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Nonprofit organization to distribute popsicles to children on trolley route July 2

COURTESY PHOTO: UNSPLASH/SHARON MCCUTCHEON - Volunteers will be handing out popsicles along the Sandy trolley route in the afternoon and evening of July 2. As summer heats up but many COVID-19 concerns remain, the nonprofit organization Sandy's Helping Hands is hoping to gift some joy to the community's children.

From noon to 3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, volunteers with Sandy's Helping Hands will turn the Sandy Transit trolley into an ice cream truck for one day only. Unlike traditional ice cream trucks, all sweets on the trolley are free and for kids only.

"I just wanted to spread some kindness," said founder Machel Heldstab. "When I was growing up, I was way out in the country and there was never an ice cream truck. I think our children really need something uplifting right now and to have a little fun. If they're 18-year-old kids, that's fine with me."

The "Scoops of Happiness" effort will follow the usual trolley route around to local neighborhoods and stores. Two kinds of popsicles will be offered: creamsicles and fudgesicles, and are free for children ages 18 and younger.

Clackamas County Bank has donated toward the effort, and Safeway offered the nonprofit group a discount on their popsicles as well. Sandy Transit is donating use of the trolley and partnering with the group to run the route for the day.

Those who come out for a sweet treat are asked to social distance and wear a mask for the safety of the community.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Sandy's Helping Hands volunteers have kept busy delivering food and needed groceries and supplies to seniors and families in need. They've also taken recently to helping seniors with yardwork they can't manage on their own.

"We've been helping people in whatever ways we can," Heldstab said. "We're having the Scoops of Happiness now because summer is starting and it's beautiful in Sandy. It's just to spread a little kindness."

For more information, visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/2625763374354727/.


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