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Transit agency donates van to Scappoose Senior Center for pick up and transport of bread

A big donation from CC Rider will help the Scappoose Senior Center transport precious cargo.

In this case, that cargo is hundreds of loaves of bread.

Last week, CC Rider donated a van to the senior center. The van will help transport bread from commercial bakeries in the Portland area back to the Bread Store, where it is sold on a donation basis or given away to anyone in need. The Bread Store is tucked in next to the Scappoose Senior Center Thrift Store between Dutch Canyon Road and Highway 30 in Scappoose.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY - Scappoose Senior Center staff and volunteers huddle around a van recently donated to the center by CC Rider. Pictured left to right: Senior Center volunteer Frank Davis, Julie Stephens, County Commissioners Henry Heimuller and Margaret Magruder, alongside Michael Ray and Chad Mace of CC Rider."We had two vans that we use seven days a week, but one broke down after putting 300,000 miles on it," Julie Stephens, who manages the senior center, stated in a news release. "So I called (County Commissioner) Henry Heimuller and asked if he knew of any available."

Heimuller reached out to Portland Community College, who had donated a van in the past, and CC Rider.

CC Rider came through with a 2001 Dodge Ram cargo van.

Keys were handed over last Thursday, Feb. 1, at the CC Rider Transit Center in St. Helens, with County Commissioners Margaret Magruder and Henry Heimuller present.

The Bread Store, which serves an estimated 2,000 people each month, relies on donations from companies like Dave's Killer Bread, Franz Bakery, Fred Meyer, Oroweat and other suppliers who give away their excess products.

"One day last week we received 400 loaves from Dave's Killer Bread, so we needed this van," Stephens noted.

Michael Ray, transit administrator for CC Rider, said although the van wasn't being used, it was still kept on a maintenance schedule. The van was given new tires and all the fluids were checked just before it was donated.

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