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Statesman Journal: Sunday Profile

Sunday Profile: Craig Oviatt
By Ruth Liao of the Statesman Journal
May 23, 2010

On a recent Friday, Craig Oviatt steers a small white box truck to an apartment complex in the Edgewater neighborhood of West Salem.

Led by a parade of waist-high children, Craig knocks on neighbors’ doors, greeting tenants by name and telling them he had arrived: “free clothes — ropa gratis.” Several teen boys run up to Craig to help unload the truck. Within minutes, tables are assembled in the parking lot, covered with donated clothing, toys and assorted household objects.

Though it may seem like a contradiction, this outreach pastor for West Salem Foursquare Church dislikes religion and charity. Instead, Craig believes in relationships, especially the big one: with God. “If you walk up to a stranger and say, ‘Here’s a coat,’ that’s charity,” Craig says. “If you know where they grew up, their brothers’, sisters’ names, and give them a coat — that’s helping a friend.”

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