Local churches still holding holiday drives

Each year during the holidays, local churches in the West Linn community hold Christmas drives to support the less fortunate. In lieu of the recent tragic events, now is the time to give back to the community. Whether or not you attend these churches, the drives are open to the public. These are some churches in the area that are holding holiday drives this season.

Rolling Hills

On Dec. 23, Rolling Hills church will be hosting a “Sweet Jesus” event in which participants will share donuts with the the police, firefighters and hospital workers in the community. People are encouraged to participate or give donations at this event.

Southlake

From now until Jan. 31, Southlake Church is hosting a Year End Christmas offering. All the funds made will go to help the church and its efforts to help the community. Currently, Southlake and Roosevelt High School, a school on the verge of being shut down, share a partnership that helps the school stay afloat. Further away from home, Southlake also supports sustainable safe-water in the Central Africa. The church works with an organization to help save lives in Africa by supplying and maintaining clean water. Any donations will go to helping the community, near and far, this Christmas season.

New Life

On Dec. 22, New Life church will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive. Though it is not specifically for Christmas, anyone is encouraged to come and donate blood. Now more than ever, due to the recent Hurricane Sandy, blood is needed. If you can’t give money, then this blood drive is another way to give during this holiday season.