Still time to donate to toy drive at Chuck’s Produce


Chuck’s and Santa’s Posse of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are partners

For years, Chuck’s Produce and Street Market has been part of a big toy drive, partnering with a television station in Portland.

That relationship worked well, but this year, Chuck’s wanted to go even more local. 

There is still time to donate at the toy drive at Chuck’s Produce and Street Market locations in Vancouver. The drive continues through Dec. 11. Photo by Mike Schultz
There is still time to donate at the toy drive at Chuck’s Produce and Street Market locations in Vancouver. The drive continues through Dec. 11. Photo by Mike Schultz

This season, Chucks is partnering with Santa’s Posse from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The toy drive started in November and lasts through Dec. 11

“We’re a local company, representing Clark County,” said Shelly Lanz, who works in marketing at Chuck’s. “That’s where we wanted to stay.”

While working with a Portland station, the donated toys were delivered throughout the Portland and Vancouver area. Santa’s Posse keeps toys donated in Clark County in Clark County.

“We really wanted this year to be something a lot more local, something for the people of Clark County and our customers,” said Shawn Jarrett, the store manager at the Salmon Creek location. “These are our people. What can we do here?”

Chuck’s Produce and Street Market is teaming up with Santa’s Posse from the Clark County Sheriff's Office for a toy drive. Photo by Mike Schultz
Chuck’s Produce and Street Market is teaming up with Santa’s Posse from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for a toy drive. Photo by Mike Schultz

The annual Santa Claus days at Chuck’s were called off this year. The pandemic could not stop the toy drive, though.

A classic truck is parked inside each store, the gathering place for new, unwrapped toys. Chuck’s and Santa’s Posse also would appreciate new hats, gloves, socks, and coats. 

“We’re just looking forward to really making Christmas successful for a lot of kids,” Jarrett said.

Chuck’s also has a team that will gather the toys for Santa’s Posse, plus help wrap the gifts. Some on the team will be part of the giveaway, as well, Jarrett said.

Toys can be brought to either of the Chuck’s Produce and Street Market locations during the toy drive. There is one in Salmon Creek and another in east Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Toys can be brought to either of the Chuck’s Produce and Street Market locations during the toy drive. There is one in Salmon Creek and another in east Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz

Santa’s Posse was created in 1997, a partnership between the sheriff’s office and local communities in an effort to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate families. 

The toy drive at Chuck’s Produce will end Dec. 11. The delivery day for Santa’s Posse this year is Dec. 20. 

For more on Santa’s Posse, go to its website: https://santasposse.com/

Chuck’s Produce and Street Markets addresses in Vancouver:

• 13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd.

• 2302 NE 117th Street

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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