Community Services Provides Comfort for Needy Children

Several women from the North Cascade Church (Sedro Wooley, Wash.) have created afghans and caps and put them in a bag with a cuddly teddy bear to create comfort packs for children.

Twenty such comfort packs were delivered in January to the Skagit County sheriff’s office in Mount Vernon, Wash. Eventually another 20 bags will be delivered, so that each deputy’s car will have a pack in the trunk to give to a needy child that they find in their line of duty. Two officers, Mike Murrell and Steve Dills, are North Cascade members.

Other afghans, baby sweaters, hats, receiving blankets, sleepers, undershirts, baby bottles, disposable diapers and pins, thermometers, bottles of infant Tylenol and toys have been assembled into newborn care packages, available through the Spruced Up Thrift Shop, which is a community outreach of the North Cascade Church. The shop is staffed by volunteers from the church and is managed by Debbie Fogelquist, wife of the North Cascade senior pastor.

The first newborn package was delivered to a new mother in the town of Concrete, Wash., east of Burlington, an area which suffered from a severe flood last fall. The baby was delivered by a North Cascade member.

The first newborn package was delivered to a new mother in the town of Concrete, Wash., east of Burlington, an area which suffered from a severe flood last fall. The baby was delivered by a North Cascade member.

The comfort packs and newborn care packages are assembled by volunteers, including the baby sweaters, which were hand-crocheted using donated yarn.

April 01, 2004 / Washington Conference
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