On Dec. 20, Special Interest Auto Body at 6410 Evergreen Way donated a 2008 Nissan Versa to an Everett single mother who needed a vehicle.
The donation was coordinated through Camp Fire USA's Snohomish County office and the Acoat National Benevolence Program, shop owner Shayne Hedahl said.
Shop crews donated more than 200 volunteer labor-hours to salvage and rebuild the car after it was ruled a total loss.
"The joy and the spirit of the event was just phenomenal," Hedahl said.
The shop is interested in expanding the program in the future. For more information, call 425-353-2381.
VFW honors Eagle Scout
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 presented a VFW Eagle Scout award to Spencer K. Davis of Troop 7 at the National Eagle Court of Honor held Dec. 26 at the LDS Church in Mukilteo. Spencer's Eagle Scout project involved building a large bookcase and stocking it with games at Harbour Pointe Retirement center. He then spent hours training the residents on how to use the games.
Firefighters help families in need
Snohomish County Fire District 7 staff and firefighters adopted 14 local families, including 48 children, this holiday season. Each fire station assisted two to three families in need, providing gifts for the children.
Many of the families also received gift cards for groceries, thanks to a $300 donation from the Mill Creek Lions Club. Other businesses donating gift cards included the Maltby Cafe, Maltby Pizza, McDonald's (Clearview) and Mongos.
"We really enjoy being able to provide support to families in our own community," said Lt. Joe Basta, who organizes the annual gift drive.
Sea Mar Marysville throws party
For more than 20 years, the nonprofit Sea Mar Community Health Centers has hosted annual Christmas parties for families served by the organization who fall under certain income guidelines. The Marysville clinic held its party Dec. 21. More than 100 families attended, including nearly 300 children who each received three gifts. The event also included a holiday meal, entertainment, face painting, crafts and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Donors and sponsors included Amerigroup, Costco, Curves, Golden Coral, Grocery Outlet, Haggen, Mark & Margaret, Mary Depuy, Marysville Physical Therapy, McDonald's, Molina, RV & Marine Supply Store, Safeway, Staples, Tulalip Casino & Resort, Wagner's Jewelers and YMCA.
Fire commissioner honored for service
Gregg Knapp was honored Dec. 26 at his last board meeting as a fire commissioner for Snohomish County Fire District 7. After serving for 18 years, Knapp decided not to re-run for his position.
During the brief ceremony Knapp was thanked by fellow board members, firefighters and staff for his commitment to serving the community. Fire Chief Gary Meek spoke to Knapp's service, but first presented Knapp's wife, Brenda, with roses in appreciation of her support.
Guy Palumbo has been elected to replace Knapp and begins his duties this month.
Terrace police hand out awards
The Mountlake Terrace Police Department recognized staff at the Dec. 16 City Council meeting.
Officer Kat Brecht and Sgt. Pat Lowe received Police Chief's Citation honors. Brecht was honored for her work with the 2013 Recreational Vehicle Survey and a training program on identity theft. Lowe was honored for leading the Home Defense and Firearm Safety Seminar.
Sgt. Kevin Pickard was awarded the 2013 Police Department Employee of the Year. "He has been a constant within the department. Whatever assignment he has been given, he has taken a sincere interest in it," Chief Greg Wilson said.
Salon gives cancer survivors a lift
Elle Marie Hair Studio in Lynnwood recently distributed funds from its Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair fundraiser. The efforts were organized under the umbrella of the Elle's Angels Foundation, which was created by the salon to raise money for local charities. Customers could have a pink hair extension applied in October and November 2013 for a $10 donation. More than $4,000 was raised with $2,000 in additional donations.
Donations were distributed to survivors of breast cancer with financial need. Recipients included Jessica Suttie, of Marysville, a single mom with bills from her treatments, and Melanie Cunningham, of Bothell, whose husband sold his truck and commutes by bike to help pay the medical bills from her double mastectomy. Three other nominees were selected to receive a free year of haircuts.
Zonta raises $4,200 for women's causes
The Zonta Club of Everett's annual holiday luncheon and auction celebrated 25 years on Dec. 18 and raised mroe than $4,200 in just over an hour.
Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The local service club advocates to improve the status of women locally and globally.
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