Thursday, December 14, 2017

Community Transit Stuffs a Bus for Families in Need

In the rush of the holiday season, many of us forget how very fortunate we are. Sometimes it takes special people in the community to remind us of what's important. Last weekend Community Transit was honored to be part of a community that believes in making a difference. Enthusiastic employee volunteers greeted shoppers with holiday cheer at the Snohomish Fred Meyer, encouraging them to help us Stuff a Bus for charity.

And did they ever! The generosity of our community was a humbling and wonderful thing to witness. Some families shocked us by donating entire shopping carts. Small children shyly handed us special toys they picked out for another child to receive. Still other shoppers handed us a jar of peanut butter or a bag of rice saying they wish they could do more. From the largest gifts to the smallest, our community came together to give what they could to those who are struggling.

Through our partnership with Volunteers of America, Everett Transit, and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1576, we were able to fully stuff a 30' bus with non-perishable food, toys, and baby necessities. In one weekend alone, our community generously donated over 1,800 pounds of food, nearly 350 pounds of clothes, hygiene and baby items, and 365 pounds of gifts worth over $4,000. There were also cash donations nearing $350.

The bus was driven to the Volunteers of America Sultan location which services families in desperate need in north Snohomish County. Thank you to everyone who so generously gave so that the most vulnerable in our community find relief. Your kindness highlights the true meaning of the holiday season, bringing others comfort, peace, and joy.

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