Last year Merritt Paulson scaled a hill at the Oregon Zoo with a machete in hand to remove invasive species.
This year’s task was a little tamer as he joined other volunteers indoors at the Oregon Food Bank for Day Four of Stand Together Week, though he was hoping for a bit more excitement.
“I am a little disappointed they are not going to let me drive a fork lift," Paulson said.
While he did not get to operate heavy machinery, the franchise owner and CEO got out of the office and stacked some boxes at the food bank Thursday.
“This thing, like so much else we have done, has flourished, and it has really exceeded expectations beyond my wildest dreams,” Paulson said. “We have over 27 organizations that we will be supporting this year.”
While the Timbers usually roll with Caleb Porter on the sidelines, it was the other Coach Porter in town, new University of Portland head basketball coach Terry Porter, piloting the efforts at the food bank as a sorter.
"It's all about assisting and I am so good at that,” Porter said. “I can pass it, I can pack it away.”
PTFC stars Fanendo Adi and Liam Ridgewell were captaining the volunteers in repacking the donated food items that will assist in eliminating hunger.
"Even though we play on the pitch, we try to give our best to society,” Adi said. “We also can give our best to the society by giving the society a little help."
"We are certainly not the people doing it. It's these lot,” Ridgewell added. “I am just privileged to be standing in front of these cameras but they are the people that should really be getting filmed."
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