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The annual blanket-making program looks to keep homeless students warm in Canby and Molalla this year

Warmth and comfort for homeless students in Canby and Molalla 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. 7, at 9 a.m. at Baker Prairie Middle School. It won't work unless the annual army of volunteers shows up and digs in.

"I always get a little nervous as Operation Snuggle approaches," said organizer Dawn Depner. "If we do not have community members show up to make the blankets, we cannot finish the goal."

Operation Snuggle's mission is to make fleece tie blankets for homeless students in the Canby and Molalla school districts. In 2018, they served 330 students over both communities, with volunteers knocking out the blankets in just over two hours.

The blankets made during last year's Operation Snuggle event.

This year, the goal is to serve 280 students in Canby and Molalla, though Depner noted that the number always increases prior to the assembly day. So, expect that number to jump over 300 again when it's all said and done.

To help, stop by BPMS on Dec. 7 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 non-perishable food to donate to the Kiwanis.

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 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."


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