Community Extra: Applause
Students from Mountlake Terrace High School prepare to load a truck with 2,692 pounds of donated nonperishable food. The donations were brought into the school during its annual food drive.
Girl Scouts from Troop 41899, including Kaitlyn Espy (left), Michaela Scofield, Kendra Waters, Allison Bachmeier, Jackie Amrine, Kiana Akazawa and Alexa Scofield, hand out sandwiches, fruit, chips, coats, hats, scarves and gloves at the Everett Gospel Mission.
Stanwood-Camano Rotarians Mike Ganz and Sonja Butler work on the club's annual food drive.
Nine Mountlake Terrace High School students loaded up the Concern For Neighbors Food Bank truck Dec. 5.
They filled the truck with 2,692 pounds of nonperishable food donated by the students of the high school. After loading, they drove to the food bank and unloaded the cargo onto pallets for storage until it could be sorted and distributed.
The food bank is located in Mountlake Terrace.
Girl Scouts give to the homeless
When Girl Scout Troop 41899 learned that when the Everett Gospel Mission closes to clean, people are temporarily without food and shelter. The teen Scouts decided they needed to act, said troop leader Amy Scofield.
Troop 41899 teamed up with Christina Skywater of the Coffee Girlz. They stood on the streets outside the Everett Gospel Mission to hand out more than 150 sandwiches, fruit and chips, as well as more than 100 coats, 175 hats, scarves and gloves.
The girls collected the clothing earlier, then got up early on a recent Saturday to make sandwiches to bring to the mission.
"We like to help out in our community, do our part to make the world a better place," said Alexa Scofield, 14. "We believe that no one should be left hungry or out in the cold, because nobody should have to suffer through that."
Kendra Water, 19, agreed.
"I know that a lot of people are just down on their luck, I know what that feels like. I have the resources available to me to make a difference, I may not be able to end world hunger but for one day I helped end hunger in my community. I try my best to help others when I can and I only hope that if I was ever in a similar position that there would be someone there to do the same for me," Waters said.
Stanwood Rotary aids food bank
On Nov. 20 and 21, the Rotary Club held its annual Thanksgiving food drive at Haggens for the benefit of the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.
The club delivered 980 pounds of food and collected $1,269 for the food bank.
Marysville Food Bank gets $10,000
Mike O'Brien, the owner of O'Brien Auto Group, pledged $10,000 on Nov. 26 to the Marysville Food Bank.
O'Brien made the surprise donation during a Marysville City Council meeting where JoAnn Sewell was honored as the city's Volunteer of the Month for October.
Sewell has volunteered at the food bank for the past five years. She donates about 30 hours of work every week to the food bank in addition to her paid part-time position as a volunteer coordinator.
O'Brien was at the meeting to speak about a new Honda dealership to be built in the city. He was moved by Sewell's story to make the pledge.
"It's really hard to give your time, JoAnn, like you do," O'Brien said. "You ought to be proud of yourself for giving that amount of time."