Good works: Children’s Christmas play raises $1,300 for charity

More than 600 people recently turned out for two performances of “A Star is Born,” the children’s Christmas musical at Smokey Point Community Church. They helped raise $1,300 in donations and filled a van with items for Kids Dream of Snohomish County.

A few people who attended the event also signed up to become volunteers with Kids Dream and a local Zumba instructor decided to donate the proceeds from her Saturday morning classes for the rest of the month to Kids Dream, said director Tammi Clifford.

“As usual, God has truly blessed many through this program. This was our best so far,” Clifford said.

Arlington senior raises $7,000 for water project

Megan Edmonds, 18, of Arlington recently raised $7,000 through an auction she held to raise money to provide a water well for an African village. The auction took place at Arlington Free Methodist Church.

Ever since she was young, Megan, a high school senior, wanted to help families in developing countries. When she learned about the water well project in World Concern’s Global Gift Guide, she went to work.

After several months of planning, Megan organized an auction featuring roughly 20 items for bid, including a paintball party for 10, a patio heater, a handmade quilt, several gift baskets and a massage. Local businesses donated the items for auction.

Megan’s goal for the auction was to raise $1,400, the amount needed to provide a well for a village in a Third World country through international humanitarian organization World Concern.

After a short presentation about the value and need for clean water, people generously gave for the cause through both silent and live auctions, raising $7,000, said Derek Sciba, communication officer for World Concern.

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