Thanks offered for success of toy and gift event
Letter to Canby Herald Editor John Baker sent in the week of January 18.
After many months of preparation, over a thousand hours of volunteer time, and support from a generous community, the 2016 Kiwanis Canby Community Food and Toy Drive was able to provide holiday assistance to 400 local families, including gifts for 1,100 children.
Although there are just too many donations of time, services, and money to thank every contributor publically, we would like to extend special appreciation to the Clackamas County Event Center and staff for the use of the building and for being so helpful, and to the Canby Rotary Club and Foundation, Canby Telephone, Carria, Inc., Kahut Waste Services, Action Acres Paintball, Shimadzu USA Manufacturing, Intel Foundation, Backstop Bar and Grill, Mary-Mariah Olson, and Cutsforth's Thriftway for their generous financial assistance.
Also, we want to recognize the Canby High School Leadership Class for coordinating all the school food drives and delivering the food to the warehouse. That was a huge commitment and the last food was delivered just as the snow started falling.
Although spearheaded by the Canby Kiwanis Club, the success of this project is truly a community endeavor. It was so heartwarming to see families, friends, and organizations — youth and senior citizens alike — all pitching in to sort food and toys, fill the boxes and gift bags, and assist in any way we needed them. A huge shout out to the 22 rigs and drivers who answered our plea for Saturday morning delivery help. It was truly a sense of a community pulling together to help its members in need. We are so proud of our community and what we are able to accomplish when we work together. Thank you.
Canby Kiwanis Club