Look for donation tents at Grocery Outlet and Tigard High School

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - SUBMITTED PHOTO The Caring Closet invites the public to join students in donating refundable cans and water bottles at participating Tigard and Tualatin schools.The Caring Closet helps hundreds of families in need in the Tigard-Tualatin School District each year by providing free clothing, shoes, hygiene products and household items, and organizers are inviting the public to participate in its second annual pop can and water bottle fundraiser set for Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“Our goal is to raise $5,000, nickel by nickel, for Tigard and Tualatin children in need,” said volunteer Molly Smith.

The drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and people may drop off cans and bottles at donation tents in the parking lots of the Grocery Outlet in King City and Tigard High School.

Most schools in the district will also be accepting donations during school hours.

There have been changes at the Closet, with Target donating racks from a closed store, and Home Depot and Tigard Christian Church building a ramp. In addition, the parking lot was paved, according to director Marilyn Hassman.

The Caring Closet welcomes donations of gently used or new clothing plus new underwear, socks and shoes, and especially boys’ pants and jeans, sizes 6 to 16.

In addition to donating, people in the community can help by volunteering at the Closet, which is located between the east end of THS and the Tigard Swim Center.

During the last school year, the Closet served close to 1,600 students, and organizers expect to serve about the same number this year. Families are given the opportunity to “shop” at the Closet, which is set up like a store, in the fall and again in the spring.

The Closet is open for donations and shopping on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only by calling 503-603-1576. For more information, visit

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