Volunteers, donors help meet holiday needs

Jewish Family & Child Service, in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Portland Jewish Academy, Gan Israel Day Camp, Mittleman Jewish Community Center and more than 100 dedicated volunteers gathered at the MJCC on Nov. 18 for Super Sunday – Community Action Day to assemble and deliver 140 Thanksgiving Food Boxes to families that may have otherwise gone without a holiday meal.

Committed volunteers are an essential part of our Thanksgiving Food Box delivery event each year as many people who receive food from us experience barriers including transportation or physical mobility limitations. With the help of our volunteers, JFCS was able to feed a record number of 483 individuals this year!

JFCS still needs holiday help.

Each year, JFCS organizes the “Mitzvah Menorah Adopt-A-Family” campaign to provide some relief and hope for individuals and families during the holiday season. Donate your time, a gift, or a financial contribution to a family in need – we’ve made it easier than ever for you to make a big impact in the community. Go to jfcs-portland.mydagsite.com to sign up to help with “Mitzvah Menorah Adopt-A-Family” campaign.

How you can help: Shop personally for a Wished-For Gift purchase it and drop it off at one of the three participating sites; Make a financial contribution of your choice on the registry and we will do the shopping for you; or Volunteer to shop for and/or deliver gifts to families on Dec. 5 or 6.

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Sunshine Pantry, founded 31 years ago by Sharon Straus, is one of the very few food banks that provides kosher food and gluten-free foods for those with specific dietary needs.

“Our needs this year are great we are asking the community to bring new toys for all ages for our wishes and gifts program,” says Straus. Diapers, toiletries and all varieties of meats are especially needed. Straus said the pantry also needs financial donations to help pay for the extra needs during the holidays.

Donations can be dropped off or sent to 7795 SW Cirrus, Bldg. 26, Beaverton 97005. (Parkside Development). To volunteer, contact Straus at 971-506-7827 or sunshinepantrydir@gmail.com or visit www. Sunshinepantry.org.

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