By Judy Woods
Donna Rice needs help restocking Tabitha House, a clothing bank for the needy. She is looking for men’s clothing, shoes, socks, underwear, coats, maternity clothes, kitchen items, and small toys for boys, girls, and babies. She also needs baby equipment such as cribs, strollers, diapers, sheets, playpens, blankets, plus bedding and pillows, wash cloths and towels, shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap.
She said that she would really appreciate everything being washed and clean. She is not interested in anything that smells of cigarette smoke. She will gladly accept donations made out to Tabitha House.
Tabitha House is located in the basement of the United Methodist Church, located at 212 Birch St., Sultan.
I can’t get on with other announcements until I tell you about the special happening that has cone up in Donna’s life: Her second great-granddaughter was born just two days ago. Let’s see, her four daughters and one son have had 12 grandsons, eight great-grandsons and now two great-granddaughters. Her grandson said that there was a 42-year drought with no girls in the family, but now all of a sudden there are two, with one undecided on the way. You know, it’s kind of fun to watch and see how families grow.
I heard a statement the other day that kind of bothered me and since I have heard it before, I decided that it was time to set things straight. The statement was that the Coffee with the Mayor meeting at 9:30 a.m.on Friday mornings was “redundant” and accomplished nothing.
That is a mistake. We accomplish a lot, if you just listen to what you are hearing. We are a large group of hard-working, positive-thinking volunteers who love this town, and each other, dearly. We get together to exchange ideas, to ask for help and to volunteer. We discuss challenges that have come up in town, but since we have no legal authority we can only make suggestions and exchange ideas based on life experience. We have no authority to mandate that changes be made, thank goodness, because I, for one, have no extra time to devote to any proposed mandates. That is what city government is for. Come and join us at Coffee with the Mayor; you could end up making some really good friends.
Here is one for your son or daughter who will need community service hours to qualify for graduation for next year. The Kids Café needs help this summer. Kids Café is a summer feeding program where lunches are served to kids ages 1 to 18. The lunches are served in Gold Bar from 11:30 a.m. until noon, with a half-hour activity period afterward. Then there will be lunches served at Sultan from 12:30 to 1 p.m. with a half-hour activity period afterward. Help is seriously needed for this program, or it may not be available next year. For further in formation call Donna Murphy, volunteer coordinator for the City of Sultan, at (360) 793-1811, or Adele Hurst, director of the Sky Valley Resource Center, at (360) 793-2400.
Speaking of Donna Murphy, would you believe that she has been with the city for 35 years? Unbelievable! She doesn’t look or act nearly old enough for that!
The Senior Center is still very short on volunteer help. Here again is an opportunity for students to fulfill their community service requirements for graduation. Also the two volunteer positions being offered in this paper will help you learn if you like to work with children or seniors best, and it might help you with your job hunt.