8 Ways to Pay It Forward in Lake Oswego This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving around the corner, now is the time we take stock of all that we are grateful for. For those of us lucky enough to live in Lake Oswego, the list runs long. November is a perfect time to pay all that gratitude forward.

Here are a few ways for you to do just that.

Hasson Company Dress for Success clothing drive. Help local disadvantaged women who are trying to become more economically independent by supporting the Dress for Success clothing drive. Donations can be dropped off at any of the Hasson Company Portland Metro offices, including mine at 15400 Boones Ferry Road, from November 4-8. Organizers ask that donations be: seasonally appropriate, freshly dry-cleaned/laundered, on hangers or neatly folded in shopping bag or box, no more than 5 years old, free from stains, rips and holes, and not having been stored in the garage for longer than a few days as rodents can be a problem. Cash donations are also welcome—$500 supports one woman’s services through the program for an entire year. Wardrobe assistance is just one piece of the package that Dress for Success offers. Women also receive résumé, job search, and interview preparation as well as job success services. Dress for success is definitely not just a “help out” program but a “hand up.”

Pillowcase Project. The City of Lake Oswego is inviting citizens to fill a pillowcase and/or fill a stocking this year with basic needs items for homeless families. A list of items will be inserted inside each pillowcase/stocking but think of things that are easily transported including toiletries, socks, playing cards, health bars, and gloves. Pick up a handmade pillowcase sewn by City staff volunteers at City Hall, 380 A Avenue,  the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, or the Lake Oswego Library, 706 Fourth Street, and return to City Hall Friday, December 13.

With Love. This non-profit’s mission is to support foster families by providing safe, clean and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-6. They are holding a Stocking Stuffer Drive and are asking for new items if at all possible so these children can feel the love this holiday season. Items needed include  for Infants (0-2 years old): baby toys, balls, bath toys, bibs, blocks, bubble bath, bubbles, hair bows and brushes, hair detangler, large crayons, shape sorters, sippy cups, socks, stickers, teethers, toy cars, wipes and wrist rattles; and for Little Kids (ages 3-6): action figures, art supplies, balls, band-aids, bath toys, books, bubbles, chalk, dolls, games, gloves, hair bows, hats, Hot Wheels, Legos, movies, play jewelry, Play-Doh, puzzles, socks, stickers and underwear.  Donations can be dropped off by Saturday, December 7 at the With Love Facility, 14555 SW 74th Ave, Tigard. Hours are Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, December 7 they will hold special hours from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tualatin School House Pantry. This Oregon Food Bank affiliate serves families each month living in Tualatin, Durham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Wilsonville. Cash donations are welcome to buy essentials and can be done in person or online. Canned food donations are also welcome and can be dropped off at the pantry during normal business hours. Both hours and most needed items are available online. Volunteers are also needed in the food pantry as well as for delivering and picking up donations. If you would like to volunteer, call the pantry at 503-783-0721.

Lake Oswego Toy Drive. Drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Lake Oswego Fire Department Main Station (300 B Avenue) or the Lake Oswego Public Library (706 Fourth Street) by Friday, December 13. Donations will be delivered to families in need by the Tualatin Valley Elks Club. 503.635.0275.

Hunger Fighters Oregon.In 2014 when students at Lake Oswego Junior High realized that food insecurity is an issue even for Lake Oswego families, they started a club to address it. Today this official nonprofit distributes food from a pantry located at 2301 Hazel Road in the green house garage on the east side of the Lake Oswego High School campus. Donations are always welcome during business hours every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Non-perishable items can also be dropped off in the Blue Barrel at the Lake Oswego Public Library during regular hours. Current needs include canned fruit, pasta sauce, white/brown rice, canned chicken, snack foods, paper towels, toilet paper, and condiments. The donation of fresh fruits and vegetables can be arranged through Linda Mathes at mathes.hfo@gmail.com Cash is always welcome too which you can donate in person or online. A gift of $28 feeds a family of four for a week. Volunteer help is also needed as a shopping assistant helping clients select their items and/or a gleaner, picking up donations from grocers and restaurants in the area as well as helping to stock the pantry. You can sign up online.

HandsOn Portland.Check their calendar for ongoing as well as one-time volunteer opportunities. Many occur year-round such as serving at Potluck in the Park in Portland or delivering books to the Children’s Book Bank. But there are holiday-related events too such as the Holiday Cheer Gift Bag assembly (December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) where you’ll be wrapping donated gifts to be delivered to isolated older adults in the Portland metro area.

Ongoing Winter Food, Coats and Blankets Drive. City Hall will continue accepting donations for used, clean items for families in need through January. Hope Sparrow Services distributes them to families in our community, especially those with children. You can drop them off at City Hall, 380 A Avenue.

If you’d like to count living in Lake Oswego as one of your blessings, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. Check out my website or get in touch below.


About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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