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All City Food Drive kicks off in M'ville


Christopher Andersson

Volunteer Larry Donovan helps carry a box of donated food into the Marysville Community Food Bank during the All City Food Drive kick-off on Nov. 5.

More than 90 red barrels are currently up at Marysville businesses to collect toys, food and other goods as part of the All City Food Drive which kicked off on Nov. 5.

The donations provide the Marysville Community Food Bank with a new supply of food and provide toys at the Marysville Toy Store for the food bank clients as well.

"This kicks off the whole season for us," said Marysville Community Food Bank director Dell Deierling. "It plants the seed in people's minds about what's needed."

Deierling said that many families hope to make the holidays special and the food bank wants to help in any way they can.

"A lot of folks that are limited in their resources want to do something more for their families, so anything we can do that frees up resources for them, like providing food or toys, allows them to do more," he said.

While the need for food is only marginally greater compared to other times of the year, the holidays bring out a lot of generosity which is used to stock the shelves of the food bank well into next year.

"What we bring in now is not just going to provide the food for the holidays, but helps provide food through May," said Deierling.

Deierling said that meats are good to donate, especially from some local stores like Fred Meyer which provide a free turkey to those who buy enough.

"Rather than declining those, you can bring them to us and we can put them in our freezer," he said.

Canned fruit, canned sauces and butter are more good foods for the holiday season he said.

Clients can also take advantage of the Marysville Toy Store which provides free Christmas toys to families in need.

Families are referred from the Marysville School District or the Marysville Community Food Bank.

The toy store has served more than 1,100 local children each of the last two years, said toy store volunteer Rita Henry.

"There's definitely a need. We want all those children to have a Christmas," she said.

The store helps spread joy for the holidays.

"The only thing that matters to these parents is that 'my kids need to know there's joy out there,'" said Lil Dayton, a volunteer for the toy store. "That's what the toy store does."

Dayton recalled one man who came in late to the toy store last year and there was nothing left but the toys that weren't taken, mostly broken ones.

"The kids spotted these busted toys and begged to have them ... they were so appreciative of these busted toys because they had nothing," she said.

Items for teenagers, "tween" age girls and books are usually the most needed toy donations, said Tara Mizell, one of the organizers of the All City Food Drive.

Families also receive coats and mittens at the toy store.

Volunteers try to help families in any way they can, said Mizell.

Many of those coats are provided by Zumiez.

"Zumiez has been huge, they've donated coats and hats and mittens for years. We really, really appreciate that," she said.

Last year was also the first year the Marysville Police Officers Association collected coats. They donated 650.

"We're excited to see where that goes this year," said Mizell.

Marysville Police Officers will again be collecting coats and other cold-weather clothing on Nov. 18 at Fred Meyer from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marysville Walmart.

Donations can be dropped off at a number of local businesses that have the All City Food Drive's red barrels.

Barrel coordinator Mike Ferri said around 90 Marysville businesses are participating this year.

"It's grown exponentially over the last five years because as people see the red barrels they'll go back to their business and say 'hey, can we get a barrel here?'" he said.

"We just talked that we have to get some more barrels."

Deierling encourages local citizens to continue donating.

"If there is a feeling that the economy is doing better, we need to remember there is still a really high need in Marysville," he said.

"Some of the other regions' need is going down, but here in Marysville the need remains high."

More information about the food drive is available at


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