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Snow Days and Toy Days

by Laural Porter

Posted on November 30, 2005 at 5:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:34 PM

Instead of sugarplums dancing in their heads, my kids have
snowdays dancing in theirs. News that we may get a winter storm has them watching Matt and Dave's weathercasts more intently than ever.
They can recite where the low pressure system is positioned and when it will move into Portland, almost like a meteorologist.

It sure makes it feel like the Christmas season around here.
Another sure sign is our annual KGW Great Toy Drive.

My son, Will, and I have a tradition we look forward to every year.
We love helping out at our Toy Drive.

On as many Saturdays as we can, we get up before the sun.
Will puts on his Santa hat and we bundle up in our long underwear, parkas, gloves and scarves.
First stop, is our neighborhood Starbucks for a big hot chocolate for Will, and a mocha for me.
Then, we head for the Toy Drive location.

Last week, we were out at Bridgeport Village from 7am until 10 am.

This Saturday, Will and I will be at Cedar Hills Crossing at the same time, provided we don't need Santa's sleigh to get there.
Many of our KGW staffers, including our News Director, and his son, and Business Reporter, Joe Smith will also be there until 4pm.

I hope we will see you out there. It's always so heartwarming to meet many of you and experience your generosity, first hand.

Thank you for caring about the less fortunate in our community.
Together we will make this the best Toy Drive ever.

Will and I might not have chestnuts roasting on an open fire for you, but we will have candycanes.
Hope to see you Saturday.

Laural Porter