St. Helens, Scappoose police departments raise thousands of dollars in donations for local food banks

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Santa Claus helps volunteers load food donations into a delivery truck at the St. Helens Police Department during its annual Donut Day fundraiser. The police department collected more than $2,000 and 3,700 pounds of donated food items to benefit the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Law enforcement officers used sugary sweet confections to raise money for a good cause last weekend.

The St. Helens and Scappoose police departments held annual doughnut-themed fundraisers Saturday, Dec. 9, and handed out thousands of sweet treats in exchange for cash and donations of canned goods.

The St. Helens Police Department held its Donut Day fundraiser at the police station Saturday morning and handed out 8,880 doughnuts.

By the end of the event, the department had collected $2,100 and 3,700 pounds of donated food items.

While many of the doughnuts were distributed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., officers also took some of doughnuts to the St. Helens holiday tree lighting near City Hall to sell the remainder.

During the 15th annual event, which benefits the Columbia Pacific Food Bank, Santa Claus made a special appearance and posed for photos with hundreds of children, according to a release from SHPD.

Claus was decked out in a special blue uniform after he was sworn in as an honorary police officer earlier this month. Live music was also provided by the River City Singers and the St. Helens High School choirs. The event was also broadcast on KOHI 1600 AM.

"Supporting the Columbia Pacific Food Bank is important to us," Police Chief Terry Moss stated in the release. "To hold an event like this, and have this much fun, makes it extra special."

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Santa Claus poses for a photo with Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller during the Doughnut Day fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 9. The police department collected more than $3,000 and 550 pounds of donated food to benefit the food bank in Scappoose.In Scappoose, the police department set up shop in front of Scappoose Middle School to hand out doughnuts and collect donations Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. during their annual Doughnut Day fundraiser.

SPD officers handed out 2,880 doughnuts and collected $3,139 and 550 pounds of donated food items during the event.

Santa also made a guest appearance at the Scappoose fundraiser to pose for photos and hand out candy canes to visitors.

Money and donations raised by the Scappoose police will be donated directly to the food banks in Scappoose, which partner with the regional Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

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