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Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division seeking volunteers and donations

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An organization that helps thousands of Portland families get by in tough times could now use your help.
 
The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division is an organization that has been providing families with emergency food and clothing for 90 years.

"I've always had a job, but we still try to make ends meet," said Jackie Semallie.

Semallie and her husband, Chris Smith, struggled to get by when they moved to Portland. With three kids to support and money in short supply, they turned to the Sunshine Division for help.

"It does make a difference for people," Smith said. "It sure made a big difference in our lives."

Each year, the Sunshine Division provides thousands of families with emergency food and clothing. The support is temporary and it's meant to get families back on their feet.

"We know that we have to do more," said Sunshine Division director Kyle Camberg. "We have to step up our capabilities and infrastructure."

Camberg says the amount of families they serve has doubled in the last three years, and the need is at an all-time high. The warehouse the organization operates in is about 100 years old and could use an upgrade.

With more staff, the Sunshine Division could reach more families in need. There are many ways you can help make that happen.

"You can give your time, food or donate money," said Camberg. "All those things equally help us with our mission."

The organization's mission: to make a difference in the lives of Portland families.

"Every chance we get, we try to give them clothes because we know there are a lot of families out there that do it need it," said Semallie. "All of the things they've helped us with, we just want to give back to them."

To learn more about the Sunshine Division and how to get involved, click the following link: http://sunshinedivision.org/

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