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What can you do if your in-person fundraiser was canceled by coronavirus? Make baskets for delivery!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood Community House staffmembers Ashley Asbjornsen, Erin Fryer, and Elizabeth Milner pack Mothers Day Baskets. Staff and volunteers at the nonprofit Sellwood Community House didn't know how the fundraising idea would go over; but putting together Mothers Day Baskets – containing gifts from local businesses – turned out to be a hit.

On May 8, three people – Ashley Asbjornsen, Erin Fryer, and Elizabeth Milner – gathered to assemble the 60 presold gift baskets in the facility's kitchen.

"We 'sold out' all our baskets within just two days of announcing the project," remarked Sellwood Community House Program Manager Elizabeth Milner, as the three began packing the ordered baskets.

"It came from brainstorming ways to stay engaged with our community, to partner with local businesses, and to do something nice for the community which has been so supportive of us," Milner told THE BEE. "We're trying to be creative and stay engaged, during this time of 'coronavirus closure'."

Tilde, Chakralot, Wallace Books, Camamu Soaps, Rose City Coffee, Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters, Silver Julep, Sellwood Flower Company, and even The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island each contributed items that neatly fit in the large wicker baskets.

Although it looks as if the Community House will remain closed for a while yet, to be determined by rules issued by Governor Brown, "With the success we had with this, we're considering doing a 'Fathers Day Basket' in June," Milner smiled.

Stay in touch with Sellwood Community House, and check for a Fathers Day basket offer, online – www.sellwoodcommunityhouse.net


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