LO Rotarians play Santa for dozens of families
Sometimes, Santa Claus can look like a firefighter. Sometimes, he can look like a mayor, or a city councilor, or a school superintendent. Sometimes, theres 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 stations 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 Pilkingtons 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.