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Give gift of stuffed animals

Lake Oswego's Youth Action Council is seeking new stuffed animals to donate to Providence Hospital Child Life Department. The toys will be distributed to children in the Providence pediatric unit who are undergoing surgery or cancer treatments, as well as children in the emergency room.

Providence suggests small to medium size animals, approximately eight inches in size as the best size for the children, although any size stuffed animal will bring smiles and comfort to a child going through a procedure at the hospital.

Drop boxes will be located at several Lake Oswego locations including the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way; Lake Oswego Library, 706 Fourth St.; Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave. The drive runs from today to Dec. 20.

YAC is a group of 10 involved teens from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools who work to provide more teen activities, in conjunction with the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. They set annual goals every October, and one of this year's goals is this stuffed animal drive. YAC has also been instrumental in fundraising and planning for the new McKenzie Lounge Drop-In Teen Center at the West End Building. In past years the group has sponsored charity golf tournaments, flashlight egg hunts and Java Jam concerts in Lake Oswego.

For more information about the stuffed animal drive or YAC, contact: Terri Fackrell, recreation supervisor, 503-675-2546.

Hamlet offers fundraiser

As a fundraiser for Stafford Hamlet's Community Vision Project, holly grower Molly Ellis and Christmas tree farmer Regis Raujol will donate proceeds from the sale of their holly and trees this weekend.

Ellis will donate holly from her 76 trees, as she has done for equestrian teams, orchestras and other non-profit groups.

Raujol will donate a portion of each Christmas tree sale and is donating his barn at the corner of Station Lane and Rosemont Road, for use as a sales location for the event.

The sale will be open weekends through Dec. 16.

For more information and for a holly order form, visit the Web site at www.staffordhamlet.org or call 503-460-5699.

Scouts will gather up food

Forest Hills Cub Scout Pack 128 will be 'Scouting for Food' for the hungry in the First Addition neighborhood on Saturday, Dec. 1, between 9 a.m. and noon.

Donations of canned foods such as tuna, chicken, beans, soups, stews and chili, or other non-perishable foods like pasta, rice, and macaroni and cheese would be appreciated.

Area residents not living in the First Addition who would like to donate may deliver donations to Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Road, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 1.

Last year, scouts in Oregon and Southwestern Washington collected nearly 361,000 pounds of food to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, which then are distributed to more hunger-relief agencies.

For information, contact the Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scout service center phone for more information at 503-226-3423.

Host families are sought

Host families are needed for eight high school students, ages 15 to 18 years old, from various countries for the second semester of the 2007-2008 school and calendar year.

Whether you are a single parent, retired, have small, teen or no children at all, anyone can have a great experience hosting an exchange student.

All students can speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money.

Interested parties should contact N.W. Services at 866-634-3977.