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: