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Group based in unincorporated Clackamas County hopes to sponsor 250 low-income families

COURTESY PHOTO - Jennifer Aburg, Nicole Budden and Nicole Mitchell stand next to a barrel accepting donations of socks and boxers for Fort Kennedy's veteran beneficiaries.  Based in unincorporated Clackamas County east of Milwaukie, Fort Kennedy is hoping to sponsor 250 low-income veteran families and children to provide presents and other needs this holiday season.

COURTESY PHOTO - Fort Kennedy has piled up donations for low-income veterans next to its Christmas tree in Clackamas County, but is looking for support to help 250 families.Fort Kennedy, founded over five years ago by retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Tina Kennedy, was forced to close down operations due to COVID-19 restrictions last March. The nonprofit organization is back open on a limited basis, to provide services to homeless and low-income veterans, but Kennedy is looking for sponsors to adopt families to provide a wide array of needs for the holidays.

She and her group of volunteers, largely made up of veterans and veterans' families, also are planning to make 500 stockings for veterans in homeless shelters and transitional housing.

COURTESY PHOTO - Genie Beers volunteers for Fort Kennedy packing boxes of food for low-income veterans in the Portland area."We are working hard to reengage our homeless and low-income veterans and their families this holiday season, and we need the community's support," she said. "In the past, local businesses, individuals and families have stepped up to help support our efforts to see to the needs of our veterans."

This month several businesses throughout the metro area participated in Fort Kennedy's annual drive to collect boxer briefs and socks that are always in high demand.

"The shutdown of operations not only created a crisis situation for veterans in need, it almost completely wiped out our fundraising efforts," Kennedy said. "We are in serious need of an influx of cash donations so we can continue to provide over 250 Christmas meals throughout the Portland metro area."

You can donate to Fort Kennedy through PayPal, Venmo, BottleDrop or the U.S. Potal Service by mailing checks to 7600 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd., Portland, OR 97206.

You can reach Fort Kennedy by calling 503-765-2661 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in obtaining information on volunteer opportunities.

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