When you get pit stains just from looking out your window, it’s not easy to think about Christmas. But when you realize there are people living out there and there’s something you can do to help, it’s time to put on the ol’ elf hat (preferably a ventilated one) and get to it. The people over at Austin Street Center are making it really, really easy on you, too. They’ve themed the event Christmas in July, there are donation stations at Tootsie’s and Culwell & Sons and there’s a big drop-off from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Most of the donations and contributions will be delivered that day and the center will celebrate with a Christmas tree, decorations, barbecue, games and, of course, Santa. Now here’s hoping those furry red pants are of the zip-off-at-the-knee variety. Everyone’s invited, so visit austinstreet.org for details and a complete list of needs. Austin Street Center is located at 2929 Hickory St.
Wed., July 25, 3 p.m., 2012