Northwest NEWS

October 26, 1998


WHS completes successful food drive

   by Morgan Greenwood

French Club members who helped with the drive included (back l-r) Amanda Jimolka, Kathleen Monda, Morgan Greenwood, (front l-r) Megan Carlisle, Stephanie Eby, Jennifer Dooley.

Woodinville High School just completed a successful two week all-school food and personal hygiene drive sponsored by the French Club.
   They collected items daily in English classes, at football games and from bins placed at Top Food and Drugs.
   Any school, company, group, club or individual can still help by collecting needed items and dropping them off at the Multiservice Center in Bothell near Pop Keeney Stadium. The parking lot is adjacent to the Bothell Library.
   Items most needed include protein foods such as tuna and canned meats, canned fruit, baby food and formula and personal hygiene items. Any contribution is appreciated.
   It's easy to over-look the fact that there are many people in our community who, for any number of reasons, need help with basic necessities like food. clothing, and shelter.
   Seniors and disabled people who live on fixed incomes, people in some sort of crisis like divorce or family violence, recent immigrants who lack English skills and even highly skilled workers who have been laid off due to downsizing, could find they need help through no fault of their own.
   The Multiservice Center offers many services including transitional housing, transportation for seniors and disabled people, shelter for the homeless, a clothing bank and financial assistance for prescriptions, utilities, rent assistance, bus tickets, and gas vouchers.
   Eventhough this time of economic prosperity for the majority, the Multiservice Center continues to assist high numbers of needy people, and their food, clothing and financial resources are dangerously low.
   Jennifer Connilo, food bank coordinator at the Multi-Service Center, thinks the booming economy can make it more difficulty for low income workers to keep a roof over their heads. "Rent and housing costs are so high it forces people to seek help," Donnolo says.
   She also wants to set straight any misconceptions about people who use the food bank. "People who come here are like you and I. No on is here because they want to be. A crisis has happened in their lives and we help them get back on their feet." Donnolo explains.
   The Multi-Service Center is stocked with donations from the community, and in order to help 2,000 to 2,500 people each month, they continually need contributions.