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Youth volunteers collect 10,000 pounds of food
MARYSVILLE Sporting yellow vests marking them as church members, some 150 teenage volunteers spread out through three cities Oct. 27 gathering up food to benefit food banks in all three communities.
The volunteers were all members of the Marysville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Besides Marysville, the youths aged 14-18 also wandered around Arlington and Stanwood.
We wanted to cover everywhere our Stake covers, said Jenny Jacobsen, president of the Stake Young Womens group that helped organize the event.
Besides the youths, some 90 adults also participated.
The volunteers were split into groups, Jacobsen said, and some just knocked on doors in the various cities. Others staffed tables and barrels at local grocery stores.
Church spokeswoman Meledie Knopf said those knocking on doors encountered one family that regularly receives help from the food bank in their city. Knopf also talked about volunteers running into one elderly woman who obviously didnt have anything to spare.
In both cases, despite whatever circumstances the residents are struggling through, volunteers were called back to the homes and left with donations.
Jacobsen said this was the first year for the food collection, which may or may not become an annual event. The church has done smaller food drives, but nothing approaching the magnitude of this undertaking. While youths collected food, parents used their own vehicles to haul donations to awaiting food banks.
In the case of Marysville, Jacobsen said enough donations were gathered to satisfy the needs of the citys food bank through the end of the month. She said food bank officials believe the extra goods will allow them to use any further donations for the coming holidays.
The situation is much the same in Arlington, according to Knopf. She said the youngsters involved were treated to an Italian dinner following their collection efforts. Arlington Food Bank volunteer Dori Spear told the crowd they had gathered enough to give that food bank a huge boost that would last well into the Christmas collection season.