Posted by Cathy Bisaillon and Chuck Kraining on May 23, 2022
Ever wish you could help a person on a street corner without giving them money?  Now Silverdale Rotarians can!  On May 19, at our special hands-on Rotary meeting at the Seabeck Conference Center, attendees filled 200 1-gallon Ziplock care bags with food and personal items (plus pet food) for Rotarians to take in their cars to hand out to people in need.  The $1,476 project was funded by both Duck Race and Turkey Trot proceeds.
Thanks to attendees pictured left to right: Chuck Kraining, Nancy Whitaker, Frank Guthrie, Ed and Corey Hamilton, Steve Slaton, Danny Guthrie, Erin Shannon, Matthew Barrett.  And Buster!  Not pictured: Cathy Bisaillon and Rick Soper.
We produced two hundred bags, each with the following items pictured above: 2 cans of canned pasta with meat-pop top, 1 Tuna Salad with crackers kit, 2 fruit cups (1 applesauce and 1 mixed fruit), 2 packages of peanut butter crackers, 1 package fruit snack, 1 pair of socks, 1 toothbrush, 1 utensil pack with napkin, 1 bag of pet food.  First aid kit in snack size Ziplock: 4 wet naps, 7 band aids, 2 antibiotic ointments, 2 non-aspirin 2 packs, 1 tube of toothpaste, 3 dental flossers.   And a Rotary card with the 211 info on the back.
The night before we set up the room and made the first aid kits. Thanks to Elayne Burton, Cathy Bisaillon, Steve and Debbie Slaton, Michael Collins, Kim Peterson, and three volunteers from Kitsap Bank who were there.  Chuck made dinner for the volunteers!  Michael had "help" from Buster, Chuck's Guamanian rescue dog (pictured on left).
On the 19th the assembly line went fast, and we were done well before 1:00 p.m.   
Pictured: Erin, Ed, Steve, Corey, Frank, Danny, Nancy
Members took as many bags as they wanted. Someone told Chuck they gave two out in Lynnwood over the weekend, and they were well received.
Some bags went to the Westside Improvement Club's Little Blue Pantry (on right) and some to Coffee Oasis. Chuck will bring them to every club meeting until the supply is gone.  There are over 100 left to give out - come to Rotary and get yours!
Huge thanks to Chuck for purchasing the items and hosting the venue on May 18 (including dinner!) and May 19.
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!