Local programs offer Thanksgiving options

Published on Wed, Nov 2, 2011
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The options for local families in need of a Thanksgiving dinner have dwindled to two.

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) will continue its basket distribution program through the Blaine school district’s Family Services office, and the Sons of the American Legion will host its annual Thanksgiving Day meal at the Blaine Senior Center.

The Blaine Food Bank has said it will focus on Christmas rather than distribute both Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets this year.

Jessie Burton with CAP says the program expects about 100 more families to request baskets this year, since the Blaine Food Bank had provided food primarily for families without children.

The CAP baskets must be reserved by Tuesday, November 15. Call 360/332-0740 to make a reservation. Some restrictions may apply. To contribute to the CAP basket fund, which is in more need than ever of donations, mail a check to PO Box 1067, Blaine, 98231. Donations may also be made at many local businesses – look for the turkey signs.

The Sons of the American Legion will host an open-to-all meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center.
Reservations are not required. Volunteers are still needed; contact David Van Duisen at 360/739-1671.

The Blaine Food Bank will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, November 22. The food bank will not be open on Wednesday, November 23, or Friday, November 25. The Birch Bay Food Pantry will be open during its normal operating hours, from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, November 21.