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Club spreads Christmas cheer

A Scappoose High School club served more than 100 foster children (plus their families) at a Christmas Party it held Dec. 12, said Scapppoose High School Counselor Ed Rees.

Rees, who helps oversee the Natural Helpers Club, says the party is one of the community service club’s biggest events.

Club members bought pairs of cotton gloves, donated stuffed animals, made scarves from yards of fleece fabric and donated wrapped gifts for the event.

“It just gets bigger every year,” Rees said. “And the need is bigger, of course.”

The club boasts approximately 240 members, though there are varying degrees of involvement. But for many high schoolers, this could be the first club they’ve ever joined, and Rees is ready to encourage them.

If all they do is pay the $5 fee to join the club, they are still contributing, he said.

“It’s important for them just to belong to something,” he said.

The Natural Helpers are involved in many activities throughout the year including providing Thanksgiving baskets for the Native American Rehabilitation Association, canned food drives, clothing and blanket drives, hospital visits and various activities for local foster kids and their families.