LaPorte’s 2017 Charity Committee
Lyndsay Kooistra and Shelley Pace
To start our year off we are putting together a LaPorte Team for the 41st Annual Lake Run on May 13th. The Lake Oswego Women’s Club that sponsors the Lake Run works with many local charities like CASA and Clackamas Women’s Center. Next we will be distributing boxes to local Portland Sporting Goods Stores asking for life jacket donations. All donations will go to support Meg’s Moments. Our next event will be for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. We will end our year by adopting a family for Christmas and providing gifts, clothing, and other necessities in support of the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation. We’re proud to support all of these organizations that serve, and impact our local community.
Meg’s Moments For Life Jackets
This nonprofit was started by Jan O’Meara one of the employees of LaPorte. She and her family started this organization when they lost their daughter Meagan to a drowning accident in 2013 on the Clackamas River. They now raise funds and collect new & used life jackets to make sure this type of tragedy never happens again. This year they were able to collect & buy 500 life jackets to give away and to supply kiosks at State Parks.
If you’re interested in donating to Meg’s Moments for Life Jackets please visit their GoFundMe page at:www.gofundme.com/28u7dus.
Christmas Family Adoption Foundation
Founded in 2002 when Mike Burright realized a local family with two small children would not have the Christmas every family deserves unless he stepped in. That year the 1st family was helped and to date 2,508 families have been helped in the Greater Portland Metro area. Their mission is to create a positive and memorable holiday by giving gifts, clothing and necessities to families in need. Families are nominated by a Nominating Partner – an approved Government or Social Worker/Agency.
LaPorte will be adopting a family and providing gifts, clothing and other necessities for Christmas.