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Arlington girls sell bracelets, donuts for Oso

Members of the Arlington Premiere Volleyball and Basketball teams make rainbow loom rubber band bracelets to raise funds for survivors of the Oso slide. - Courtesy photo.
Members of the Arlington Premiere Volleyball and Basketball teams make rainbow loom rubber band bracelets to raise funds for survivors of the Oso slide.
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ARLINGTON — Whether you have a taste for Krispy Kreme donuts, a fondness for rainbow loom rubber band bracelets or a desire to help out the survivors of the Oso slide, the third- and fourth-grade members of the Arlington Premiere Volleyball and Basketball teams invite you to swing by their fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet, located at 21015 Washington 9.

“We live in downtown Arlington, so we feel connected to what happened in Oso,” said Kelly Pederson, a mom and coach for the Arlington Premiere teams. “All the girls on both teams are acutely aware of it, and have talked about what they know that’s been going on over there. We even have one team member whose family cabin was lost in the slide. Thank God, no family members were in the cabin, so nobody was lost with it. Still, my 9-year-old daughter Taylor and all the other girls felt like they needed to help.”

While the team members were initially inclined to try and raise money exclusively through their handmade rainbow looms, Pederson gently steered them in the direction of selling Krispy Kremes as well, to help them aim for a fundraising goal of $3,000.

“Rainbow looms are all the rage among 9- and 10-year-olds, but I thought they might be less successful at attracting older buyers,” Pederson said. “We’re also selling $1 raffle tickets for a wide variety of gift certificates and gift baskets, as well as $10 raffle tickets for a two-night fishing trip for two to Westport, or an eight-foot-tall pink dogwood.”

All proceeds from the raffles and sales will go to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“It was great of Dwayne Lane’s to donate their space,” Pederson said. “These are all very hardworking girls, who are really connected to their community and excited to be part of a relief effort like this.”

For more information, log onto the Facebook event page, for the Arlington Premiere Volleyball and Basketball teams’ May 10 fundraiser for Oso, at www.facebook.com/events/309910215828279/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.

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