Three Wonderful Community Service Opportunities

helpingAt Southwest Charter, our families and students are organizing three wonderful ways you can help out those in need this holiday season. Each drive benefits an organization that does amazing things in our community.

Perhaps your family may already have a tradition of giving during the holidays or throughout the year. If not or you’re looking to try something new, please consider donating to our community service projects this winter.

oregon_food_bankThe 5/6 Classes are partnering this year with Oregon Food Bank to do a food drive between now and Winter Break (December 19th). Collection boxes are around the school for your donations of the following:

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans
  • Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
  • Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
  • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
  • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
  • Unsaturated cooking oils
  • And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

janus6th grader, Hattie Kirby, has organized a charitable drive to benefit Janus Youth Services. Hattie will be collecting new and gently used goods and money for runaway and homeless youth.  If you’d like to donate to her drive there’s a collection box at school in the hallway between Matt and Paul’s classrooms (please put cash donations in an envelope labeled ‘Hattie Kirby/Janus’ & place it in the lock box at Kathy’s desk).

Thank you for helping Hattie help other kids her age.

Below are Janus Youth Service‘s most needed items. They can be new or gently used.

Wish List / Current Needs:

  • Bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes
  • Bed linens (twin size)
  • Blankets (any size)
  • White crew socks, underwear, gloves, hats (all sizes)
  • Board Games, G-rated movies, books, Wii games, basketball, baseball equipment
  • Hygiene products (toothbrushes, floss, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, paints, brushes, scissors, beads, yarn, clay, etc.)
  • Kitchen supplies (coffee mugs, plates, silverware)
  • Bus passes
  • Gift cards (department/clothing stores, coffee shop, movie passes, bookstore, restaurants, grocery stores etc.)
  • Camping equipment (sleeping bags, tents, camp stoves, tarps)
  • Backpacks
  • Lawn mowers, landscape supplies (shovels, rakes, plants, shrubs, soil, etc.)
  • Diapers (newborn – size 5)
  • Gently used baby and children’s clothing through size 5
  • Infant formula
  • Strollers
  • Cribs (purchased after December 2011)

teddybearAs many of you know, Rose Bracke, daughter of Laura Bracke and a former SW Charter student, lost her father this year and has been finding great support through The Dougy Center.  This drive is in honor of Rose’s father Scott. We hope that you will consider helping us support this very important organization.

dougy_logoThe Dougy Center is a non-profit organization in SE Portland that provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. You can help comfort one of these grieving children by donating a new, unused, medium-sized teddy bear!

Bring your donations in to SW Charter before the winter break and make a difference in a childʼs life.

For more information, please contact Heather Petzold at

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