During holidays, sometimes giving is the best gift

Published on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 by Jack Kintner

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During holidays, sometimes giving is the best gift

By Jack Kintner

The deadline passed earlier this week for the annual giving tree program sponsored by the Stafholt Good Samaritan Home, but there are still plenty of local Blaine charities accepting support to help make this a joyous holiday season for everyone.

• The Blaine Food Bank at 500 C Street can take just about any kind of unopened food and also accepts cash to buy products that are not covered by government programs such as paper products and pet food. They also have a need for baby formula.

The Blaine food bank is open Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and in kind donations can also be dropped off when the food bank itself is closed but workers are there Monday and Thursday morning from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information call 332-6350.

•The Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association conducts several programs, among them the Community Assistance Program that screens and provides support to people who are in need of short-term help, including transients. The Thanksgiving Basket Program and the Christmas Dinner program provide the basic ingredients for a turkey dinner to local families in need that are screened by the Family Service Center. Both involve getting several thousand dollars worth of food collected and distributed into individual boxes to feed hundreds of people and can be supported any time of year.

• St. Martin’s Clothing Bank which is right next to the Food Bank accepts clean clothes on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and is open then to get clean serviceable clothes as well.

Two other programs are a utilities option box that Blaine residents can check on their utility bills and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard that provides household goods to people when they get burned out or are otherwise in need of help.

The funds generated by checking the box on your utility bill go into an account that accumulates at city hall.

The Community Assistance Program issues the vouchers for power for deserving local people, or can also write checks to those who live outside Blaine’s power grid, roughly the city limits, such as people in Birch Bay.

All of the programs sponsored by the ministerial association can be supported with a check mailed to them at P.O. Box 1067, Blaine.
Individuals who wish to support a specific program, should make a note on their check.