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Party set for Helping Hands leader

A surprise party to thank Velma Woolley for her 25 years of service to Helping Hands food pantry is planned for June 25. The party and presentation will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sherwood United Methodist Church, 22280 S.W. Washington St.

Refreshments will be provided.

Woolley quickly volunteered her services at Helping Hands, shortly after the agency was founded a quarter of a century ago by longtime resident Odge Gribble.

Now she's taking a step back to care for her aging mother and father who live in Yakama, Wash.

'This community is very supportive,' Woolley said during an interview last winter. 'Without this community, this Helping Hands program wouldn't be where it's at.'

The majority of the food for the organization, which serves an average of 80 families each month, is neatly stacked in an oversized former closet at the church. The day-to-day operations for Helping Hands have been turned over to Gerry and Dottie Edy.

Call the Edys at 503-625-1515 for pantry requests.