To our entire Marysville, Tulalip, Lakewood community,

There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to you.

In a year when you were challenged by a global pandemic, economic uncertainty and great loss, you showed your true colors. You showed compassion. You showed generosity. You showed us what “community” really means.

We started out this year, like many of you, not knowing what the future holds. We knew families would have unprecedented need this Christmas and we accepted that challenge. But, honestly, there were times we did not know if we would be able to deliver on that promise.

You did.

Because of you, more than 1,700 children in our area received toys, books and warm clothing this Christmas. That deserves repeating — 1,700 children were served by the Marysville Food Bank Toy Store this year, a number unprecedented in the Toy Store’s 35-year history. You made that possible, Marysville.

Local businesses like Salacia, Marysville Toyota, HomeStreet Bank, Tulalip Casino, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Keller Williams, Costco, Safran, Target, Ivar’s, Kohl’s, Subway, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Frito Lay and so many others made this possible with your donations and accommodations.

Marysville Firefighters and Marysville Police made this possible with your extremely generous donation of brand new coats.

Organizations like Christmas House, Toys for Tots, our local Soroptimists, Salvation Army of Marysville, the City of Marysville and the Marysville School District made this possible with your continuing support of our mission.

Did you know that Joe, the manager of Jimmy John’s on 4th Street, spent a weekend entirely on his own accord giving out free sandwich cards outside of Target in exchange for toys to donate?

Have you heard about Grace, the Marysville 9-year-old who raised $3,156 worth of toys from friends and family? If that seems like a lot, it’s because she’s a seasoned pro. In six years, Grace has raised nearly $18,000 for children in need across the Puget Sound. Way to go, Grace.

Perhaps you’d want to know about the man who handed our volunteer shoppers $100 when he heard about the Toy Store’s mission. How about the woman who gave us five dollars because that’s all she had? We didn’t get your name, but you made a difference.

Look around you. These are people in our community.

This holiday season, we sure have a lot to be thankful for, Marysville.

We are most thankful for you.

Members of the Marysville Community Food Bank Toy Store Committee

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