This press release is brought to you by the Marysville Fire Department. The Season of Giving is officially kicking off for the City of Marysville.
This holiday season will bring more hardship than happiness for many families in Marysville and Tulalip. That’s why the Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store are asking for the community’s support to help our neighbors in need.
A holiday donation campaign will officially kick off with the All City Food Drive on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations needed include food, unused toys, stocking stuffers, gift cards, new books, coats and wrapping materials.
More than 75 locations across Marysville are partnering to make this year’s drive the most successful yet. Residents are encouraged to look for the iconic red giving barrels wherever you shop and do business. Donations can also be dropped off at the Marysville Community Food Bank on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, as well as Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Another way to give is by bringing unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 17 to any City of Marysville government building including the park office, community center, city hall, police station and all fire stations.
“Food is a basic need,” said Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling. “When struggling families come to the Food Bank for support, they are getting what they need to exist. Doing something more for the children is really special. The Toy Store brings a bright light to a child in need during the time of year when children should find extra joy in their lives. If you are in the position to support the Food Bank and Toy Store, please do. If you need support, please see us. By taking care of each other we are all better for it.”
“I have been involved with the food bank holiday toy store for over 20 years and each year I am humbled by the support we receive from the community,” said Toy Store chairperson Tara Mizell. “It is heartwarming to see the books, coats, gloves, hats and holiday gifts appear each season for the children of the Marysville/Tulalip communities. And it’s the personal stories that keep our donors and volunteers coming back to help again and again - the mom crying tears of joy because her child will get a new coat and a toothbrush on Christmas morning, or the parents of a child who will now have a bike for the first time at age 12.”
The food bank is looking for volunteers all season long. If you would like volunteer at the food bank contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer at the toy store or need more information, send an email to email@example.com or contact Volunteer CoordinatorChristie Veley at 360-363-8507.
Families in need of services are asked to sign up directly by visiting the food bank in person (4150 88th St NE, Marysville) before 11 a.m. Friday, November 30. No online or phone registration is available.
Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution Friday, November 16, 9 a.m. – Noon
Monday, November 19, 9 a.m. - Noon
Tuesday, November 20, 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Food Basket Distribution Monday, December 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday, December 18, 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 21, 9 a.m. - Noon
Toy Store Wednesday, December 12 (A-K), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 13 (L-Z), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
About the Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store
The Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store committee was formed in 1985 by several regional service organizations and their dedicated volunteers. Their goal was to provide all local families in need with toys and food during the holidays. In its first year, 104 families were served. Today, the committee serves more than 1,300 children in the 98270, 98271 and 98259 zip codes.
Questions about the All City Food Drive as well as toy and book donations should be directed to Tara Mizell, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 363-8404.