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Bakery creates opportunity to help those less fortunate people in local community

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Heaven Scent Baked Goods Owner Kelly Shewbert and her daughter Brittany O'Brien, with help from community members, created a food pantry to benefit families in need. In recent years public lending libraries have become a popular trend. Neighborhoods build little hutches and leave books for people to swap and borrow.

Well in Boring, Heaven Scent Baked Goods has flipped that idea to contribute necessities for the less fortunate. It's called a blessing box and with it the community can provide non-perishable food and hygiene items.

"I know as a single mom, when I had babies, I really struggled, and people helped me," Owner Kelly Shewbert said. "I've been there before, and I was so appreciative of that, so I want to give back."

Shewbert got the idea from social media last year, brought it up to a group of men who come into the bakery for bible study regularly, and they offered to build the box. It's now located along the side of the building.

"We wanted to put it in a discrete area, so people could come and take what they need without being looked at. It's already in motion. Its already being used and it's great. People have been filling it, and people can take what they need."

Shewbert has dedicated the box to the loving memory of her parents, Hartley and Cynthia Hubbard.

Both of her parents were very supportive of her business. Her father was a baker who balanced her books, and her mother loved helping her baked and pick out gifts to sell at the shop.

"She got to come in here and be a part of this," Shewbert said of her mother. "She loved it. She was so proud."

Anyone interested in donating non-perishables to the box is welcome to drop them off at Heaven Scent Baked Goods, 28104 S.E. Wally Road, Boring.

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