I want to thank all Snoqualmie Valley residents for donating so generously to the “Giving Trees,” a Kiwanis project. I had placed several hundred names on 10 trees throughout the Valley.
I especially want to thank the management and owners of QFC, Safeway, Blimpies, Cascade Office Supply, Ace Hardware, Sterling Bank, The Falls Pharmacy, Moose Lodge of North Bend, Georgios Subs and the Family Neighborhood Market in Fall City. Without the help of these very fine merchants allowing us to place the trees in their establishments, the Giving Tree project could not be completed.
Sterling Bank was the depot for the gifts. Sterling accumulates a huge pile of gifts annually. The generosity of the Valley residents is overwhelming and vary satisfying at the same time. The volunteers, who consistently come out each year, are the best and are so appreciated. The Grange Hall donates the use of their building. Plus, the Grange Boy Scout Troop arranged for a two-day campout to watch over the gifts. This was intended to prevent any more break-ins, like what happened in 2002.
And last but not least, a special thanks to several businesses and individuals who donated cash to purchase more gifts, as well as 38 turkey dinners, which Safeway delivered. Stephanie Huber coordinated the dinners.
Again, the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanians wish to thank all residents and merchants who unselfishly donated their businesses and gifts. The Valley is a wonderful place to call home.
Linda L. Bonner