30 years of students gathering gifts for homeless

The Parkrose Alternative Center of Education is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Homeless Project.

Each year, PACE students gather basic supplies and gifts that they then distribute to Portland homeless.

This year, Parkrose High School’s PACE program marks 30 years of its homeless project.

You can help by donating dental hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner, combs, brushes, deodorant and socks.

Sample or hotel size packaging is a great size for this project. The students will also accept blankets, towels, clothing and cash donations to purchase items not donated.

PACE serves students at risk of not graduating.

Community service is an important aspect of PACE.

PACE teacher Evan McFadden said his students get a real sense of satisfaction from helping others in difficult situations and are empathetic, as they often come from difficult backgrounds themselves.

Deliver your donations to PACE at Parkrose High school Community Center, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., through Friday, Dec. 14. Contact McFadden at 503-408-2623 or evan_mcfadden@parkrose.k12.or.us with questions.



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