The Cub Scouts of Pack 92 of Arlington worked on a yearlong service project with a goal of donating 100 hygiene kits to those in need.
The project started in October 2012. At each monthly pack meeting, the Scouts collected a different part of the kit and made it into a friendly competition between the dens.
The den that brought in the most items would get to keep the spirit stick for that month.
In all, Scouts collected 400 toothbrushes, 200 tubes of toothpaste, 200 hand towels, 200 bars of soap and 200 combs, enough for 108 kits that were assembled this summer and donated in October to the Everett Gospel Mission.
Marysville food drive brings in 6,500 pounds
A kickoff to the Marysville All City Food Drive on Saturday brought in 6,589 pounds of donated food and $1.371.75 in cash and gift cards.
Volunteers from the city of Marysville, Lakewood High School, Soroptimist club, HomeStreet Bank, Marysville Getchell High School, Kiwanis Club, Girl Scouts, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Lions Club and the Marysville Community Food Bank helped gather the donations.
Red barrels will continue to be located across Marysville to collect food and toys throughout the holiday season. Donations also can be dropped off at the Marysville Community Food Bank, 4150 88th St. NE.
Arlington Daisies plant veggies for food banks
Daisy Girl Scouts with Arlington’s Troop 42168 earned their Journey badges on Oct. 28 for finishing work on “Between Earth and Sky.”
The girls learned about native, non-native and invasive plants, about plant parts and about laying out gardens with companion plants. As part of the project, they planted seeds donated by Arlington Hardware and the Stanwood Rite Aid, then brought the harvested food to the Stanwood and Arlington food banks. The harvest included corn, beets, turnips, carrots, peas and tomatoes.
“Well, it makes me feel good, and it makes you feel pretty big to help grow the food for the food bank,” said Abbie Zachary, one of the Daisy Scouts.
Assistance League donates scores of books
In observance of Make A Difference Day, Assistance League of Everett delivered 268 donated books to Darrington Elementary School. Books also were donated to six other Snohomish County elementary schools, and 541 students coming to Operation School Bell for clothing were also able to pick out a book to take home.
Local health program honored by state
The Snohomish Health District Tuberculosis Program was presented with the 2013 Outstanding TB Team Award from the state Department of Health TB Program on Oct. 23 at the annual conference of state and local public health TB specialists in Tacoma.
State officials said the Snohomish Health District TB Program received the honor because of the staff’s dedication to and leadership in tuberculosis control in Washington. The Health District’s TB team handles some of the highest rates and most complicated cases of the communicable disease in the state.
The program team members were Dr. Chris Spitters, physician consultant; Dr. Joseph Aharchi, program manager; nurses Naomi Kern, Karen Winchell, Anna Hippchen, and Christina Griffiths; Alicia McQuen, disease investigation specialist; outreach workers and linguists Vanny Khy-Preston and Kon Setiaev; and support staff Lisa Pederson, Sally Anderson and Linda Douglas.
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