December 2017 - City of Orem Newsletter
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Mayor's Food Drive - Donate Until December 20th

Orem City Night at UVU Men's Basketball

Back to Basics - Helping Those in Need

Holiday Programming at the Orem Public Library

Lights at City Center Park

Misinformation about Homes Being Torn Down

Community Christmas Caroling at Orem Cemetery

Go Paperless - Save $1 Per Month

Calendar of Events

Mayor's Message: What It Is Like To Be Hungry
MAYOR'S FOOD DRIVE - DONATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL DECEMBER 20TH
Will you help the Mayor  # feedthoseinneed ?

Drop off your donations at the Mayor's office (56 N. State St. #104) between 8 - 5 PM and we will coordinate getting it to Community Action Services and Food Bank.

There is a great need for protein (chili, tuna, peanut butter, etc), but all donations are appreciated.
OREM CITY NIGHT AT UVU MEN'S BASKETBALL
Looking for a VERY inexpensive family outing or activity with friends, neighbors, youth group? UVU is offering Orem residents tickets for the Weber State v. UVU game at prices of either $1 or $2 (regularly $8 or $15). Come cheer on the Wolverines as they take on in-state rival Weber State. UVU has never lost to Weber State at home!

To get your discounted tickets, click here and use promo code: orem
BACK TO BASICS
For this year's service portion of the annual "Lights On" event, we supported the Sunshine Heroes Foundation and United Way of Utah County with their "Back to Basics" campaign.

There are still great needs in our community and we could use your help! Bring your donations to City Hall by December 15th and help local families! You can drop them off at the Mayor's Office or in sleighs at the Orem Public Library.
HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING AT THE OREM PUBLIC LIBRARY
There are few better places in the world to spend the holidays than in Orem, Utah! If you are looking for some fun, free, family entertainment, you don't have to look any further than the Orem Public Library.

Click below to see the full newsletter from the Library which outlines all of the month's activities.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT'S AT CITY CENTER
Have you brought your family to enjoy the lights at Orem City Center? This year the City purchased new lights to help beautify the area during the holidays.

It is a beautiful place for pictures or for a leisurely stroll while sipping hot chocolate. No matter the reason, come get up close to the lights this holiday season!
MISINFORMATION ABOUT HOMES BEING TORN DOWN THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY
If anyone is approached by a mysterious person telling you that the City plans to take your home and/or displace your family, please call us. We now have reports of 3 different neighborhoods (800 W, 1200 W, and 100 N) all being approached by someone telling them that they are "out." None of these claims are true!

If you ever have any questions about your property or rumors you have heard as it relates to the future of land in Orem, please reach out to us. We don't want anyone living in fear.

You can contact Kirby Snideman, Long-Range Planner @ 801-229-7055 or ksnideman@orem.org.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT THE OREM CEMETERY
Do you spend time during the holidays thinking about your loved ones that have passed on?

If you have lost loved ones and are looking for a way to honor them during the holiday season, consider joining us on Monday, Dec. 18th @ 6:00 PM at the Orem Cemetery.

Orem resident, Jaicee Roden, lost her little boy and knows these tender feelings. For the second year in a row, Jaicee has organized a "Community Caroling" event at the Orem Cemetery. Jaicee said she wanted to gather people to honor their loved ones that have passed away and remember them this holiday season.

The following will be provided:
Hot Chocolate
Space Heaters
Music/Lyrics
See you in a couple of weeks!
GO PAPERLESS - SAVE $1 PER MONTH
CITY OF OREM - CALENDAR OF EVENTS
This Winter, there will be no shortage of events and activities for you and your family! Keep up with all Orem City events by following the link below.
MAYOR'S MESSAGE:
WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE HUNGRY
This past week I traveled to Trinidad, Colorado on business, population 8,100.  As I was leaving the city, I drove through an intersection where 4 local residents, donned in orange safety vests, were on the four street corners asking for donations to their local food bank.

I gave a donation and then thought about what it is like to be hungry as I drove away. 

I have never gone without food. But when I was on my mission in Sweden for the LDS church I came close. I paid for a third of my mission and my home ward paid for the other two thirds. The only problem was that they were supporting eight other missionaries at the same time and there was not much money to go
around to all of us.

While in Sweden and with a change in local priesthood leadership at home, my monthly check of $102.00 for all my housing, bus fare, and food expenses was forgotten and not sent. In that time period, there was no regular monthly support payments from the church.  

So for two months at separate times, no checks were sent to me. I had a little saved up from a tax refund, but not much, which mostly paid for my housing and bus fare. 

So for two months I had very little to eat. My companions tried to help but they did not have a lot of extra food. I remember subsisting on homemade pea soup and a few other items but not much else. I had some food but not enough and 
was hungry at times.

At this time of year in our abundance, it may not seem imaginable to be without food for some in our community. The need though is real and exists. There are homeless people without food. There are struggling families whose income
is not enough to support them, that need food. There are elderly whose income is strained for food. There are disabled residents who are in trouble. 

This is why I am leading out an effort in Orem to give food to the Community Action Services and Food Bank charity from now until December 21st. I have a barrel in my office right next to my desk where donations of food can be
dropped off.  They are in need of chili, stew, canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, and also cake mixes, muffin mixes, and even some additional fun food like popcorn and potato chips.

I think about the times I have served hot food to those in need in Provo and in taking meals to home bound seniors.  There is so much we can do to help those in need.  

If you have the resources, please bring cans of food to my city office to go to those without this season. It means so much to so many. We can do it. We can help those who really need our assistance to not go hungry.


Mayor Brunst