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Livestock Growers Banquet, comfort cases


March 15, 2017

Tickets are still available for the March 25 Klickitat County Livestock Growers Banquet. The banquet will be held at the White Salmon Elks Lodge. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by a delicious prime rib dinner at 6:30. The evening’s program will also include a presentation of awards, a silent auction, gun raffles, a live auction and music. Tickets are available at the Goldendale and White Salmon banks, KC Pharmacy and Simcoe Insurance in Goldendale, and from Josh Hoctor in Glenwood. Call Josh at (509) 364-0021 for more information.

Glenwood Women’s Club has set a goal of making comfort cases for foster and homeless children in Klickitat County. Children who are being placed in foster homes are frightened and very insecure, as are the children of homeless families who care and also come through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) offices in White Salmon and Goldendale. Many of the foster children arrive at their new foster homes with meager belongings in plastic garbage bags, and sometimes are removed from their homes with only the clothes on their backs. The Women’s Club would like to put together these cases to give the children something that is their very own to take to their new foster homes or to shelters where they may be temporarily residing, to ease the trauma they are going through. Comfort cases will be theirs to keep, and would be filled with items that are also theirs to keep.

The Women’s Club is working with the DCFS caseworker based in the White Salmon office for guidance on what children need. Comfort cases will be divided into three age groups: infants and toddlers, ages three through nine, and children 10 and older. Backpacks are the best to use as comfort cases. The children will then have backpacks to use when they start their new schools. The backpacks would be filled with age-appropriate items, such as a blanket, book, pajamas, school supplies, stuffed animal, and hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant for the older children, a coloring book and crayons for the three- to nine-year-olds and pens and journals for the older children. The toddler packs will have some of the same items, but will also include diapers.

Glenwood Women’s Club is a very small non-profit club founded here in Glenwood in 1934 as a community service organization. With limited funds, the club is seeking donations from various businesses in the greater Columbia Gorge area, as well as from any individuals who would like to help support this project. The Women’s Club extends a very hearty thank you to Harvest Market and Ace Hardware of White Salmon and Arti Facts Books and Wal-Mart of Hood River for their kindness in donating some of the needed items.

As the Women’s Club continues to solicit donations from businesses and await replies, they welcome donations from individuals who would like to be part of this very needed, very worthwhile project. According to the case worker, the need is great and never-ending. If you would like to help with this project in any way, please contact Carla Dillenburg at (509) 364-0012.

Just a reminder: school will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday, March 22. The high school will have a meet at Hood River Valley High School that afternoon. Let’s hope for good weather.

Glenwood School Band is hosting an Open Mic Night on March 29 at 6 p.m. All musicians, poets, and comedians are asked to come join in the fun. If you would like to share your talent, registration forms are available at the school. Please return your form by March 27. If you have no talent to share, come on out for a fun evening of entertainment. Coffeehouse drinks and treats will be served, with donations going to support the band. Contact Jennifer Hallenbeck at the school for more information, (509) 364-3438.

Glenwood Women’s Club would like to thank those who came out to support the Friday night bingo last week. The grange hall is in use for another event the first Friday in April, so the next bingo night will be Friday, April 14. Mark your calendars and come out for a night of fun and good company.


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