Clackamas High School plans annual Winter Rage
Clackamas High School's biggest annual student-led project aims to brighten the holidays for struggling families.
CHS junior Darla Le, vice president of the school's Key Club and co-chair of the Winter Rage Committee, said this project will give hope to the hundreds of families that depend on assistance by providing them with toys, clothes, furniture and food.
"It is estimated that one in four children in our area won't have basic living needs met during the holidays," Le said. "Winter Rage allows our student body to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and what better time to give back to our own community than the holidays?"
Winter Rage is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, when families who are in need can come to CHS to pick from thousands of articles of clothing that are donated and sorted onto tables.
"It's like a rummage sale, but families don't need to worry about the cost," Le said. "Donations vary from clothing, canned foods and toiletries to kitchen appliances and beds."
As the parents are "shopping" for free necessities, the kids have a carnival that student volunteers run. Volunteers pair up to assist families, and for families who speak Spanish as their primary language, National Spanish Honor Society students and bilingual volunteers are there to help translate.
"With games, prizes and face painting, the kids get to experience a day of fun and joy as the holidays approach," Le said. "After they get their donations, families swing by our designated gift room, where presents are held for the children of each family so that the parents do not need to worry about spending money on gifts this holiday season."
Additionally, every classroom at CHS "adopts a family" with kids who write a wish list that each classroom uses to buy presents.
"By doing this, our school takes off the pressure for parents to get their kids gifts who may not be able to afford it," Le said. "Winter Rage is such a rewarding experience. There is something so wonderful and powerful in seeing how a simple sweater that you donate can be a kid's new favorite sweater and how that simple piece of clothing can save a lot of stress and time for parents."
What: Giving hope to local families who are in need
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Where: Clackamas High School's East Campus, 14331 S.E. 132nd Ave.
How to help: Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30 a.m. to help sort donations, which are accepted at the school throughout the event
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