Whether you find us huddled around the fire during the recent cold, wet weather or out soaking in the beautiful Northwest sun, one thing is for sure - the West Linn / Lake Oswego community has a big, giving heart.

Willamette Christian Church of West Linn is teaming up with Second Stories in a used cell phone and ink cartridge drive.

Willamette Christian Church has long been part of helping and serving the greater Portland area, whatever the need. We found in partnering with this cause we could help many people in need.

Second Stories is a community development organization working toward transforming neighborhoods in the Portland area. They work together with churches like Willamette Christian Church, as well as neighborhood associations, social service agencies and schools to address the areas of hunger, homeless, vulnerability, health, school support, environment sustainability and asset-based community development.

Recycling old cell phones and ink cartridges from laser or inkjet printers is one simple step in supporting this work. Simply bring your used items to one of the following drop-off stations. Planet Green Cycle purchases the old cell phones, refurbishing, reusing, reselling or otherwise recycling them. Not only does this transform neighborhoods, it keeps these items out of our landfills, reducing toxic waste.

John L. Scott Realtors of West Linn, along with the West Linn High School soccer team, Westside Christian High School, and Curves of West Linn, have all stepped up to help with the collection. It has touched my heart to see how many people are eager to help when presented with a clear, loving vision to build a strong community within our beautiful city, all the while keeping Oregon green.

Drop off will be at the following locations through July 1:

* Willamette Christian Church, Salamo Road;

* John L Scott Real Estate, Salamo Road;

* West Linn High School, West A Street;

* Curves, Willamette Falls Drive;

* Westside Christian High school, Lake Oswego.

Amy Dimm is a resident of West Linn.

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