|Community rallies to make Christmas joyous for all posted on 12/01/2018|
Each year since 1987, the Mountain community has come
together in the spirit of the holidays for the Hoodland Community Christmas
Basket Program to make sure that nobody goes without food or gifts for
Christmas. Carol Norgard, who has been a part of the efforts for years, noted
that in the past couple years, the numbers of hats and gloves has increased
through the efforts of the Hoodland Library and others. Those donations make a
big difference for some in the community that often don’t get a focus for the
toy drive: teens.
“I think every child that was on our list got a hat,”
Efforts by businesses and organizations across the Mountain
are now in full swing to make this Christmas a happy one for everyone,
including the traditional Lions Club Christmas Toy Drive and Dinner, starting
at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, giving trees and locations where donations can be
dropped off. Norgard noted that last year, a bicycle (valued at more than $100)
was donated, but she added that toy donations should be kept under $25 to help
spread the wealth.
Norgard also noted that gift cards are not recommended.
Applications for food baskets and submission of giving tree
ideas are available at the Hoodland Fire District Main Station, 69634 Hwy. 26
in Welches, and can be dropped off at the Clackamas County Bank, the Welches
School, the Welches Library, Welches Mountain Building Supply and the Adventist
Norgard added that organizers take four days at the Lions
Club to sort the food, create the boxes and then have people pick them up.
Baskets will be distributed to the community by Saturday, Dec. 22.
Christmas Dinner details
The Lions Club Christmas Toy Drive and Dinner will feature
roast beef and ham, veggies, salad and more, doors opening at 6 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 1, at the corner of Woodsey Way and Hwy. 26 in Welches. Please bring a
new, unwrapped toy, and if possible, a donation of nonperishable food. Advance
purchase tickets are $12 and available from any Lions Club member, at Welches
Mountain Building Supply, the Barlow Trail Roadhouse, Thriftway, Coffee
Brewsters, Mt. Hood Roasters and Govy General.
Donation drop off locations are at: Hoodland Branch of
Clackamas County Bank, Welches Mountain Building Supply, Coffee Brewsters,
Brightwood Tavern, McKenzie Dental, the Hoodland Adventist Medical Clinic, Govy
General and Mt. Hood Foods.
The Hoodland Senior Center can help with applications, while
the Welches School also sends out information packets and accepts applications.
The Hoodland Library accepts hats, gloves and scarves, while
the Hoodland Thriftway offers $10 food bags to benefit the basket program.
Those who turn in applications by Dec. 5 can request a
specific gift for their child (up to $25). The requests are given a code and
“tags” are sent out to various locations, including the Welches School, Welches
Mountain Building Supply and the Hoodland Branch of the Clackamas County Bank.
For more information, call 503-622-4111 or 503-936-1896.
By Garth Guibord/MT