EUGENE, Ore. — People lined up for hours Thursday to pick up a sweet treat at the Valley River Center in Eugene.
The Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club handed out 3,300 pounds of fresh, pre-sold Willamette Valley strawberries. About 1,300 people placed orders and people started lining up around noon for the distribution, which started at 3:30 p.m.
“They buy their berries because, well, they want berries. But they do it because they’re supporting an organization that then supports other organizations. So it’s wonderful to see the great turnout and how many people really support it,” said Barbara Utt with the berry sale.
Proceeds will help fight maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries. This is the 22nd annual berry sale. If you missed out this time, you can purchase frozen berries in September.