The Washington State-based Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians made $100,000 cash donations to three area food banks to help those less fortunate over the holidays.
The $300,000 total was evenly distributed between the Stanwood/Camano Food Bank, Arlington Community Food Bank and Northwest Harvest.
“We as a Tribe have been blessed and want to help our community members in their time of need”, Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe, said in a release. “We would really like to challenge those in the community to give this season, and look at these donations as a way to jump start the giving process.”
The Tribe gives over 400 Turkeys at Thanksgiving and Hams in December through their Angel of the Winds Casino to local food banks and other organizations that help the needy during the Holidays. This year the Tribe was approached by the Arlington food bank asking for a $7,500 donation. The Tribal Council then made the decision to exceed the request by over 1,200 percent and include the Stanwood/Camano food bank and Northwest Harvest as a way to reach their great community.
Rick Bently, executive director of Stanwood/Camano Food Bank Services, “It is beyond comprehension that anyone would have a heart this big, to donate this kind of money, this is absolutely amazing.”
Cindy Reece, treasurer of the Arlington Community food bank, added: “Our shelves have never been as bare as they are right now. This will make a huge impact to our community.”