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SMITH: To Colby, $500 was a lot, too

You know Colby Groom. He's the Healdsburg kid who anguished through two open-heart surgeries before age 10, then asked his vintner father if they could make and sell a wine and donate the profits to healthy-heart research and services.

Colby Red was born. Colby hoped his dad, Daryl, might sell enough wine for them to make $500 in donations.

It blows the 14-year-old's mind that they've now topped $250,000. Colby Red is sold at major stores and is poured at Capital Grille, Flemings steakhouses and Kona Grill.

Colby, a freshman at Cardinal Newman, intends to keep on so that "one day, people may not have to go through invasive heart procedures ever again."

WHY SHOP LOCAL when you can shop super-local?

Downtown Santa Rosa's Share Exchange & Made Local Marketplace, retailer of arts, crafts and foods from more than 270 creative locals, has made a valuable promise this holiday season to 11 Sonoma County schools.

To boost local shopping and education, the shop on Fifth Street will donate 20 percent of November sales' proceeds to the partnering schools.

MILES DRIVEN: The past three years, Miles Levin has collected and donated nearly 3,000 jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps and pairs of socks and gloves to help homeless people endure Sonoma County's winter.

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