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Food, toy drive set for Beaverton's less fortunate

The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is again inviting the public to 'Drop In and Help Out Our Neighbors,' an annual holiday food and toy drive for Beaverton-area families and individuals in need of assistance.

From Friday to Dec. 15, new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be accepted at most park district centers.

All donated items will be turned over to the Sunshine Pantry for distribution to people requesting help.

'Contributions are more critical than ever during these difficult economic times,' said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. 'We encourage our patrons to join us in providing a happier holiday for our neighbors in need.'

During the first three days of the collection, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the park district will waive drop-in fees for any patron who donates a new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals) or at least two non-perishable food items at any recreation or aquatic center.

The waiver is good at all locations that have 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.

Participating facilities will engage in friendly in-house competition to aid collections and foster holiday spirit.

Bragging rights will belong to those that receive the most collections and have - as determined by public voting - the most decorative collection barrel.

Patrons can vote for their favorite barrel Dec. 1-17 at www.thprd.org .

You can make a difference

Food and toys will be accepted at the following Park District 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 and Aquatic Center: 9995 S.W. 125th Ave.

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

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

  • Harman Swim Center: 7300 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road

  • Sunset Swim Center: 13707 N.W. Science Park Drive

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

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center: 50 N.W. 158th Ave.

  • Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center: 15655 S.W. Millikan Way

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

  • THPRD Administration Office: 15707 S.W. Walker Road.