal Control, and weekly visits to Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. The relocation of these pets not only allows the overburdened shelter to have open kennels for incoming animals, but gives the pets transferred the opportunity to find loving homes in a new environment. 

A $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities was used to purchase a new transfer van, allowing the Sacramento SPCA to transfer even more animals per visit to overburdened shelters. A $51,821 grant from PetSmart Charities will soon completely renovate a new area at the Sacramento SPCA for intake and assessment of these transferred animals before they are ready to find their new families.  

“In the past, we could rescue six large dogs, or eight medium dogs or about a dozen and a half small dogs or cats,” said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. “With the new PetSmart Charities van, we can load eight large crates and dozens of small and medium crates by using the folding shelves. We can bring back a wide mix of sizes that matches the needs of the partner shelter and the space availability here at Sacramento SPCA.” Employees from the Sacramento SPCA recently drove this new animal transfer vehicle to Kettleman City to transfer 15 dogs from areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

“Pet transport continues to play an important role in reducing pet homelessness and can provide a better chance for pets to find loving homes,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to not only provide funding to support the transport of these pets from overwhelmed areas, but also increase the Sacramento SPCA’s capacity to provide quality care to pets on the journey to find their forever home.” 

Pet Transport is one of PetSmart Charities’ seven  grant categories designed to provide year-round opportunities for animal welfare organizations and non-profits to apply for funding support.  Funding from PetSmart Charities can help to cover the costs associated with pet transportation, veterinary and shelter care and vehicle maintenance and modifications.  With the help of its animal welfare partners, since 1994, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 8 million pets in need find forever homes. 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On November 17, 2018, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received reports of a traffic collision on Winding Way at Rampart Drive. CHP and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and discovered a bicyclist had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old man from Carmichael was driving his red Lexus RX 400 eastbound on Winding Way and had entered the intersection at Rampart Drive. At the same time, a 75 year old man from Sacramento had been riding his bicycle southbound on Winding Way from a shopping center when he entered the intersection directly in front of the Lexus. Subsequently, a collision occurred and the impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the roadway surface.

The bicyclist was not utilizing a light while riding during hours of darkness and he was not wearing a helmet. The sobriety of the driver of the Lexus was evaluated and it was determined that drugs and or alcohol were not a factor in this collision.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. Any persons who can provide additional information regarding this collision are requested to contact the North Sacramento Area CHP office.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Takes Flight

By Rick Reed  |  2018-11-18

 2015 Fall Photo Contest Winner from Sac County. Photo courtesy Rick Reed.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and give us your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy.

Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attachment. Contest is open through December 31, 2018. Entries can be made in two categories- Under 12 years old you can enter FREE! Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. (Under 18 years old? Ask your parents to help!)

Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live.

The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram as a hero of nature!

Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.  Enter @wildlifecareassociation on Facebook.

One picture will be chosen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Snap some shots, submit them and let’s see if they fly! For more information call 916-965-WILD

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