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Shopping for charity

by: John Klicker, Jeff Anderson poses with an excited and grateful Becky Coleman, director and founder of My Sister’s House, after he delivered half of the $3,248.22 shopping spree load, mostly in the form of meats and cheeses,
Friday, April 18.

Fairview resident Jeff Anderson gathered four carts of food after he was a whirling benefactor Friday, April 18. Anderson stuffed $3,248.22 worth of groceries into the shopping carts during a three-minute shopping spree for charity.

Anderson earned the right to the shopping spree, which was held at Lamb's Garden Home Thriftway, by bidding $700 in an online auction sponsored by Oprah's 'Big Give' program and KATU-TV.

Anderson selected My Sister's House and Bethany House, both located in the Gresham area, as his charities of choice. He then showed up in Garden Home ready for action. His goal prior to the spree was to come away with $1,500 in merchandise, but he more than doubled that amount.

An exhausted Anderson said later: 'It's tough to fill four shopping carts in three minutes.'

Now, Anderson, who runs KB Team Promotions, wants to expand on his initial gift by asking for additional pledges to benefit My Sister's House, which is a home for women and children in transition, and for Bethany House, which is a shelter for single women who are pregnant.

To get involved or to make a donation, go to www.oregonwebteam.com and click on the 'you can help' link.