Throughout Jefferson County, the holiday season brings an abundance of concern for our neighbors and friends. The season began with the Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the folks at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Townsend in cooperation with OlyCAP. Every year there is a great turnout of volunteers who help make and serve the meal and drive meals to shut in residents around the area. This Thanksgiving there were over 300 delicious meals served!
Just after Thanksgiving, COAST and OlyCAP opened the winter shelter in the basement of the Marvin G. Shields Memorial American Legion Post 26 hall in Port Townsend. Throughout the winter volunteers will help prepare meals at the shelter and provide supervision to help maintain safety. The facility is now in its seventh season and was upgraded this year. It now serves women as well as men, though women are transported to a separate site to sleep after they have checked in and had a hot meal.
The good work continues with giving trees that benefit Christmas for Children in Tri-Area and Port Townsend. Giving trees were set up at banks and businesses throughout the area for residents to match up with a child in need of support at Christmas. The Tri-Area Christmas for Children Program serves families in Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow and Marrowstone Island. They set out Giving Trees in November decorated with tags that list needed items and Christmas wishes requested by the families. The Port Townsend Christmas for Children Program is affiliated with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
Wrapping up the season in Jefferson County, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, OlyCAP and their volunteers will serve a Christmas Day dinner with all the fixings from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 25 at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Road, in Chimacum. Home delivery of meals is available and, if you want to have a meal delivered or want to volunteer, call OlyCAP at 385-2571, ext. 2571.
Homer Smith Insurance, your Washington insurance agency, salutes these organizations and the volunteers who help make this possible. Their efforts help make the peninsula a wonderful community to live in.