Lifestyle

Marysville/Smokey Point IHOP plays role in making wish come true

Make-A-Wish representatives join Devin Rekdal, center, and parents Russ, middle left, and mom Cory on Nov. 1. - Courtesy photo
Make-A-Wish representatives join Devin Rekdal, center, and parents Russ, middle left, and mom Cory on Nov. 1.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

SMOKEY POINT — The Marysville/Smokey Point IHOP recently played a role in a local child’s wish.

On Nov. 1, the pancake house threw Camano Island resident Devin Rekdal and his family a special breakfast party in association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Devin, who recently underwent a heart transplant operation, made a wish to have breakfast at IHOP and then get a new puppy.

Steve Terpstra, owner of the locally operated breakfast restaurant, and general manager Carrie Vigg decorated the family’s table for breakfast.

Devin also received IHOP mugs, a hat, a shirt and a personalized name-tag, Terpstra said.

Later that afternoon, Devin and his family returned to show IHOP staff his new puppy, Terpstra said.

“It was hard to tell who was happier — Devin or the puppy,” he said.

The Marysville/Smokey Point IHOP and its guests have donated more than $4,300 in the past year to local causes, such as Northwest Organization for Animal Help, the Children’s Miracle Network and a number of food banks, Terpstra said.

The restaurant, located at 16518 Twin Lakes Ave, Marysville, is currently holding a canned food drive and is collecting cash donations for the Arlington Food Bank.

The drive ends Nov. 23.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Nov 22
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.