24 boxes of food packed for Catholic Charities; alphabet books colored for Helping Refugees

Nearly 150 women and teens gathered this month to work on seven different projects to help those in need.COURTESY PHOTO: JILL NEWSOM - Volunteers made 95 sets of hand and neck warmers to be shared with the Cover Up program, which provides needed items to veterans and their families.

The Sept. 18 Day of Service was organized by the Oregon City Stake Relief Society, which is part of the worldwide women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The women, both from the church and surrounding community, aimed to provide a helping hand to people in the Portland area and around the globe, in coordination with other area service organizations. The range of projects allowed those with varying interests and skills to serve.COURTESY PHOTO: JILL NEWSOM - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints event on Sept. 18 took place near Oregon City on Donovan Road.

More than 24 boxes of food were packed for Catholic Charities to share with displaced families. They contained basic, nonperishable items needed to cook healthy meals at home.COURTESY PHOTO: JILL NEWSOM - Ashley Nagel (from left, front row), Lety Kenner, Wanda Cardwell, Annette Bemis and Chrissy Jacobsen work together at the Sept. 18 event. From left in back are Ingra Rickenbach, Lois Harwood and Diane Good.

Alphabet books were colored for the Helping Refugees organization, and those involved said it was fun to create them with a purpose, knowing they would assist others with their language skills.COURTESY PHOTO: JILL NEWSOM - Beneficiaries of the project included Catholic Charities, Helping Refugees and senior centers across Clackamas County.

Volunteers sewed 102 baby hats for Healthy Families of Clackamas County, a county agency providing clothes directly to clients and to five hospitals in Clackamas County. The volunteers also created 90 pillowcase dresses for the "Dress a Girl Around the World" program in poverty-stricken areas. Ninety-five sets of hand and neck warmers were made to be shared with the Cover Up program, which provides needed items to veterans and their families at Clayton Moore Commons in Oregon City and Milwaukie-based Fort Kennedy.

Warmers also went to the Milwaukie Center and Helensview School, a Portland institution that provides support services for youth ages 12-21 who have dropped out or who are experiencing chronic attendance/behavioral issues.

Volunteers donated 653 Christmas cards for Molalla/Canby senior centers to share, 91 drawstring bags for women's shelters, and toy block sets for children in crisis throughout the world went to other local and worldwide organizations.

"After rescheduling this event four times over the last two years due to COVID, it was nice to finally be able to gather and do something good for the community and for others around the world," said Sandy Bever, president of the Oregon Stake Relief Society. "The need was greater than ever before. It took many hours of planning and delegating but we all were able to work together to make this event a great success."

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