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The total value of the two carts of groceries was roughly $885 (donated to the Clackamas Service Center), and the auction brought in a total of $1,177 for Operation Santa.


A challenge between local emergency responders — on who could shop for the better Thanksgiving dinner in five minutes — has led to over $1,000 in donations to Operation Santa and a win for firefighters.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas Fire dog mascot Sparky oversees the groceries valued at $885, which were donated to the Clackamas Service Center.On Nov. 17, representatives from local police and fire agencies, Clackamas Fire and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies, did their best to put together a complete Thanksgiving meal for the public to bid on. The contents of two shopping carts filled to overflowing with Thanksgiving items were auctioned off through the city of Happy Valley's Facebook page. Bids and support were received from residents and groups around the Portland area, but in the end, the final bids came from locals.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton (left) faces off against the representatives for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office prior to the charity shopping challenge.The Happy Valley Business Alliance claimed Clackamas Fire's grocery items in a last-minute bid of $626. The organization has SUBMITTED PHOTO - Happy Valley City Councilor Brett Sherman (right) was among those who helped deliver the donation of groceries to the Clackamas Service Center.decided to double the benefit of their contribution by donating all of the items to the Clackamas Service Center, which offers food and resources for those in need.

The top bid for the sheriff's deputies' cart, $551, came from local residents and business owners David and Dawn Golobay. The Golobays, the HVBA, Clackamas Fire and police delivered the donated food items to the Clackamas Service Center on Nov. 21, making this friendly competition a win-win for local families in need.

The total value of the two carts of groceries was roughly $885, and the auction brought in a total of $1,177. Because Fred Meyer donated all of the food items, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Operation Santa, Clackamas Fire's food and toy drive that benefits families in need in Clackamas County.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Golobay family and the Happy Valley Business Alliance decided to double the benefit of their contributions by donating all of the items to the Clackamas Service Center.

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