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Four Pine Street businesses are getting together to support a family of five for the holidays.

Hot Mama's Espresso, Walt Fitness, Sterling's restaurant and Holiday Inn Express are accepting donations of cash, food, toys and everyday supplies and clothes through Saturday.

Hot Mama's owner Cathy Rasley said the businesses wanted to help a family in need. Through Children's Home Society, they found a single mother who's juggling school and raising four children and in need of some assistance for Christmas.

The children's sizes and gift suggestions are available on Hot Mama's Facebook page. Excess items will go to another family, she said. Call Jenny Rasley at 386-2010 or a participating business for details.

Oil Haus Plus and Tiki Teriyaki Grille are collecting donations for the Toys for Tots drive.

New, unwrapped toys will be accepted at Oil Haus Plus is at 124 Kenwood St.; Tiki Teriyaki is at 205 Wildwood St. -- through Tuesday.

The toys will contribute to the Walla Walla Toys for Tots drive. Donated items will go to local children in need.

A new donor recognition board at Fort Walla Walla Museum pays tribute to those who helped pave the way for the museum's expansion.

About 300 donors of prominence helped fund "Phase 1A" of the museum's services and facilities enhancement project. Those donors are recognized with the installation of the board in the museum's grand hall last Thursday.

The plaque was made by Rick Wylie, a former museum board member and retired from Wylie Monuments, and Jack Delaney, retired from Whitman College. The board was made from hand-selected hickory, evocative of the false-front stores of Walla Walla's territorial days, according to the announcement. The laser-cut lettering was done by Outwest Printing.

"The plaque is truly magnificent," said museum Director James Payne in a statement. "Rick and Jack have designed and prepared a masterful piece of woodworking. We are grateful for their gifts of times, skill, and support, as we acknowledge those who contributed $1,000 and more towards our wonderful new building."

Others who helped in the installation process: museum board member Tony Wenham, owner of Tony's Sub Shop; museum volunteer Bob Bonstead; museum Collections Manager Laura Schulz; museum Communications Manager Paul Franzmann; and Payne.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Admission is half-price. Exhibits include "An Olde-Fashioned Christmas," and "The Landscapes of Leslie Williams Cain."

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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