Operation Snuggle will take a breather this year.

“This year, Operation Snuggle has collectively decided not to do our annual blanket-making assembly day,” said Dawn Depner, co-founder of the holidays season effort provide homeless school children with fleece tie-blankets, pillows and warm clothing.

“We will continue next year and will do this production every other year,” Depner said

In the meantime, she is asking people to direct other districts interested in starting the project to the Operation Snuggle page on Face Book.

Depner offered the reminder that it takes a community to raise a child, especially during the holidays and encouraged people to reach out and serve.

Depner and friend Gail Fisher started Operation Snuggle in 2008. Each year, they collected materials, donations and volunteers. The volunteers then gathered in the Ackerman gym to create the double-fleece tie blankets, sort clothing and arrange packages for delivery to homeless students in the community.

Last year, Operation Snuggle provided blankets and pillowcases for 320 children in the Canby and Molalla school districts.

In April 2012, the Oregon Education Association named Depner its Oregon Education Citizen of the Year for her work with Operation Snuggle.

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