Dignity Health is giving away nearly $330,000 in grants to eight Kern County nonprofits on Friday.

Members of Dignity Health’s Community Grants program committee will present checks to the organizations from 9 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Here’s a list of the organizations and how much they are getting:

Alpha House, $75,000; Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, $26,401; Bakersfield Senior Center, $30,000; Catholic Charities, $32,024; Community Action Partnership of Kern County, $24,701; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, $20,000; Links for Life, $50,000; St. Vincent de Paul Store and Center, $70,000.

Call 327-4647, ext. 400 for more information.

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Christmas will be coming a little early for children in the Community Action Partnership of Kern’s Head Start program.

Hall Ambulance will be hosting a Christmas party on Thursday for 138 disadvantaged children at the Harvey L. Hall Child Development Center, located at 315 Stine Rd., from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be handing out gifts to children up to 5 years old.

For more information, call 322-8741.

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Stockdale High School Associated Student Body students will be handing out Adopt a Star gifts on Thursday.

The Christmas gifts, donated by students and staff, will be delivered to nearly 300 children at 11 elementary schools across Bakersfield. For more information, call 827-3172.

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CHiPs for Kids is collecting toys on Dec. 16.

Anyone interested in donating toys can drop them off at the Target store at 3401 Mall View Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Toys will be delivered to kids in need this Christmas.

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Two Kern County organizations have been awarded planning grants through SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

The City of Bakersfield received $177,060 to help fund its Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Plan. The Kern Council of Government’s Rural Alternative Transit Plan also got $312,594 in funding.

Statewide, organizations got $32 million in the first round of planning grants, thanks to the controversial legislation, which dedicates funding for transportation-related projects.

Caltrans said organizations should expect more than $270 million in planning grants through SB 1 over the next decade.

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