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The Toy Train's Next Stop

by Laural Porter

Posted on November 29, 2006 at 4:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

We've been braving some pretty cold weather the last couple of days, but Matt says when the calendar changes from November to December, things will warm up.
Just in time,too.

It's the first weekend in December, and the second weekend of our Newschannel 8 Great Toy Drive.

We're off to a good start.

It was wonderful to see a lot of you out at Washington Square last weekend.
We appreciate your generosity in helping disadvantaged children in the Metro area have a Merry Christmas!

Thank you! Thank you!

My son, Will (aka Santa's elf) and I will be out again Saturday morning, beginning at 7am on December 2nd.

This time the Toy Drive is at Eastport Plaza on SE 82nd Avenue between Powell and Holgate.

Our volunteers will be out at Eastport Plaza to take your donations until 3pm Saturday.

If you can't make it out to see us this weekend, you can drop off your new unwrapped toy donation at any Les Scwab Tire Center, Regence office, or at the KGW studios on 15th and Jefferson in Downtown Portland.

This is our 25th year serving our community through the toy drive, and we couldn't do it without you.

I received a heartwarming email from Delmar Olsen.
He wrote how much he and his wife got out of their recent volunteer effort in Tanzania.
My hat's off to you both. What a wonderful gift you gave the people there... your time and medical talents.
Delmar said he and his wife felt, though, that they were the ones who got the blessings.

That's a funny thing about volunteer work,I think, you really do get more than you give.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Delmar.

The Toy Drive is a smaller way to enjoy that feeling during the holiday season,too!
I hope my own son is learning that lesson by participating in the toy drive each year.
I know he looks forward to it.

On another note, I'm looking forward to the warmer temperatures.

Maybe I won't need the long underwear this weekend... then again, maybe not!

Let's hope we don't see freezing rain.
We have had everything else this November, I won't miss the freezing rain if it doesn't arrive, will you?

Happy Holidays everyone.

Laural Porter