Nonprofit group hosts life jacket giveaway on Saturday
It's summertime, and that means more people are heading to the rivers to cool off, swim, frolic and float.
With safety in mind, Meg's Moments for Life Jackets Inc., a nonprofit organization, will host its fourth life jacket giveaway beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at Barton Park, located off Southeast Bakers Ferry Road near Barton.
The nonprofit organization was created by family members of Meagan O'Meara-Clark, a woman who lost her life rafting on the Clackamas River in 2013.
"We truly believe if she were wearing a life vest, it may have saved her life," said Chelsey Harp, the family spokesperson for Meg's Moments. "We hope and pray that no other family has to endure the loss of a loved one.
"It starts at 9 a.m., and we will be there until we run out of life vests," she added, "probably around noon or 1 depending on how many people show up."
Life jackets and money are donated from various organizations and people. Last year, 500 life jackets were handed out, and the goal for this year is 600.
For more information contact Chelsey Harp at 503-957-7080.