Grateful for donations
My wife and I express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Waste Control, Bill Moran and the Matney family for the generous monetary donations they have given to us this year that have helped us purchase items for the fundraising drives we sponsor. Their generosity helps make everything we do for the community such a huge success.
Thanks also to all the folks who donated to our drives.
Two of this year’s projects were collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for elementary school children, which continue to come in. We also started a 100, 100, 100, 100 drive to collect 100 belts, 100 pairs of socks, 100 pairs of underwear and 100 T-shirts for the students in need. We wound up with a thousand clothing items.
Without the generosity of these folks, we wouldn’t be able to help the people in need in our community.
Bill and Patti Ammons
Helpers thanked for beach cleanup
The Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association hosted and coordinated its 47th Annual Beach Cleanup, known as Operation Shore Patrol, on Sept. 15 and 16.
This is a volunteer effort where more than 60 miles of the Washington coastline — from Ocean Shores and Westport to the Long Beach Peninsula — are cleaned.
The Beach Cleanup began in 1971 and has been a club project that included a few four-wheelers. It has expanded to include three regions of the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association. Joining the four-wheelers are many organizations such as Good Sams, Telephone Pioneers, Tribal Nations, Scouts, youth groups and schools. Many interested individuals and businesses also join the effort. Participants come from Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, Yelm, Yakima, St. Helens, Vancouver, Burbank, Roy and Gladstone. They traveled a total of 4,688 miles to assist with this effort.
The Trailbreakers Inc., a Longview four-wheel drive club, collected door prizes in Chinook, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Seaview and Ilwaco.
We thank the following establishments for their generous contributions: Adelaides, Corral Drive In, The Bead Store, Chens, Scoopers, Cottage Bakery, Arcade Funland, Taquerie Jallepeno, Sportsman’s Cannery, Sea Breeze Charters, Salt, Olde Towne Trading Post, Chico’s Pizza, Loose NIVA, Chowder Bobs, Marsh’s, Long Beach Tavern, Hungry Harbor, Mostly Hats, Malai Thai, Gallettis, Bensons, Chinook Observer, Oman and The Lost Roo.
Without the generosity of these merchants, the volunteers would receive a thank you for a job well-done and that is all.
The Pacific Northwest will host the next Beach Cleanup on Sept. 21 and 22, 2019.
The Trailbreakers Inc.
Benefit auction a big success
Thank you to all my friends, family and the community for your support on making the Cancer Sucks Benefit Auction a huge success.
All the money raised benefits my daughter and her family in their time of need.
Special thanks to C&H Industrial, Bob’s Sporting Goods, Columbia Auto Group, Triangle Bowl, The Pro Shop, Advantage Screen Printing, Golden Palace Restaurant, Panda Express, The Carriage Restaurant and Lounge, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, Freddy’s Just for the Halibut, Hair Wold and Teniler Hair.
Groups thankful for donations
The Daryl and Shirley Jenkins Foundation and Safe Kids Lower Columbia thanks the following local sponsors for their donations to the 2018 Project Airy the Canary carbon monoxide awareness effort, which took place during Fire Prevention Week in October.
Thanks to Cascade Natural Gas, Dream Dentistry, Civic Center Properties, Monticello Park, Hollinger Family, Mary’s Bar and Grill, Lori McDaniel, Mint Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, and the State Farm offices of Scott Fischer and Bob Beal.
Thanks also to the Longview School District and the Longview Fire Department for their support of the project.
Special thanks to the staff and teachers at Mint Valley Elementary School for their enthusiastic willingness to pilot a teaching arm of this project and for finding creative ways to teach students about the lifesaving value of carbon monoxide alarms.
Your efforts resulted in more than 200 families of Longview School District students receiving carbon monoxide alarms free of charge. We were able to not only educate parents about the dangers of carbon monoxide at the Longview Fire Department Open House, but also to provide them an alarm to immediately begin protecting their family from this silent killer, which claims more than 400 lives in the U.S. every year.
This awareness effort was a great success thanks to the sponsorship, support and participation of all of you.
The Jenkins Foundation/
Safe Kids Lower Columbia