Northwest NEWS

June 26, 2000


Pancakes feed community twice

   CARNATION--Many revelers at Carnation's Fourth of July festivities will begin the day feeding on pancakes at Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ. In doing so, they will be contributing to the church's "Good Neighbor Fund," one of the church's many outreach ministries.

   The Good Neighbor Fund provides help to Snoqualmie Valley residents caught in short-term crises on a year-round basis. The pancake breakfast, the major fundraiser for the fund, is served from 8-11 a.m. in the church's social hall. The church is located at 4851 Tolt Avenue, at the north end of downtown Carnation. Tickets ($5 adults, $4 children) for the breakfast may be purchased at the door.

   The cost includes all the pancakes you can eat, served with ham, scrambled eggs, syrup, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Additional donations are accepted and are tax-deductible.

   Valley residents access the Good Neighbor Fund by calling the church for an appointment. "People need assistance with power bills, special grocery items that the food bank can't help with, and gasoline so they can get to work or job interviews," said pastor Jeff Spencer.

   The fund, administered by the church's Mission and Justice Committee, provided just under $3,000 in support to about 75 Valley families during the past year. Support is limited to $75 per family per six-month period.

   "I often work with other agencies and organizations to pool enough resources to help families out," Spencer said. Scores of families have been assisted by the fund over the years.

   "This is an effective fundraiser," said Sally Gregg, the church's Pancake Committee Chair. "So many people enjoy it, and we get a little extra support from some area merchants."