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Corvette club donates bears, blankets for CCSO use

Donated teddy bears will be handed out to children to comfort them during traumatic events

Rose City Corvettes, a Portland-based Corvette club, has once again done its part to help sheriff’s deputies in Clackamas County care for kids.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, members of the Rose City Corvettes gathered at Suburban Chevrolet, 36936 Highway 26 in Sandy, to donate teddy bears and blankets to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Nancy Jaksich, owner of Suburban Chevrolet and Capt. James Rhodes help members of Rose City Corvettes pack up donations for the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department.

On Wednesday night, a red corvette overflowing with bears and blankets could be seen just outside the entrance to Suburban Chevrolet.

The club has been holding the annual charity event for 12 years.

Lt. Jeff Lewis, of Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, used to be a member of the club, which started its charity event by donating bears and blankets to the Portland Police Department.

Since the club’s regular meetings are held in Clackamas, Lewis thought that the club might be better served if they donated the stuffed animals and blankets to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a huge event for us,” said Lewis while thanking members at the Wednesday night event. “It really supplies us with most of our teddy bears for the year.”Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Left to right, Lt. Jeff Davis, Jaksich, Walt Shively and Rhodes show off the corvette full of teddy bears and blankets before they are packed up.

The blankets and stuffed animals are given out to children as needed during traumatic events.

Capt. James Rhodes said he and other CCSO personnel interact with children on lots of occasions.

“It is typically at the worst moment at the worst day of their lives,” he said, adding that it is very important for deputies to be equipped with blankets and teddy bears to help comfort the children.

“It helps the police and it helps the children that they encounter,” said Walt Shively, who has been president of Rose City Corvettes for four years. “It helps ease a child’s fears.”

Although the exact number of items donated wasn’t tallied — members deposited donations in to the corvette out front of Suburban Chevrolet as they arrived — Shively said it was a significant amount.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Shively, second from right, and other members of the club help empty the corvette of its cargo.

“Enough to fill up a ‘vette,” he said.

After the presentation, members of the club helped pack up the donations to be sent back to the department with Davis and Rhodes.

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