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Food Bank distributes Thanksgiving baskets BY KIRK BOXLEITNER email@example.com
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Community Food Bank helped local families in need get a head-start on their Thanksgiving holidays by distributing their annual Thanksgiving food baskets on Nov. 22, 25 and 26. Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling reported on Friday, Nov. 22, that 96 volunteers had helped 238 families fill their Thanksgiving food baskets on the first day of this year’s three-day distribution, which is actually slightly down from last year’s 243 families served on the Friday kickoff of 2012’s threeday Thanksgiving food basket distribution. “The number of families we’ve served this year is actually down 5.9 percent from the number we’d served at this time last year, but I’m still anxious,”
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Deierling said on Nov. 22. “Nov. 1 was when they began rolling back the food stamp benefits from the stimulus package, which affects about 14 percent of the population, and this past Monday and Tuesday saw nearrecord crowds, so especially with the increased demand that always happens around Thanksgiving, I’m planning to serve at least as many families as we did last year, which was 715.” While the Marysville Community Food Bank was thick with volunteers on Nov. 22, Deierling asserted that it’s better to have too many than not enough helpers during the holidays. “The last thing we want to do is run short of either food or labor, so if even they’re stepping on each other’s feet, I’d turn around and thank them for being there,” said Deierling, SEE NEED, PAGE 2
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Lakewood High School junior Molly Stuller picks out produce for a client at the Marysville Community Food Bank on Nov. 22.
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BY AMY WADKINS For The Marysville Globe
MARYSVILLE — Kindergartners at Sunnyside Elementary School all say they enjoy Thanksgiving.
However, they would like to make a few suggestions when it comes to what’s on the menu. Kalaikona Vea, 5, doesn’t really like eating turkey. He likes chicken instead, and has
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one request for dessert. “I want a big pie,” he said. “Blueberry.” Sofia Howard, 6, and Elijah Azarpay, 6, both like to eat turkey but are most excited about the possibility of different dessert options. Sofia wants to have vanilla ice cream after dinner. “I eat ice cream after Thanksgiving dinner,” she said. “I’ll eat all of it because I love it.” “My favorite is pumpkin pie with whipped cream,” added Elijah. Arturo Torres, 6, and Jrake Maier, 5, expect turkey to be part of their holiday meals but do have a couple other items they’d like to fill up their plates with. Arturo is hopeful that macaroni, pota-
toes and gravy are part of his Thanksgiving dinner, while Jrake has a few different food requests. “I want noodles and broccoli and a sandwich and candy,” he said. Eduardo Pineda-Lopez, 5, would like his dinner to include several of his favorite foods. “I eat turkey, but I want peanut butter and jelly, and rice and beans,” he said. “And no carrots.” When it comes to what they don’t want to eat this Thanksgiving, Emma Brislin, 5, and Christopher Bydalek, 5, agree. They don’t want any peas. They also agree they are thankful for family this Thanksgiving. “I’m thankful for my dad,
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my mom, my cousins and my grandma and grandpa,” Christopher said. “I’m thankful for my mom and my dad,” added Emma. Students were asked to think about what makes them thankful this Thanksgiving and will write those things down in little books to take home, kindergarten teacher Veronica Underwood said. Other students, including Elijah Azarpay and his classmate Jonah Werdell, 5, also shared some things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. “I’m thankful for what people made us,” Elijah said. “People who made us houses and schools, or made doors
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