Local nonprofit organizations come together to create Christmas for Sandy-area children

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SANDY POLICE DEPARTMENT - The Sandy Police Department's Reserve Police Officer unit is taking unwrapped toys for children ages 10 and older at the department office, 39850 Pleasant St., during business hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This time of year the question isn't really who is doing something to give back, but who isn't. To answer the former though, here's a list of who and where you can donate holiday cheer this holiday season.

If you're spending a chilly day in cleaning out your closets, there are multiple Sandy-area nonprofit groups collecting clothing to share the warmth.

Sandy Helping Hands is hosting its annual Operation Give Warmth. Until Jan. 5, your gently used coats, new socks, gloves and hats can be dropped off at local businesses and churches, including:

n Mt. Hood Cleaners, at 38862 Proctor Blvd., from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

n Abundant Life Church, 16633 Champion Way, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

n Windermere Real Estate, 38720 Proctor Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

n Sandy Helping Hands representatives will be on hand to collect supplies at the city's Christmas Tree Lighting in Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd., from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Patricia Kendrick at 503-995-7931 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Machel Heldstab at 503-710-1082.

Other groups have a longstanding tradition of giving Christmas to those in need in Sandy.

The Mt. Hood Lions Club will host its toy and food drive dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Mt. Hood Lions clubhouse at 24730 E. Woodsey Way, Welches. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. The menu is set to include beef, ham and all the trimmings. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26, Welches, Welches Clackamas County Bank, 67403 Highway 26, or Barlow Trail Roadhouse, 69580 Highway 26, for $12, or for $15 at the door.

All proceeds go to the Lions' youth activities, and attendees are asked to also bring nonperishable food to contribute to the Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program.

Sandy Kiwanis club members come together every year to collect and distribute toys and food for families in their community. Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Sandy Kiwanis will assemble with other community volunteers to compile their Christmas baskets. Several area businesses and groups will accept donations of toys and nonperishable food items in preparation for the event.

"We're always open for cash donations," said Martin Montgomery, Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program chairman. "Fifty percent of all food items are purchased by the Kiwanis."

Checks can be made out to Sandy Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program and mailed to P.O. Box 1261, Sandy, OR. 97055.

Toys can be dropped off at the following locations:

n The Sandy Police Department's Reserve Police Officer unit is taking unwrapped toys for children ages 10 and up at the department office, 39850 Pleasant Street, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Last year, the department collected 200 toys.

n Berkshire Hathaway at 39460 Proctor Blvd. is accepting toys.

n Les Schwab Tire Center at 37895 Highway 26 is accepting toys.

n Suburban Auto Group at 37000 Highway 26 is accepting toys and nonperishable food items.

Boy Scouts of Troop 662 will collect toys to help the Kiwanis during the Sandy Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, and also hand out cookies, hot chocolate and hot apple cider.

"We do a lot of camping," Josh Krushwitz, troop leader noted. "This is our time to be out in the community."

The troop also will help distribute the toys with the Kiwanis and host its annual Christmas tree recycling program the last weekend in December and the first weekend in January from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot, 37601 Highway 26, Sandy.

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