When the Seaside School District saw a need for prom dresses for teens, the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific helped out with Cinderella’s Closet.
The Duffel Bag program delivers prefilled duffel bags with clothing, blanket, a book and stuffed animals that give care and comfort to children. And as the school year gets underway, Operation School Bell provides a coat, sweatshirt, jeans, shirts, socks, underwear and shoes.
At Pacific Ridge Elementary, helped by a donation from the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific, all school supplies were provided this year for students so they did not have to purchase any, principal Juliann Wozniak said.
In Seaside, the organization sponsors shopping days at Nike and Ter Har’s, with clothes provided at no cost for those in need.
“We hear stories of families living in tents, living in cars, children who don’t have enough food to eat, and oftentimes with children or wearing shoes that are worn out, wearing their moms mismatched socks stuffed in the ends of their shoes to fit,” Shelby Mogenson, the league’s president, told members of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. “Our goal is to help those children.”
About one-third of students in Clatsop County benefiting from the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific live in Seaside, Mogenson said.
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) all-volunteer group, the league’s main purpose “is to help, and in particular to have children have a successful school experience,” Mogenson said.
Founded more than a century ago in Los Angeles, the Assistance League now has 120 chapters with 22,000 members. The Clatsop County chapter has 102 members.