Monday, June 26, 2017

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation Donates to Meg's Moments Life Jackets Giveaway and Oregon City High School's Pioneer Pantry (Photo)


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: June 26th, 2017 11:53 AM
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On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donated to Meg's Moments for Life Jackets. Clackamas Fire District #1's Chief Fred Charlton and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter presented the first check for $3,000 for the purchase of life jackets to Meg's Moments, a non-profit organization created in honor of Meagan O'Meara Clark, who drowned while rafting on the Clackamas River on July 5, 2013. Meagan was 26-years-old and was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

Every year at Barton Park, Meg Moment's gives away free life jackets in the hopes of saving more lives and preventing drowning. To cool off and be safe before floating the river, join Meg's Moments for a free life jacket on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Barton Park on the Clackamas River. Meg Moment's for Life Jackets will be joined by Clackamas Fire District #1's Water Rescue Team from Station 8, who will help distribute life jackets and educate the public on water and boater safety tips and the importance of wearing a life jacket. Last year, over 500 life jackets were given out in only a few hours. The life jackets are purchased by donations from citizens and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation.

Meg's Moments will continue to give away life jackets "in loving memory of our beautiful daughter, Megan O'Meara Clark," says Brinda Doyle, O'Meara Clark's mom and founder of Meg's Moments. Meg's Moments does not "want any other family to experience the pain from the loss of a loved one when it can be prevented by simply wearing a life jacket. Life jackets save lives."

Vest up and join us at Barton Park located at 19009 SE Barton Park Road, Boring, OR 97009 on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who've been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities. To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, visit the website at: or to learn more about Meg's Moments or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe page at:

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Chief Charlton and Foundation President Trotter presented the second check for $4,000 to the Pioneer Pantry through Oregon City High School. The Pioneer Pantry provides food for the weekends and breaks to homeless and food insecure students at Oregon City High School. Students receive a "Backpack" of food that contains two breakfasts, two lunches, and one bigger meal with protein, fruit, and two juices, snacks, and treats. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Pioneer Pantry projects the cost of food will be $9.00 to $10.00 with a projection of 3,300 backpacks, which will result in the need for $29,700 to support the program.

For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Pioneer Pantry, contact Renee Elting at 971-563-6737 or

Attached photos: Meg's Moments accepting the check at Station 8, from left to right: Captain Jason Ellison; Firefighter Josh Tyler; Firefighter Dustin Mauck; Foundation President Don Trotter; Meg's Moments Rob O'Meara, Brinda Doyle, and Chelsey Harp; Chief Fred Charlton, and Apparatus Operator David Elle.

Pioneer Pantry accepting the check, from left to right: Chief Fred Charlton; Foundation President Don Trotter; Pioneer Pantry Board members Ted Thonstad, Suz Figini, and OCHS Principal Tom Lovell; Homeless Liaison Mary Ellen Winterhalter; and Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences Principal Scott Curtis.
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