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A Poem of Thanksgiving...

“Family in Need” read the handwritten note. “Give in the Name of the Lord.” It was posted in the main hallway in the center of the bulletin board. As parishioners passed through the hall after the Sunday worshipping session, they stopped to read the prominent note and formed a concerned expression. Many met out in the parking lot in groups of two or three as they spoke of this family in need and wondered just who it could be. Did this family attend their church? What was their situation? Just which family had the preacher met who was in need of such donation? They spoke a while and left for home, but not until they all agreed that they would gather everything they could for this family in need. The preacher was sitting in the office ready to accept the gifts bestowed, and he stood up straight to warmly greet the first family that showed. The little boy stepped up to the table with a football in his hands. He said, “The side is ripped a little, so I fixed it with rubber bands.” Then approached his little sister, “Here’s a dress with buttons and lace. My grandma made it last year,” a tender smile upon her face. Their parents put down a box of canned food, then quietly backed away and stood. “We know what it’s like to be without and wanted to do whatever we could.” The preacher wore a puzzled smile as he stared at the items lying there and at his desk, he sat to bow his head and speak a little prayer. “Please bless this generous family.” He graciously asked the Lord, “For they are the Family-in-Need I referred to on the bulletin board.”

'Tis the Season...

Is your church or non-profit organization looking for a way to help those in our community that may be a little less fortunate this Holiday Season? Well, here’s the answer for you.

The Fourth Annual Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap Community Charities is in full swing! If you’d like to pick up a stack of bags to take to your church or organization stop by Gresham Ford. We’re open until midnight and you can pick them up anytime. You can drop the filled bags at Riverview Community Bank on Burnside, Gresham Ford, Stamp-Connection or Balance Health & Injury Clinic. SnowCap not only benefits greatly from all the food donations, but the cash donations are an even better blessing. For every $1 donated, SnowCap can purchase 20 pounds of food!! That’s $.05 a pound!! There is an envelope attached to each bag if you’d like to mail in your contributions or you can also donate online at: http://www.snowcap.org/Donate.aspx.

Another great annual event that is happening is “A Celebration of Thanksgiving” presented by Adventist Health. This Annual Thanksgiving concert highlighting a commitment to hope and healing features Wayne Watson and Susan Ashton. Admission is free with your donated nonperishable food items, but a ticket is required as space is limited. All donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Tickets are available at Gresham Ford, but they’re going fast. It will be held at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley, November 22 at 7pm.

So, as we approach the Season of all Seasons, remember you can Fill-A-Bag or attend a concert and make a difference!

Are you Up for the Challenge?

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Every year, local businesses work together organizing and facilitating the Annual Fill-A-Bag food drive, benefiting our local food bank, SnowCap Community Charities. Last year alone, over 500,000 pounds of food were collected for SnowCap feeding East County families for at least three months.

Fill-A-Bag begins with a bag folding party. The bags are folded and then a letter and envelope are stapled to them explaining the program and these are then inserted into The Outlook newspaper and distributed to 10,000 residents. The Outlook has been a huge supporter and partner in making this drive so successful. The insert date this year will be November 18th, so keep an eye out for those bags in your local paper. Or, if you’d like to stop by and pick up a bag, Riverview Community Bank on Burnside, Gresham Ford, Stamp Connection or Balance Health & Injury Clinic will all have them available.

So, this brings us to the “challenge” part! We’ve added something new to the mix this year. Balance Health & Injury Clinic had this fabulous idea of a “Challenge Game Night”. How this works is, different businesses set up a challenge/game at their respective booth. Each person wanting to play will accumulate points and prizes for each game. The person that has the most points at the end will win the grand prize (TBD). Stamp Connection, Bass Federation, Native Wine Rock, Thunder Elite Gym, Gresham Ford and Balance Health are just a few of the sponsors that will have fun and entertaining challenges. Tickets will be purchased to play the games with all proceeds to benefit SnowCap.

Come on out, November 14th, 5-8:30pm at 1217 NE Burnside Rd, Ste 301, Gresham, if you’re up for it!

One Day that Made A Difference

For all those that put their lives on the line and come home to, sometimes, less than favorable situations and circumstances, here was a day, for some, that may have been a bright spot.

Last Saturday, October 18th, was a day to remember. The Annual Veterans Stand Down, held at The Chapel in Troutdale served a total of 202 vets with an outpouring of volunteer services and opportunities that they may not otherwise have any access to. Haircuts, dental care, cookies from the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, rides from Ride Connection, food, clothing, and the list goes on. 375 meals were served by volunteers with food provided by Birch Community Services, Safeway, and Portland Stand Down with other various donations from Susan Roobish, Hillsboro Elks, Kirk Robinson, The Tuenes, American Legion, VFW 180, Daniel Elam and Gresham Ford. Every branch of the military was represented that day and family and friends as well.

How can we really give back to those that have sacrificed so much. In the hopes that this one day made a difference and that they felt we, as a community cared, for at least for one day was the true heart and soul of every person that has planned, worked, and given months in preparation for. On the grand scale and all things being as they are, it may seem to pale in comparison to all they have given, but in this small way, we all say “Thank You” to all those that have served, fought and given their very lives for us.

Fill'er Up for SnowCap!

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It’s that time again!! The Annual SnowCap Community Charities Fill-A-Bag food drive is gearing up to hit it hard again this year!! Last year, thanks to our amazing community members and local businesses, over 500,000 pounds of food were donated during the Fill-A-Bag campaign. Spearheaded by Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, Stamp Connection, Drake’s 7 Dees, Balance Health & Injury Clinic, The Outlook, Gresham Lions, Gresham Rotary and Greater Gresham Baptist Church, we are looking for a great program this season!!

Here’s some dates to remember so far: November 6th, Fill-A-Bag Folding Party at Gresham Ford 5-9pm, November 7th Fill-A-Bag Kick Off Gresham Chamber AM at Gresham Ford 7am, November 12th Burgerville 10% to SnowCap night 5-8pm, November 14th Balance Health Challenge Game Night (location TBD) 5-8:30pm, December 4th Burgerville 10% to SnowCap night 5-8pm and December 9th Fill-A-Bag Dinner hosted by Riverview Community Bank.

Something new we’re doing this year is the Challenge Game Night hosted by Balance Health & Injury Clinic. Local businesses will set up a booth and have a game pertaining to their business. Points will be accumulated as participants complete each game. There will be prizes to be won at each booth and at the end of the night, the person with the most points from all the games, will win the GRAND PRIZE! So, whether you’re a business wishing to participate or someone just up for a challenge, it’s going to be great fun, with all proceeds for the event going to SnowCap! For more information please call Caterina Robertson at 503-492-2625.

So, get these dates on your calendar and help us Fill Those Bags for SnowCap again this year!



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