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 sheriffs 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 Sheriffs Office.
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 Sheriffs 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 clubs 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 Sheriffs 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.
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 childs fears.
Although the exact number of items donated wasnt tallied members deposited donations in to the corvette out front of Suburban Chevrolet as they arrived Shively said it was a significant amount.
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.Add a comment