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City of Beaverton, park district accept toys and food for children, families in need


The city of Beaverton and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District are helping local families and children in need this holiday season by seeking donations of food, toys and items such as gift cards and winter coats in separately sponsored events.

The city’s drive began Monday and runs through Dec. 14, while the park district will accept items at several district locations between Friday and Dec. 13.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive; Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.; and various city-owned buildings and partnering businesses (see list below). Non-perishable food donations will also be accepted at the library and City Hall.

Donations of new and used coats will be collected at Beaverton City Hall, and donations of gift cards will be accepted in the city’s Neighborhood Program Office, located on the first floor.

Toys will also be accepted during the city of Beaverton’s Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library and neighboring City Park.

The Tualatin Valley Gleaners will distribute toys to Beaverton’s low-income youth and foster children throughout Washington County. Gift cards will be distributed through the Beaverton School District’s Family Resource Center, and new and used winter coats will be given to the Beaverton School District Clothes Closet.

“The holidays are a tough time for many families struggling to make ends meet,” said Mayor Dennis Doyle. “For those facing financial challenges, a new toy or a warm jacket can make a world of difference — bringing hope, comfort and joy at a time when they need it most.”

For more information and drop off locations, visit beavertonoregon.gov or call Lani Parr, Neighborhood Program manager, at 503-526-2243.

Drop in and help

For its “Drop In and Help Out Our Neighbors” event, the park district is accepting donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items at several district locations.

The annual holiday food and toy drive will distribute all collected items to the Sunshine Pantry for distribution to people requesting help.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the district will waive drop-in fees for any patron who donates a new, unwrapped toy (stuffed animals will not be accepted) or at least two non-perishable food items.

The waiver is good at all THPRD recreation and aquatic centers with drop-in programs except the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis for drop-in programs, including open/family swims, lap swims, open gyms, drop-in sports and fitness rooms.

“Many of our neighbors continue to struggle in these economic times,” said district General Manager Doug Menke. “We invite our patrons to join together with our staff and Sunshine Pantry to help provide those in need with a happier holiday.”

To boost collections and foster holiday spirit, participating district facilities will engage in friendly in-house competition. Each site will decorate a food and toy barrel, and the one with the most popular design — as decided by public voting — will win. Patrons can vote at thprd.org Nov. 30 through Dec. 16.

Food and toys will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Aloha Swim Center: 18650 S.W. Kinnaman Road.

  • Beaverton Swim Center: 12850 S.W. Third St.

  • Cedar Hills Recreation Center: 11640 S.W. Park Way.

  • Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center: 9995 S.W. 125th Ave.

  • Elsie Stuhr Center: 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd.

  • Garden Home Recreation Center: 7475 S.W. Oleson Road.

  • Tualatin Hills Tennis Center: 15707 S.W. Walker Road.

  • District Administration Office (no drop-in programs): 15707 S.W. Walker Road.
  • For more information, visit thprd.org.