Volunteers needed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

The race to give families in need a Merry Christmas is hitting the homestretch. Donations and volunteers are still needed to make the Community Food and Toy Drive its usual success.

“I am sure we will be working through Friday at 5 p.m. to get ready,” said Sharon Schneider, event coordinator. “We hope to serve everyone who applies for assistance and not turn anyone down unless they are receiving food and toys from another source.

“The high school leadership class is gathering the food collected from the elementary schools and junior high schools. The barrels around town will be emptied on Wednesday because by then we’ll know how much we have and how much we need,” she continued.

Any financial donations will help fill any gaps that the program has with food or toys.

“This is a wonderful community that really comes together to support this project,” she said.

Food and Gift Donations Needed

The Canby Kiwanis Club is asking the community to support the annual Community Food and Toy Drive, which last year provided Christmas baskets to 460 Canby families, including over 1,200 children. All donations stay locally. Since the Canby community has been so generous in the past, we have not needed to take toys from already spread-thin programs like Toy and Joy or the KGW Big Toy Drive. Nonperishable food and new, unwrapped gifts can be placed in the barrels at the following locations: Burgerville, American Steel, 99 E Mini Storage, Canby Fire Department, Club Fit, Millar’s Hiway Tire Factory, Canby Telcom, Cutsforth’s Thriftway, Columbia River Bank, Canby Physical Therapy, Canby Police Department, Canby Utility, Canby Swim Center, Canby Adult Center, Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store, Dr. David Gisborne, RE/MAX Equity Group, Les Schwab, Coldwell Banker/Barbara Sue Seal Properties, Studio 103, US Bank, Key Bank, Walgreens, Canby Public Library, Clackamas Community Federal Credit Union, Dr. Michael Cary, Canby Mattress World, MEC Northwest, Barlow Mini Storage, Roth Heating and Cooling, Brandon Chase Edward Jones Investments, Matt Olsen State Farm, The Place to Be Cafe, Aura Salon Spa and Laser, Wallflowers, Salon L, city of Canby offices, Hotrod Dreamworks, The Human Bean, Johnson Controls, SP&G Reprographics, Wells Fargo Bank, Neighborhood Health Center, Canby Eye Care, American Family Insurance, Advantage Mortgage, Red Door Antiques and Resale and Wilcox, Arredondo & Co.

Gifts for children age 3 and under, and middle and high school age students, especially boys, are typically in short supply. Monetary donations to buy needed gifts will be accepted.

For donation questions, contribution information or information on volunteering to help with the project, visit the Canby Kiwanis website or contact Sharon Schneider at 503-705-2736.

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