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Sandy Kiwanis, a nonprofit organization, relies on contributions of toys and monetary donations to help those in need during the holiday season.

MAKE A DONATION: sandykiwanis.org/ChristmasBasket.html

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Sandy's Community Christmas Basket program will collect food and gifts for local families in need this winter and distribute them before Christmas.

Planning has started for the 66th annual Sandy Community Christmas Basket Program sponsored by the Sandy Kiwanis Club.

Last year, community donations helped the effort assist 350 local families with baskets filled with food and toys. This year, Sandy Kiwanis will purchase all the food for the Christmas Basket Program, and will need your help. To help Kiwanis purchase food, donors are asked to consider sponsoring a family with the cost for one Christmas Box, valued at $50.

Financial donations from businesses and community members will be essential this year to fill the gap left by the downturn in the economy and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make a donation:

• Online: sandykiwanis.org/ChristmasBasket.html

U.S. Postal Service: Sandy Community Christmas Baskets, P.O. Box 1261, Sandy 97055.

Sandy Fire District will process applications for those Christmas Box requests from people who live within boundaries of the district. Beginning Monday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 15, applications can be completed by visiting the Sandy Fire District website. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there will be no in-person applications. If you require assistance filling out an application, you are encouraged to call the Sandy Fire District at 503-668-8093.

New toys are being collected and donated by several local businesses and organizations. Anyone wishing to donate gifts can take them to the Sandy Fire District, Geren's Farm Supply, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, Sandy Branch of Clackamas County Bank, Grocery Outlet, Suburban Auto, Mt Hood Athletic Club, Sandy Les Schwab Tire and Caliber Home Mortgage. The Kiwanis asks that gifts be new and unwrapped or in the form of a gift card for teens.

"We really would like to thank the businesses and community members that have supported this program over the years." said co-chair Martin Montgomery. "This program would not be as successful without the help of local volunteers and partners in the community."

For more information contact Martin Montgomery at 503-894-4382.

Kiwanis Club of Sandy is a tax deductible nonprofit organization, tax ID No. 93-6032782.


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