Locals raise funds for Colton Aid Network
Colton Aid Network (CAN) has provided Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes to community members living within the Colton School District for many years.
This year there are COVID-19 roadblocks to what have been the traditional food drives and fundraising efforts, but community members have stepped up to make it happen including 10-year-old Olivia Child and a couple of local businesses.
Child realized that Colton Aid Network has always depended on the canned food drive at Colton Elementary School for the extras for the Thanksgiving food boxes. But with no school in session, there would be no food collected this year. So, Olivia came up with a way to help her neighbors.
She has placed collection bins at the end of her driveway at 26630 South Shibley Road (right across from Upper Highland Road and easy to find) for donations of nonperishable foods.
The bins will be emptied every night to make room for the next day's donations that Olivia feels will bring smiles as well as food to the holiday table and help fill pantries of those who could use help stretching their holiday budgets.
You can drop off packaged foods from now until Thursday, Nov. 19.
Coyote Crossing Lavender Farm's artist, Kate Kobielsky, has been designing products to sell that will support Colton Aid Network and help Colton families.
"I am selling shirts, signed and numbered prints, and we had custom stickers but, they are already are sold out," Kobielsky said. "These commemorate the fire (which affected Coyote Crossing) and the community response that helped keep Colton safe and kept us together."
All proceeds from the sale of these limited-offer and special items will go to CAN and can be purchased online at: coyote-crossing-lavender.square.site/shop/wildfire-support-items/3.
Finally, Par-Li & Co Boutique in Molalla, owned by Colton's Mary Wilson and daughter Brittiany Gipe, are hosting a food drive for the CAN Christmas boxes in their store, at 102 North Molalla Ave., during Molalla's shop hop from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. For every three cans of food donated, you get $5 off the purchase of clothing, gift ideas and stocking stuffers.
"When we heard that the network was in need due to not having food drives, we felt that we needed to step up," Wilson said. "We are trying to figure out a way for the kids to be able to shop for family members for free. (They) need to have somewhere to do it and adhere to social distance."
There will be more on this option at a later date.
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