Stuffed bus will aid those in need

  • Tue Jul 31st, 2012 6:18pm

Herald staff

LYNNWOOD — Community members stuffed a bus full of food and toiletries on July 28 during United Way of Snohomish County’s drive at an Albertsons store in James Village.

The nonprofit teamed with Community Transit to organize the “Stuff a Bus” campaign.

“Our theme for this year is ‘Get on Board,’ and that’s precisely what people did,” said Joyce Eleanor, CEO of Community Transit and the United Way 2012 campaign chair.

Visitors to the store donated 15 shopping carts full of food throughout the day. A team from the American Girl store at Alderwood mall also made a large contribution, said United Way spokesman Neil Parekh.

The day before, employees from AMT, a manufacturing company based in Arlington, donated 2,000 pounds of food and toiletries they had collected over the past several weeks.

The food will be distributed by Volunteers of America Western Washington to food banks throughout Snohomish County.

Volunteers also collected more than 400 toiletries, including 103 bars of soap, 79 toothbrushes and 84 tubes of toothpaste, Parekh said. The toiletries will go to the YWCA, Cocoon House, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County and the Interfaith Family Shelter.

United Way’s Local Community Fund received $380 in donations. The largest contribution, $200, came from the Lynnwood Elks Lodge.

The fund supports 102 programs run by 39 agencies throughout the county.