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Sandy's Helping Hands founder Machel Heldstab gives out popsicles, 'scoops of kindness'

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Khrys Jones, Crystal Bacon and Machel Heldstab prepare to board the trolley with popsicles for all. Sandy's Helping Hands Founder Machel Heldstab celebrated her birthday Thursday, July 2. But instead of asking for presents, she spent hours of her day riding the Sandy Transit trolley around town handing out popsicles in an effort she called Scoops of Kindness.

"At the very first stop, we had children running towards it, excited for the trolley and ice cream," Heldstab said after the event. "I admit I teared up. I felt like together, this simple act of kindness had brought our community back together again. I went home later feeling happy to share these little moments with so many families."

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Youths and the young at heart benefitted from Heldstabs sweet treats on July 2. Numerous children and young-at-heart community members were gifted a sweet treat along the trolley's shopping shuttle route Thursday. Volunteers, such as Trisha Jenkins, Amy Wright, Khrys Jones, Crystal Bacon and others, helped Heldstab in her endeavor to bring a little joy during a time of such uncertainty.

Clackamas County Bank donated funds toward the purchase of the fudge pops and creamsicles and Safeway helped out by deferring part of the cost of the items.

"I was hoping to spread some kindness to others, but I think I received more in return," Heldstab said.COURTESY PHOTO - Machel Heldstab and Clackamas County Bank Marketing Specialist Brian York hand out popsicles at Safeway.

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