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Scout tree lot up and running
Once again, Troop 420 is selling Christmas trees in the Kenmore Safeway parking lot, from 3-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. The honor system is used during the hours the trees are not attended.
The boys worked to prepare for this annual event by painting the shack, setting up the tree lot area, arranging for work schedules, and picking up fresh trees weekly. The sale helps pay for the troop's adventures at summer camp, with the remainder used toward badges, outings, and a portion of Eagle Scout Courts of Honor.
Currently, the boys are preparing for a High Adventure Downhill Ski Trip, the Mount Rainier Igloo Campout, and a downtown Seattle 5-mile day hike.
Toys for Tots sites in Woodinville
Founded on the premise that every child deserves a little Christmas, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program annually collects toys and then delivers them to needy children. Community members are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary contribution to the program between now and Dec. 23.
This year, the drop-off locations in Woodinville for the toys are the King County Credit Union, Albertson's, Stock Market, and the Woodinville Public Library. Lance Corporal Swearingen can be reached at 486-1242 for additional details.
Firefighters collect for food banks
The Redmond firefighters are collecting food and toys for local food banks this holiday season. Drop off donations at any Redmond Fire Station. Cash donations need to be made during normal business hours at the headquarters station at 8450 161st Ave. NE. For locations or directions, call 556-2200.
The most common sources of poisoning during the holidays, according to the Washington Poison Center, are alcohol and food poisoning. If a suspected poisoning occurs, call the Poison Center immediately at 526-2121.
Fitness program announced at Northshore YMCA
The Northshore YMCA has announced Fitstart, a 12-week program for new exercisers and those who have difficulty sticking with an exercise program. Orientation is set for Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Call 485-9797 for more information.
Gift wrappers needed
Forgotten Children's Fund "Santa's Workshop" is now open at 2752 6th Ave. S. (corner of 6th Ave. S. and Forrest) seven days a week. Volunteers are needed through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The wrapped presents and packaged Christmas food boxed will be delivered to needy children and families on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
For 21 years, the Forgotten Children's Fund has provided toys and warm coats to about 2,000 of this area's neediest children, plus blankets and food for 500 families and more than 500 senior citizens. Call 624-8369 for information.
A gift of fitness
Special holiday fitness packages at Evergreen Hospital include: Design a Personal Fitness Program, Fitness Testing, Start-up Fitness Package, and Full Package to Fitness. All are available with a gift certificate. Call 899-3000.
Carbon monoxide warning
The Washington State Medical Association warns that although wood burning stoves and fireplaces provide heat, they are also a source of carbon monoxide. For a list of safety tips, call 441-9762.
Donate a car to fight Crohn's
By donating a car to "Cars for a Cure," a program benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), donors can receive a tax deduction and help raise funds to fight inflammatory bowel diseases. Interested donors must have clear title to the vehicle. CCFA will arrange for free pickup and towing, as well as handling the paperwork. Call 343-1274.
New AARP office
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) of Washington State has officially opened its new Seattle office at 9750 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 102. Call 526-7918.
MAVIA'S peace project
Members of Mothers Against Violence In America (MAVIA) and Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will encourage shoppers at the FAO Schwartz store in downtown Seattle to purchase non-violent toys for children Dec. 21,11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Call 296-4466 and request a free copy of "Don't Let the Holidays Go To Your Waste!"
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