The Great Outdoors: A Simple Way to Help Protect Our Environment

A new way for Oregonians to support projects that protect and enhance non-game wildlife species and habitats launched last week in Bend. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely introduces us to the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Taste This! – Cork & Barrel

For this week’s culinary adventure, Donna Britt gets the story behind Central Oregon’s premier wine event, KIDS Center. Visit for last minute tickets and other details.   

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for the lamb skewer tutorial and also for giving us the resources to take these weekly culinary adventures. Life is short!! Eat good food! And have fun doing it!

Bend Fire Department Hosts 2nd Annual Winter Warm Clothing Drive

By the time the temperatures start dropping below freezing this winter, it might be too late to help those in need of protection from the elements. That’s why Bend Firefighters are starting their annual winter coat drive now, to get a head start on the weather.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports on how you can help.

You can drop off your donations to any of the following Bend Fire locations in Bend:

North Station
63377 NE Jamison St.

West Station
1212 SW Simpson Ave.

East Station
62420 Hamby Rd.

South Station
61080 Country Club Dr.

Six-Year-Old Girl Helps Raise Funds for Local Nonprofit

Bethlehem Inn is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise funds to expand on their homeless shelter in Bend, Oregon. After years of planning, and millions of dollars in fundraising, the Bethlehem Inn is getting ready for a long-awaited makeover.

But even with the finish line in sight, they still need to raise more funds. This past week they did just that, with a little help. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the story.

Bend Photographer Donates Her Time and Skills to a “Super” Cause

When kids grow out of their clothes, and their parents can’t afford new ones, or when a family is living in their care and struggling to feed themselves, Family Access Network is there. Since the nonprofit started in Central Oregon in 1993, it’s helped more than 100,000 children and their families.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson introduces us to Michelle Bauer, an everyday hero who, with the click of her camera, is finding her own way to give back to the organization that does so much for so many across the High Desert.

Bend Woman Provides Free Christmas Trees for the Holidays

We don’t often think of a Christmas tree being more than a simple addition to the holiday season. For some, it’s not so simple.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan met with a women in Bend who wants to make sure that every family is able to be a part of the holidays this year.

You can donate items to B&B Auto Works in Redmond or visit for more information on Lindsay and the Christmas Tree Project.

Nonprofit Collects Gifts for 500 Children in Need this Holiday Season

It started as a simple idea: making sure that no child goes without a present on Christmas. That simple idea, called “The Giving Tree,” turned into a community-wide effort in Bend last year.

To donate, you can visit many different locations around Bend including Custom Labor and Staffing Solutions, Inc., Food4Less, GoodYear and Applebee’s. Or you can email Heather Enger at and she will come to you!

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the creator of the Giving Tree for an update on this year’s efforts.

Bend Fire Department Donates Winter Clothing

One of the newest firefighters on the Bend Fire & Rescue team told the department he wanted to start a coat drive last month, and Friday, firefighters delivered more than 500 pounds of winter clothing to needy families across Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went along for their ride to deliver some of those goods to Bethlehem Inn this morning.