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A chance to learn about its charitable services, contribute a gift and drink some tea

The public is invited to attend a Holiday Tea on Saturday, Dec.7, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church from 1-3 p.m. Attendees will learn about the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities and the South Waterfront House at 3410 S.W. Bond Ave. Lily K. H. McFadden, director of programs and community engagement, will be the featured speaker.

St. Barnabas is located at 2201 S.W. Vermont St.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington provide access to medical care, a home away from home, and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families. The South Waterfront location allows children to be near the world-class medical services available in Portland. On average, the families travel 500 miles to access medical care here and a family checks in every five hours. Through community and corporate support, there is no cost to the families for the services.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected to support the Ronald McDonald House Treasure Closet. At check-in, the child seeking treatment and any siblings are given golden tokens. They can then trade in the token for a selected toy from the Treasure Closet.

If you bring toys to donate, they should be new and unwrapped, have a value between $5 and $15, and be appropriate for children up to 18 years old. Teethers and rattles, stuffed animals, blocks and stacking toys, Play-Doh, LEGOS, art and craft supplies, board games, sports and video games, musical toys, or action figures are always popular gifts.

This event is sponsored by the Women of St. Barnabas, but all are welcome to attend.  Attendance is free, but attendees are asked to bring a dessert or finger food dish to share. Holiday attire is encouraged.

Attendees should RSVP to the church office at 503-246-1949 to assure a seat.


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