CAP: Annie Magner�s tradition continues
The community may miss Annie Magner, but Brent Brentnall wants you to know that the work she started will continue.
Several years ago, Magner started helping those in need during Thanksgiving, through the Community Assistance Program (CAP). Between baking pies herself and collecting donations from local residents and businesses, Magner was able to put a Thanksgiving basket together for more than 50 families in 2001.
Now, in 2003, there are even more families in need. �Last year, there were 111 families, and now we have more than 150 this year,� Brentnall said, adding the names of those in need come from such organizations as the Blaine Family Service Center.
The program serves the communities of Blaine and Birch Bay, but also Point Roberts and Custer.
�The reason for our geographic area is that Ferndale, Bellingham and Lynden already have a system of their own,� Brentnall said. �First and foremost we need money. The cost of a basket at retail is $53,� he said.
With over 150 families to provide for, that�s a cost of about $7,500. �Anything anyone can spare is appreciated,� he said.
The �cold� Thanksgiving basket consists of a complete dinner, including a 12 to 20-pound turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes. gravy, yams, vegetables, rolls, butter and milk. Pies and cool whip will also be included.
�Annie had a thing about baking pies. She said that people do not want a store-bought pie. It means a lot to them if someone made a homemade pie and then delivered it fresh,� Brentnall said. �With 150 baskets, we�re talking about 160 to 175 pies.�
Those interested in baking a homemade fruit pie � apple, blueberry, pumpkin, any kind � can drop it off at the former Radio Shack building (across the street from Cost Cutter) on the morning of Wednesday, November 26.
In addition to donations and baking, volunteers are also sought to assemble the baskets. �We need people to help move stuff from Cost Cutter down the hill ��thankfully it�s down the hill � and we need people to help fill the baskets.�
Volunteers are needed at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25 and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Volunteers meet at the former Radio Shack building.
�We�ve had some great volunteers, including Lauri Waslohn and Chris Summerville. Anyone�s welcome to help us out,� he said.
Various businesses are also helping in the cause, including Cost Cutter and its food manager Mike Johnson. �Mike�s been a big help, providing us with storage and donating food,� Brentnall said.
Cost Cutter also has an account for CAP, an easy donation approach for any customers interested in cutting a check to CAP while also paying for their groceries.
Other businesses have contributed through the setup of donations boxes, including Sterling Savings Bank, Cost Cutter, Bank of America, Harbor Cafe, True Value Hardware, Pizza Factory, International Cafe, Goff�s, and the American Legion Post 86.
�When people say the check�s in the mail, they really are sometimes,� he said.