Helping Hands food drive this week

ARLINGTON — This city and four other communities are part of a week-long food drive that begins Monday.

It’s the second annual multi-community food drive that’s part of The Helping Hands, Linking Arms program, a nation-wide campaign to provide service to those in need. The event celebrates the National Day of Service and Remembrance and honors the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Donation boxes are up through Saturday at more than 100 businesses, churches and other organizations to collect food and other household items. Nine food banks in and around Arlington, Darrington, Marysville, Stanwood and Camano Island will receive the donations collected throughout the week.

“It’s a wonderful event,” said Donny Wilcox, a Stanwood resident who helped organize the drive. “There’s a great need for it and in light of the economy the need is even greater.”

Requested canned items include vegetables, soup, cranberry and pasta sauce. Peanut butter, cereal, pancake mix, toilet paper, laundry detergent, diapers and wipes also are needed by food banks.

In 2011, Arlington, Lakewood, Marysville, and Stanwood and Camano Island joined to fight hunger during the week of service. The food drive brought in 23,590 pounds of food, $1,200 in monetary donations and more than 830 hours of service.

Coordinators for this year’s drive hope to exceed those numbers, Wilcox said. Additional information about the food drive is available at the event’s Facebook page, North Snohomish County Day of Service Food Drive.

Where to donate

Donation drop boxes can be found at the following locations:

Arlington, Darrington

2 Bits &More; Advanced Orthopaedic Institute; Arlington Family Medicine; Arlington Library; Arlington Velo Sport; Arlington Vision Therapy

Balderas Insurance Agency; Bank of America; Britt Sport Cards (Bring in a donation to the Food Bank and get 10 percent off any purchase); Cascade Surveying and Engineering; Cascade Valley Hospital; Chase Bank; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Columbia Bank; Co-Op Supply

Darrington Family Resource and Support Center; Darrington IGA; Denton Massage School &Wellness Clinic; Food Pavilion; Fun Zone Daycare; Gleneagle Golf Club; Haggen; Key Bank; Kimberly Doughty at Farmers Insurance; Kulits Orthodontics; Lil’ Thrift; Mirkwood &Shire Cafe &Music Venue; Mountain Loop Books and Coffee (Darrington); Rex’s Rentals; Safeway; Skagit State Bank;

Taco Time (Northwest’s mobile food truck, the Taco Time Traveler, plans to give out samples of food and collect food donations from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Legion Memorial Park, 114 North Olympic in Arlington); The Bella Bungalow (Discounts are being offered to customers who bring in a food donation); The Bookshelf (Anyone who makes a donation to the food bank receives a free book).

Marysville

Albertsons; Allen Creek Thriftway; Batter’s Box Batting Cages &Mini Golf (Receive a free game of golf for food drive donations); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Fred Meyer; Grocery Outlet; Haggen; Quizno’s Subs (A free soda is given to anyone who brings in food drive donation); Safeway.

Stanwood, Camano Island

AAA Camano Heated Storage; Ace Hardware; Amigo Mexican Restaurant; Camano Island Marketplace; Cascadia Dentistry; Candie’s Kids; Charles Hall Orthodontics; Chen Can Cook; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Coastal Community Bank; Conway Boxcar; Cyndy’s Broiler; Dr. Barron, DDS; Haggen Food and Pharmacy; Islanders Restaurant; Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant; Jasmin Thai Cuisine; Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta; La Ti Dog; Laurie’s Boutique; Les Schwab Tires; Leslie Tripp State Farm Insurance; Let’s Frame It and English Market; Looking Good Barber Shoppe; Mad Dawg Paintball; Madison’s Jewelry; Merrill Gardens; North Cascade Eye Associates; North County Fire and EMS; NW Plus CU

Pinchknitter Yarns; Preview Properties; QFC; ReMax Realty; Restoration Dental; Skagit State Bank; Sno-Isle Camano Island Library; Snow Goose Bookstore; St. Cecilia Catholic Church; Stanwood and Camano Fire Departments; Stanwood Camano Arts Guild Gallery; Stanwood Camano Hearing Center; Stanwood City Hall; Stanwood Cupcakes; Stanwood Eye Clinic; Starlight Emporium; Studio 271; The Spare Room; Thomas &Associates Insurance; Tony Hewlett, DDS; Twin City Foods; Uff Da Shoppe; UPS Store; Village Eye Care; Washington Federal; Wayne’s Corner Café; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Windermere-Country Club; Windermere-Stanwood; Windermere-Terry’s Corner; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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