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Keeping the magic of Christmas alive

Jennifer Weldon wants to start a tradition of giving


by: SUBMITTED - Mike Weldon, holding Kaden Weldon, 4, and Jennifer Weldon, holding Kaylee Weldon, 3, are asking for community support to bring Christmas to two Wilsonville families this year. Jennifer Weldon grew up having wonderful Christmases. Her aunt used to make the holiday “magical” for both Weldon and her brother.

Now that her aunt has passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the 33-year-old mother of two wants to keep her aunt’s legacy alive and spread it to the Wilsonville community.

Together with neighbors in the Villebois development, Weldon is sponsoring two families this year to provide them with the best Christmas possible.

Working with area churches and the Toys for Joy organization, Weldon was connected with a family of six who have hit hard times and are living in a two-bedroom apartment in Wilsonville. The goal was to collect donations and provide this family with some of the magic Weldon recalls of her youth — including food, presents and a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve.

But then two weeks ago, Weldon heard the sirens of fire engines while home one day. She later learned a home had been destroyed by a fire and the family lost their dog in the incident. Tracking the family down through Facebook, Weldon learned the family lost everything in the fire and are now living in an outbuilding on their property.

Weldon now has to come up with enough magic for two families and is asking the community for help.

“I have the lists of toys, wants, needs for these families and I want to make Christmas as magical to them as it was to me growing up,” she said. “All of Wilsonville can donate to these families and make this a Christmas they won’t forget.”

Weldon is working with Green Group Real Estate, which will be acting as a donation selection site. Weldon requests items be new or gently used and unwrapped.

Here are some of items needed for the family of six:

Dad: size extra-large shirts and pants with a 36-inch waist;Mom: size extra-large shirts and size 16/18 pants;

15-year-old girl: leggings, size small shirts and a makeup kit; 13-year-old boy: size medium shirts, size medium shorts and anything that has to do with football and basketball;

4-year-old twin girls: size 5 and 6 clothes and age-appropriate toys;two bicycles have already been donated to this family for the twin girls.

Gift cards, games and toys also would be greatly appreciated, according to Weldon, and any donations to this family are welcome.

For the family that lost their home in a fire, the father describes himself as a “flannel shirt” kind of guy who would love a Carhartt style of jacket and the mother is more professional. The daughter is your typical 16-year-old girl.

Mom: Size 8/10 pants, size medium tops and size 9 shoes;16-year-old girl: Women’s size 6 pants, size 5/7 junior pants, size small or medium tops, size 8/9 shoes;

Dad: size large shirts, pants size 34-36 waist/30-32 inseam and size 10 shoe;

This family has cut down a tree on their property for Christmas, but could also use to decorations to adorn the tree. They also need to replace everything in their home, so donations of household goods and appliances, along with toiletries, would be appreciated.

“We are asking people to donate whatever they can,” Weldon said. “They need dishes, furniture ... they need everything.”

Weldon would also like to supply both families with holiday meals and is looking for grocery gift cards to help out.

She added that she is inspired to help out other families as she feels Christmas is an important part of childhood and that every child deserves a happy holiday.

As for the families, she said, “I want them to realize what a great community they live in and that they are supported in rough times. ... They can lean on the people around them.”

Donations can be dropped off at Green Group, 11422 SW Barber St., Wilsonville, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All donations must be dropped off by end of the day Dec. 23.

Weldon hopes this is just the start of an annual tradition for the folks in Villebois and in Wilsonville.

“I would love if people learned a lesson from it. There are so many people in our community that need help,” she said.

For more information or to make special drop-off arrangements, contact Weldon at 503-427-2377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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