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The school's Fill-A-Bag food drive event for SnowCap features Santa, Elsa and fun

COURTESY PHOTO: LYNDA HINTON ON UNSPLASH  - Santa takes a break before heading over to U.S. World Taekwondo for their festive Fill-A-Bag food drive event on Dec. 5.

The Fill-A-Bag food drive to stock pantry shelves at SnowCap Community Charities continues and U.S. World Taekwondo is planning a special, family event for dropping off much-needed supplies for struggling East Multnomah County families.

The annual Fill-A-Bag food drive gives everyone the opportunity to help their neighbors who might be facing food insecurity, especially with job losses or reduced work hours due to the pandemic.

"This year it's probably harder for people to give and that is why it's more needed this year," said Claire Lider, co-owner of Gresham's U.S. World Taekwondo.

In a normal year, businesses in the Gresham area go all out with fun events surrounding Fill-A-Bag donation drop-offs. But this year, these events will be drive-through socially-distanced affairs to ensure safety in the pandemic.

In addition, this year the businesses are asking people to donate cleaning supplies and personal care products because so many people are having trouble paying for those things. SnowCap would also like masks to help struggling families stay safe during the pandemic.

U.S. World Taekwondo is pulling out all the stops. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Santa and Elsa will be happy to accept donations for SnowCap at their drive-up event at 39 N.W. Third St.

They'll have goodie bags for the first 100 kids who stop by with a donation. And, if children would like to write a holiday letter to Santa or Elsa, those too can be dropped off and if a return address is provided, Santa and Elsa will answer the letter.

"We always try to support local and we know these donations stay local," Lider said.

The martial arts studio incorporates community service into their teaching, so partiipating in the SnowCap food drive is a natural fit for them.

U.S. World Taekwondo wanted to give a shout out to Palace Princess Parties and events, who donated the Santa and Elsa appearances.

The last Fill-A-Bag event of the year will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Some shiny classic cars will be on display as people drive through near Gresham Office Depot, 2205 N.E. Burnside Road to drop their contributions 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 – 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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