2nd Annual Plant Sale an Amazing Success!

— by Shannon Middleton

Before the opening hour they were lined up: gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and even those with black-thumbs who just wanted to show their support for the Ocean Shores Food Bank. The 2nd Annual Ocean Shores Plant Sale on May 1st drew people from all over town and some from out of town. Even the sun put in an appearance, the expected rain held off, making it a great day to have a plant sale.

And sales were swift. Plants sold so quickly there was talk among volunteers staffing the event that the sale, which started at 9am and was supposed to run until 3pm, might be over by noon. Half of the plants 600 plants were sold within the first 90 minutes.


“We live in an amazing community and that was apparent last Saturday when, with great enthusiasm, the population came, viewed and bought over 450 plants,” said Judy Mitchel, Vice President of Program Services for the Ocean Shores Food Bank and Plant Committee Chair.

A benefit for the Ocean Shores Food Bank, the plant sale generated $8,159 and $6,895 was raised in donations, according to Sandy Harley, Executive Director of the food bank. Additionally, Ocean Sunset Drug the site host, donated $2,500 toward the purchase of plants and goods. Jackie Fisher and Ocean Sunset Drug have been  ongoing supporters of the food bank and the sale was one such example of her tremendous contribution to fighting hunger in the community.

Volunteers from the food bank worked tirelessly to organize the sale. They contributed 350 plants, some of which they grew themselves, and handmade some of the yard art that was available for purchase. The selection of plants included everything from hanging baskets of bright fuchsias, to herb and veggie starts. Ever popular succulents made up a large and interesting portion of the sale, too. Truly, there was something for every gardener.

An estimated 100 to 150 volunteer hours went into coordinating and planning to make the sale possible. Other food bank volunteers literally did the heavy lifting, bringing out and setting up tables for the plants. Then, in closing, they repeated the process in reverse. Some also carted plants by wagon out to community members’ cars.

A Master Gardener was available on site to answer questions and was constantly surrounded by eager listeners. Her presence was certainly an added bounce to the sale.

Other business sponsors included Lavender Hill, Garden Starts Nursery, Roadhouse Nursery, Ace Hardware, Garden By the Sea and Master Gardeners.

In case you missed the sale, or just want more, unsold plants are still available at Ocean Sunset Drug.

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2nd Annual Plant Sale: Sat. May 1st, 9am-3pm

121 E Chance a La Mer
Ocean Shores, WA

Benefits Ocean Shores Food Bank

  • Big plant selection
  • Hanging baskets
  • Deer-resistant plants
  • Indoor & outdoor plants & starts

Master Gardener on site 10am – 1pm

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Meet OSFB’s “Team Rugh”

Anita and Jerry Rugh have worked at the Ocean Shores Food Bank since 2016, after relocating from the Seattle area. Both started off stocking shelves and were soon promoted to management positions, due to their intelligence, hard work, and striking personalities. This is their story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter

Q: How did you meet?

Anita: Jerry lived in San Diego his whole life and I had moved there. We started going to his church.

Jerry: We disputed whether we met at a church potluck or at a Mothers’ Day event.

Anita: It was a potluck on Mothers’ Day!

Jerry: I saw her from across the room. She and her sister came over and sat down next to me.

Anita: He thought my sister was cute until he realized that she had a baby and was married. (Jerry starts chuckling.) Then he thought I was cute until he found out I had a baby too. (Both start laughing). I was divorced at the time.

Q: Once you got over the baby obstacles was there an instant spark?

Jerry: We went out the next day!

Anita: We went to a volleyball game together. We were married five and a half months after that.

Q: What brought you to Washington?

Jerry: We took a driving vacation and discovered the Pacific Northwest. We were coming back from Victoria, driving down 101 and Anita said, “Stop the car, take my suitcase out; this is where I want to live!” It took us 9 years to get here, but we made it.

Q: How did you hear about the Ocean Shores Food Bank and what were your first jobs as volunteers?

Anita: After the first of the year living in Ocean Shores (2015) I sent an email to their Website and within 15 minutes got a response, introducing us to the food bank. They did not need help with distribution, so we became worker bees at Tuesday work groups instead.

Jerry: We were stocking shelves. While helping another volunteer move cases of cereal, I fell and broke my elbow.

Anita: (laughing heartily) The second week there!

Jerry: I was basically just stocking shelves and getting ready for distribution. We did not even know what distribution was at that point. Mike Lull, our wonderful Operations Manager, was very patient with us and thought that maybe we could help him in other areas.

Anita: Mike taught me how to check the refrigerator and freezer temperatures every week. The very first thing I did was sort green bags from other bags that were donated. I flattened those green bags and put them in boxes! Eventually we moved into other areas of responsibility and continued sorting and boxing bags.

Q: That was a great segue into my next question. You both play major roles in the running of our food bank. Could you please describe your current duties?

Anita: I am the Volunteer Coordinator, which means I contact the potential volunteers, inviting them to a work group. If they cannot make the work group, I invite them to meet me at another time, so I can get to know them better. Once they have worked a few times, I give them a full food bank packet to complete. I keep all their paperwork and stay in touch. I make sure the job they are assigned is something they enjoy doing. (Our volunteers walk in and work; you do not have to babysit them!) I also help Sandy Harley (Executive Director), creating and printing documents. I oversee our database and do food bank reports. I really enjoy my duties.

Jerry: I am big on documentation. When I took on a management role, I took the task of writing an Operations Manual and going through every aspect of what we do. If we ever got hit by a bus, there is someone you could hand this to, and the food bank would continue to run. I am also chair of the Operations Management Group (OMG) and that put me on the Ocean Shores Food Bank Board. We were looking for a new location for the food bank. We started the process to buy property from Galilean Church but had to deal with wetland issues. (I proposed buying the other half of the property that did not have those problems.) I am now the Building Committee Chairman. This week I am sending out a request for architects, while the church is finishing up its subdivisions.

Q: What is your favorite food bank story?

Anita: During our second week at the food bank, a volunteer is telling Jerry not to go up on a step stool to pull down boxes. But no, “macho man” can do it. So, what does he do? He slips, falls, and fractures his elbow. Jerry thinks he can get Workman’s Comp for it and I say there is no way after only two weeks that we are filing for Workman’s Comp! So, for the next six weeks I worked while Jerry stayed home.

Jerry: I look forward to Don (a food bank client) coming through, because he never wants much and has the biggest smile on his face. He is always looking for hot dogs. If we ever have any hot dogs in the building, we save them up for Don!

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Thanks to Seaside Liquidation Outlet & Fresh Market and Community

The Ocean Shores Food Bank, its volunteers and clients wish to thank the Seaside Liquidation Outlet & Fresh Market and our community. During last month’s round-up event, they raised $1,097.  This is round-up change that helps change people’s lives. With Seaside Liquidation Outlet & Fresh Market and our community we can fulfill our mission “so no one in our community goes hungry.” Thank You!

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IGA Major 2021 Update & Donation

A great big thank you to the Ocean Shores IGA and our wonderfully generous community.
Here’s the scoop, by Leon Brauner

Last month IGA asked their customers if they would care to round-up their grocery purchase to the next dollar. When all that change was added up it totaled $6,364.56 donated to the Ocean Shores Food Bank. In a further act of generosity, the Ocean Shores IGA added a $1,000 check to the community total. That is money that will be used to purchase food, “so that no one in our community goes hungry.”

Photo of IGA Manager, Kayla Leganza, OSFB Executive Director Sandy Harley, and OSFB Community  Relations head, Barbara Patton.

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Last Food Distribution of 2020

Our December 22nd, Christmas distribution was also our last distribution of 2020. While the temperatures were a little cooler than usual, the wind was not its blustery self and, occasionally, the sun broke through the overcast.

Our hearty volunteers, many having donned Santa hats, were kept busy giving out ham with all the trimmings, as well as warm knit mittens, scarves, and hats. Our resident Santa and his able helpers also gave out small seasonal gifts.

Even though the outdoor temperatures weren’t too warm, the warm hearts and smiles (beneath the masks) helped make the day, a day of happiness and pleasure.

Two hundred and fifty-five households were served with pleasure, respect and holiday spirit.

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1st Security Bank Makes for Brighter Holiday for Those Suffering Food Insecurity

Thank you, 1st Security Bank. Several days ago, the Executive Director of the Ocean Shores Food Bank, Sandy Harley, was asked to drop by the Ocean Shores branch of 1st Security Bank. Shelly Riley, the branch manager, explained that it had been a good year and the bank wanted to give back to the community.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to our community. Businesses, like 1st Security Bank, civic groups, churches, schools, and individuals care about our community. Once again, there is the proof that we are a community where neighbors help neighbors.

Thank you for your $5,000 donation to the Ocean Shores Food Bank.

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North Beach Students Demonstrate Compassion for Those in Need

There is a lot to smile about and be thankful for this holiday season. Students from the North Beach School District have once again lent a hand in raising money and food donations for the Ocean Shores Food Bank. While these donations will go a long way toward ensuring that “no one in our community goes hungry,” it is also worth noticing that the young people in our community are learning the lesson of giving and compassion for those in need.

Our community is a group of people, from school age to octogenarians who not only care about each other, but act on their concern for their neighbor. Students collected and donated $5196 and nearly 650 lbs. of nonperishable food for our community food bank. We couldn’t be happier. And yes, beneath those masks, there are smiles all around.

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Warm Hearts Make for Warm Hands & Heads

Once again this holiday season, Pat Habeck‘s “Mitten Trees”, at the DoorMouse Boutique, are adorned with donations of 386 gloves, scarves, and socks destined for guests of the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Pat also collected $925 through her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheDoorMouseBoutique), as well as a barrel full of food.

Once again, we thank the DoorMouse for partnering with OSFB by bringing a little extra warmth to those in need this holiday season.

Be sure to stop in and thank Pat for all that she and the DoorMouse staff does for our community.

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Donkey Found in Garden By the Sea

October 21, 2020

OCEAN SHORES, WA — The donkey caused no damage, so just calm down.

1:00 PM, Saturday, October 17th, Samantha Williams led five Girl Scout youths through the gate at Garden By the Sea (GBTS), to assist Terri Wilson and Susie Robinson with the winterizing of the eight 4-foot by 10-foot raised Ocean Shores Food Bank garden beds.

The girls received their assignments and off to work they went, whistling and laughing all the way.

They pulled weeds, cut beans, and cut the expired lettuce plants, while leaving roots to decay below the soil, an experiment this winter, on the advise of Mary Fulton, Master Gardner, who was also present for the work party, along with Karen Young, president of GBTS.

 

Then young ladies placed straw on top of all beds that were finished producing for the season.

And now, about that donkey…

With the work out of the way, the real fun began.

Susie had found an old pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game. None of the girls had EVER played, and it was a huge hit!

They played several games, all the while consuming cider, apples, and kettle corn.

At 3:45pm, all departed (including the donkey) and quiet returned, once more, to the beautiful Garden By The Sea.

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