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Help fill a stocking, heart and stomach

A local nonprofit organization with no paid staff is looking for volunteers to assist agencies in Clackamas County by providing their neediest clients with a filled Christmas stocking.

Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart (FASFAH) began in 1997 providing 500 stockings, along with food baskets provided by Willamette Falls Hospital. FASFAH became an IRS-approved nonprofit in 2000 and now gives stockings to more than 20 agencies each year. In 2013, the program filled and distributed more than 3,200 stockings.

Individuals and groups of volunteers currently are being scheduled to fill stockings. You can email fasfahworkshop@yahoo.com about scheduling a date and time.

FASFAH Committee Member Claudia Harris heard back from a local caseworker for teenagers who said that many kids have a hard time comprehending why someone who doesn’t know them would be so generous, so it became a great opportunity to teach them about giving, and letting them know that people in their community do care about them.

Although the group raises funds throughout the year to purchase basic items and gifts to add to stockings, FASFAH’s largest fundraiser this year, the Taste of Clackamas County Dinner & Auction, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Abernethy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City. Eleven restaurants will provide the food and, in addition to the live auction, there will be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Auction items include a guided fishing trip, a weekend beach getaway, a family entertainment package for many local attractions, and much more. Enjoy a no-host bar, and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets of $25 per person are on sale at fillastocking.bpt.me, facebook.com/fillastocking, by phone at 503-632-0577, by email at info@fillastocking.org, or by paying at the door if tickets are still available (250 seats).

The FASFAH workshop is located in space donated by Craig Danielson in Danielson’s Hilltop Mall in Oregon City. Beavercreek Telephone Cooperative previously donated workshop and storage space. A permanent home with workshop and storage space is on the FASFAH wish list, Harris said.

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