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Community Food Drive SUCCESS!

This weekend a Thanksgiving food drive was organized by Sommer Cronck, a Gate 2 resident. Both financial and food donations were collected on Friday and Saturday. The goal was to provide 10 local families with full Thanksgiving meals, with the hope to have enough extra to offer a selection of non-perishable items as needed.

For the financial contributions, the Sudden Valley RE/MAX agents – including Sommer, Greg Paul, Sheila Walls and Chris Weitzel – offered to match each dollar given up to $500. With their matching, over $1,500 was collected within 48 hours.

Signs by Tomorrow in Bellingham donated signs to help promote the event on short notice (they were in front of the Valley Market) and the Sudden Valley Salon and Day Spa was a major donor of both food and money. Several children from Christ the King Church eagerly helped unload a truckload of groceries and unpack them for organizing, along with Jason & Heather Manning, Jackie Rasmussen, and Sam Ashlock. Many, many residents were extremely generous in their contributions!

The donated funds allowed for a very large Fred Meyer Clicklist order as well as a substantial Costco run.

The families helped either heard about the event on social media or had a neighbor who heard about it get a meal on their behalf. The Geneva Elementary School counselor helped by reaching out to families they knew might be in need as well. By noon on Sunday, 4 families received complete Thanksgiving meals plus plenty of other food and general items, and came for household items. In addition, families had asked for extras like toddler training pants or gas cards, which were able to be given out. The remaining 6 Thanksgiving meals will be distributed this week. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with a Thanksgiving meal, please contact Sommer at 360-389-1671.

The ultimate goal of the event was to establish an ongoing “community cupboard” which will operate like a small-scale food bank. It is currently stocked with non-perishable food items, as well as household goods like toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, diapers and more. There will be drop locations throughout the Valley (there is already a blue bin inside the YMCA lobby, a sign will be posted on it this week) where non-perishable goods and supplies can be donated.

Members in need of food or other goods can currently text or call Sommer at 360-389-1671 to arrange a time to access the cupboard. Soon there will be at least one hour a week where it will be held open for drop-in visits.

The cupboard is currently in a temporary location but a permanent home is being arranged. There will be a need for shelving and an upright freezer once the location is finalized.


Thanksgiving Community Food Drive


Thousands of men, women and children struggle with hunger. We are going to provide Thanksgiving meals to Sudden Valley families who may otherwise be unable to do so this holiday. We are accepting both food and monetary donations to ensure as many families as possible have something to be thankful this year.


ALL FOOD donations can be brought to the Sudden Valley Craft Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th. We are asking for specific items to create full meals and will also accept other non-perishable food items. Please see the “most needed items list”.

You can also take NON-PERISHABLE donations to the following locations:

  • Sudden Valley RE/MAX office from 9 AM to 5 PM Friday, November 17 and from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturday, November 18
  • Sudden Valley Salon from 12 PM to 8 PM Friday, November 17

MONETARY donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Online via GoFundMe at: https://www.gofundme.com/sv-thanksgiving-food-drive
  • Bring a check* or cash to the Sudden Valley RE/MAX office through 3 PM Saturday, November 18th (if it’s closed, there’s a mail slot to the left of the front door)
  • Bring your check* or cash to the Sudden Valley Craft Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th

Your Sudden Valley RE/MAX office will match monetary donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500! *Please make checks out to Sommer Cronck.

10 full Thanksgiving meals
PLUS additional non-perishable items

Frozen Turkeys
Dinner Rolls
Stuffing/Dressing Mix
Canned Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans, Corn
Potatoes or Instant Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes or Yams
Pumpkin or Apple Pies
Milk & Butter

HOW IT WORKS: We will collect all items Saturday. Monetary donations will be used to shop and fill the gaps so we can provide one complete meal per family to take home and prepare on Thanksgiving. Additional non-perishable items collected will be made available to meet additional needs.

FAMILIES IN NEED: If you or someone you know is in need, please contact Sommer Cronck at 360-647-8049 or email sommerc@remax.net so we can ensure enough meals are ready. Pick up will be Sunday, November 19 at the Dance Barn.