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Sandy nonprofit asks for help to fund annual dinner boxes program, prepares for Tickle Trot

PMG FILE PHOTO - A church has offered to help pack the Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes this year, and local scouts will help deliver them to families. (Photo circa 2018.)With the time of giving thanks right around the corner, the Sandy Community Action Center is calling on all who can to consider giving back.

Every year, the Sandy nonprofit organization raises funds and compiles Thanksgiving dinner boxes for families in need, and this year is no different. The center staff and volunteers plan to give dinner boxes to 150 families this year, but they need your help.

Hot ticket items on the center's wish list include canned yams, French fried onions, cream of mushroom soup and stuffing, but monetary donations are just as good if not better since the center has exceptional buying power with the Oregon Food Bank. Turkeys have been covered by an anonymous benefactor, but the remaining cost to fill one box is $30.

Donations are accepted until Friday, Nov. 19, and families in need of a box this year can also visit the center and sign-up before that deadline. Boxes will be distributed on Monday, Nov. 22.

A church community has offered to pack the boxes and local Scouts will help deliver this year.

"It was great last year," Executive Director Kirsten Pitzer said. "We had a really good turnout donating."

Donations can also be taken to the Tickle Trot 5K, the center's annual fundraiser, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. If you'd like to send or drop off a check, you are encouraged to specify in the memo line that the donation is for the Thanksgiving dinner boxes program. Donations can also be made online at sandyactioncenter.com.

To send a check, mail it to Sandy Community Action Center, P.O. Box 11, Sandy, OR 97055. Otherwise checks and food donations can be dropped off at the center at 38982 Pioneer Blvd.

Besides the excitement of supplying neighbors in need with food for Thanksgiving, Pitzer says she's looking forward to the Tickle Trot being back this year. Last year the event was hosted virtually, but on Nov. 25, Pitzer hopes to see all of her regular attendees and then some in-person.

"I think they're ready to get back to normal, traditional events," Pitzer adds. "I enjoy all of these events where we get to see the community face-to-face again. It helps make our community stronger and unite us."

Costumes are welcome at the Tickle Trot, which will start at the Fred Meyer store's garden center parking lot at 16625 S.E. 362nd Drive, on Thanksgiving morning.

Advance registration is not necessary and can be completed in-person the morning of the event, and participation is by donation.

The route is dog and stroller friendly. Day-of registration and donations open at 7:15 a.m., runners start at 8 a.m. and walkers take to the route at 8:15 a.m.

For more information, contact the Tickle Trot 5K Facebook page at facebook.com/tickletrot.


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