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A spirit of giving

About 400 families and 1,000 children served

Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY - The tables and boxes overflowed Friday at the warehouse for the 2014 Kiwanis Food and Toy Drive.

Recipients in the annual community-giving program lined up before the 11 a.m. opening to receive boxes of food and toys for children.

Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY - 
And the volunteers were ready for them. Many were there previous nights, organizing and boxing the food and gifts.

The Canby Rotary Club came in force, said Kiwanis Club member Sharon Schneider, who coordinates the drive. They came in Wednesday night and filled all 400 boxes.

Each year, students, church youth groups, 4-H clubs Boy and Girl scouts, senior groups, civic clubs, friends and family pitch in to get things organized. All the donations to the program stay local.

“Collections this year are great,” said Kiwanis Club member Sharon Schneider who coordinates the project. “Such a giving community.”

This year, the program will provide food boxes and toys for about 400 families and 1,000 children, she said.

The Canby High School Leadership Class coordinates the food drives for all the schools, she said. Last year, Canby students collected nearly 10,500 cans of food for the Canby Community Food and Toy Drive.

Most participants picked up their food boxes and toys Friday. Scouts and volunteers delivered boxes left over the following day.

They try to make it fun to pick up the food and the toys at the warehouse, Schneider said.

“But we know there are people who just can’t get there.”

Even as the boxes were being distributed, people were still stopping by to see if they could help by volunteering or with donations, she said.

“I don’t know how everything will fall out,” she said. “We spend the money up front and have faith it’s going to come in from our community.

“And our community has never let this project down,” Schneider said.

Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY -

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