Local food banks, shelters benefit from United Way drive

By Neil Parekh | Aug 08, 2012
Courtesy of: Neil Parekh Representatives of the Lynnwood Elks Lodge brought bags of food and a $200 check for the United Way of Snohomish County/Community Transit Stuff a Bus food and toiletries drive at the Albertsons James Village in Lynnwood Saturday, July 28.

The United Way of Snohomish County/Community Transit Stuff a Bus food and toiletries drive July 28, at the Albertsons James Village in Lynnwood was a success even before it started.

One day earlier, Friday, a team of employees from AMT, a division of Senior Operations LLC, based in Arlington, delivered 2,000 pounds of food and toiletries they had collected over the past several weeks to United Way's office in Everett.

"It's a great example of our community coming together," said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. "It's about serving the whole county. It really shows the spirit of generosity that is a hallmark of our community."

The community's generosity continued Saturday. In addition to the food delivered by AMT Friday, and a significant contribution by the American Girl store at Alderwood Mall, Albertsons made several in-store announcements during the day and made it easy for shoppers to donate 15 shopping carts full of food by preparing $5 and $10 pre-made bags.

The food will be distributed by Volunteers of America Western Washington to food banks throughout Snohomish County.

"Our theme for this year is Get on Board, and that's precisely what people did," said Joyce Eleanor, CEO of Community Transit and the United Way 2012 Campaign Chair.

In addition to the food, more than 400 individual toiletries were collected –including 103 bars of soap, 79 toothbrushes and 84 tubes of toothpaste.

The toiletries will be distributed to the YWCA, Cocoon House, Domestic Violence Services and the Interfaith Family Shelter.

Another $380 was given to United Way's Local Community Fund, which supports 102 programs run by 39 agencies throughout the county. The single biggest contribution – a check for $200 – came from the Lynnwood Elks Lodge.

Contributing to the party atmosphere on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, Oxy Gene (Community Transit's "defender of truth, justice and really clean air") offered tours of a Double Tall bus emblazoned with United Way's LIVE UNITED slogan.

Bomber the Fox and cheerleaders from the Washington Stealth Lacrosse team helped draw in shoppers and volunteers with Youth United offered face painting for the younger contributors. Everett-based Granite Construction offered cones and safety equipment.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 102 programs through 39 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at uwsc.org.

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