Backpack treat

Andy Klumper, left, with family members Rikelle, Lydia and Ashlee. Front, Riff and Kennadee.

Seaside kids participating in the backpack program will receive a special delivery this weekend, courtesy of Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Papa Murphy’s delivered 150 mini-pizzas to Warrenton students last week.

Andy Klumper, who took over the Seaside pizza location three weeks ago with his wife, Ashlee, is sending 125 pizzas to district students. The backpack program provides children with food to take home over the weekends and when school is not in session, provided at no cost to any family that requests it.

A former full-time pastor with a ministry at the Table Church in Seaside, Klumper said he was “just trying to fill the need. We were trying to find good opportunities to give back.”

Klumper substitute teaches at area schools and coaches softball for Seaside Kids. Kids can chose from cheese or pepperoni for their pizza.

“We’ll get them in their bags over the weekend to them,” Klumper said.

The Klumpers received assistance in their efforts from their four children, Rikelle, Lydia, Riff and Kennadee.

Kennadee, a fourth-grader at Gearhart Elementary School, wrote a handwritten note of encouragement and taped them to the inside of each box.

“It was her idea and she realizes the hard times of not seeing friends and feeling sad in this time,” Andy Klumper said. “She wanted to brighten up their day.”

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