Options exist to help neighbors

Two days after record flood waters swamped the Snoqualmie Valley, some residents had one less thing to worry about. The members of Lifepointe Community Church took care of dinner for dozens of area flood victims.

"We just wanted to do something for our neighbors, to give them one less thing to worry about in a time of need," said the Rev. Chris Weldon, pastor of the church.

The church, which began in the Valley two months ago, worships at Snoqualmie Middle School Sunday mornings. On Thursday evening, Nov. 9, it hosted a free community meal catered by Taco del Mar.

While children played in the cafeteria, neighbors shared their flood stories. Many who didn't know one another before found they had much in common. Most were thankful the damage wasn't as bad as it could have been and that no lives were lost. The Lifepointe congregation's dinner was just one example of neighbor helping neighbor in the wake of the flood.

How to help or get help:

* People needing help with cleanup or who want to volunteer to clean flood damage may contact the Snoqualmie Planning Department at (425) 888-5337.

* The City of Snoqualmie helped set up a Flood Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of last week's flood in the city of Snoqualmie. Contributions are being accepted at Key Bank, located at 7917 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Please make checks payable to Snoqualmie Flood Disaster Relief Fund. Needs will be determined and funds will be distributed by Encompass, a nonprofit agency that supports low-income families in the community. For questions about the use and distribution of flood disaster funds, call Kim Hubner of Key Bank at (425) 396-8000.

* People wanting to donate furniture, blankets, clothing and other items to help flood victims may call the City of Snoqualmie Planning Department at (425) 888-5337.

* All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. Individuals may help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If donors wish to designate to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of the donation.

For information on receiving help from or making donations to the Red Cross, call (206) 323-2345 in King County.

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