Community Food & Toy Drive under way
Regardless of where you land in the debate over whether to decorate for the holidays now or wait until after Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure: the Kiwanis club is already gearing up for the season.
The club has announced the start of its annual Community Food & Toy Drive, with applications for assistance due by Dec. 1 and toy donations due by Dec. 7. They are not collecting food this year, but are instead purchasing gift cards for families.
Toy barrels for donations can be found around Canby at the following locations: Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store, The Canby Center, Cutsforth's Market, Millar's Point S Tires, Les Schwab Tires, Canby Adult Center, Bricks & Minifigs, Gwynn's Coffeehouse, Book Nook and Key Bank.
Applications are available at Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store, The Canby Center, Canby Adult Center, St. Patrick's/St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and at canbykiwanis.org.
"As we hit our busy season of the annual Kiwanis Canby Community Food & Toy Drive, our club members give thanks for all that we have and wish everyone a happy holiday season," said Luana Hill, Canby Kiwanis newsletter editor. "We are so lucky to be able to spread joy and cheer to others through our mission of serving children."
Despite an irregular year so far, the community is stepping up to take care of its own and ensure the event is a success, according to Hill.
The Canby City Council approved a major donation toward food cards, and others have held small fundraisers.
Two fundraisers came from Kiwanis club members. Club member Megan Waterman, who owns the Book Nook, is donating profits from her store's sales of Canby High teacher Bob Hammitt's trivia book. Another member, Angela Baker, has been making and selling crocheted and Perler bead ornaments and decorations along with her family. She has raised several hundred dollars so far, Hill said.
Additionally, a number of volunteers have already stepped up to sort and package socks to add into the toy bags.
For more information and to find out how to get involved, visit canbykiwanis.org.
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