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In brief: Lilac association gives to toys campaign

SPOKANE – The Spokane Lilac Festival Association contributed 461 toys and $632 in donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program this past Christmas. Together, Toys for Tots and the association helped more than 10,000 children have a merry Christmas.

The Lilac Festival Association has helped raise funds and toys for the Toys for Tots program for the past five years, increasing donations each year.

The festival theme, “Ignite the Spirit of America” will be used throughout the year to inspire and embody the festival’s mission.

For more information about the Spokane Lilac Festival Association, visit www.spokanelilac

Volunteers sought to collect donated food

SPOKANE – Second Harvest is seeking volunteer drivers to deliver and pick up barrels and boxes of donated food in the Spokane community. Food collected will help local children, families and senior citizens in need.

Volunteers must be able to lift 50 pounds. Shifts are available Monday through Friday.

Second Harvest will provide a van, gasoline and insurance. Drivers must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check and have a current driver’s license.

For more information, call Julie Moyer-Nesbitt at (509) 252-6242 or e-mail