Letters to the Editor -- December 01, 2005

Published on Thu, Dec 1, 2005
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
The 2005 Community Assistance Program (CAP) Thanksgiving Basket Project was a tremendous success. One hundred sixty eight families were fed. Families in Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer received the dinner baskets on Wednesday afternoon in time to prepare complete turkey dinners for Thursday.
It all wouldn’t have happened without the tremendous support of this wonderful community. Hundreds of people gave donations. Too many to mention, but a few should be listed. Brad and Diane O’Neill paid for 175 turkeys, Edaleen’s Dairy gave 200 gallons of milk, Bedlington potato warehouse gave 800 pounds of potatoes, and Kathie Stauffer who not only gave us a most generous financial donation, but also lent us her diesel pickup truck to haul the big loads. Windermere Real Estate and Sterling Savings Bank led local businesses in their financial support. The list should go on and on, for many gave very generously to help our community.
Next there were the volunteers from our community who gave us the pies. We had just enough. Some were still warm when we handed them out.
Finally there are some special thanks. First to Greg Avery and his team at Cost Cutter, they supported us at every turn. Next to Bob Williams and Robert Mims who were in charge of this year’s operation. They spent many long hours working to bring it all together.
Mike Nelson and the NW Whatcom Professional Firefighters Local 3867 hung the banner, moved the groceries, and returned the milk crates to Lynden. Larissa, Laurie, Andrea and Annie (who started the entire program) spent hours contacting and working with the people who received the baskets. They didn’t finish until 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve. Tom Dorsey took baskets that evening to shut-ins and others who couldn’t get to the distribution center. Without these people, it would have been chaos.
And last, but not least, my thanks to Kristen Engerman who refurbished the displays for the collection sites all over town. Thanks so much to all of you and to those others, too numerous to list, who helped.
Because of your giving hearts and helping hands, more than 470 children and 260 adults had a reason to be thankful last Thursday.
Bless you all.
Brent Brentnall, Director
Community Assistance Program
Blaine

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