Continuing the tradition of past years, the Lake Oswego Mothers Club has started its 'Giving Tree' community service event.
There are currently trees set up in Albertson's on State Street, Safeway on A Avenue, Wizers downtown, Palisade's Thriftway Market and Rite Aid on B Avenue.
There will also be a tree set up in Whole Foods on Monday, Nov. 26. Each tree has gift tags on it of items needed by Clackamas Women's Sevices. Participants simply take a tag, get the item and deposit it in the bin provided under the tree. Trees will be in stores until Monday, Dec. 19.
Clackamas Women's Services provides the only two emergency shelters and crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Clackamas County. One in eight women are victims of domestic or sexual violence in Oregon and a likely 20,000 of those women and their children live in Clackamas County, according to numbers provided by Clackamas Women's Services.
Each year Clackamas Women's Services receives more than 5,000 calls for help and 350 of those women and children find shelter at Clackamas Women's Services.
'Unfortunately, 350 is not enough,' a CWS spokesperson said. 'Today, nearly 85 percent of the women and their children who call for a safe place to sleep are turned away due to lack of space.'
A spokeswoman for the Lake Oswego Mothers Club said, 'We are grateful to the stores who have allowed us to set up displays and bins in their stores. The Mothers Club appreciates the generous contributions our neighbors in the community have made in the past and looks forward to another successful year.'
Antra Boyd and Dara Achord are co-community service coordinators for Lake Oswego Mothers Club. Reach them at 503-699-5571 or 503-638-9092.