October 13, 2015

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St. Helens Community Donates Wagons Filled with Toys

ST. HELENS, Ore., October 13, 2015: St. Helens Community Credit Union employees happily spent part of their Columbus Day all-staff meeting building 10 wagons and filling them with toys for the annual Toy N Joy campaign. Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief, Jay Tappan was on hand to accept the wagons.

Building the wagons, as well as filling those wagons with toys, is part of the credit union’s ongoing commitment to the community.

The Toy N Joy campaign has helped bring toys, joy, and food baskets to thousands of families and children during its 33-year history. With help from local businesses and volunteers, that number will continue to grow as more people get involved with the local charity.

“Everyone at St. Helens Community enjoys giving back to the community,” stated Brooke Van Vleet, President and CEO of St. Helens Community. “It was a special honor to have Jay Tappan come to our all-staff meeting to pick up the wagons and thank the employees for all of their hard work.”

In addition to his duties as Fire Chief, Tappan is also the Toy N Joy Auction Committee Chairman. During the event, Tappan stated the toys would be enjoyed by children throughout the Columbia River Fire & Rescue district. That district spans from Rainier to Warren.

“We were thrilled to receive so much support for the Toy N Joy campaign,” stated Jay Tappan, Columbia River Fire & Rescue Chief. “This contribution is much appreciated.”

Columbia River Fire & Rescue (CRF&R) Toy N Joy Campaign was founded to help provide Columbia County’s low income families with toys and food during the winter holiday season. The 33rd Annual Toy N Joy Dinner and Auction is set for December 5, 2015 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.


St. Helens Community Credit Union (shcu.org) is proud to be the area’s longstanding not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative. Membership is open to families and businesses throughout Columbia, Clatsop, and Cowlitz Counties as well as Sauvie Island, Oregon.