Christmas House adapts under COVID, delivering gifts to thousands
Around 8,500 children across Snohomish County received gifts this holiday season thanks to the creativity and cooperation of Christmas House board members and more than a dozen local food banks.
Board members of Christmas House expressed gratitude to donors and volunteers for their contributions.
Schmidt appointed first full-time fire district chief 21
After years as a part-time fire chief for Snohomish County Fire District 21, Chad forges was promoted last week as the first full-time fire chief.
In its 60-year history, the district had never had a full-time manager, but increased staffing responsibilities and the construction of a second fire station made it clear to the board of fire commissioners that there was a need for a full-time manager.
Fire District 21 serves an area of approximately 70 square miles in rural Arlington.
Schmidt has worked as a part-time manager since 2017, while also working as a full-time staff member for Camano Island Fire & Rescue. His campaign will provide operational, technical and administrative benefits to District 21.
A party ceremony will take place practically through Zoom on Monday during the monthly commissioner meeting.
Outreach manager for South County Fire honored for keeping kids safe
Washington’s Outstanding Children’s Coordinator for the year is Shawneri guzmanSouth County Brands Outreach Leader.
Safe Kids Washington and the Washington Child Passenger Safety Program honored Guzman for his work in leading the Safe Kids Snohomish County coalition. The group prevents child injuries from traffic accidents, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more, through education and protective equipment.
Guzman also volunteers on boards and working groups to address child injury prevention and share expertise and resources.
About 3,000 children in Washington are seriously injured or die in preventable incidents.
Will Hitchcock, along with the Washington State Department of Health, said Guzman was honored for “the passion, care and commitment she shows through her work to prevent harm and commitment to her community.”
The Mill Creek Mavericks Baseball Club supports the community’s food bank
When Mill Creek Food Bank had little food, a local baseball organization went up on the plate.
Over the weekend, the Mill Creek Baseball Club, also known as the Mill Creek Mavericks, collected more than 700 pounds of food and $ 1850 in donations to its local food bank.
About 40 ball players and their families from the club’s 9U, 16U and 18U teams – aged 8 to 18 – helped with the food collection.
“We are so proud of how quickly our families gathered in two days to show how much we care about our community,” said Shannon Van Duzer, player agent at Mill Creek Baseball Club.