Service Center again serves as hub to help military families

Sno-Isle Libraries invited Operation Homefront back to use the Service Center to distribute modified holiday meal kits to military families on Nov. 1. 

Santa Claus and a helper with Operation Homefront
Santa Claus and a helper with Operation Homefront deliver holiday supplies and gift cards to a military family on Nov. 1.

The afternoon had 126 pre-registered military families drive through the Service Center parking lot to pick up $55 Safeway gift cards, P&G cleaning supplies and toys donated by Dollar Tree. 

Operation Homefront normally assembles dry-goods meal kits to Snohomish County military families for distribution in early December. This year, coronavirus precautions forced the change to gift cards and cleaning products, said Whitney Buell, Operation Homefront Program Coordinator in Everett 

Operation Homefront moved up its Snohomish County holiday goods distribution because the group is allowing 14 days between its five fall distribution events in Washington and two in Alaska to provide its staff time to quarantine for coronavirus, Buell said. 

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