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The Pamplin Media Group hopes to inspire a higher level of giving this holiday season. In Sandy, the recipients of local donations will be andy Helping Hands, Mt. Hood Hospice and Sandy Community Action Center.

Our hope is that readers will find a group that resonates with them and make a donation today.

Every day the Pamplin Media Group, parent company of the Sandy Post, strives to create stronger communities through the power of local journalism.

When we can engage readers with stories about their neighborhood, friends or family, then we have helped to create a community of readers who value what's happening locally.

Going into this holiday season, we wanted to see if we could create a grassroots effort of support for our local nonprofit organizations. This week, we are pleased to launch a new campaign called Give Local.

Give Local is Pamplin Media Group's effort to inspire readers to support local nonprofit organizations that are also working to make our communities stronger.

In partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington and numerous local businesses, we are seeking to make more people aware of the efforts of local nonprofit groups. We hope to create a ripple effect of more awareness, more donations and more volunteers, with the end result being stronger communities.

Beginning this week and running through the week of Nov. 12, the Pamplin Media Group's 20 newspapers and websites will highlight up to 60 local nonprofit organizations throughout the metro area and the efforts they make to help others.

Here in Sandy, we'll highlight three nonprofits:

Sandy Helping Hands: This nonprofit organization connects people in need with people who help by building a better community. The goal is to connect local volunteers with families and individuals in need.

Mt. Hood Hospice: A nonprofit organization that provides compassionate care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones, regardless of their ability to pay.

Sandy Community Action Center: A hunger relief agency that serves the residents of the Oregon Trail School District.

Our hope is that as we enter this period of generous giving, you will take some time to learn about each of these worthy groups.

And whether you become a donor or a volunteer (or both), and no matter how much you give or which causes you support — just remember that when communities work together to support one another, they can accomplish amazing things.

— Steve Brown, publisher

The Outlook, Sandy Post, Estacada News

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