10-21-2016  9:42 am      •     
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The Rosewood Initiative held a Holiday Party, Saturday Dec. 8. Families from the Rosewood neighborhood, around 161st Avenue and S.E. Stark St., were invited to meet Santa, decorate a tree and enjoy some family fun.

On the wall, a volunteer had taped poster paper so the children and their parents could answer some questions, such as : "What do you want for Christmas?"  Vans shoes, a DMX bike, clothes and video games were among the requests. But so were:  "To remember to stay grateful for what my family does have, " "I want to get closer to God," and "Peace and Cooperation."

Held at Old Cues Billiards, on 161st and Stark St., the party included hula hooping, arts activities and drawings for Rosewood Initiative tee-shirts. Volunteers invited neighborhood residents to choose their favorite design for the Rosewood banners that soon will be placed around the neighborhood.

The Rosewood Initiative was created by Multnomah County to support the East Portland/Gresham area, which has seen crime rates rise along with poverty and unemployment.

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