By Elleda Wilson
Posted: April 17, 2009
JULIA MABRY sent in a tip about an unusual group of woodcutting philanthropists, CLATSOP CARE LOGGING, as they jokingly call themselves, and the good deeds they’ve been doing for local residents and the American Cancer Society. The Ear called one of the members of the group, CURT ALLEN of Astoria, for the lowdown.
Allen and a few other men, all of whom had prostate cancer, would run into each other at church. They decided to form a support group almost two years ago. “It felt really good to find someone to bend an ear on,” Allen says. The “guys” get together every Tuesday at the North Coast Family Fellowship in Seaside and “talk about whatever … cancer, hunting, fishing.” EILEEN LINDSLEY and PAM ALLEN and the other wives/partners got into the spirit of things, too – they help out with projects and belong to a caregiver support group.
The men heard about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and Allen says they thought, “we’re a bunch of guys, not good at cookies,” so they came up with the wood-cutting idea to raise money for cancer research. They remove trees and blowdowns for people, cut them up, haul them off and then sell the wood for $150 a cord. “The response has been tremendous,” Allen reports.
Pictured above, from left, STEVE JOHNSON, MIKE CROW, LEE COLEMAN, FRED KELLEY, Allen and EINO JOHNSON.
So far this spring, the log-splitting support group has made $5,300 for the Cancer Society, just on the wood. Two garage sales have brought in $1,500 and $1,100. Allen says the customers are told that all proceeds go to the Relay for Life, and then are allowed to set the price themselves. Pretty clever.
Allen says the group is lucky to have lots of volunteers who assist them – like one helper who brings a log splitter, and another who has a four-wheeler. LARRY BERGESON is not a member of the group, but he “helped out a lot by bringing a saw and doing a bunch of cutting.”
“It’s been a blast. We take our time and have a good time with it,” Allen added with a smile.
Got some blown down trees or wood you need removed from your property? Call Curt Allen at (503) 325-3074 and help Clatsop Care Logging raise money for cancer research. It’s a win-win deal.
Reprinted with the permission of The Daily Astorian of Astoria, Oregon.