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The band program was devastated by the mysterious theft of a trailer containing supplies, uniforms and equipment.

COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTINA SAUL - Cans pile up at St. Helens High School in an effort to raise money after a trailer goes missing.While there are still no clues as to who may have taken a trailer from the St. Helens High School parking lot that was used by the marching band and color guard programs, the community has responded with generosity to help replace what was lost.

The trailer has been missing since July 13. It , which was loaded with equipment and supplies used by the marching band and color guard programs.

Ryan Scholl, chair for St. Helens Band Patrons, said the estimated cost of replacing the trailer and its contents is $10,000.

With a goal of $10,000, the amount raised through GoFundMe, at press time is $4,755.

A separate can and bottle drive was held at the high school on Aug. 7. That event brought in $1,600 in cash donations, along with an unknown amount in bottles and cans.

The Jane Garcia Team, a real estate service in St. Helens, donated $1,000.

"People came from Gresham, Tigard, Portland, from everywhere," said Scholl, who also sits on the school board for the St. Helens School District. "It just grew. It was amazing to see people come out of the woodwork to help."

Scholl was pleased with the community support.

"It's so cool to see that everybody came out and did this," he said. "We had $25 out of the car show (Citizens Day) for the drive. It was really cool."

Noelle Freshner, St. Helens High School band director, was equally happy with the community outreach.

"I'm overwhelmed by the support," Freshner said, "Everybody has been absolutely amazing."

Freshner noted that donations came from outside the community, even from competing bands.

"We even had a couple of bands that stepped up," she said, noting that the Tigard and Sherwood high school bands sent donations.

"We had some St. Helens alumni who lived in Vancouver that came over and made a donation, which was really neat," Freshner said. "There were some other St. Helens alumni from Gresham that came over and donated as well."

Freshner added, "It's just overwhelming to see the community care about these kids."

Next up for the programs is to purchase new gear.

"We've already started looking for supplies and trying to find the best deals so we can get the most out of the money," Scholl said.

As to the chance of reaching the $10,000 goal, Scholl said, "We're really close, when it's all said and done."

The GoFundMe site can be found at gofundme.com/f/st-helens-band-patrons-fundraiser.


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