As many Gresham-area residents try to navigate the holidays during pandemic restrictions, some in the community wonder if they'll have enough food for a festive holiday meal.
Some of those worried folks likely will get food assistance from SnowCap Community Charities, the largest food bank in the area. The annual Fill-A-Bag food drive now underway gives everyone the opportunity to help their neighbors.
"SnowCap is a tremendous organization led by wonderful and dedicated employees and volunteers that truly care about the people and communities that they serve," said Casey Ryan, senior vice president at Riverview Community Bank, a major sponsor of the Fill-A-Bag effort.
"I cannot think of a better organization in East County, or in fact anywhere, that deserves the donations they receive. Donating to SnowCap means that you are giving to an organization that will assure your donation makes it to the people that you intended it to go to," he added.
Every year, businesses in the Gresham area go all out with fun events surrounding donation drop-offs. This year, these events will be drive-through affairs to ensure safety during the pandemic.
In addition, this year businesses are asking folks to donate personal care products and laundry and cleaning supplies because so many people are having trouble paying for those things. Masks are also needed.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Riverview Community Bank will hold its annual Fill-A-Bag event.
The first 100 SnowCap donors to drive through at the branch, at 224 N.E. Burnside Road, 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-through event.
Riverview will also be conducting 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, along with Gresham Ford, Riverview is accepting donations for SnowCap at its branch through the end of the year.
"As long as there is a need. Riverview will be there to support and lead," said Ryan.
Other upcoming Fill-A-Bag events are:
n 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.
n Classic cars will be on display as people drive through 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.
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.
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.)
- Can openers
- Hot chocolate packets
SnowCap would like full-size toiletries and items needed for care packages:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- 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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