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The event organizers hope to collect 5,000 pounds for the West Linn Food Pantry

COURTESY PHOTO: LAURA JEFFREY - Community members can donate non-perishable food items to the West Linn Food Pantry by dropping them off in the orang bins with accompanying sign. After collecting more than 4,500 pounds of food for the West Linn Food Pantry last year, longtime Turkey Trot organizer Laura Jeffrey is hoping to top that amount this year.

Though Jeffery once again decided to err on the side of caution this time and not host the usual 5K Turkey Trot through Mary S. Young Park, the heart of the run — collecting donations for the food pantry — lives on.

Through Nov. 23, Jeffrey, fellow trot organizers and friends are collecting food donations throughout town. Community members can drop off donations at one of over 30 bins placed throughout the city. The bins, which are bright orange with a yellow food collection sign, are easy to spot.

Jeffrey noted the pantry's most needed items include soup, chili, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, pasta sauce, hamburger helper, toilet paper and bar soap.

Having canceled the Turkey Trot last year because of the pandemic, Jeffrey said she still was not comfortable hosting the family-friendly run this year with so many children still unvaccinated.

"I am grateful for the five years of support the community and local businesses gave to the Trot," Jeffrey said.

Run With Paula, a Portland-based running organization, has planned its own Turkey Trot through Mary S. Young Park for this year.

Find food bins at numerous locations, specifically: Bolton Fire Station, Hidden Springs Rd. Fire Station, West Linn Library, Willamette Dr. & White Tail, Summit St., Holly St., Poseidon Ct., Volpp St, SW Trail Rd., Chunut Ct., Ireland Lane, Christy Ct., Broadway St., Corner of Zeus & Horton, Cheyenne Terrace, Windsor Terrace, Ridge Lane, Winkel Way , Hunter Ct., Beacon Hill Dr., Marylhurst Dr., Gregory Ct., Bellevue Way, Crestview Dr., Nomie Way, Rosepark Ct., Wildwood Dr., Dawson Ct. by Tanner Creek Park, Furlong Dr., Conestoga Lane, 4th St., 19th St., Suncrest Dr., Sabo Lane, Remington Dr., SW Valley View Rd., Rosemarie Lane, Renaissance Court.


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