Donations brighten the holidays for those in need

Published on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 by Carissa Wright

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Two generous donations to the Blaine Food Bank will make the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas extra-special for the food bank’s patrons.

One donation was specifically for turkeys – the donor wanted to purchase enough turkeys so that every family who came in just before Thanksgiving could receive one.

Blaine Food Bank manager Robin Kendall said the donation is something really special, even though the food bank won’t be distributing Thanksgiving-specific dinner baskets this year.

The other donation will entirely pay for the Christmas baskets the food bank distributes. Kendall said the baskets will include a ham, side dishes such as yams and green beans, and everything to make a holiday pie.

With the Blaine Food Bank focusing its funds on its Christmas baskets, the Community Assistance Program’s Thanksgiving baskets and the Sons of the American Legion’s Thanksgiving dinner will be the only two local options for Thanksgiving assistance.

Reservations for the Community Assistance Program (CAP) baskets must be made by November 15. Call 360/332-0740 to make a reservation. Baskets are reserved for families who have been vetted by the Family Services office of the Blaine School District.

To contribute to the CAP basket fund, 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. on Thursday, November 24, at the Blaine Senior Center. Reservations are not required. Volunteers are still needed; contact David Van Duisen at 360/739-1671.

Donations can be made to the Blaine Food Bank at 500 C Street or by mail at PO Box 472, Blaine, 98231. The food bank can be reached at 360/332-6350.