Santa Claus Prepares to Visit the Columbia

Donations end Dec 16

It’s that time of year again! Salmon Claus is making preparations to spread holiday cheer to the children and elders living at the tribal fishing access sites along the Columbia River. Each year, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission carries on this tradition started nearly a decade ago by CRITFC Enforcement Officer Jerrod Daniel.

Originally a staff event, the effort has grown over the years thanks to generous gifts and donations provided by the broader community. We invite the public to help make the season a bit brighter for the tribal fishing families along the river.

The easiest way to help is by using the Salmon Claus Amazon wish list. (Be sure to select “Health & Welfare Committee’s Gift Registry Address” in the shipping options. The gifts will be collected and wrapped there.) This option will close after December 16 to ensure items are received by the distribution date.

If you prefer to shop on your own for gifts, please drop them off by December 20. Needs include (please keep individual gifts to $30 or less):

Toys for boys and girls age 0-17
Coloring books with crayons/markers/pens/etc
Board games
Puzzles (for kids and adults)
Blankets for elders, adults, and children
Winter items (hats, gloves, scarfs, socks)
Stocking stuffers
Collect gently used winter items like coats, boots, snow pants, etc.

Donation drop-off locations are:

Hood River: CRITFC Enforcement office, 4270 Westcliff Drive (business hours Sun-Sat)
Cascade Locks: Brigham Fish Market, 681 Wa Na Pa St (business hours)
Portland: CRITFC main office, 700 NE Multnomah Suite 1200 (business hours M-F)
Please be aware that COVID safety protocols are in effect at both CRITFC locations, so masks are required during drop-offs.