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Working together to help our neighbors

 

November 1, 2017 | View PDF



As the weather gets colder and we approach the holiday season, some of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. This can be an even more difficult time for people who don’t have enough resources to meet their family’s food and clothing needs or to buy holiday gifts for their children. Did you know that more than 6,000 Marysville residents — or about one in 10 in our community — received assistance from the Marysville Community Food Bank last year? That equates to about 300 families every week.

The Marysville Tulalip community has a history of generosity and compassion year-round, and especially during the holidays. The City of Marysville, Marysville School District and the Tulalip Tribes ask you to consider how you can help those less fortunate. Here are some upcoming opportunities.

All City Food Drive is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marysville-area grocery stores. Your donations will stay and help local families in need. Most-needed food items include canned tuna and chicken, boxed meals such as Tuna Helper, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruit, soups, instant oatmeal and canned hams. Size 4 and 5 diapers, toilet paper and pet food are always needed.

For the holidays, special requests include Jell-O, canned yams or sweet potatoes, gravy mix, canned pumpkin and canned milk. Gift cards or financial donations help buy perishable items like turkey, ham, eggs and fresh fruit. Mail donations to Marysville Community Food Bank, PO Box 917, Marysville WA 98270.

Coats, Hats and Gloves Drive starts Black Friday and runs through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Donations of new coats, hats and gloves will be collected by Marysville Police officers and community partners.

nFriday, Nov. 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Walmart, 8713 64th St. NE (Hwy. 9)

nSaturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fred Meyer, 9925 State Ave.

nSunday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Walmart, 8713 64th St. NE (Hwy. 9)

You can also drop off donations at Marysville Police Department, 1635 Grove St.

Toy Store Donations of unwrapped new toys, books and stocking stuffers for children ages birth through 17 are being collected at city offices from Nov. 2 through Dec. 8. Drop-off locations include the Parks, Culture and Recreation office (6915 Armar Rd.), Baxter Community Center (514 Delta Ave.), City Hall (1049 State Ave.), Marysville Police Department (1635 Grove St.) and all Marysville fire stations. Nearly 1,200 local children received gifts last year. Older children especially appreciate gift cards. If you have questions, contact Tara Mizell at 360-363-8404 or fbtoystore@gmail.com.

Giving your time can also be a rewarding way to help. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed for the toy store on Dec. 11, 12, 13 and 14. If you are interested, please email fbtoystore@gmail.com.

Tulalip Food Bank is open bi-weekly on Tuesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A free dinner is served after the Food Bank for anyone who wants it. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. For more information, please contact Tamara at 425-760-6241. The Tulalip Church of God (the red church) can use volunteers on every other Monday and Tuesday of each month. You can visit in person at 1330 Marine Drive NE., Tulalip, on those days or call Tamara for special donation drop-offs.

Do you have a child in the Marysville School District and need some support this holiday season? Reach out to your school counselor – they are set up and ready to help. If you are already a member of the Marysville Community Food Bank, visit soon to sign up for holiday opportunities. They are located at 4150 88th St. NE, behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Find more information at http://www.marysvillefoodbank.org.

Thank you, Marysville Tulalip community, for your compassion and generosity.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Tulalip Tribes and Marysville School District about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.

 

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