At the hub of SAR’s charitable fundraising is the Christmas CanTree. Over the decades, more than $2 million has been raised for the local chapter of the Salvation Army, bringing in supplies of coats for cold winter months and toys to warm the hearts of those in need. Last year, even in tough economic times, SAR was able to present a check of $76,000 to the Salvation Army at the December Main Meeting. Who is the driving force behind raising these funds? The Christmas CanTree Committee. This committee is one of SAR’s most active, putting on events year round to raise as much financial support as possible. Examples include the February CrabFest, the Sacramento Kings basketball game and tailgate party and the August Sip & Support, “Come Cruise With Us,” which raised over $6,000 for the charity. For 2012, the Committee is led by long-time volunteers Bobby Campbell and Jodi Ash as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. With over 20 members, this committee is definitely one of the largest. You can help by volunteering at the CanTree build sites (in late November) and by purchasing raffle tickets at each one of the Regional Meetings. For any questions about how you can help out more, call Lilly at 916-437-1212.