Extraordinary response to help others

Absolutely extraordinary! That’s how I describe Marysville’s response to the needs of their neighbors during the holidays. The task was huge, with 7 percent more families needing food assistance than in 2011. In the end, nearly 1,300 families received holiday food through the Marysville Community Food Bank. In addition, almost 1,000 children found toys under the tree as the result of the town’s efforts. Also, we were able to store up a substantial amount of food to provide a great start for serving people in the New Year.

Thank you to all the volunteers that solicited food and toys, organized the goods, and ultimately served the people. Thank you to the 70-plus businesses that hosted “MCFB red barrels” for the collection of food and toys. Thank you to the service groups, clubs, churches, businesses, and individuals that provided support. Thank you to the Tulalip Tribes, U.S. Navy, local fire and police departments and city employees for their extraordinary efforts. And a special thank you the students and staff of the local schools that provided over 15 tons of food and countless hours of volunteer time.

How well community members support each other speaks volumes about a community. This past holiday Marysville demonstrated once again that it is one terrific town.

Dell Deierling, Director

Marysville Community Food Bank

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