Thanksgiving Shopping Challenge Raises Money for Good Causes

Grocery shopping during the holidays is hardly anybody’s idea of fun. Those who know me, know it’s one of my least favorite activities. Our creative team at the City found a fun way for people to not only get out of it, but to support two worthy causes at the same time. It warms my heart to know a fun event generated $3,000 for two local charities.

At 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 16th, first responders made up of representatives from the Happy Valley Police and Clackamas Fire challenged a team of local school principals to a Thanksgiving shopping spree. Each team had five minutes to race through the Happy Valley Fred Meyer, grabbing holiday dinner supplies like turkey, ham, potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie…you name it. The emergency responders even found a dinosaur cake!

Following the event, we auctioned off the shopping carts via our Happy Valley Facebook page. The bidding got active the last few minutes between City Councilor David Golobay and new resident, Diana Helm, battling for the winning bids. I’m pleased to announce the Golobay family provided the winning bid of $1,000 for the Happy Valley Principals’ cart. Their donation went to the Wichita Center which supports children in need throughout the North Clackamas School District. In addition, the Golobay’s donated their food to the Wichita Center. Diana Helm offered the winning bid of $2,000 for the cart put together by the emergency responders. Her donation was given to Operation Santa, Clackamas Fire’s holiday food and toy drive which supports families in need in Clackamas County.

In true holiday spirit, Fred Meyer volunteered to donate all food items so every dollar that was brought in through the auction went directly to the Wichita Center and Operation Santa.

As I ran through Fred Meyer following the two teams, I was reminded how lucky we are to have a community that cares for others. There are countless families in the north Clackamas area that need support, especially during the holidays. I’m incredibly grateful for our volunteers who helped shop, as well as our generous community who pledged donations to worthy causes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lori Chavez-DeRemer