October 7, 2002
Community to benefit from Canterbury residents' donation
by Jeanette Knutson
Canterbury Square residents sponsored a public service fundraiser on Sept. 13 and 14 to benefit the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District Aid Car Fund.
The mobile home park residents had a park-wide garage sale that netted $2,500. The money was presented to Fire Chief Steve Smith at the Oct. 1 Board of Commissioners meeting at Station 31 in downtown Woodinville.
Chief Smith and the board members were clearly gratified by the gift.
"What a wonderful community service," said Smith.
He explained that the money would go toward an automatic heart defibrillator that could not be budgeted in the district's 2002 budget.
"Every rig that rolls has (a defibrillator)," said Board Chair Frank Peep, meaning there is such a mechanism on each engine and aid car that leaves the station.
By the end of 2003, the district plans to have a defibrillator on all district vehicles, cars that are often out in the community, such as the fire prevention cars, the inspector's car or the public educator's car - any official car.
"We've been budgeting for these defibrillators for the last few years," said Smith. "With this purchase, the fire district will move closer to its goal of having a heart defibrillator on each of its vehicles."
Canterbury Square residents Dolores Olzendam and Melba Emery organized the two-day sale with the help of a large dedicated committee, mostly women, and two men, Jack Emery and Jim Spence.
"I knew Green Acres (mobile home park) in Bothell did this sort of thing," said Olzendam. "Medic One comes to our area so often."
"And they're just wonderful when they get here," said Melba. "Everyone just loves the fire department."
"At first," said Olzendam, "I thought we'd have a lunch for them, but then I thought, 'Let's have a garage sale.'"
"It was timely," said Melba, "around Sept. 11. That fired people up. But we were happy to have it. It really was a lot of effort on the part of a lot of people. Everyone in the park donated something. It was a fun thing and it made us feel good."
Fire department wives baked cookies and contributed them to the sale. Dave Legett and the department's Explorer Post also contributed baked goods to the sale.
"They sold like hot cakes," said Melba.
And while the sale was going on, firefighters went through the mobile home park checking smoke detectors, one by one, said Olzendam. Medics checked blood pressures and answered residents' questions.
The project is an example of true community cooperation. Park residents should be commended for their generous gift.
The fire department should be recognized for its fine service and thoughtful gestures, as well.
"We still have a micro wave if anybody's interested," said Melba. "And we never did sell that Size 6 bridal dress."