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One Day that Made A Difference

Bess Wills - Gresham FordFor 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!

Veterans Stand Down

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Bess Wills - Gresham FordIf you’re looking for a way to support our Veterans, here’s something to consider. Every year, The Salvation Army, in conjunction with The Chapel in Troutdale, organize a Stand Down. Kimberley Pettina with the Salvation Army, Becky Buckelew with The Chapel, Jerry Criswell, Peter Pringle with the State of Oregon and many more spend months and countless hours of their time organizing this amazing event. There will be lunch for all, haircuts, possibly dental screenings, eye checks and many other health related opportunities. Clothing and much for!

Stand Downs are just one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.

One way you can help, they need sorters for the mounds of clothing and other accessories, the week of October 13th, 10am-4pm at The Chapel, 27132 Se Stark St, Troutdale, OR 97060. The event will be held October 18th from 10am-3pm at the Chapel. If you’d like more information please call Becky Buckelew at 503-661-2475 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is great opportunity to thank those that put themselves in harm’s way for all of us! Thank you, to all our Veterans.

The Road Less Traveled...

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Bess Wills - Gresham FordOver the past century, countless motorists have traveled the amazing accomplishment of one man’s vision known today as the Historic Columbia River Highway. Business man Sam Hill was the visionary, while Samuel Lancaster, an engineer, master minded the fulfillment of Hill’s idea. Together, their foresight forever altered the way the people absorb the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.

Henry Ford also had a vision. Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity to a practical conveyance. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. His intense commitment to lowering costs resulted in technical and business innovations which put Ford dealerships on the map, literally!

So, now here we are, decades later, still enjoying a combination of ingenious and forward thinking visions of the past. The phrase, “If we build it, they will come…” was never more true. Have you taken a drive out the Historic Columbia River Highway lately? Next time you do, keep in mind that you are living the vision that Sam Hill, Samuel Lancaster and Henry Ford dreamed so long ago. What a truly amazing place we live in!

And as you’re driving that road less traveled, if the pot holes and uneven terrain seem a bit bumpier that you’d like, maybe it’s time to have a look at those tires that you’ve been putting off. Gresham Ford has some amazing rebates on the purchase of four select tires right now and we won’t be undersold. Price match guarantee! So, before you head off to “live the dream” swing by and let us help you make it the best experience ever!

Here we go AGAIN!

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Bess Wills - Gresham FordTwice a year, Ford Motor Co, partnering with Gresham Ford, offers the Drive 4 UR School events! This program affords different school programs and organizations the opportunity to raise much needed funds by just taking a simple, no pressure, no nonsense, fun (actually) test drive! How it works; a local high school will sign up. Then, they will pass the word to the students, parents, program directors, school administrators, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, just anyone they may know to come to Gresham Ford for the event. At the event, they take a quick test drive in a car or truck of their choice (I mean who wouldn’t want to take a spin in the newest and brightest fancy Red Mustang), fill out a form indicating that they did exactly that, and BAM!! Ford Motor Co gives $20! And they give $20 per test drive up to $6,000! And, oh wait, there’s more! Then, they get back in their own vehicle, take a quick drive through our mini Quick Lane for a quick inspection; fluids topped off, tires checked, you get the idea, and SCHAZAM!!! Another $10! So, all in all, it’s a $7,000 day!

For your chance to help us reach that $7,000 goal, be at Gresham Ford this Saturday (that’s tomorrow) September 20th anytime between 10am and 4pm! The school programs that are benefitting from this event are; Gopher Spirit Club, Barlow Girls Basketball and Varsity Baseball! Food, fun, raffle prizes, bands playing! Live a little and Drive One 4 UR School!!

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