One of Hollywood’s most heartwarming movies will grace the screen in Lincoln City this Saturday, Dec. 22, as a fund-raiser for a group dedicated to keeping people out of the cold. Long a Christmas TV staple, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be presented on the big screen and without commercials as the Bijou Theatre hosts a matinée benefit for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter.
The Frank Capra classic stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a small-town bank manager who comes to believe his life has been a failure. Just as George is contemplating ending it all, he is visited by an angel who shows him all the good his actions have brought to the lives of those around him.
Admission to the screening is free, and guests will have the chance to win great prizes in a raffle with tickets priced at $5 apiece. Items up for grabs include a Pendleton blanket, vintage wine, a deluxe pillow set, an Oregon Coast TODAY ad package, hand-crafted Nepalese textiles, a high-end glass float complete with display stand, and more. Donations of food, clothing and cash will also be gratefully accepted.
Located at the old Taft Fire Hall, the warming shelter opens on nights when temperatures are forecast to drop below 40 degrees, offering a hot meal, a warm bed and breakfast to those with nowhere else to go. The shelter also works to help homeless people turn their lives around through a Resource Referral program that has an 80-percent success rate in finding clients housing, employment or both.
“Working to get people off the streets is challenging and rewarding in equal measure,” said board president Patrick Alexander. “In ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ a bell rings every time an angel gets its wings. For us, that bell rings every time a client gets the keys to their own place and is able to start living with the dignity we all deserve.”
Saturday’s fund-raiser is made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Bijou Theatre, Chinook Winds Casino Resort and Beachtown Charities Thrift & Gift.
The screening will start at 11 am at 1624 NE Hwy. 101.
For more information about the warning shelter, go to www.lincolncitywarmingshelter.com