Tis The Season For Giving

One of the best things about living and working in Woodburn is the people. During the Christmas season I see a community come together. Love Santa helps over 500 individuals with food and toys. Yesterday, Webb Chiropractic held its annual food and toy drive, which they have been doing for over two decades and all of the donations benefit Love Santa. The Webb family hosts the event, but it wouldn’t be much of an event if it wasn’t for their patients, who receive a “free” adjustment with a donation.

Tomorrow (Dec. 6), local firefighters from North Marion County will have their annual food and new and unwrapped toy drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Firefighters from the communities of Woodburn, Hubbard, Aurora, Donald, Gervais and surrounding areas will be driving through their respective communities with local civic groups, community partners and local Scout clubs, assisting in the collection of nonperishable food items.

Nonperishable food items needed: canned soups, beans, vegetables, fruits, pastas, grains, oils, cereal, baking products, etc.

When the sound or sight of sirens and fire trucks descend upon each neighborhood, individuals are asked to bring food items out to meet the volunteers. Donations can also be left curb side. Any neighborhood that doesn’t want sirens going off is asked to contact that local fire department and every effort will be made to meet your request on the day of the food drive.

All food, toys and monetary donations that are collected by firefighters and the Scouts will be distributed locally in their respective communities. Food collected in the Woodburn area will help to provide meals to over 150 families in need. This collection will be distributed through the St. Vincent De Paul Society, which is a branch of St. Luke School here in Woodburn. The Woodburn Fire Department has partnered with this program for over 20 years. St. Vincent De Paul Society is also accepting monetary donations at the St. Luke Food Pantry.    

Food collected in the Hubbard, Donald and Aurora area will be distributed through the Hubbard Love Santa organization. The Hubbard Love Santa organization is accepting cash and check donations for the purchase of fresh food items. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 12.

Other drop-off locations for nonperishable food, toys and monetary donations include the Aurora Fire Station, Woodburn Fire District Headquarters Station and Hubbard Fire Station. Hubbard Love Santa has teamed up with local businesses and new and unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Hubbard Chevrolet and Woodburn Les Schwab Tire Center.

For more information on this effort, please call James Audritsh at 503-951-2366.

I know there are many others in this community who make the holiday season that much brighter for people in need. Two local churches recently hosted Community Thanksgiving dinners and one, Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene served nearly 800 meals.

I am proud to live and work in this community.

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