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LO Rotarians play Santa for dozens of families

BRIAN GERATHS/FOR THE REVIEW - Bob Liddell gives final intructions to the more than 80 Rotarians, families and friends who gathered at the B Avenue fire station Saturday to pack and deliver food and toys for neighbors in need.BRIAN GERATHS/FOR THE REVIEW - Mayor Kent Studebaker looks for just the right toy for one of the children on Rotarys list. Rotarians delieverd gifts and food to more than 60 families on Saturday.Sometimes, Santa Claus can look like a firefighter. Sometimes, he can look like a mayor, or a city councilor, or a school superintendent. Sometimes, there’s a striking resemblance to the executive director of a theater company, or a trial lawyer, or a business owner.

But on Saturday, Santa simply looked like a Rotarian.

More than 80 members of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club and their families gathered at the B Avenue fire station last weekend to pack and deliver boxes of food and bags of toys for their neighbors in need. By the end of the day, they had made the holidays brighter for more than 60 Lake Oswego families, including more than 100 children.

Retiring Fire Chief Ed Wilson, who has participated in the program for the past 10 years, provided logistical support as the fire station’s bay filled with food and toys. Rotarian Bob Liddell coordinated food purchases, working with Palisades Market manager Troy Wolfe, who provided everything at cost.

Rotarian Jessica Vogelsang gathered the toys and coordinated the team that distributed them; among the major contributors was Lizz Pilkington’s fifth-grade class at Lake Grove Elementary, which donated hundreds of toys to the cause.

And yes, among the Rotarians who gathered Saturday to help were Mayor Kent Studebaker, City Councilor Joe Buck, former School Superintendent Bill Korach, Lakewood Center Executive Director Andrew Edwards and a host of others.

Somehow, on this day, they all looked a lot like Santa.

— The Review

BRIAN GERATHS/FOR THE REVIEW - Terri Childress, president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, has her hands full with gifts for area children.

BRIAN GERATHS/FOR THE REVIEW - Volunteers help assemble food baskets for Saturdays deliveries (from left): Syd Dorn, Gary Stein, Eric Allenbaugh, Bill Korach and Linda Brown.

BRIAN GERATHS/FOR THE REVIEW - Cathy Geraths was among the volunteers who packed fresh produce into food and gift baskets for Lake Oswego families.