November 2021: Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Updated: Nov 2

VOLUME 21, ISSUE 3

If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit, there's no better way than by helping others. The Marysville Community Food Bank has three ways to do just that.


1. The first is through financial donations. The MCFB can buy holiday foods in bulk at the best prices with no sorting required, thus streamlining the process. Likewise, the Toy Store can buy gifts for community children who would otherwise have none, sometimes at reduced cost. You can donate to the Marysville Community Food Bank on our Facebook page, on our new website at marysvillefoodbank.org, or by mailing a check to MCFB, PO Box 917, Marysville, WA 98270. To donate to the Toy Store, simply designate 'Toy Store.'


2. The second way you can help is by donating the two foods we need most: turkeys and hams! Although we gladly accept all foods, turkeys and hams are most appreciated. Perhaps you'll have the opportunity to get a free turkey or ham through a grocery store promotion or from your workplace that you will not need for your own use. If so, please consider donating them.


3. The third way you can help is by volunteering. Come join our team of hardworking, fun-loving volunteers and get in the holiday spirit! Visit the volunteer section of our website (marysvillefoodbank.org/volunteer) to learn more.



Updates


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven ... " – Ecclesiastes 3:1


MCFB's 2021 Toy Store: Location and Logistics We're counting on our faithful volunteers and supporters to make the holidays bright again this year for hundreds of families through the Marysville Community Food Bank Toy Store. This year's Toy Store will be a drive-through event on December 15 and 16 at The Grove Church, which has graciously agreed to host again this year. Marysville, Tulalip and Lakewood families who need assistance providing Christmas gifts for children ages newborn to 17 can register online November 1–30, here. Our community truly is so generous. We look forward to making a difference with you this holiday season!

Online Donations Made Easier We're happy to offer our supporters a new and even easier way to donate to the Marysville Community Food Bank. Network for Good can be accessed through our website's 'Donate' page, here. If you've used PayPal in the past, please donate through this new method.


Volunteers in the Spotlight


We thank all our volunteers, whose hard work and dedication allow us to serve our community. Here are our recent Volunteers of the Month!



May: Sue Sampson At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Sue Sampson began volunteering at the Food Bank with the City of Marysville Community Emergency Response Team. Although that group discontinued, Sue didn't! She kept right on directing traffic in our drive-through distribution every Monday regardless of rain, snow, hail, wind or heatwave. Sue also checks in clients and serves whenever she's needed. An Adjunct Professor at Bellevue University in Nebraska, Sue teaches online in the field of cybersecurity and programming. She and her husband, Bill, have two sons: John is an Artificial Intelligence software engineer in New Jersey and Edward is a defense contractor for the Marines working out of Texas. In her free time, Sue enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, walking and cruising with Bill. She also enjoys interacting with Food Bank clients and volunteers. The feeling is certainly mutual, Sue!


June: Collin Smith Three years ago, Collin Smith began volunteering once a week. Before long it was twice a week. Now he's at the Food Bank every day we're open and he's a great asset! He sorts and bags produce for distribution, composts unusable produce, washes containers for recycling, stocks the fridge with water for volunteers, and does a lot of general heavy lifting in the warehouse. In his free time, Collin helps his parents, Jane and Wade, with the ga