We are all so thankful for the support of our volunteer staff, donors and this newspaper.
I cannot say thank you enough to all of the people who helped make this year’s Thanksgiving Baskets Program a success. Between our donors, volunteers and this very publication that helped bring attention to our cause, I am in awe.
This year, we were able to provide baskets for Thanksgiving dinners to 230 families in Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer.
Through the commitment of volunteers and the generosity of this great community, 1,332 people (824 adults and 508 children) enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner.
We are grateful to the many individuals, social clubs and businesses that provided generous financial support and product donations to ensure the success of this annual tradition.
We are grateful to Edaleen Dairy for their milk, and to Bedlington Potato Warehouse for their potatoes.
And of course, we cannot give enough thanks to the firefighters of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. Year after year, they continue to have a vital role in our success and we are so thankful.
Lastly, we are especially thankful to all of the volunteer team members who took time out of their busy lives to take the reservations, bag the groceries, set up the baskets, manage the distribution and help the whole operation run smoothly. We deeply appreciate your heartfelt generosity.
There was an article recently about the availability of healthcare assistance in Blaine. I wanted to let those of you who are not familiar with TouchStone Health Clinic and Dr. Liz Schnippel, naturopath, know how wonderful her services are. She is an amazing source of knowledge regarding health concerns and can also offer suggestions for general well-being and health maintenance.
I have been seeing her for over two years now and can highly recommend her services.
I suggest that a pumpkin recycling center be opened in Blaine. I have six pumpkins on my front porch. What to do with them? Set up a recycling center and folks from all over will bring their pumpkins to recycle. The pumpkins must be valuable to someone. This will bring folks from Lynden and Ferndale into town and likely bring some business, too.
Tell the local papers, like The Northern Light and you’ll get lots of publicity. Send those stories to Seattle TV stations and you’ll get more press and likely start a new movement. Every city has the same problem with what to do with pumpkins. Pumpkin recycling centers will then be in towns all across America. And they will all say the movement started in Blaine, Washington. Otherwise, pumpkins will end up in the trash and landfills and be a waste.