SnowCap Community Charities is looking for folks to volunteer to drive on Saturdays and pick up donated food, especially fruit and produce from area markets.

Judy Alley, SnowCap’s executive director, says the agency depends on volunteers to keep the food donations coming.

“Some companies make special efforts to provide food for SnowCap after the regular work week is over,” she says. “We need to be there when they need us to be there, and in some instances that is on a Saturday.”

SnowCap Warehouse Manager Dave Rucker cited the Wood Village Wal-Mart store as an example of a store that needs pickup service on Saturdays.

“Wal-Mart is an important supporter of SnowCap,” Rucker adds, “and we hope we can also make Saturday pickups at its new Gresham store. So volunteer drivers are needed for Saturdays right away.”

SnowCap has two trucks available for Saturday service. Volunteer drivers must have a valid license and a clear insurance record, Alley says. For more information, call SnowCap at 503-674-8785, ext. 17, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donations needed

SnowCap also is looking for donations of infant necessities, including baby food, formula, diapers and blankets.

“SnowCap needs warm blankets for the many individuals who have problems heating their homes in winter,” Alley says. “We do not require new blankets. Gently-used and clean will fill our need.”

Blankets may be dropped off at SnowCap’s donation door at 17788 S.E. Pine St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Alley also hopes backyard gardeners will be able to share some of their abundant harvest.

“We know that many backyards in the community have grown an excess of vegetables,” she says. “We can use the overflow in our food pantry every weekday.”

And lastly, Alley is hoping for monetary donations to help the agency purchase a large freezer as part of the agency’s expansion plans.

“We need a freezer capable of handling pallet-size loads,” she says. “We are now declining some donations of frozen food because we do not have sufficient freezer capacity.”

Bazaar benefit

The “My Friends and More” holiday bazaar to benefit SnowCap will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave.

“Bazaar shoppers this year will find a diverse group of artisans featuring a wide selection of home-crafted items for holiday shopping,” says Bazaar Coordinator Lou Ann Anderson. “This event is growing bigger and better every year.”

Numerous vendors, including several from Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Boring, already have signed on, she adds.

Products available include jewelry, draw-string totes, wood ornaments and floral arrangements. Also available are artwork, aprons, baby bibs, hats, yard decorator items and “some surprises,” Anderson says.

Gresham vendors will be on hand to sell jewelry, quilts, aprons, doll accessories, home and holiday decor, hot sauces and spicy nuts. There will be several distributors of nationally marketed products, including Scentcy, Pampered Chef, Park Lane and others, Anderson says. Cafe snacks and luncheon items will be available both days.

With a donation of two cans of food, attendees will receive a ticket for raffle prizes. Raffle tickets also may be purchased. All raffle proceeds will be donated to SnowCap, as will vendor table fees.

For more information, call Kim Erzen at 503-568-8098 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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