I am overwhelmed by the way this community comes together to support worthy causes. On Sunday, Oct. 4 a concert was held at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center to raise money for emergency cold weather shelter for the homeless. The concert, which was made up of area church choirs, as well as local musicians, was very well attended and the music was excellent. Enough money was raised to fill our trailer with supplies for the shelter.
Thank you, Arlington Times, for the publicity you gave this event. Thank you, also, to all the churches and musicians that participated: St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Atonement Free Lutheran Church, Arlington United Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cascade Christian Reformed Church, Marysville United Methodist Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Arlington High School boys’ quartet, Sarah and Aaron Hall, and Brad Davidson. I am especially touched by the two churches from Marysville who gave of their time and talents to help this cause that will mostly benefit Arlington.
Thank you to Lyle Forde for directing the final number and to Karri Hansen for serving as accompanist. Thanks to all who contributed to this cause and attended. A big thank you to the committee who put the show together. They did more than just put together a fine show and raise money; they may have saved someone’s life.
The cold weather is nearly upon us. As we sleep warm in our beds this winter, let us remember that there are those who are shivering in their vehicles or under a bridge all through the night. Now we have the means to offer a night out of the cold. We will need volunteers to help run the temporary shelter. To volunteer, contact me at 360-435-3259. Overnight volunteers will be subject to a background check.
Deena Jones, chair