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MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013 – Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting a toy giveaway to benefit the Batum Mama Foundation from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
Batum will be at this year’s toy giveaway, held at Portland Parks & Recreation's Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., to bring joy to lives of many children who may not otherwise receive toys during the holiday season.
Portland Parks & Recreation is delighted to partner with Batum to provide space for the event, and PP&R invited the hundreds of area kids to receive gifts. Please note that the toy giveaway is not an open event for “drop-in” participation.
“The neighborhoods surrounding PP&R’s Charles Jordan Community Center are among the most economically and culturally diverse in our city,” said Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “It is wonderful that Nicolas, in addition to his success with the Trail Blazers on the court, is showing his MVP skills at brightening the holidays for kids who need some cheer.”
Nicolas Batum, a six-eight Frenchman, is in his sixth year with the NBA. The versatile forward has played for the Portland Trail Blazers his entire NBA career. He ranks among the top 40 in steals and blocks per game and became the fourth NBA player to ever have 100 three-pointers, 350 assists and 80 blocks in a season.
The Blazers are off to a blistering start, with a league-leading 23-5 record going into January.
Media photo opportunities with Batum will be available before and after the event.
MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Hundreds of volunteers will gather at the Portland Police Sunshine Division Warehouse today and Wednesday to pack 3,500 holiday food boxes for local area families.
The warehouse is at 687 N. Thompson St.
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, Dec. 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, according to 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.”
Kent said Sunshine Division served 1,574 households directly with emergency food at its facility in November, a 15 percent increase over November 2012.
Longtime volunteer honored
This year, the Sunshine Division and the Portland Police Bureau will honor 50-year volunteer Bud Lewis at the “Wednesday Pack Night.”
Lewis was the Sunshine Division Commander from 1963-73. He has remained on the board and has spent countless hours volunteering and supporting Sunshine's mission. He 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 Portlandfamilies 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 a 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days per week at their warehouse as well as 24 per day, seven days per week, through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, which stores food boxes at each precinct, Boxes can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief, the division also offers new and gently used clothing to those in need.
For more information, contact Executive Director Kyle Camberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 823-2131. To donate or volunteer with the Sunshine Division visit the website.
FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013 – Portland kicked off the holiday season in style with the annual Macy’s Parade on Friday. The tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square begins shining this weekend.
This year, Hanukkah began Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 5.
Thanksgiving on Thursday gave way to Black Friday; Friday’s parade through downtown; the annual “Little Boxes” celebration of smaller retailers; followed by Small Business Saturday.
Festivities will continue through the holidays.