Food, Clothing, & Shelter Drives
Being poor is hard enough. Food and clothing is expensive. But trying to get by on the streets makes things exponentially harder. We have rough winters here in Clatsop County, and it’s hard to keep warm and dry when you have no permanent shelter. Life out there is also hard on the clothing they do have, considering they often have to wear the same clothes, without regular access to laundry. And worst of all, not having a warm enough jacket can (and wil) cause illness and death. We are fortunate to live in a very caring area. It seems like, when we have a desperate need, someone always pops up to fill the need. Last year, our friend Bruce Rosebrock donated dozens of sets of brand new heavy foul weather gear! (Pictured right.)
As far as food, we support the CCA Regional Food Bank and various local churches’ efforts to feed the poor, as well as helping Filling Empty Bellies, an organization that hosts a daily lunch for the unsheltered. We also collect food for our own Sunday Brunch at the Armory.
We have witnessed an incredible amount of generosity, especially during the holidays, when we are most reminded of the blessings in our lives that we sometimes take for granted. We’ve had several businesses and individuals approach us wanting to help those in need. Safeway awarded Riverfolk the opportunity to participate in their annual Turkey Bucks Thanksgiving Food Drive. Curtis Ollilia from USW Local 1097 Wauna Mill joined Mary Docherty for a fabulous shopping spree at Fred Meyers to supply all we needed for our Christmas Lunch in 2016, and additionally handed Mary a check of $250.00 to help fill Riverfolk’s pantry for our Sunday Brunch at the Armory (Pictured on the left.) We count ourselves very fortunate to live in a community of such generosity!