Countdown to Christmas: Donation Spots Around Portland


Caitlin Keeler

In this first week of December, consider giving back to the Portland community before you begin your holiday festivities.

Caitlin Keeler, Staff Reporter

Although Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, many celebrate by spoiling their friends and family with wrapped presents under the tree. Receiving gifts during Christmas is part of what makes the season so fun, but so is giving back. 

Falcons, let’s reciprocate the cheer we receive this holiday season back to the Portland community and help others who may not be as fortunate. Any amount matters, so be the Christmas joy this holiday. 

Here are a few of the top donation spots around Portland that support a good cause:

Located at 5916 NE Going St. and run by Portland firefighters, Toy and Joy Makers have depended solely on donations to keep their business going for over 100 years. Open to new toys, gift cards, sports equipment, or money donations, the warehouse is open all of December with open arms to receive. Not only is there an open warehouse, there are 30 collection boxes at each of the 30 Portland fire stations to drop donations off in. Any kind of donation would be greatly appreciated by families in need. 

Another place to visit is the Washington Square Giving Tree. During the month of December, go to Washington Square and select a heart-shaped ornament from the Sharing Tree full of names and requests from people in need. The annual dates range from Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, volunteers on sight will be collecting gifts brought in. 

Churches near you are always welcome to donations as well as soup kitchens. Some viable soup kitchens to volunteer at or donate to are Soup Kitchen PDX at 306 NW Broadway, Blanchet House at 310 NW Glisan St, and Francis Center at 6535 SE 82nd Ave. You can register to volunteer at any time throughout December to help out and supply aid to those who need it. 

Giving back is essential, especially since our Lasallian core values include quality education, respect for all persons, create inclusive communities, respond to the marginalized, and remember that we are in the holy presence of God. We can respond to these values by donating to the community and lending a helping hand.