The Grinch should stay away from Hillsboro as Christmas approaches.

Each year, Hillsboro firefighters work together with local groups — including the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, Washington County Chapter of ABATE, Hillsboro Police, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence and others to collect toys and raise money to provide food and toys to hundreds of families during the holiday season.

The program is currently coordinated by the Hillsboro Firefighter’s “Random Acts” organization, which would like to raise $13,000 or more toward this year’s outreach.

“We couldn’t do this without the generous support of our Hillsboro partners and the Hillsboro community,” said Ryan Grimaldi, Hillsboro Fire’s Toy and Joy coordinator. “We are thankful for the opportunity to help where we can this holiday season.”

On Nov. 16, Toy and Joy organizers kicked the 2013 season off with a roar as more than 100 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Hillsboro Fire Station No. 3 to participate in the annual Stan Johnson Memorial Toy Run sponsored by Washington County ABATE. The ride ended at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, where a utility trailer full of toys and a check for more than $2,000 were donated.

Longtime Toy and Joy partner Cornell Estates will hold its 13th annual Christmas Marketplace Bazaar Nov. 23, with all vendor fees and donations from the event benefiting the Toy and Joy program. Last year Cornell Estates donated $3,300 to the program. This year’s goal is $3,500.

The week after Thanksgiving, firefighters will be placing Toy and Joy collection barrels at all Hillsboro fire stations and various business locations around town. On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m., Hillsboro firefighters will shop at Fred Meyer on Imbrie Drive to purchase $9,000 worth of additional toys and essentials.

Toy and Joy barrels will be collected the week of Dec. 16 and donated toys will be delivered to the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, where volunteers match requests for assistance with the collected toys and food items.

On the morning of Dec. 21, volunteers from the Hillsboro Elks Lodge and Hillsboro Fire volunteers will deliver the gift baskets throughout the community.

New toys or cash donations can be dropped off and any Hillsboro fire station. Monetary donations can be made online at

Donations of canned food can be dropped of at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, 21865 N.W. Quatama Road.

— Nancy Townsley

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