Clubs donate tasty treats for kids

Herald staff

Camp Fire clubs in Arlington, Marysville, Lakewood and Stanwood have created treat bags for approximately 200 under-privileged children.

The bags were decorated and filled Sunday Dand will be distributed by the Arlington Food Bank about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

This is the fourth year for the project that started with Dani Knapstad and three other girls in their small Arlington Camp Fire group brainstorming about what they could do for kids who wouldn’t be receiving school breakfasts and lunches during the holiday break.

Knapstad suggested they put together bags of kid-size food and drink items so they would have breakfasts, lunches and snacks for at least a few days of the vacation. The club made and gave away 50 bags the first year and 75 the second, with distribution done by school nurses.

Unable to enlist enough community support, they skipped a year. Last year, with proceeds from their candy sale, a $100 Colgate Youth for America Award and a $500 grant from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation, and some other donations, they put together 100 bags.

Items include: Microwave meals such as chili, stew, macaroni; ramen noodles; juices, cereal, cocoa, cheese and crackers, cookies, cupcakes; fruit and pudding cups, raisins, fruit roll-ups; potato chips and other snacks; and gloves, hats, scarves and small toys or games.

Baby bags contain jars of baby food, baby juices, a bottle, cereal, cookies or biscuits, and rattles and other small toys.

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