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Multnomah County issues post-holiday call for donated food and warm clothing
Dave Austin, 503-803-8616
Come January 3, the holidays will be behind us. But the most basic human needs – for food and warm clothing – will remain.
Multnomah County’s Board of County Commissioners is seeking donations of non-perishable food and warm winter clothing to help families that are less fortunate. This drive reinforces the message that the need for generosity doesn’t go away with the garlands and the onset of new resolutions.
The County Commissioners’ food and clothing drive will run from Jan. 3 through Feb. 4, 2011. Board members and community partners will formally announce the drive at a press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, on the 6th floor of the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and clients of the Children's Community Clinic in NE Portland. Representatives from recipient organizations will be on hand Monday to answer questions.
The continuing economic recession has put many families on the verge of homelessness and greatly increased the demand for county services. As an organization that is charged with helping the community’s most vulnerable residents, the Board members want lead by example.
This is the third year in a row that Multnomah County has held the drive. Last year’s effort netted one ton of food and six truckloads worth of donated clothing and other items.
“We’re in the business of helping people, and we know the need is stronger than ever,” said Chair Jeff Cogen. “Our past efforts for donations of needed items have brought out the best in people and we’re asking people to continue that spirit of generosity into the New Year.”
Multnomah County is making it easy for the public and county employees to donate with 10 drop-off/collection sites across Multnomah County. Anyone can bring food or items that are in good condition to the lobby of the Multnomah Building or any of the other participating locations listed below.
Main location: The Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
NE Portland: Donald E. Long Juvenile Justice Center, 1401 N.E. 68th Ave.
North Portland: Library administration, 205 N.E. Russell St.
North Portland Health Clinic, 9000 N. Lombard St.
SE Portland: Southeast Health Center, 3653 S.E. 34th Ave.
SW Portland: Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
Downtown: Lincoln Building, 421 S.W. Oak St.
Mid county: Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.
Mid County Health Center, 12710 S.E. Division St.
Gresham: Multnomah County East, 600 N.E. 8th St.