Community News, Dec. 20 edition | Sheriff’s office kindness, Oakhurst Community College grant and Christmas Eve service

Sheriff’s Office acts of kindness

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office will be spreading some holiday cheer throughout Madera County on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Sheriff’s deputies will be giving out money instead of tickets on Thursday during the fourth Operation: Random Acts of Kindness.

Last year, deputies handed out 50 $100 bills to civilians all across the county.

This time around, the sheriff’s office has begun giving back to eastern Madera County a little early.

On Dec. 11, the sheriff’s office teamed up with Camarena Health to hand out an assortment of gift cards, including $100 American Express gift cards, gas cards, and Vons gift cards.

The team assembled to pass out the gifts included Camarena Health CEO Paulo Soares and Director of Programs and Business Development Nichole Mosqueda joined Deputy Mike Chambers and Probation Officer Flora Munoz, as well as Patrol Cpl. Ian Weaver.

Oakhurst Community College receives grant

Oakhurst Community College Center received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation for Rural Service, Sierra Tel announced.

The grant money will be used to install distance learning equipment for high school enrichment and dual enrollment classes to link this campus to other community colleges.

“The (Foundation for Rural Service) awarded the maximum grant amount to the College. I could not be prouder!” said Sierra Tel Business Development Manager Dan Rule. “This demonstrates the creative ways the College is working to offer more classes to the students. Our entire community will benefit.”

Christmas Eve Service

New Community United Methodist Church is hosting a Christmas Eve Service on Monday, Dec. 24 at the Little Church on the Hill, located within the Oakhurst Cemetery, 40188 Highway 41.

The service will begin at 8:30 p.m.