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Eighth grade leadership team creates an outreach drive to bring goods to those in need

Over the years the Athey Creek Middle School Leadership group has hosted a "Turkey Trot" event each year as a fundraiser for a variety of causes throughout the state.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Turkey Trot won't take place — but the group didn't want to miss out on giving to a good cause.

Toni Snapp, school counselor and ASB coordinator, said this year the group chose to host an outreach drive for the Estacada community affected by the recent fires.

"I am working with a lovely group of eighth grade students who are compassionate and wanting to serve," she said.

Snapp said she has a friend and colleague who is a school counselor in Estacada, which is how she came to know about the great need there.

The fire in Estacada affected many and caused 18 families to lose their homes.

"They've actually experienced a variety of hardships … over the past four years," she said.

Snapp said the recent fires were the tipping point, but the community there is resilient.

The outreach drive includes three main ways to give. The first is donating new "comfort items" such as fleece blankets, socks, gloves, pillows and stuffed animals. You can also donate gift cards so families can replace items that were lost in the fire. Accepted gift cards include Safeway, Target, Walmart and Fred Meyer. The third way to give is to sponsor a holiday meal for a family.

Snapp said the team is also looking for companies willing to match donations.

"Because we have phenomenally generous people in our community ... Nike has made a generous donation of apparel and so I'm so excited about that," Snapp said.

She said that the Willamette Christian Church community has also made generous donations.

"I would love this to be a continual thing because these families are going to need continual support," she said.

Donations can be dropped off at the front door of ACMS between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 19.

Contact Toni Snapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for alternative ways to donate or have items picked up, or to learn more about sponsoring a holiday meal.

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