Mary S. Young Park may not see hundreds of runners trotting around on Thanksgiving morning this year, but the primary goal of West Linn's annual Turkey Trot — donations for the West Linn Food Pantry — prevails.
Last year, nearly 900 people participated in the annual turkey day tradition, contributing over 3,000 pounds of food.
Though COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 5-kilometer run, Turkey Trot organizers knew how important it was to keep the tradition of food donations alive.
According to Turkey Trot Director Laura Jeffrey, need at the West Linn Food Pantry is up 50% right now.
To make donations simple for the community, 30 bins with bright yellow signs have been placed in the yards of Turkey Trotters and friends throughout West Linn.
Donations should be made before Nov. 25, as that's when the bins will be collected.
The West Linn Food Pantry accepts more than edible items. They also need hygiene items like shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and diapers.
The pantry also needs canned fruits and vegetables as well as hearty soups, chili, pasta and other ready-to-eat nonperishables.
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