-- The Tulalip Tribes donated $20,000 Tuesday to food banks to help
fill holiday baskets.
board Chairman Herman Williams Jr. presented a check for $10,000
to Gilbert Saparto, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers
of America, and Virginia Sprague, director of the agency's food
bank program. A separate $10,000 check will be presented today to
Marge Williams, pastor of the Church of God on the Tulalip Reservation.
Tulalip board members learned that Volunteers of America had only
10 turkeys in the Everett Food Bank's freezer and needed cash or
donations of turkeys, chickens and hams.
food basket distribution begins Monday, so the agency had to order
poultry this week.
Tulalip Food Bank also needed donations.
first thing this morning, prior to our budget meeting, we discussed
it, and we directed our staff to look into our donation account,"
Williams said. "It's the time of the season when we as a people
have to pull together."
of America, through its Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition, serves
19 food banks across the county.
will certainly help us address the holiday needs, as well to help
us purchase staple items for the rest of the month," Sprague
Everett Food Bank serves the largest portion of families in need
in the county, she said. And the needs are particularly high this
of our families, particularly the ones with children, have a loved
one over in Iraq," Sprague said. "It's been a challenge
all year for our families. It's going to be a slim holiday."
food banks wanted to ensure that families at least had a good holiday
meal, with turkey and trimmings, she said.
Tulalip folks always are very timely in their gifts to the community,"
Saparto said. "They're there when we need it the most.
tells the spirit of the community. It builds strong relationships.
It's not the first time the Tulalip Tribes have helped Volunteers
of America get through the holidays."
tribal board decided the money was needed immediately, board treasurer
Mel Sheldon Jr. said. "There's a great need out there,"
Tulalip Food Bank had an unexpectedly high demand at Thanksgiving
and couldn't meet all the needs, he said.
had donated (to the food bank) based on last year. What a difference
a year and the economy makes. I think everybody got caught by surprise
this year. But realizing the need, we're stepping up to the plate."