(PORTLAND, ORE - Dec. 20, 2007) The holidays are an especially difficult time of year for local families who struggle daily to make ends meet. Often they must choose between buying groceries or putting gifts under the tree. This Friday, Medical Teams International hopes to make that choice an easy one through its partnership with KGW-TV.
Thanks to toys donated by Channel 8 viewers, Medical Teams International will distribute more than 3,000 toys to 10 local social service agencies. These agencies, in turn, will distribute these gifts to needy families in Portland and southwest Washington communities.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Snow Cap Community Charities, House of Zion and other nonprofit organizations will load vans filled with games and puzzles, dolls, toy trucks and stuffed animals from Medical Teams International’s Distribution Center in Tigard.
Interviews/photos with Santa Claus & his elves loading toys are available from 10-12 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at Medical Teams International, 14150 SW Milton Ct, Tigard.
“Many of our local families are struggling to provide food and clothing for their children,” says Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “During this season, it’s a joy to partner with KGW and local agencies to ensure that children in these families are not forgotten at Christmas.”
This is the sixth year Medical Teams International has distributed toys to the local community through its KGW partnership. Additionally Medical Teams International donates more than $7 million in hygiene products, household items and over-the-counter medicines to more than 60 local agencies in Oregon and southwest Washington each year. During the last 10 years, the relief agency has distributed more than $25 million in supplies to these groups.
Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that demonstrates the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,650 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.