The annual event for area homeless students will tie blankets Saturday at 9 a.m. at BPMS

Volunteers will descend on Baker Prairie Middle School Saturday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. to create warm blankets for homeless students in the Canby and Molalla areas.

Operation Snuggle is back this year, with a blanket "assembly day" event slated for Saturday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. at Baker Prairie Middle School.

Operation Snuggle's mission is to make fleece tie blankets for every anonymously identified homeless student in the Canby and Molalla school districts.

To help, stop by BPMS on Dec. 2 and bring a pair of scissors and a friend. Organizers are also asking for those who come to bring a can or two of food to donate to the Kiwanis.

Last year more than 250 volunteers filled both gyms at Baker Prairie MS, putting together more than 400 blankets for local homeless students to stay warm this winter. This year, organizer Dawn Depner said the hope is to get about 350 blankets made to meet the needs in Canby and Molalla.

Depner said the program just continues to amaze her.

"What I love most about this program is the fact that the community just rallies around it 100 percent," she said. "I'm asked every year if we're doing this. We don't have to do a whole lot to get our community there to get the blankets done within a couple hours.

"It's also great to see the younger kids get involved," she added. "We have kids who do it year after year. One kid started in middle school and is now a high- schooler, so it's incredible to see kids have a heart to serve others."

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