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Marysville police raise funds for food bank, Special Olympics


Christopher Andersson

Local Diane Tillman looks at some of the items available at the Marysville Police Department's garage sale fundraiser on June 10.

The Marysville Police Department helped raise funds for the local Special Olympics and the Marysville Community Food Bank with a garage sale on June 10.

The department usually chooses to focus on a couple of charities for their efforts, said Leslie Newman, who works for the records department with the Marysville Police Department and who organized the garage sale.

The garage sale is meant to provide funds to two local organizations, the Special Olympics and the Marysville Community Food Bank.

"We came together and were like, 'let's have a yard sale to make some money for these two,'" said Newman.

Both of the local non-profits help the community, she said.

"They're both important, I'm sure there's a million good charities out there, but the food bank is one that strikes at our core need of helping the citizens of Marysville and Special Olympics always has a place in my heart," said Newman.

The Marysville Police Department has been close to the Special Olympics for the last few years.

"Traditionally law enforcement has been involved with Special Olympics for years and years, so that's always been close to us," said Marysville Police Cmdr. Wendy Wade.

Wade said the city as a whole does a lot to help the local food bank, and is always looking for new ways to help, like a garage sale.

"Every year we're trying to do something different to help them out," said Wade.

Newman said that the department worked to put on the event.

"There was a lot of asking for donations and storing items and getting everyone willing to bring in stuff," she said.

"At first I was afraid we wouldn't have enough, but it looks like we have plenty," said Newman. "Lots of people, from the top administration on down, donated."

Newman said she was happy with the turnout on the day of the sale as well.

"I love to give back, it's a great feeling," she said.

It also helps show that the police department is here to help the community, she said, "and we're here to raise money for the people in need, as well."

Wade said it was good to meet and interact with people at fundraisers like their garage sale. "You get people that wouldn't ever come to a police department and they come out here and talk to us," she said.


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