Operation Hope / Christmas Food Box Program

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Heber Valley, Utah – The Wasatch Community Service Alliance WCSA, (the service arm of the Wasatch Community Foundation) has teamed up with the Christian Center to bring Operation Hope to Heber Valley this year.

About Operation Hope
Operation Hope, a collaboration with the Christian Center of Park City, provides Christmas presents for children up to 8th grade. Families register for the program and then “shop” for their children from a vast array of gifts donated by the community. These gifts are then wrapped before the families leave.
The deadline to deliver new unwrapped gifts to Center Stage Christian Center is 3PM Dec. 20th and donations to this incredible program can be made at http://ccofpc.org.

About Christmas Food Box
In addition to Operation Hope, the WCSA is bringing the Christmas Food Box program to Heber Valley Schools. This program provides students with 2 weeks of supplemental food for the Christmas break.
Financial donations to offset the cost of these 400 food boxes can be made thru The Wasatch Community Foundation website at http://ourwcf.org.

About Healing Hunger Here
The Wasatch Community Service Alliance has launched their Healing Hunger Here campaign to address food insecurity in our county.

1 out of 5 Utah children face food insecurity. In Wasatch County that equates to about 600 children and their families who go without due to low-paying jobs, relatively high rent, varying costs of utilities and transportation issues leaving little for food at the end of the month.

To find out how you can become more involved visit us on Facebook: HealingHungerHere and visit the JustServe.org website for opportunities to assist in our food pantries and other programs.

Renee Burkley, WCSA
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Allan Aguirre, PBMInteractive Media Relations
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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.