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Forest Hills students making birthday parties happen

Bev Stewart’s 9-year-old son, Gabriel Stewart, presented a special project to his fellow students at Forest Hills Elementary School.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bev Stewarts son Gabriel Stewart beams during his 9th birthday party. This is what we want to recreate for other families, Stewart said of a new effort to support Tualatin School House Pantry.

Gabriel visited all of the third- and fourth-grade classrooms earlier this month, showing them how he and the Forest Hills Cub Scout pack members helped make birthday wishes come true. The boys in grades one to five have been conducting a service project for the Tualatin School House Pantry, 3550 S.W. Borland Road, Tualatin.

The community food bank served 150 Lake Oswego families last year, Stewart said.

“In speaking with the manager there, I learned that one of the sad realities is that sometimes parents don’t have items to make a cake for their child’s birthday,” she said.

So, pack members have started to collect items for birthday kits: cake mixes, frosting tubs, candles as well as party plates, napkins and cups.

The students headed to the pantry Dec. 11 to learn “about food insecurity, assemble the kits and stock the shelves of the pantry with what we’ve collected,” Stewart said.

For more information, visit schoolhousepantry.org or call 503-783-0721.

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