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Stillaguamish Senior Center receives carpet donation


Christopher Andersson

The stage at the Stillaguamish Senior Center which recently received a donation to put in new carpet.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center has new carpeting for their stage that they received for free thanks to a couple of local businesses.

Abbey Van Dam Carpet and More and Mohawk Industries worked together to provide the carpet, worth a little more than $2,800, to the senior center.

"We worked in conjunction with Mohawk Industries," said Jeff Butner, owner of Abbey Van Dam Carpet and More.

"We love to give back to our community and to our elders, and it worked out great here," he said.

The stage's old carpet was becoming hazardous and looked bad, said Danette Klemens, director of the Stillaguamish Senior Center.

"Basically, this center is fairly old and things are dated," said Klemens. "It was becoming frayed and a potential trip hazard. We had to actually seam it ourselves and it didn't look nice."

The stage at the main hall is used for a number of activities.

"It's a heavily utilized area, so to have this improved and updated is a huge asset to our center," said Klemens.

"We also rent our hall for revenue to help support our overall budget," said Klemens. "For people that are having weddings or other events, the older carpet really detracted from the overall appearance."

Klemens said that they have worked with Abbey Van Dam Carpet and More in the past.

"They work with us in housing and help us refurbish our apartments when people move in and out," she said.

One of the center's staff reached out to the local carpet store and talked about their need for a new carpet at their stage.

Klemens said that the business came back with a proposal to give them the carpet for free.

The center is a nonprofit organization that usually has a tight budget, Klemens said.

"To get things donated at no cost when you're a nonprofit with a restricted budget is outstanding. Things like this don't come your way on a daily basis," she said.

The carpeting has now been installed at the center and is ready for use at events.

"It's fabulous. It has improved the look of the whole stage and brightened up the appearance of it," said Klemens.

More information about the Stillaguamish Senior Center is available at


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