November 14, 2012

By Staff

Thanks for paying it forward

Today, the most random and wonderful thing happened, something so spectacular that I want as many of my friends and neighbors in the Snoqualmie Valley to know about it. I took two of my children to the thrift store to find some much-needed clothing items. Thrift shopping can be economical, but sometimes it can be hit or miss. My children and I call it treasure hunting — one person’s donations are another’s treasures.

On this day, we did find a few of the items on our list and went to the counter to pay our bill. One of the volunteers that sweetly works the register at the Mount Si Senior Center said she had some news for me. She pulled out a card and I thought maybe she was going to tell me about a fundraiser.

She said, “This is a Pay It Forward Card.” She handed me the card and continued, “Someone has already put $20 toward your purchase today.” I was speechless and it took all I had in me to keep my bearing and not break down and cry. That was exactly the budget I had allotted for this shopping trip. My final bill? Seven cents.

Things have been financially tough for everyone in recent years; our family has not been immune. Whoever that kind stranger was had no idea the deep impact his/her action had on my children and me — or perhaps he or she does. Perhaps this quick note will let him or her know my deep appreciation, gratitude and high level of awe for the generosity. I will take that card and I will be certain down the road that I will also pay it forward. Since moving to this community, I’ve witnessed so much goodness and it’s one of the reasons I love living in the Snoqualmie Valley. This particular action is just a small example of how wonderful people in the Valley can be. And why I’m proud to call it home.

Once again, thank you, anonymous and kind stranger. Your impact will be felt for years to come.

Casondra Brewster

North Bend


Schools foundation offers thanks

It has been a busy couple of months for the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation. In August and September, we put together and delivered 24 new teacher welcome bags. Thanks to many generous local businesses, they were filled with lots of goodies.

On Sept. 17 and 18, we held our annual phonathon. Mount Si High School students spent those two evenings phoning district parents, asking for donations to help fund our Classroom Grants program. We hope you “Answered the Call” if you got one.

On Oct. 4, we hosted our 365 club members to a wine-tasting event at the brand new winery in Snoqualmie, Sigillo Cellars, and the food was prepared by the Culinary Arts class at Mount Si.

Thank you very much to all our community partners and local businesses for your help in making all three events a success.

Ann Godejohn

Corresponding secretary Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation

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