Hi! We're the Washington County Chapter of ABATE of Oregon. Our organization has, for the last 4 decades, held an annual event in November that supports the Hillsboro Fire Departments 'Toy and Joy Program'. This program supports families in need throughout our community during the holidays. The Washington County Chapter would typically have started fundraising earlier this year by selling raffle tickets and collecting new unwrapped toys. We would follow our fundraising with a police and fire engine escorted parade through Hillsboro in November ending with a ceremony presenting the Hillsboro Fire Department with a huge pile of toys and a giant "I WON THE LOTTO" check representing all the funds we raised throughout the year.
This year has proven to be an especially difficult one for us, for you and for our community. We have not been able to meet as a group or begin fundraising for this important annual event. Also, due to the current global pandemic, we will be unable to accept any toy donations as we dont have the means to sanitize them all before donating them to the Toy and Joy program. This puts us in a bit of a pickle. Now more than ever our community needs us and we need you!
In a typical year we would have raised and donated in excess of $2,000 in cash to the Hillsboro Fire Department. Along with our cash donation we would have donated a cargo trailer full of toys brought to our annual event by the motorcycling community. Between our cash donation and the plethora of toys we estimate our annual gift to the Toy and Joy program to be in the neighborhood of $5,000. So, our goal this year is to donate $5,000 in cash and we need your help. Every cent (minus GoFundMe fees) donated to our fundraiser will go to the Hillsboro Fire Department's Toy and Joy program and be used to support families in our very own community. Please help us make sure we can continue to support this important community program, especially this year.
We won't be able to host a "Fill the Helmet" challenge like we had planned and will need to reschedule our presentation of funds to the Hillsboro Fire Department. That means we have another week of opportunity for those that want to donate. We'll close the fundraiser on November 28th, 2020. Please, if you haven't donated, donate now.... if you haven't shared this fundraiser, share it now.
This page will be updated as more information and locations can be safely scheduled. Thank you.
- Lucie Cruz
- Dominique Polin
- Rodney F Vaughn
- Destiny Beard
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