Santas Posse keeps growing

first_imgSanta’s Posse still needs volunteer help. A gift-wrapping and food box assembly event is set for5 p.m. Thursday at Columbia Machine Warehouse, 3000 Columbia House Blvd. Enter off Grove Street and drive to the far northwest corner of the parking lot. (An incorrect address for the event appeared in Tuesday’s newspaper.) A light Burgerville meal will be provided.Volunteers are encouraged to extend the Christmas cheer by bringing a new, unwrapped gift.Tax-deductible donations are always welcome via website or by check. Visit or mail it to the Santa’s Posse Administrative Office, P.O. Box 410, Vancouver WA 98666.This year, 725families, including more than 2,200 children, will be helped by Santa’s Posse.Maggie Mayer found unpacking and sorting mass quantities of Christmas goodies in a Vancouver warehouse pretty fun on Tuesday morning.But beyond the fun, the 13-year-old paused to think, there was a better reason for pitching in with Santa’s Posse.“It kind of feels nice to do something for people who are less fortunate than me,” said Mayer, who lives in Salmon Creek and attends Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. “If I was one of those people, I’d want somebody to be doing this for us.”Mayer was one member of a big crowd of kids from Our Lady of Lourdes and Seton Catholic Preparatory schools who enjoyed some controlled and virtuous chaos in the sprawling Columbia Machine warehouse in Vancouver’s industrial area. That warehouse is the base of operations for Santa’s Posse, a huge volunteer effort that’s driven by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a whole bevy of other partners. The point is to bring Christmas joy — meaning gifts, food baskets and personal care items — to families who can’t afford any.Organizer and sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Allias took a break from helping out on Tuesday to say that the whole thing got started nearly two decades ago when patrol officers started noticing extreme need during their normal rounds.last_img