Every child deserves a birthday party

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Laura Perez, former principal at Whiteaker Middle School, returned from a mission trip to Mexico committed to make a difference in her community, she met with Sheronne Blasi, and the two friends went on a long walk. “We just had a shared vision for the work we’d like to do and the impact we’d like to have in our community,” Perez said. That vision was Simply Birthdays, a non-profit created by Perez and Blasi that holds birthday parties at two local homeless shelters—Simonka Place in Keizer and Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network, as...

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