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Hope Community collecting coats, food, toys

Pastor Peggy Dickerson encourages the community to donate coats, nonperishable food and toys for those in need this winter. Donations are needed by Dec. 12, as the coats, food and toys will be distributed Dec. 16.

Pastors Keith and Peggy Dickerson of Hope Community Church are collecting warm coats, toys and nonperishable food for holiday food boxes for families in need.

"Our philosophy is simple," Keith Dickerson said in a release. "First connect local resources with local needs and then share the overflow with families throughout the region. To date, we have collected and give out over 13,000 coats, 3,500 food boxes and thousands of toys. We believe the need in our community and region is great enough to again merit intentional collaboration." The pastors are urging the community to collect new or gently used warm coats for all ages, nonperishable foods or new toys and bring the donations to Hope Community Church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays, or call the church office to schedule a drop off before Dec. 12.

Those in need of warm coats, food or toys for their family are invited to come to the church between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 for the distribution event, which will include refreshments.

Hope Community Church is located at 14790 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego. For more information call the Dickersons at 503-544-9133.

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