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Financial firm steps in to bolster annual SnowCap food drive and feed the hungry in East County

PMG FILE PHOTO - Christy Brewster Kinsey, left, owner of Landmark Tax & Investment Services Inc. and Cindy Hosking, executive assistant, will participate in the Fill-A-Bag food drive on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The rough economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has sent more and more people to SnowCap Community Services for food assistance and Landmark Tax & Investment Services Inc. is, again, stepping up to help SnowCap help others by participating in the annual Fill-A-Bag food drive.

"We care about our community and feel this is our part to give back to the community," said Christy Brewster Kinsey, owner of Landmark.

"My business has been doing Fill-A-Bag for many years. With raising money and us matching the donation, I've been able to donate about $2,000 a year in a cash donation, in addition to the barrels of food we have been able to collect," Kinsey said.

Restrictions to curtail the coronavirus have altered the Fill-A-Bag food drive this year so Landmark's Saturday, Nov. 21, event will be a drive-thru donation opportunity.

From 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, Landmark, 415 N.E. Fourth St., will accept donations of needed items or money and donors will get a raffle ticket for items donated by local businesses.The first 100 folks will get a ticket for a free frosty from Wendy's. As in years past, Landmark will match total cash donations.

You can also "empty" a bag at Landmark. The firm is offering free shredding of one box of documents per vehicle.

Other upcoming Fill-A-Bag events are:

- Riverview Community Bank, 225 N.E. Burnside Road, steps up for Fill-A-Bag from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. The first 100 SnowCap donors will receive a Riverview "Santa Pack" which includes a $5 gift card and holiday goodies from iCandy. Eastside Theater's Frozen Princess will reign over the drive-thru event.

At Riverview, there will be a raffle for iPod Pro Ear Buds and an iPad to benefit SnowCap and the Eastside Theater's February show. Tickets will be sold at the branch and at the theater door.

And, as with Gresham Ford, Riverview will accept donations for SnowCap at its branch through the end of the year.

- From 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, Santa and Elsa will be happy to accept donations for SnowCap at a drive-up event at U.S. World Taekwondo, 39 N.W. Third St.

- Classic cars will be on display as people drive through the parking lot near Gresham Office Depot, 2205 N.E. Burnside Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at a donation station organized by Mt. Hood Mustangs & Fords Car Club.

- "Try Local" will take donations at Sandy Cinema, 16605 Champion Way, Sandy, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Of course, SnowCap's donation center at 1778 S.E. Pine St., will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Major business sponsors of Fill-A-Bag are Gresham Ford, Riverview Community Bank and Pamplin Media Group.

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Want to help?

Here is the list of SnowCap Community Charities' most needed items for food boxes:

Canned vegetables

Canned tuna

Canned soups/stews/chili

Peanut butter

Canned fruit

Dessert mixes (Jello/cake/brownie etc.)

Coffee

Can openers

Hot chocolate packets

 

SnowCap would like full-size toiletries and items needed for care packages:

Soap

Shampoo and conditioner

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Lotion

Deodorant

Razors

Shaving cream

Hand sanitizer

Baby wipes 

Sanitizing wipes

Dish soap 

Dishwasher detergent 

Laundry detergent

Toilet paper and paper towels

Masks for children and adults

Hand warmers 

Hats, gloves and scarves

 

For children SnowCap would like to have pre-filled stockings or small bags with items such as: activity books, crayons, card games, hot chocolate, candy or other small holiday treats.

 


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