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T-Mobile collecting items for Portland Rescue Mission. Bring your donation of hygiene items and more to the Lake Oswego T-Mobile store by May 20.

T-Mobile's 2018 Health and Hygiene Drive will benefit Portland Rescue Mission. Jacob Douglas, manager of the Lake Oswego T-Mobile store invites the public to participate.

"We've been blessed with the resources and ability to put something like this together and we believe it's our duty and privilege to try and make a difference where we can," Douglas said. "If one more child is able to brush their teeth with a clean toothbrush or a single mother can take a full shower before a job interview, we will have made the world a better place for someone."

The Health and Hygiene Drive kicks off April 5 and continues through May 20. T-Mobile will be collecting jackets, pants and scarves but is putting an emphasis on collecting hygiene products such as toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste, travel-sized shampoo, razers, shaving cream, soap and other items.

"To thank donors for their support we will be offering 10 percent off any accessories (purchased) in-store," said Douglas. "We will also give a raffle ticket for every item donated. At the end of the drive we will have a raffle with an assortment of prizes ranging from gift cards to premium accessories valued at over $250." Winners do not have to be present to win.

Douglas said the Lake Oswego T-Mobile store will host a free barbecue lunch May 12, and all are invited to attend.

Donations can be brought to the T-Mobile store located at 333 S. State St., suite D in Lake Oswego. Call 503-490-0600 for more details.

According to its website (Portlandrescuemission.org) Portland Rescue Mission was founded in 1949 by John Van Diest Sr., opening its doors as the "John 3:16 Mission." From its earliest days of ministry, the words of that verse of salvation and hope have been at the heart and soul of its motivation for service: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son … "

John Van Diest Sr. started humbly serving with the limited resources he had, purchasing groceries himself to make a pot of soup to share with hungry men. Afterwards, he would share with them about God's love.

Since then, the Portland Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and despair in the lives of hurting people in need.

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