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Coffee stand brews up hope and money for charity after fire

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HAPPY VALLEY, OR (KPTV) -

Neighbors are stepping up to help after a fire gutted a local service center that helped hundreds of people in need.

Just over a week ago, the Clackamas Service Center had to close after a fire ripped through the building. The center provided meals, showers, clothing and medical services to people in need.

After the fire on July 3, the center temporarily closed and is facing a long road to rebuild. It could be six months before the building is back open.

“Being on site, I have sort of visceral reactions, and I don’t know if it’s just psychological or it’s still the smell of the burning wood,” CSC Executive Director Debra Mason said. “It’s been challenging, and it’s just deeply concerning when I think about all the people that are affected.”

The owner of a nearby drive-through decided to make a difference for this group that has helped so many other.

The baristas at the Dutch Bros. location just down the road from the Clackamas Service Center kept busy Wednesday as all of the proceeds from the bustling coffee stand were donated to the center.

Jennifer Roberts, who owns the Dutch Bros. location, said her shop has partnered with the CSC in the past and thought the effort was the right thing to do.

“I just felt really terrible. We’ve worked with them in the past with their food bank and donated for two or three years in a row and I feel like it would be good for us to help them,” she said.

One person who came by didn’t order a thing but still dropped off a $100 bill to help, while others were impressed by the generosity of the business and other patrons.

“I thought they were donating some of the proceeds, but they’re donating all of the proceeds for this, so that’s amazing and I’m glad I came in,” customer Laurie Crawford said.

It was easy to see that a single act of kindness from one neighbor to another really isn’t a tall order at all.

“I don’t think anyone should go hungry, and that is their number one thing that they do, and that’s why it’s important to us,” Roberts added.

The coffee stand is open until 10 p.m. on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Otty Street, just south of Johnson Creek Boulevard. People can also donate to the Clackamas Service Center directly at CSCOregon.org.

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