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Money raised in virtual donation drive will cover costs of Thanksgiving food boxes for Sandy, Estacada residents in need

COURTESY PHOTO: SUBURBAN AUTO GROUP - Erinn Sowle of Suburban Auto Group (right) presents check for the Sandy Community Action Center and Estacada Food Bank to Kirsten Pitzer of Sandy Community Action Center (left). In anticipation of increased need this Thanksgiving, Sandy's own Suburban Auto Group hosted a virtual donation drive earlier this month and got exceptional response. All funds will benefit Sandy Community Action Center and the Estacada Food Bank's Thanksgiving efforts to feed local families in need.

The drive was set to run through Nov. 6, and the auto group had promised to match donations up to $5,000. By Oct. 26, the drive already had raised $5,000, prompting the dealership to boost their contribution to $7,500. With the match, this brought the total raised to $15,000.

"We knew we wanted to do something with Thanksgiving coming," said Erinn Sowle, general manager of Suburban Auto Group. "It was wonderful to see everyone come together and give like that."

Because about 60% of the donations came from the Sandy community, 60% of the funds raised will go to the Action Center. This means $9,725 was given to the Action Center and $5,275 was given to the Estacada Food Bank.

"Several of our employees were the first to jump on and contribute," Sowle added. "The most rewarding part for me is to see the people come together during this time of uncertainty. We feel fortunate to be able to give back to this community that has supported us for going on 54 years."

With December and the Christmas season nearly upon us, Sowle assures that the giving spirit is far from depleted at Suburban Auto Group. The company is helping sponsor the Sandy Kiwanis' Christmas Basket Program this year. Because of COVID-19-related precautions, the canned food drive is canceled and Kiwanis members are doing all food shopping themselves. That said, the Kiwanis are seeking monetary donations to help cover costs of the food items.

Suburban Auto Group is helping raise donations and take toy donations and will match up to $5,000 worth of donated funds.

The Kiwanis ask that gifts be new and unwrapped, or in the form of a gift card for teens. For more information on the Sandy Kiwanis effort and how to participate, check out the recent article in The Post.


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