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For the second year, Sellwood Community House has a Mother's Day gift fundraiser open to the public

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood Community Houses Director of Community Relations Erin Fryer is assisted by her daughter Kira in preparing pre-sold SCH Gift Bundles for distribution on Mother's Day morning. After a full year of putting on successful projects that brought together local businesses and neighbors, the nonprofit, community-operated Sellwood Community House (SCH) at S.E. 15th and Spokane Street circled back on May 9 to again offer their fund-raising "SCH Mother's Day Gift Bundles".

"I'm the organizer of the 'Mother's Day Gift Bundles'," acknowledged the Community House's Director of Community Relations and Development, Erin Fryer.

"We started this last May with the 2020 Mother's Day," recalled Fryer. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with people not able to go shopping, we collaborated with local businesses to put together fancy gift baskets – and then volunteers delivered them to those who purchased them."

Since then, they've continued on a similar theme, producing "Activity Kits" for kids, "Harvest Baskets", and "Holiday Baskets".

"And now, we're back to Mother's Day again!" Fryer exclaimed. "But this time, instead of putting the items into a basket, we're wrapping them in bundles."

A total of 33 bundles – containing hand-crafted soap and lip balm from Camamu Soaps, hand-made face masks from local artisan Ursula Hood, fresh-cut tulips from Sellwood Flower Company, an "eye pillow" from Silly Daisy wrapped in a Silly Daisy bandana – were purchased, prepared, and delivered on Mother's Day morning, Sunday, May 9th.

"Of the $69.00 collected for each one, the funds mostly go back to the small local businesses that provided the products; the remainder helps the Sellwood Community House continue our scholarship program," Fryer pointed out.

"We're happy to be a collaborator in our community, doing whatever we can to bring joy and togetherness."

See the "SCH Mother's Day Gift Bundles" being prepared for volunteer drivers in this BEE video – >

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