December 16, 2013 17:22
On Monday, December 16, 2013, and Wednesday, December 18, hundreds of volunteers will gather at the Portland Police Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson, Portland, OR 97227-1820) to pack 3,500 holiday food boxes for local area families. Packing will begin at 6 p.m. and finish around 8:30 p.m. Pack night is an annual tradition for many local families, church groups, police officers and other volunteers. 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.
On Saturday, December 21, police officers and volunteers will deliver the boxes to community members in need. The boxes are delivered from North Precinct, East Precinct, Southeast Sub-precinct and the Sunshine Warehouse, beginning at 9 a.m.
This is the Sunshine Division's 90th anniversary of delivering holiday meals to those in need; the tradition began in 1923 by Portland's first Police Reserves and Portland Police Officers.
This year, demand is up once again, says Officer Phil Kent, Sunshine Division Development Director. "These boxes are already spoken for, but we continue to provide emergency food to people every day at the warehouse and any police officer can take food to a person in need 24 hours a day." Officer Kent says Sunshine Division served 1,574 households directly with emergency food at its facility in November, a 15% increase over November of 2012.
**Special this year***
The Sunshine Division and the Portland Police Bureau will honor volunteer 50-year volunteer, Bud Lewis, on the Wednesday pack night who was the Sunshine Division Commander from 1963-1973. Bud has remained on the board and has spent countless hours volunteer and supporting Sunshine's mission. Bud will be honored at a ceremony at approximately 7 p.m.
About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built an 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need.
For more information, contact Executive Director, Kyle Camberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 823-2131 or visit ###
To donate or volunteer with the Sunshine Division visit: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204