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New program 'Pass it On, Canby!' is ready to distribute gear to families at open house

More than a month has passed since area businesses started collecting donations of sports gear for Canby Kids, Inc.'s new program called "Pass it On, Canby!." Now, it's time to deliver the goods to families.

Pass it On will hold an open house at North Pine Storage, 450 N. Pine St. in Canby, on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

There, families who are struggling to pay for the cost to play can shop for free gently-used athletic gear.

"We are eager to serve the families who can benefit from this program," said Heather Zimmer, an Eccles Elementary parent and Pass it On leader.

Fortunately, the event will continue indefinitely on the first Wednesday of each month.

The wealth of athletic equipment available is thanks to the generosity of the Canby area community over the weeks since Pass it On first placed bins in businesses on June 17.

COURTESY PHOTO: OLIVER INSURANCE - From left to right, Ryan Oliver, Summer Buel and Kent Petterson show off Oliver Insurance's 'Pass it On, Canby!' bin for collecting gently-used sports equipment."The collection has gone great," Zimmer said. "Canby Kids, the people and businesses of Canby have all been so receptive."

For those interested in donating, collection bins remain at the following Canby businesses: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Cutsforth's Thriftway, Millar's Point S Tire and Auto, Oliver Insurance and Team Spirit. There is also a "roving barrel" that will move from business to business. It is currently hosted at the Wild Hare Saloon, where it will stay through Labor Day. Another bin is located outside of Canby at CrossFit Wilsonville.

"We are excited to help support an organization that encourages our community to love one another in a tangible way," said Kelsey Cordill of Cutsforth's. "Now, let's Pass it On, Canby!"

To find out more or to keep up to date with the program, visit the website at or the Facebook page @passitoncanby.

Kristen Wohlers
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