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Group delivered more than 300 bags of supplies Oct. 23 to families in the North Santiam, Santiam Canyon and Silver Falls school districts

COURTESY PHOTO - Project Chair Jim Jaggers stands amid school supplies delivered by the Woodburn Christian Church to the Mari-Linn School Gym in Lyons on Oct. 23. Supplies were gathered by parishioners and donations of almost $600 were made to the project. When the Labor Day wildfires devastated the communities in the Santiam Canyon a week before the start of the 2020-21 school year, members of the Woodburn Christian Church sprung into action.

With school disrupted and hundreds of families left without homes, let alone basic supplies, parishioners took on the task of soliciting donations for school supplies to be delivered in October.

"We saw the need and reacted," project chair Jim Jaggers said in late September.

The group's efforts came to fruition a month later upon delivery of 329 bags of supplies and crafts to Mari-Linn School on Oct. 23, where families of students from the North Santiam, Santiam Canyon and Silver Falls school districts picked up the donations.

"We knew these would be a later item supplied to the families in the burned out areas," Jaggers said. "Church members worked on the project for three weeks and packed up the bags on Friday."

Donations from as far away as The Dalles and Albany were received, Jaggers said.


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