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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
Santa arrived early this Christmas and not in his conventional sleigh with his team of eight flying reindeer! Instead, he chose to make a grand entrance in a helicopter this afternoon at Kuni Collision Center in Beaverton, Oregon. Why you might ask? Christmas isn’t even for another couple weeks!
Santa, in partnership with the Portland Metro Toy Drive, Konect Aviation, Kuni Automotive and Starbucks Coffee, will be landing to accept toy and book donations to support two local toy drive charities - Toys For Tots and Toy N Joy Makers.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and donates the toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Learn more here.
Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Toy N Joy Makers was founded in 1914 and also collects new, unwrapped toys in order to help less-fortunate families and children in the Portland area during the holiday season. In 2009, Toy N Joy Makers gave a total of 67,856 toys to families, assisting close to 19,000 children. Learn more about Toy N Joy Makers by visiting http://www.toynjoymakers.org/.
The event was sponsored and organized by the Portland Metro Toy Drive. Starbucks provided refreshments throughout the event and Marine Corps vehicles and PF&R Fire Engine 13 were on site for the celebration and festivities.
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December 9, 2010