This is the 58th year Sandy schools, youth organizations, businesses and citizens have pulled together to collect canned food and gifts for those in need.

Kiwanis’ Sandy Community Christmas Basket program will kick off next week, with the Sandy Fire District receiving and processing applications from families needing extra assistance this holiday season.

For those in the Sandy Fire District, applications may be filled out from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 25 to Dec. 18, at 17460 Bruns Ave.

After Thanksgiving, students from the elementary and high schools, scouts and other groups will collect food for the program. Leadership classes, Key Club, FFA and community volunteers assemble the boxes.

Several local businesses and organizations are collecting and donating new toys. Anyone wishing to donate may take gifts to the Sandy Fire District, Prudential Reality, Clackamas County Bank of Sandy and Les Schwab Tire of Sandy. Kiwanis asks that gifts not be wrapped.

Boxes will be distributed from St. Michael’s Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Saturday, Dec. 21. The boxes will be picked up or delivered to recipients before 10 a.m.

Deliveries are made with the help of the Sandy Fire District, Sandy Police Department and community residents.

Monetary contributions for purchasing meat, fresh foods and additional canned goods may be sent to Kiwanis Community Christmas Baskets, P.O. Box 1261, Sandy, 97055.

For more information, call Ken Hallgren, co-chairman, at 503-668-6015.

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