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If you shop on Amazon.com be sure to sign up with smile.Amazon and designate Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels as the charity of your choice and a portion of your sales will go to them.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - If you purchase items online then you should sign up for AmazonSmile, which will donate a percentage of your sales to the charity of your choice, including Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels.

Have you heard of AmazonSmile? I had heard of it, but honestly had been too busy to research it, so when Judy Hathaway, a Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels board member, said she had registered L.O. Meals on Wheels with AmazonSmile, she explained what I had been missing.

AmazonSmile is a foundation through Amazon.com that gives 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. More than one million charities have signed up to benefit from the program, including our very own Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels, thanks to Judy Hathaway.

Start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com, where you will find eligible products with same great pricing as amazon.com. You can even use your same login information as you do for amazon.com. Select the charitable organization you wish your donation to benefit before you begin shopping; our Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels is listed as Lake Oswego Meals Advisory Board. Not all products are eligible for the giving back program; watch for the "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on the product detail page.

I am told by an L.O. Meals on Wheels participant on a regular basis how thankful they are for our food and the visit by a volunteer. Our volunteers do more than deliver meals, they are keeping an eye on vulnerable citizens with an every other day check in. This program is vital for many of our residents and AmazonSmile has made it so easy to allow us to participant financially and make a difference.

If you have some online shopping to do this holiday season start at smile.Amazon.com and make L.O. Meals Advisory Board your selected charity of choice. It's a quick and easy way to donate.

The lunch menu this week features sweet and sour pork on Friday, Dec. 8; southwest tilapia on Monday, Dec. 11 and chicken paprikash on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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