CAP readies for Thanksgiving season, requests reservations and donations

Published on Wed, Oct 16, 2013
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Once again, the Community Assistance Program (CAP) is working to make sure that no one has to go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. 

Families who reside in the Birch Bay, Blaine, Custer and Point Roberts areas and find themselves in need this holiday season can request to receive one of the Thanksgiving baskets prepared by the nonprofit organization. Recipients must make a reservation through Family Services at the Blaine School District by November 20. There will be no baskets available for walk-ins.

The following groups are eligible to receive a Thanksgiving basket through the CAP program: 

  • Families whose children qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • Families with preschool children who are not known to Family Services
  • Families with children who are home schooled
  • Families referred by pastors of local churches
  • The elderly
  • The disabled
  • The unemployed and under-employed
  • The needy
  • The chronically poor

All requests will be vetted by the family services office of the Blaine school district before being passed onto CAP. 

Thanksgiving dinner baskets will be distributed on Wednesday, November 27 from noon until 3 p.m. at Unit 280 near Cost Cutter in the Blaine International Shopping Center. For more information, or to reserve a basket, please call 360/332-0740.

Funding for this outreach program is provided solely by contributions from individuals in the community. Even with the generous product donations from Darigold, Bedlington Potatoes, Edaleen Dairy and pies from the Girls Scouts and local churches, the organization still needs an additional $12,000 in groceries to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner basket for all the families in need. 

If you have the means to help your neighbor in need, please mail a check to the CAP Thanksgiving Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1067, Blaine, WA 98231.