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Sharing Hands 4th annual Chili Cook Off and Dessert Auction....

Great Chili's!

  • 1st place Ben Walton (pictured above)
  • 2nd Lisa Keith
  • 3rd Brian Gosser
  • 4th Don (Wendy) Ware

Dessert Auctioneer Shannon did us proud again --- year after year she entices the audience into bidding on yummy mouth watering desserts.
Event was held on Saturday the 22nd at the Pioneer Christian Academy.  Director Deb Gruell said, "It was a fun evening. People were in no hurry to leave and many returned much like David Copperfield holding up his bowl and saying 'More please'."
80 plus individuals enjoyed tasting participants chili's.  Homemade corn bread was offered with cheese, onions, jalapeño peppers, hot sauce, sour cream and even tortilla chips to top off your bowl of chili.
Natalie Wade, Owner of Bramble House prepared her amazing Bramble House Chili recipe for everyone to enjoy.  This year a vegetarian chili was offered and prepared by Deb Gruell.
THANKS TO EVERYONE who made it a successful fun evening.

2022 Chili Cook-off - The Heat Is On!


Entrants & dessert auction participants will bring & set up at 4:00pm to 4:30pm
(bring crockpot or similar to keep your chili warm).
Tickets sold at the door beginning at 5:00pm.
Eating & judging begins at 5:00pm and dessert auction begins at 6:00pm.
Chili Competition Entrants Fee $10.00.
Entry costs $7.00 Adults $5.00 for children and includes Chili Toppings & Cornbread!

Georgia Pacific Donation, July 2022

This month Donna Black of Georgia Pacific presented Sharing Hands Director, Debra Gruell with a check in the amount of $3000. This money will be used to help Sharing Hands in its efforts to make the Central Linn area better for everyone. “Sharing Hands is proud to have Georgia-Pacific as a valued partner. They are beyond supportive to Sharing Hands,” said Gruell.

Food Bank Gets Generous Gift!!!!

Sharing Hands Food Bank recently was blessed with a special contribution from the Halsey City Council for much needed refrigeration equipment. January 2020 saw 179 families visit the Food Bank (which was already a huge increase from 2019) then by May, 2020 over 325 families were utilizing the food bank.  Weekly food deliveries became necessary instead of the normal twice a month deliveries from Linn Benton Food Share. Storage became a nightmare.  Additional equipment was a must for the Food Bank to keep up with the demand. Thanks to the Halsey City Council over $10,000.00 was donated to Sharing Hands Food Bank for a huge side by side freezer and refrigerator.


This generous contribution has made it possible to now have adequate freezer and refrigeration space for the continued weekly deliveries.




Taco Fundraiser is a Huge Success


By Lance Wilson


On the 1st of May, Sharing Hands ran a fundraiser called “Let’s Taco bout a great fundraiser!!!!” The taco fundraiser was designed to help the organization gather some needed funding.  The 4 hour event was held in the parking lot of the Assembly of God, on the corner of Bishop Way and Washburn Street. It was a blessing the decision was made to hold the event outside in the parking lot, due to the recent moving up to extreme risk category for Linn County. 


Driving down Bishop way you saw Brownsville Mayor Don Ware wearing a taco costume holding a sign saying “May 1, 12:00 to 4:00pm, $5.00 tacos & toppings. There were many patrons partaking in the $5.00 for 2 tacos with refried beans. People had a choice of either soft or hard tacos, along with a selection of different meats and toppings. 


Debra Gruell, Executive Director expressed her enthusiasm for the entire event, amazing hard working volunteers, along with a supportive community.  It was fun from the beginning to end.  Everyone involved went home with smiles on their faces even though they were totally exhausted. 


The event also featured a drawing for participants to have the opportunity to receive a group of various new gardening essentials, donated by 5 different local individuals.  Debra was hhappy with the donated items, “A beautiful blue bird bath, a Gorilla Garden Dumping Cart, flowers, garden art, and potting soil. “ What a deal!”  The tickets were $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.  The winning ticket belonged to an overjoyed Sandy Sabedtra.  


Sharing Hands would like to thank everyone that volunteered to make this event a huge success.  Over 450 tacos were served.  ALSO, A HUGE THANK YOU TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR SHOWING UP AND SUPPORTING SHARING HANDS “Let’s Taco bout a great fundraiser”.   


Please keep your eyes open for another great fundraiser this fall. “The heat is coming - Chili Cook off and dessert auction”.