In addition to providing power for people to heat their homes, Columbia River PUD wants to find other ways to keep the community warm. This winter, the PUD will have its first Warming Tree.
“We want to provide an additional way for our customers and community to stay warm this winter,” said Customer Accounts and Billing Supervisor Kristen Dean. “Collecting warm items to distribute is a small way we’re able to do that. It’s neighbors helping neighbors.”
The PUD has set up a Christmas tree in its lobby. But it won’t be decorated with traditional ornaments.
Instead, PUD employees, board members, and customers will hang hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets on the branches.
“Anyone who wants to help out is welcome to drop off items,” Dean said.
Donations may be handmade, new, or gently used items. The PUD is collecting donations until Dec. 20. Then it will deliver the items to the local Salvation Army to be distributed within the community.
The PUD office is located at 64001 Columbia River Highway in Deer Island. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.