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Despite Recession Businesses Rally to Make a Difference

Portland-Salem Metro Area Businesses Host Events Fighting Hunger

Portland-Salem Metro, Oregon December 4, 2008 -- Businesses around the Portland & Salem Metro areas are hosting events during the 8th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive to raise awareness and fight hunger here in Oregon.

Arbor Custom Homes is making a difference with their 9 neighborhoods around the metropolitan areas by having donation barrels for the food drive at each of their neighborhood model homes. As well, this weekend two of their neighborhoods are having a special Pictures with Santa event. Parents can have their child's picture taken with Santa for free.

Arbor Custom Homes and Fireside are happy to have Santa come to two Arbor neighborhoods for photo opportunities. There will also be a donation box for the 8th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive which helps families in need this holiday season. All non-perishible food will be gratefully accepted. Join Santa at these two neighborhoods:

Arbor Oaks
December 6th from 12pm-3pm
16739 NW Vetter Drive
Portland, OR 97229
503.716.8412

Arbor at Villebois
December 7th from 12pm-3pm
29245 SW Charlotte Lane
Wilsonville, OR 97070
503.582.0472

Other business with multiple branches or locations participating are:

- All Portland & Salem area Oregon Community Credit Union Branches
- Portland area America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses

In all, there are 30 locations and various businesses around the Portland-Salem metropolitan areas collecting donations for this event. Those wishing to donate and help fight hunger are urged to visit their local donation drop site and donate canned food goods. A full list location drop sites can be found online at http://www.food-drive.com.

Over the last 7 years, the Annual Great Holiday Food Drive has raised over 64,305 lbs of food for Oregon Food Bank Network. Each year the donations raised steadily grow. Last year with help and support from the Portland & Salem communities, the Great Holiday Food Drive raised the equivalent of 11,739 lbs of food for the hungry here in the Portland-Salem Metro area of Oregon. This was an increase of 10% in donations over prior year totals! The goal this year is to increase donations by another 10% and raise over 12,915 lbs!

Thanks go to the following Co-Sponsors of this year's event:

- America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
- Arbor Custom Homes
- Beaver Creek Armory
- Curves Wilsonville
- Deschutes Brewery
- Easy Street Online Services
- KinderCare
- Meridian Park Radiation Oncology Center
- Neturf
- ON Semiconductor
- Oregon Community Credit Union
- Park Ave Village
- Rain Salon
- The Little Gym of Beaverton
- The Little Gym of Lake Oswego

To learn how you can get involved or make a donation online or at an Official Donation Drop Site, please go to http://www.food-drive.com or call (503) 656-3875.

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