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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OSFB Introduces Newest Board Member: Wally Burton

Wally Burton recently moved from Salt Lake City to Ocean Shores. A former insurance man with a history of helping others, he is a welcome addition to the Ocean Shores Food Bank board of directors. Here is his story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Q: What brought you to Ocean Shores?

My wife and I came out to visit my cousin and his new girlfriend, keeping in mind that we wanted to live somewhere on the coast. We spent some time looking and six months later, we were here. We actually didn’t even see the house before we bought it! My cousin was our eyes and ears. The first time we walked into our house was when we moved in. We felt this was the right place.

Q: Where did you live in Utah and what sort of work did you do there?

I lived in South Jordan, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City) and, for over 30 years, worked in property/casualty insurance. I started out as an underwriter, putting together commercial packages. After about five years, I became a marketing director. I didn’t sell the product directly to people; I worked through independent agents, looking at commercial businesses that nobody else would insure.

My heart had always been with working and helping people. Back when I was a toddler, like two years old, Easter Seals helped my family and me. So – some years later, of course, and after retiring – I jumped at the opportunity when a job opened to work for Easter Seals in a program called Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Though not strictly volunteer, my minimally paid job was to help senior citizens find employment. We dealt with homeless people, people recently released from prison, and drug addicts – some who hadn’t worked for 20 years, or more – helping them all to become employable and employed. I had my career, but those three years working for Easter Seals fed my heart and soul.

Q: How did you hear about our food bank?

This is a great story. I needed to get busy, needed to do something, and my heart is into helping people. Everyone I talked with spoke so highly of the food bank. I went there on distribution day, intending to be one of the people who loads up guests’ vehicles with food, and to talk with people. However, our food bank is run so smoothly and efficiently, and everybody has been at their job for so long, that they were all busy, so there really wasn’t much opportunity to talk. And, there was no vacant place on distribution day to help with the food. But, while there, I found out that they really needed another person on the board of directors – that was the only thing available. So, despite that I originally wanted to be one of the people handing out food, I interviewed with Sandy Harley, Executive Director. That has now come full circle for me because l’ve also started being a “wagoneer” on distribution day, so I have been able to do both. That makes me happy.

Q: What are your duties as a board member and how else do you help out?

Because of COVID-19, guests can’t go into the food bank building anymore; people now pull their cars into the Anchor Thrift Store parking lot and the food is delivered to them. The wagoneer pulls out a wagon full of food and puts food in their vehicle. They have a really cool color-coded system based on the number of household occupants. You look at the color of the sticker on the windshield, grab the wagon you need, pull it out there, and unload it into their car. You get the chance to talk with the people. Everyone is so grateful – it’s just incredible.

Right now my job is to help plan the future for the Ocean Shores Food Bank, and to see what we need to do to unite the new board so it is as effective as the old board. Harry Yanagimachi takes care of the insurance policies, as he was once in the business, too. His term on the board expires in December, so it just makes sense to hand off that role to me.

Q: What do you like best about working at the food bank and what is your favorite food bank story?

I retired, moved to Ocean Shores, and until now, I’ve never given to this community. I wanted to give back and help make it stronger, and the food bank gives me that opportunity. That’s what I like best.

My favorite story is not so much a story as a feeling – the feeling you get when you look into people’s eyes and they say ‘thank you.’

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Fantastic Furry Friends Find Funds for Food Bank

FritzyWolf aka Chris Hodges

Furvana, an all volunteer community of “furries”, that is committed to charity works, laid a big one on the Ocean Shores Food Bank, this weekend.

Chris Hodges (furry name: FritzyWolf), Furvana co-founder and co-chair

Chris Hodges (furry name: FritzyWolf), Furvana co-founder and co-chair

Alexander Visser (furry name: MetalFox), Furvana co-founder and co-chair

Alexander Visser (furry name: MetalFox), Furvana co-founder and co-chair

The group’s founders and co-chairs, Alexander Visser and Chris Hodges, along with Alexander’s parents, Jaye & Wolfgang Lill, and Dillon Chestnut, Chris’ husband and furry costume artist, drove to Ocean Shores from Seattle, Saturday, September 26, 2020, to bring the Ocean Shores Food Bank the proceeds from their recent incredibly successful online convention.

Dillon Chestnut

Dillon Chestnut

Wolfgang and Jaye Lill

Wolfgang and Jaye Lill

Many of the OSFB volunteer staff, as well as some OSFB board members were present at the food bank for the presentation of a check to OSFB Executive Director, Sandy Harley.

We met, later in the afternoon, to talk about Furvana (what and why it is) and how they came to pick Ocean Shores as a venue for their charity efforts.

First, Just What IS “Furvana”?

Furries on the beach.

Furries on the beach.

For those of you who did not attend last year’s convention, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, and who are otherwise in the dark about furries and/or Furvana, here is the defining statement from the Furvana website (https://furvana.org/):

Furvana is a furry fandom and anthropomorphic arts convention running in the Pacific Northwest for its second year! Furvana happily welcomes all furries, artists, writers, performers, musicians, and anyone with a creative spirit. Hosted at the beautiful beachfront convention center in Ocean Shores Washington, Furvana is a place where fans of all ages can gather and celebrate their shared interests.

And their mission statement:

Furvana is an organization dedicated to providing a venue and events for the world wide anthropomorphic community and enthusiasts of anthropomorphic arts to gather together, allowing people of all ages and differences to feel safe and respected as they engage in community activities that bring anthropomorphism to life.

You can also find more about Furvana, and furries, on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/furvana/

Why Ocean Shores?

The planning for Furvana’s first convention was three years in the making.

After approaching many venues in the greater Seattle area with ideas for their first convention, last year, Alexander and Chris met with both resistance and unacceptable terms. Some convention venues declined due to first-time conventions typically having lower draw; some lacked interest in first-time conventions; many were just too expensive.

When attending a convention in Oregon, they were advised by someone there to check out the city of Ocean Shores, commended for its cohesive community, it’s hospitality industry, its convention center, and the many attractions within walking distance of both the venue and the accommodations.

So, they did, and found the price was right, the location, having the appeal of both giant beach and “road-trip” was not only suitable but actually desirous for an event venue.

How It All Went Down: Success

It all came together with last year’s convention, a fundraising event with just under 500 attendees, September 27-29, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Alexander contends that the events that have the most success are the ones that become a part of the community. Furvana volunteers sought to build support within the community by engineering discount hotel accommodations, as well as discounts with various restaurants and retail outlets in Ocean Shores, for convention attendees.

Marriage proposal on the beach

Marriage proposal on the beach

Alexander emcees closing ceremony

Alexander emcees closing ceremony

Thanks to accommodating weather, there was a sand sculpture contest as well as an outdoor stage on the beach for presentation of awards. The beach stage was also the scene of the closing events, which included an attendee marriage proposal. Alexander has expressed that, though the wedding proposal was anticipated, and with a couple with whom he was acquainted, that, in the future, marriage proposals need to be approved ahead of time. No surprises, however endearing, please.

That first Furvana event raised a little over $3,000 for Coastal Raptors, an organization concerned with the long-term health and viability of raptors found along coastlines (https://coastalraptors.com).

The Challenges of 2020

Alexander (furry name: MetalFox) and Chris (FritzyWolf) explained that they were all set to conduct their second convention, this year, again at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, given the success of last year’s, but because of the Phase 3 status of the city, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that venue was not available. Another impediment to travel by potential attendees was non-local regions affected by the pandemic, such as Yakima and other areas east of the Cascades, as well as those north of the closed Canadian border.

So, Alexander and Chris decided to try something different. And how different it was!

With the help of generous and skilled connections, people who had been conducting online events since before the pandemic, and with a fervent volunteer fan base, they were able to put together an online convention, a live stream event, using a game platform called “Twitch”. That game platform enabled them to put on a live stream fundraising campaign that not only allowed but encouraged people to donate, from small amounts to large – more on that later – with the simple click of a button.

This event included an amount ticker to show the level of total donations as they occurred. The result of each donation was an “instant reward” for each donor in the form of a flutter of confetti on the screen, along with a display of the donor’s name for all to see, and for those donating above a certain amount, donors were also permitted to type a comment that appeared to all online participants.

FritzyWolf (aka Chris Hodges)

Furvana Convention Mascot

So, at this point, you are no doubt wondering how much they donated. You are going to have to read on.

Being their first time at this type of online fundraising effort, Chris and Alexander, who had already chosen the Ocean Shores Food Bank as recipient, initially set their goal at a modest $1,000, with absolutely no idea what the live stream response would be, and with the online convention intended to last for 8 hours, from 5pm to 1am. Within the first two hours, they achieved the initial goal, so they decided to raise the goal to match what they achieved at last year’s event, $3000. In around another hour, they hit the second mark.

Then the “Ebay syndrome” kicked in. One participant donated $500. Within mere moments, a challenger donated $500.01. The first changed his/her donation to $1,000. The second changed his/hers to $1,000.11.

The jockeying for first position continued between the two contenders until, upon changing the first amount to $2,500, the second contender rallied with $2,500.11. Over $5,000 was donated by just two participants.

It hovered at that amount until late, around midnight, when they figured attendance would taper off as the East coast participants hit the wall, it being around 3am, local time, so they instituted a thing they referred to as “bedtime stories”, where a volunteer read, aloud, to the attendees.

As the total approached $10,000, Chris, on a whim, issued a challenge to the remaining online participants. He suggested that if they could hit the ten thousand dollar mark, he’d drink a shot of “Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce”, a hot pepper infused concoction, which packs 357,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), a heat purported to “take your breath away”.

The participants accommodated, one person donating $800.

Chris is still looking for his tongue.

Chris Hodges, Sandy Harley, and Alexander Visser -- and the big check

Chris Hodges, Sandy Harley, and Alexander Visser — and the big check

And a Big Thank You to All Those Civic-Minded Furries

The Board of Directors and all the staff of the Ocean Shores Food Bank, as well as all those guests of the OSFB would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Alexander, Chris, and all others of the Furvana community for their generous donation.

Minus the unavoidable PayPal fees, Furvana handed OSFB Excutive Director, Sandy Harley a check for $9,791.72!

 

 

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IGA Welcomes the Ocean Shores Food Bank

Ocean Shores Food Bank will have a table at IGA Wednesday Oct. 7 and Thursday Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will be happy to accept both cash and food donations.

The Ocean Shores Food Bank especially wants to thank IGA and our community for their support during these challenging times!

Stop by and meet and say hello to our volunteers.

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Good Times at Garden by the Sea

The Ocean Shores Food Bank has harvested 8 beds of fresh vegetables at Garden by the Sea for the past 12 years. Through the dedicated efforts of our volunteer staff, guests have been able to enjoy the best in west coast produce since 2008. Terri Wilson and Susie Robinson would like to share their stories.
By Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Q: How did the Food Bank get involved with the beds at Garden by the Sea?

Terri: We started by volunteering our help, because we knew Garden by the Sea had donated 8 beds and dedicated them to the food bank. Some of us started with harvesting and ended up helping with planting – it kept evolving from that. Now we take care of all the beds and manage them.

Susie: The Gardens were the vision of Sushila Ravard and was established in 2008 with the work of many others in the community. Sushila talked with Pastor Bob Hoem (of Galilean Lutheran Church) and it was decided we could “borrow” the land only if we had food bank growing beds. Personally I didn’t think it was ever going to go, but it’s flourishing and we’re now in our 12th year!

Q: How many Food Bank people are involved and what are their various duties?

Terri: We have 4 to 5 food bank people involved at this time. In the past we’ve had more, but because of the corona virus, we now have less. Duties are planting, weeding, maintenance. We have volunteers who water on a weekly basis and then we have those who harvest.

Susie: Terri heads it up, I’m there, Laura McCann, Joanne Gallaher and Sabine Price. Watering has been crucial this summer, sometimes doing it twice a day. Susan Kloeppel comes every distribution day to help us harvest, which takes about 90 minutes. It’s a big job!

Q: How many garden beds do you have and what variety of food do they produce?

Terri: We have 8 beds that we maintain. They produce radishes, turnips, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, snap peas, beans and chives. We also produce flowers. We have many gorgeous sunflowers!

Susie: Bridgett Timme (a Master Gardener at Garden by the Sea) brings us fresh herbs. Some are dried and put into sweet labeled bags. Bridgett also brings baskets of thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage. We have lots of good cooks that come through our food bank lines and they are all thrilled with her herbs.

Q: How much food is harvested by the Food Bank and how is it distributed?

Terri: Usually in a season (we start planting in April and wind it up by October) we average between 500 and 600 pounds. We pass it out on each Thursday distribution. In the past we would have baskets set up. The clients would come through, choose what they wanted and we’d bag it up for them.

Susie: Every car that now comes to the food bank drive through get bags according to their family size. People are overwhelmed with the amount of good food they get from our food bank. Each year it seems like we get a little better and a little better. We are NOT master gardeners. We just take what we learned from our mommies and daddies and run with it!

Though the growing season is at an end, and harvesting is nearly complete, those interested in volunteering to help with the Garden by the Sea food bank beds, perhaps for the next season, can send an email to food@oceanshoresfoodbank.org.

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Sharon Thompson – Mural Maker & Food Bank Guest

Sharon Thompson is an amazing artist, whose work has been displayed in the White House, Home Depot, and the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Although Sharon lives in Aberdeen, she regularly comes to our Food Bank because of its people. Here is her story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Q: How does Ocean Shores Food Bank compare with Aberdeen (your home) in providing food distribution?

A: It’s terrific. You not only get food that sustains you, but you get fun. You get love, you get friendship. There’s a lot of good camaraderie. It’s just the best, the top of the line. All the volunteers, every one of them, have been absolutely wonderful. It comes from their hearts; it doesn’t come from anywhere else. That’s why we love coming here. It just adds to the beauty of the whole thing. It touches people’s hearts as well as their bellies. (Laughter)

Q: How has COVID-19 affected your daily lives, including food availability?

A: It really hasn’t in many aspects. The Food Bank sustains us in food ways, but it’s beyond food. We don’t miss anything else, except when we used to sit at the Food Bank and talk. That’s the only thing we miss. That was the greatest social hour there ever was. That and church are the two times where people can really open up and laugh and love and share. It just glowed in the dark, it was so beautiful! COVID is making us wake up and realize the value of people, the value of love and the value of friendship!

Q: How has our Food Bank helped during the pandemic?

A: It’s made us comfortable in the sense that there’s no want, no need, no deficit. We don’t fear COVID, but have learned to adapt, wearing these masks to protect yourself and others around us. That’s what it’s all about, to care enough to do that.

Q: I know you work with children during the summer months. What does that entail and how did you get involved?

A: I used to belong to a church in Spokane that was very open to working with kids. What can’t you love about kids? Sure they’re little troublemakers at times, but kids are kids. We take them on long hikes, wear them out and let them see nature. Nature is one of the best learning tools there is.

Q: You’ve made murals for the Food Bank. Who else have you made things for?

A: I have murals half way around the world. I’ve made murals for a ball winder company in England. There are murals in Scotland and Germany. I’ve done some murals for Home Depot and Staples here at home, depicting what their company is selling. For President Bush I did a small red, white and blue recycle bin, which had a lid and wheels that worked – it was about four or five inches across. I put in some candy canes (made in Seattle) and some locally grown mistletoe. He liked it so much that he took it with him to Texas!

Q: Is there a favorite Food Bank moment you would like to share?

A: There’s been so many! When I gave the Food Bank their mural, everybody was kind of in awe, because it’s so different. The mural is made from regular plastic bags. I cut them in strips and then crochet them together. This one is white, with the words Food Bank on it. Then it has the grocery bag, with two people on either side of the bag. It was fun to do, as every mural is a challenge and you’re not sure just how it’s going to turn out!

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Ocean Pours Taproom Raises $600 for the Food Bank!

Chris Shifman, co-owner Ocean Pours Taproom

Ocean Shores is a community that rises to the occasion. Chris Shifman, co-owner of Ocean Pours Taproom recently proved that true, raising $600 to help feed those in need. This is his story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Interview with Chris Shifman, co-owner Ocean Pours Taproom

Q: What brought you to Ocean Shores to start Ocean Pours Taproom?

A: My business partner (who is also my Godfather) owned some condos and a beach house out here. We would come regularly and there just wasn’t a taproom like this. There were fun places to go and have a beer, but there was no kind of beer destination – and we’re both beer geeks! It really was a “Mohammed and the mountain” situation, where we just got tired of waiting for someone else to do it. We kept seeing this specific spot, saying wouldn’t it be great if someone put a taproom there. So I just took the plunge; that was almost two years ago.

Q: How did you hear about our Food Bank and what prompted you to start raising money for it?

A: Chuck Anderson told me about the Food Bank. (Chuck runs Beach Tyme Quilts with his wife Gail.) He ran for City Council recently and is very active in a number of local charities, both hands on and with donations. Chuck explained the Food Bank to me and told me about their needs.

Q: What items did you sell or specials did you offer to raise the $600?

A: We pick a charity of the month – it’s always something local or regional – and we take our first three taps (see above photo, left hand side), regardless of what beer is on them and give 50 cents off of every pint and a dollar off of every growler to that charity. We also have a collection bin for spare change. It’s the employee’s policy that their tip coin goes in there too. We paired up with our printer, making shirts with some kind of social distancing joke on it. Instead of having people standing so many feet apart, our particular shirts (which can still be ordered at www.oceanpours.com) have beer cans or beer kegs standing so many feet apart. All of the proceeds, short of shipping, went directly to the Food Bank. A lot of people liked them and it fit in well with our general aesthetic of keeping it light. Especially in these times, we’re trying to keep it a little humorous. Keep it beer-centric, because we’re all about the beer!

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Plant Sale Raises over $3000

In spite of an unseasonable shower (an unseasonable shower in Ocean Shores – just who am I kidding?) local residents came out in droves for the Food Bank plant sale at Ocean Sunset Drug on June 13.

Many arrived early to get first dibs at the beautiful geranium creations of Anne Bock, one of Food Bank’s resident gardeners. (They did not leave disappointed!) A chance to mingle with friends and neighbors also made this a grand event, in addition to raising money to help feed the hungry. Thanks to all who attended for their support, good will and camaraderie!

Interview with Kathy Harris, Board Member and Event Coordinator:

Whose idea was it to have the Food Bank Plant Sale at Ocean Sunset Drug?

The idea came from one of our long time Food Bank volunteers, Suzie Robinson, who is also a key volunteer at the 8 garden beds that provide food for the Food Bank. She said, “Since we had to cancel our annual benefit (on April 18) due to COVID 19, what are we going to do with all of those plants? (We have two women Anne Bock and Barbara Patton who grow plants all year long for the benefit.) Why don’t we do a garage sale and sell them for the Food Bank?” Then I remembered that Ocean Sunset Drug had come on board this year as a major corporate sponsor for our annual benefit and had this lovely new facility with 150 feet of covered outdoor walkway. I approached them and was welcomed with open arms!

Where did you get the majority of plants?

Anne Bock raised 89 geranium plants and miscellaneous succulents, which were planted in unusual pots that she collected all year round. Barb Patton did a wide variety of indoor plants. We had an anonymous donor, who came from Pacific Beach, bringing all these wonderful vegetable starts. We reached out to all of Grays Harbor.

How much money do you think this is going to raise for the Food Bank?

We have high aspirations for several thousand dollars. We are really, really excited. The other thing that has been fabulous about the sale is getting out there and seeing people. We’re social distancing, with masks and hand sanitizer all over the place, and people are just willing to bump it up. A person came by and bought $59 worth of plants and rounded up at the cashier’s desk to $70. This is the kind of fabulous support the Food Bank has here in Ocean Shores! It’s a great community that we live in.

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Plant Sale — OSFB Benefit Event: Plant Sale

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JUNE 13, 2020.

Ocean Shores Food Bank’s Plant Sale fundraising event happens in the parking lot at Ocean Sunset Drug, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 13th, 2020.

Our annual fundraising event scheduled for April 18, had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This event has drawn capacity crowds to the OS Convention Center for the opportunity to help those in need.

Ocean Sunset Drug came on board this year as the primary sponsor for the cancelled annual event and has generously offered their support of this plant sale. This sale will include indoor and outdoor plants and miscellaneous auction items.

Now that the Stay Home Stay Safe edict has been lifted, we will practice social distancing with our display setup, and would encourage everyone to wear a mask, but come out and enjoy seeing friends and neighbors and help “TAKE THE BITE OUT OF HUNGER” with your support.

Thanks to the following local businesses that have so generously supported the Food Bank this year:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Timberland Bank
  • Arrow Lumber
  • Ocean Sunset Drug
  • Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores
  • 1st Security Bank
  • Atlas Fine Art Service
  • Bank of the Pacific
  • Dugan’s
  • Elk Head Brewery
  • Ocean Shores IGA
  • Green Lantern Pub
  • North Beach Realty Ocean Shores, LLC

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Dedicated Volunteers Serve Those in Need

As our community goes through this difficult time, food bank volunteers are local heroes too. Harry Yanagimachi has no shortage of compassion and dedication for his work at the food bank.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself, Harry.

A: I was born and raised in Pacific County on an oyster farm, and started working with oysters when I was 8 years old, until I threw my back out at 18! I went to school at the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Human Resources. During the Boeing crunch, the first people that were being fired were the personnel managers, so that really wasn’t a great career move! I then started work at an insurance agency (Unigard) as an underwriter. I saw that the path to advancement was populated with people a few years older than me, so I decided to become an agent. My first gig as an insurance agent was in Shelton. Soon after that, an opportunity opened up for an agency with ownership in Tacoma. I was in Tacoma from ‘77 until (hmmmmm…) 2012 when I retired.

Q: What drew you to Ocean Shores when you retired?

A: I was here in the ’60s, renting charter boats. It’s a lot like where I grew up, except quite a bit bigger. My wife (Kathy Hansen) is probably the driving force. She really wanted to get out of Thurston County. It surprised me when she said “It’s time for a change; let’s try Ocean Shores!” We came here and looked at different places, liked the people, liked the neighborhoods, and liked the small town feel of it all. We pulled up stakes (30 some years in Thurston County for me and a lifetime for her!) and we moved to Ocean Shores in 2012.

Q: You’ve relocated to Ocean Shores by 2012. What drew you to volunteering at the Food Bank?

A: I had a plot at the Community Garden and a volunteer from the Food Bank talked me into it. I volunteered at the Garden (in fact I was chairperson of that project) for a couple of years. I soon got involved with other opportunities that the Food Bank offered and more capable people took the Garden from me! (Laughter.)

Q: What are your Food Bank responsibilities?

A: I’m on the Board of Directors until the end of this year; we help keep the finances going. I’m also on the Operations Management Group (OMG), which does the day to day operations of the Food Bank. As the Transportation Chairperson, I arrange all weekly trips to Aberdeen to pick up donations from Safeway. The donations vary, depending on what season it is and what kind of demand they have. We get produce, some meat, a lot of breads and desserts, and some prepared meals from the deli — things like that.

Q: How has the Coronavirus affected you and the new Food Bank distribution process?

A: I can’t mingle with my friends, and I really do miss that: the one-on-one contact with people. I’ve noticed changes in people I see, in passing. We are all hyper-aware of the distance you have to keep. We don’t even elbow bump! Avoidance is the best way to endure this thing. As for the distribution process, we are now a drive-through. The people come into the entrance of the Thrift Store parking lot, identify themselves and tell the greeter how many families they’re picking up for. A colored code is put underneath their windshield wiper and they come to another stop where the registration process is completed. Volunteers note the color of the window card and bring the appropriate prepackaged food bags to them. They’re in and out of here in less than three minutes!

Q: What is your favorite Food Bank story?

A: The feeling that you get by being part of the Food Bank and how it affects the people in our community is what says it best. The people who volunteer do so of their own volition. Everybody is a self starter — they pick up a job, they do it and they do it very well.

Q: Final question — what would someone be surprised to know about you?

A: If you talk to a lot of my close co-volunteers, they’d be surprised to know I have a heart! (Laughter…)

— By Gary Josephson, OSFB Volunteer Reporter
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