WHS Blanket Drive highlights Winterfest
by Rodney Anderson
Next week, Woodinville High School will be celebrating its annual Winterfest, a week-long celebration of the holiday season that allows the students of Woodinville several opportunities to reach out to those less fortunate in the local communities.
In addition to promoting fun and spirit through dress-up days, holiday decorations, and schoolwide activities, Winterfest also asks students to donate a dollar each to support the Northshore Multi-Service Center.
The highlight of the week, however, is the Blanket Drive at Stock Market Foods. Several students will sleep out at Stock Market on the nights of Dec. 18 and 19 to gather community donations of blankets and warm clothing. In an attempt to experience the plight of the homeless, the students will be allowed to leave Stock Market only to go to school during the two days. They cannot go home for a meal, a shower, or a change of clothes. They will rely solely on donations for warmth during the cold December nights.
Kurt Ahlstrand, a WHS student, had mixed feelings about participating in the sleep-out. "It's going to be tough not being able to go home for a change of clothes or a good night's sleep, but it is a small price to pay for the benefit of others who are in need," he said.
Stacey Rapp is another student who will be sleeping out. "Sometimes people forget how fortunate they are to have a place to live, food to eat, and warm clothes to wear," she said. "I think it is important for people to give back to those who have not experienced the same good fortune."
The WHS leadership is asking the community to support this activity for the sake of both the needy in our area and those participating in the sleep-out. All blankets, clothing, and money donations will be greatly appreciated.
As this Blanket Drive is undertaken by the students of WHS, the donations will be given to the University District Youth Center to benefit teens and children in the greater Seattle area.