With community service, business owner looks to repay community for its support

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Phil Rees, Jennifer Loney and Miffy Jones volunteer at the West Linn Food Pantry Nov. 14. Jones donated bags of her muffin mix.  Miffy Jones has only been operating her business in West Linn for about a year and half, and she knows it wouldn’t have lasted even to this point without an outpouring of support from the community.

With that in mind — along with the generous spirit that always crops up around the holidays — Jones and a number of other local business owners are working hard to give back to the community through a number of outlets in November and December.

The first stage of the effort took place Nov. 14, as Jones donated 50 bags of her Miffy’s Marvelous Muffin Mix to the West Linn Food Pantry and stayed to help pack boxes as well. Jones returned to repeat that service Nov. 21.

“It just makes you feel good,” Jones said. “There’s lots of people who have had a little bit of bad luck, and doing just a little bit can make a difference and make this a better place to live.”

Jones is also part of Fields Park Gives Back, set for Nov. 24. Using monetary donations from neighbors, West Linn residents Gretchen and Sean Keys purchase grocery items, which are then packed in decorated boxes and sent to the local Resurrection Catholic Parish.

“This year we have doubled our goal and will be packing 40 boxes,” Jones said. “The kids all have a great time decorating the boxes before the adults start packing.”

Once the boxes arrive at the church, they are then distributed to local families in need on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul, according to Jones.

Come Dec. 12, an open house Christmas bazaar will be held at the home of Meg Forest, a local artist who specializes in jewelry.

“She does awesome jewelry,” Jones said. “And there’s another lady who makes jam, and another who makes lotions and potions.”

The bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the West Linn Food Pantry.

Finally, Jones and others will serve as personal shoppers at the West Linn Food Pantry’s Personal Shopper Day Dec. 19. Families who use the food pantry will each show up to the West Linn Methodist Church on Willamette Falls Drive at a specific time, then choose from an assortment of items and toys in the backroom with help from one of the personal shoppers.

Last year, Jones focused her efforts on benefiting local schools, putting together gift baskets for local auctions. She decided to switch her focus to the food bank this year, and said that she might stick with it next year as well.

“I just think it’s great to live in such an awesome community with people willing to give back,” Jones said.

For more information, contact Miffy Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Patrick Malee can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 106. Follow him on Twitter, @pmalee_wl

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