December 12, 2011 13:50On Monday, December 12, 2011, and Wednesday, December 14, hundreds of volunteers will gather at the Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson, Portland, OR 97227-1820) to pack 3,500 holiday food boxes for local area families. On Saturday, December 17, police officers and volunteers will deliver the boxes to community members in need.
Known for their holiday food boxes, the Sunshine Division is actually a nonprofit, year-round relief agency that provides emergency food and clothing directly to families and individuals in need. This year, demand is up once again, says Officer Phil Kent, Sunshine Division Operations Manager. "These 3,500 food boxes are already spoken for, but we are seeing an overwhelming amount of people at our warehouse each day."
Pack night is a tradition for the Sunshine Division, as well as its many volunteers. "We see people from every walk of life come in and pack boxes," says Officer Kent. "Sometimes they are here because Sunshine helped them. We have church groups, teams, or just people who do it every year because it's a tradition." The Sunshine Division has enough volunteers for tonight and Wednesday, but will always welcome volunteers for delivery day or any other time at the warehouse to sort or stock food.
If you wish to donate to Sunshine, please call (503) 823-2119 or visit its website at http://www.sunshinedivision.org For more information on volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt. Pete Simpson