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OHS Key Clubbers Share Giving Spirit
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Key Club members from Oakdale High School recently donated socks they had collected for the local homeless population, delivering them to Pamela Kelly, Executive Director of the Oakdale Rescue Mission, just before Christmas. Shown, from left, Vanessa Archuleta, Karlee Robertson, Carly Silva, Catelynn Cooksey, and Cassidy Swanson, along with Pamela Kelly. Photo Contributed

In this busy season of hustle and bustle, it is heartwarming to know that people still take time to stop and care for others. Service clubs, though helpful in so many ways throughout the year, always seem to come together with added enthusiasm and energy at the holidays to make sure that people aren't forgotten.

“This year, in lieu of delivering Christmas Food Baskets to those in need, the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale donated funds to Oakdale’s Community Sharing to provide approximately 100 families with Christmas meals,” said Sheryl Wikoff-Silva, Kiwanis Club volunteer.

The Oakdale High School Key Club, following the lead of their parent club, kept the spirit alive as well by hosting a sock drive to gather socks for the Oakdale Rescue Mission.

“After donating the socks, the group chose to spread their holiday cheer a little further,” explained Wikoff-Silva.

The group enjoyed the opportunity to go Christmas caroling at Belmare Assisted Living, Astoria and the Oakdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, before enjoying a Christmas party of their own.