Catalog of Giving begins

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Catalog of Giving begins

10:53 a.m. PST November 25, 2016

Dear Reader,

If you’re anything like me, this time of year comes with excitement, love and a growing addiction to peppermint hot chocolate.

But perhaps the most important thing the holiday season has to offer is the promise of giving to those in need.

For the fourth year, the Statesman Journal is doing its part to connect you with area nonprofits to make a positive impact on our community.

In today’s edition you’ll find our fourth Catalog of Giving, a compilation of tangible items needed by more than 100 non-profit institutions throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley.

These wishlist items range from some of the biggest needs of these organizations — like park benches, vans and iPad’s — to some of the smallest creature comforts — like socks, coffee makers and diapers.

Each year, the Statesman Journal asks local non-profits to provide us with a wishlist, of up to three asks, that could be purchased by individuals, families, neighbors and other community members, groups and businesses. These items should be something the donor or donors can deliver directly to the non-profit.

By doing this, we celebrate the work of these nonprofits and get to exchange a moment of joy together.

In years past, members of the community granted thousands of dollars worth of wishes — and it has grown each year. Let’s keep up the trend of besting ourselves in giving!

It’s easy to take part. Each listing in the catalog includes a direct daytime phone number to call.

As each request is filled, the Statesman Journal will record the success and post updates on our wish-list honor roll at StatesmanJournal.com/Giving.

The advertising-free catalog is being published by the Statesman Journal as a community service. It is our hope that you’ll enjoy browsing through it and be inspired to grant a wish.

Sincerely and with joy,

Natalie Pate, Reporter

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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