While 2020 has been a difficult year for most everybody, it has been a banner year for the amazing people who have worked on our Community Outreach projects. We cannot thank these wonderful people enough for their skills, their charitable spirit, and their time to give to others who have suffered through this year. An example of what they have achieved can best be stated in a quote from one of the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) donation sites: " For most of these children, this is the only gift they will get for Christmas." This is referring to the 2,000 Christmas stocking, 15 large shopping bags of food, and the 740 Beanie Babies that Community Outreach donated to the Food Bank (Other organizations have also contributed to help fill the Stockings with toys, food, and games) Additionally, we gave TCFB: 268 large cloth shopping bags, 62 knitted hats, 46 receiving blankets, 25 burp cloths, 30 cloth Covid masks, 2 wall hangings, 8 onesies, 2 infant sets, 33 baby quilts, 6 pairs of knitted mittens, 10 scarves, 7 knitted blankets, 63 pillow cases, and 300 candy canes.
Sounds like a lot, but Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater police and fire departments, as well as other first responders, received over 6,000 cloth Covid masks. 97 quilts were donated to Dept of Children, Youth, and Families ( DSHS). Olympia Church of Christ Baby Bank received 8 crib quilts, 9 receiving blankets, and 3 knitted blankets. Layers of Hope 911 received 2 twin bed,, 1 crib, 2 double bed, and 1 queen quilt. Family Support received 12 bed, 10 crib quilts, and 1 cloth shopping bag. Thurston County Meals on Wheels received 215 placemats. Roo Lan Convalescent Center received 9 bed quilts and 21 adult bibs. Okanogan Fire Victims 1 king and 1 queen quilts. Oregon Fire Victims received 2 bed quilts.
Once again we want to thank all the many people who gave and gave to help others. We fear that, if we tried to list everyone, we might miss someone. That said, you know who you are, and we say, sincerely, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Pat Zarp & Lorna Smith, Co-Chairs Community Outreach