Captain Theresa Williams (white) and crew at Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Once again this year the people of Anacortes responded generously to the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign and other efforts to make the holiday brighter for local families in need. Salvation Army Anacortes Corps Captain Theresa Williams reports that the Red Kettle Campaign brought in $59,100. With a mix of paid bell ringers and many dedicated volunteers, the vast majority of that total will be applied toward LOCAL social service operations in 2020. Additionally, the annual campaign to provide food and gifts to families in need drew strong support. There were 18 Angel trees at various businesses in town, resulting in delivery of food baskets and gifts for 42 families. “Adopted” families receive the personal attention of businesses, churches and the like who choose to consider the specific requests of a family. In total, 131 local families received holiday food boxes and gifts for children. The Christmas campaign served 156 adults and 254 children. Awesome effort, Anacortes!
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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