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The business is participating in 'The Christmas Angel Tree Fundraiser' to benefit children in need.

COURTESY PHOTO: DENO'S PIZZERIA - A local pizzeria is participating in a fundraiser that benefits Portland's Community Transitional School. For the 25th year, Deno's Pizzeria is helping grant Christmas wishes to students in Portland's Community Transitional School, which serves children whose families are homeless, in transition or are experiencing poverty-related crises.

The Christmas Angel Tree Fundraiser began Monday, Nov. 15 and will last until Wednesday, Dec. 8.

The pizza shop, 4475 Lakeview Blvd., has erected a Christmas tree adorned with dozens of clothespins holding cards with the name and age of a student in need, said Kay Valentine, one of the owners of the family-operated pizzeria.

"People can then choose a student to shop for and drop the unwrapped gifts — which range from clothes to toys — off at the pizza shop," she said.

Valentine said the annual fundraiser has a big impact on students at the school.

"These students move. Often they live in cars, hotels or shelters," she said. "What's really cool about this school is that since kids move often, they have four little school buses that go out and pick these kids up if they don't have transportation."

COURTESY PHOTO: DENO'S PIZZERIA - People can select a card hanging on the Christmas tree and purchase gifts for that student. Staff will deliver the gifts to the school Dec. 9.

If people wish to donate money or other items like wrapping paper and hygiene products, they can do that as well.

"It is such a heartwarming feeling to know that these kids are going to have a brighter Christmas," Valentine said. "It just makes us feel good. We're just excited."

People can visit the Community Transitional School's website for more information and to donate.


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