Operation Snuggle returns with a blanket-making day Dec. 8 at Baker Prairie Middle School

Making sure homeless students in Canby and Molalla have some comfort this holiday season has been pushing the annual Operation Snuggle program along for nearly a decade now.

Operation Snuggle is back and its blanket "assembly day" event will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. at Baker Prairie Middle School.

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

To help, stop by BPMS on Dec. 8 and bring a pair of scissors and a friend to cut and assemble fleece blankets. 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 blankets, pillow and pillowcases into the hands of 197 homeless kids in Canby, and meet the needs of children in similar circumstances in Molalla.

Depner, one of the organizers, 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 very 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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