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Drop off food, hygiene items at Forest Grove, Banks, Cornelius

Curves clubs in Cornelius, Banks and Forest Grove are collecting non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items starting next week to donate to local service organizations.

Deodorant, shampoo, hairbrushes, diapers, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, dried fruits, jerky beef, canned fruit, dental floss and backpacks are among the most-needed items. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

The Banks Curves will donate to the Sonrise Shelter in the Banks Fire Department.

“We really rely on this drive,” said Leslee Sipp of the Banks Sonrise shelter. “This carries us over the summer months until our fall food drive.”

The Curves drive and various food drives through Banks schools are the shelter’s primary source of supplies, Sipp said.

Residents receiving food from the shelter must live within the Banks School District’s boundaries.

Both parents in a family losing their jobs, a mom suddenly finding herself single and trying to provide for her children, elderly people with limited incomes — these are all common scenarios that drive locals to the Banks shelter, Sipp said.

The Cornelius and Forest Grove Curves will donate collected items to the YMCA Family Resource Center, 3201 19th Ave. in Forest Grove.

The resource center provides support and services to youth, families and individuals in transition throughout the Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks and Gaston areas.

“Our goal is to assist clients in need with building lifelong support, or one time, that will continue beyond referral services,” said Begona Liern, program director. “Through a variety of services, coaching and partnership, the Resource Center was able to provide more than 8,000 services, tangible and intangible, and the value of these services/stuff given to clients was over $90,000” in 2013.

The center helps clients with food, health, adult education and housing stabilit needs and makes services available in the Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston school districts.

Requests for services has increased in the last year, Liern said, so this drive is crucial.

The annual spring food drive is a nationwide Curves’ service project and runs March 10 to 31. Members compete for prizes and non-members can join Curves for free with a donation.

Drop off donations at Cornelius Curves, 1513 N. Adair St.; Forest Grove Curves, 1929 21st Ave.; or Banks Curves, 12350 N.W. Main St., No. 114.

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