Community Extra: Opportunities

Greet: Help Santa stock food bank

Arlington firefighters, their families and volunteers will escort Santa through Arlington neighborhoods on a decorated fire engine to gather food donations, pass out candy canes and spread holiday cheer Friday through Dec. 16.

The Santa Run is the largest contributing event to the Arlington Food Bank, collecting about 5,000 pounds of food each year. Santa will be on the move 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5:30-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

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Ship: Help send extra candy to troops

A post-Halloween effort to send candy to troops serving overseas saw sweet success.

Local Treats for Troops organizers hauled in more than three-quarters of a ton worth of candy. They’ve shipped 875 pounds of that in 49 boxes so far but still have around 150 boxes to ship and need help with shipping costs.

Each package costs $13.45 to send. That works out to more than $2,000 needed.

More info: Lisa Dobbin, 206-948-3933 or

Stuff: Everett Transit collects toys and food

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 883 and Everett Transit has kicked off its annual “Stuff a Bus” campaign to collect toys and food for community members in need this holiday season.

Donations of new, non-violent toys and non-perishable food will benefit Volunteers of America.

Drop-off locations are:

•Fred Meyer, 12906 Bothell-Everett Highway in Everett, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 15-16;

Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett, through Dec. 14;

Everett Transit’s customer service center, located at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett, through Dec. 14.

In addition to collecting toys and food items, the ATU Local 883 also donates $1,500 toward the cause.

Grant: Donate gifts for Giving Tree

Annie’s Community Kitchen at Edmonds Lutheran Church, QFC West Lynnwood and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are sponsoring a Giving Tree this year.

The tree is located in the floral department of the QFC at 7500 196th St. SW in Lynnwood and is decked with wish lists of children and families in need.

Donors are invited to pick a tag and return gifts to the floral department and the sponsoring organizations will take charge of delivery.

More info: Marilyn Dauer, 425-478-9261.

Donate: Household goods needed

The Stanwood Camano Rotary Club is heading up a drive to collect household items for those in need this holiday season.

“Household items are seldom covered by food stamps or other programs but are a necessary ingredient to living a daily life,” Rotary member Dan Sailer said in a press release.

Needed items include laundry soap, dryer sheets, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bubble bath, bandages and ointment, dish washing soap, kitchen towels and washcloths, Ziploc bags, paper towels and toilet paper.

Drop off donations through Dec. 14 are at these local businesses: Coastal Community Bank’s Stanwood and Camano branches; Thomas &Assoc.; Washington Federal; Sterling Bank; Charles Hall Orthodontics; Warm Beach Camp; Camano Center; Whidbey Island Bank’s Stanwood and Camano branches; Movement Arts, Union Bank; Stanwood United Methodist Church.

More information about the club and its programs are available at

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