1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 10, 2007 00:00
On Monday, December 10, 2007, and Wednesday, December 12, 2007, hundreds of volunteers will gather at the Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson, Portland, OR 97227-1820) to pack 4,000 holiday food boxes. The boxes will be delivered to community members in need later this week.
The Sunshine Division is a nonprofit, year-round relief agency that provides emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in need; last year, the agency distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food to families in Portland and its surrounding communities.
“Every year, community members from all walks of life gather at the Sunshine Division to pack boxes,” says Officer Phil Kent, Sunshine Division Liaison. “We have people who represent community groups or church groups, as well as Police Bureau personnel and even people who may have been helped by Sunshine in year’s past. Many people say it’s a tradition for their families or friends to do each year.”
The Sunshine Division is still collecting food to replenish its pantry; local grocery stores and businesses host barrels in the annual “Hope for the Holidays” campaign. Food can be donated at Safeway, Fred Meyer, Zupan’s Markets and other participating grocery stores. In addition, Lloyd Center Mall and 24-hour Fitness (most locations) as well as Portland Police Precincts are collecting food.
If you know someone who needs help please contact the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division at 503-823-2102. If you wish to donate, please call (503) 823-2119 or visit its website at www.sunshinedivision.org.
Sgt. Pete Simpson