Local veterinarian launches holiday fundraising challenge
Dr. Chris Holenstein, a popular veterinarian at Gresham Animal Hospital, is challenging the community to a competition of compassion this holiday season.
He's teamed with Major Diane Madsen at the Gresham Salvation Army and has two of their famous red kettles set up at his clinic at 520 N.W. Division St.
If you donate more to one kettle, Holenstein — known by patrons as "Dr. Chris" — will match all the donations in that red pot with his own money. More donations to the other pot will lead the amiable veterinarian will shear off his wavy locks and sport a mohawk-style haircut for a month.
"This is gonna be great," he said.
The kettles will be available for feeding at the clinic during business hours, or at Gresham Area Chamber Friday AM meetings held at 7:20 a.m. on Fridays at various businesses around town.
The Gresham Salvation Army provides a variety of services to the needy in the Gresham area including emergency food assistance, vouchers for clothing at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, life skills classes and more.
Holenstein hasn't decided yet when he'll announce which kettle gathered the most money, but it could be at a Chamber Friday AM meeting in January. At the announcement, he'll either make the match from his personal funds or get his mohawk cut on the spot.