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OPINION: Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes food truck provides free meals for evacuees and law enforcement during fires.

The past three days the Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes food truck crew and a few awesome friends jumped in to help. We have had the privilege to serve hundreds of evacuees and first responders from multiple agencies.

COURTESY PHOTO: DENNIS GORTON - Law enforcement stationed in Estacada on Saturday get a free meal courtesy of the Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes food truck.We've talked to families who evacuated on Tuesday and are living in their car with their beloved pets. Seen other food vendor friends who were also forced to evacuate: A mother who is always giving to others and felt humbled to receive a warm meal. A husband who couldn't believe we were there to feed people for free. Multiple strangers and Chicken Sundae fans who generously have given donations of food and cash. One gentleman donated dozens of his farm-fresh eggs for us to serve Saturday morning.

The small community of Vernonia took in multiple evacuated animals and also pulled together to gather food for breakfast on Saturday morning. First responders who have worked 14-16 hours and were so appreciative of a hot meal. Two officers who spent their days off helping a coworker evacuate his own family.

Around 100 first responders were out serving their community who they themselves had been forced to evacuate. We were donated gallons of coffee for Saturday morning from a local manager/friend from Starbucks.

In tragic and uncertain times it's incredible to see people put all their differences aside and come together to do what is right for a fellow human being. Kindness matters always and there is always someone who will be forever grateful. What matters most is what unites us, not what divides us.

Clackamas County resident Dennis Gorton owns Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes food truck with his wife, Debbie, and business partners Jon and Kinnell Steward who live in Vernonia and who lived through the flood of 2007.


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