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Just a Recap of Our Year in 2020

Becky Hanenkrat

What a year this has been!

Despite the pandemic, we have done so much at Live Love NW with our partners like Mannahouse, Starbucks, United Breast Cancer Foundation, Riverview Bank, ODHS, DCYF, to name a few. We have made an impact in the community in a challenging year, and have big plans for Christmas and 2021. I am hoping that you will find it in your hearts to help us with a tax-deductible donation before year end.

Just a recap of our year in 2020:

Over 10,820 boxes/270,000 lbs of food were distributed at Mannahouse locations in Portland, Vancouver and Eugene – that equates to almost 21,000 pounds per week Foster families received “Movie Night Baskets” to help with the challenge of being homebound Miracle Miles/Big Give: Thanks to the generosity of the United Breast Cancer Foundation and many donors to our Miracle Miles campaign, Live Love NW was able to provide Portland/Vancouver foster care and human trafficking survivor communities with household and personal care goods with a value of well over $2.3 million.
October 31st, with partners like Starbucks, Target, McDonalds, Nike, Columbia, Live Love NW was a sponsor for a “Families for Families” event at 3 Mannahouse locations, . Over 1000 foster families in Oregon and SW Washington were invited to a “trunk or treat” event where the children were able to experience a Halloween – some for the first time. Volunteers from the sponsors handed out hot drinks, tumblers, gift cards, duffels, candy, pumpkins, to costumed kids in cars as their parents drove through the “reverse parade”.

“I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I just want to say to thank you thank you so very much for this event. This was the first event that I had ever been to with my nephew who is in foster care. My boyfriend, my nephew and I were all blown away by the generosity you guys put on. I’ve been working on teaching my nephew that there is good in the world. That good people do exist. That your past doesn’t define you. Which for him since he has special needs is hard for him to comprehend. But him seeing this helps him to understand good vs evil. I’m just so glad and thankful he was able to attend and participate in this amazing event. – A.R. “

Live Love Christmas: Delivering Hope at Christmas time

I am encouraging you to give a child the gift of Christmas this year. This year, there are so many parents who are struggling to provide for their children. I get emails every day from someone who heard about us on KGW or through word of mouth with stories of job loss, medical challenges, furloughs – parents who are hopelessly facing a Christmas with no way to provide gifts for their children.

This will be the 10th anniversary of Live Love Christmas, our annual “signature” event with our partner Mannahouse. We receive families facing hardships that are nominated by ODHS, DCYF and school districts. On December 19th, the parents will “shop” for Christmas gifts for their children, ages 0-18 on each of the four local Mannahouse campuses. Each is assigned a personal shopper who listens and helps them select the “Right Gift” for each child, they will be given wrapping paper and bows, and treated to refreshments and offered prayer. With Live Love Christmas, we show families we care, we give parents back some dignity and we hope to bring joy to over 5000 children this year.

We pray that you will choose to be generous and help us help others in faith.

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