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Attend Veterans Day events across East Multnomah County; nonprofit distributes care packages

Honor local veterans

There is a full schedule of events this year in East Multnomah County for Veterans Day — all of which will be socially-distanced and include good safety practices.

Saturday, Nov. 7

- Gresham VFW Membership Drive and Fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wood Village Fred Meyer, 22855 N.E. Park Lane.

Sunday, Nov. 8

- Gresham VFW Membership Drive and Fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wood Village Fred Meyer, 22855 N.E. Park Lane.

- Drive-by Veterans Salute, 12:30-2 p.m. at Brookdale Mt. Hood and Gresham Manor. Lineup along Northeast Rene Avenue at the corner of Southeast Stark Street.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

- At 7 a.m., U.S. flags will be placed along Main Avenue in downtown Gresham.

- Heroes Memorial Wreath Ceremony, 11 a.m. at Gresham Heroes Memorial, corner of East Powell Boulevard and Southeast Roberts Avenue.

- Flag Raising, noon at Gresham Manor, 2895 S.E. Powell Valley Road.

- Flag Retirement, 1 p.m. at Bateman-Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Reynolds HS drops vets celebration

The Reynolds Raiders had to scrap their traditional "Living History Day" that honors veterans this year, due to restrictions imposed to tamp down the coronavirus.

Every year around Veteran's Day, hundreds of veterans and their spouses enjoy lunch and pack the high school gym for an emotional tribute to their service. Students stand and applaud as the vets march in, organized by their branch of service. The veterans are serenaded by the school choir and band and hear student and veteran speeches.

The high schoolers are exploring other ways to honor the country's veterans since the lunch and program had to be scrapped.

Free flu shots available

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is offering free flu shots from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and Saturday Nov. 14. The vaccinations will be given in the Cascade Classroom in the Cascade Building Sleep Center, 24700 S.E. Stark St. Supplies are limited.

Shots are offered to people 6 months old and older. People under 15 years old need a guardian present to receive a vaccination.

Legacy is also offering specialized shots including high dose, preservative free, egg free and latex free.

Masks are required, social distancing will be practiced and temperatures will be screened.

Nonprofit distributes care packages in East County

More than 125 East Multnomah County families received care packages to keep them going through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Community Supply Distribution Drive was hosted by the Prevention and Community Public Health Department of Northwest Family Services Friday, Oct. 16. The care packages included household supplies; school supplies; grocery store gift cards; books; bus passes and food boxes. Staff, volunteers and participants wore masks and maintained social distancing in both the drive-through and walk-through distribution lines.

The care package items were partly funded by a $5,000 grant from the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Oregon, which is a coalition working collaboratively to address opioid addiction and misuse across the state. With the grant, RALI also donated 400 safe disposal pouches and information about the safe disposal of prescription medicines.

"The grant from RALI Oregon allowed us to offer support to the most vulnerable members of the community to access food and cover other basic needs," said Abby Wells, Prevention and Community Public Health Department manager at Northwest Family Services.


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