Woodburn nonprofit Love Santa, Inc. distributes food, gifts to more than 300 local families

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES -  Former Woodburn Fire Chief Paul Iverson helps transport a family's new bike.INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Volunteer Gina Audritsh chats with attendees of the Dec. 16 distribution day.
Local nonprofit Love Santa, Inc. gave food, toys and other gifts to about 300 Woodburn families on Saturday morning at its distribution event at Woodburn Foursquare Church.

The 298 families who came to the church received enough food to make several hearty meals, including a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, a pound of margarine, apples or oranges, onions and potatoes, along with other perishable and nonperishable food items.

In addition, they received a share of the more than 680 gifts and toys that were wrapped by volunteers in the week leading up to distribution day.INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Families received an assortment of gifts, but some were randomly chosen to receive big-ticket items, namely bikes, including the one pictured above.

Six additional families had their donations delivered. There were 26 food boxes remaining, 10 of which were donated to the Woodburn Foursquare Church and 16 of which were taken to the Woodburn AWARE Food Bank.

A similar distribution day was held on Dec. 9 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Hubbard, which was attended by 52 families.

The organization, founded in 1990, aims to make the holidays a little brighter for local families in need.

Robert Prinslow, president of the organization, said more than 356 families were helped by Love Santa this year.INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - All families served by Love Santa received food including bread, fruit, milk and eggs.
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Volunteers load up a cart with food at the Dec. 16 Love Santa distribution event.

"I want to point out this would not happen without the support of the community!" Prinslow wrote in an email. "Love Santa, Inc. relies on the wonderful volunteers and the many businesses, civic groups and individuals that donate money, equipment or services in support of the efforts of Love Santa, Inc."

Prinslow said most of the items were purchased by the organization with donated funds, but several in-kind donations were distributed, including bread donated through Newberg Grocery Outlet, onions donated by Upland Produce, potatoes donated by the Iverson family, and apples donated by the Bauman family.

Julia Comnes can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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