Mountlake Terrace residents have a number of opportunities to show their generosity this month as four local food drives are now underway; one of the drives is trying to arouse attention with the power of celebrity.
Former reality TV show contestant Molly Mesnick, currently a member of the morning drive show on Seattle radio station 106.1 KISS-FM, is seeking donations at the Mountlake Terrace Albertsons, 4301 212th St. SW, as part of a “Thanksgiving on the Mayflower” food drive.
Mesnick appeared on the ABC television show The Bachelor in 2008; she went on to marry Jason Mesnick, the “bachelor” of that season, in 2010.
Molly Mesnick plans on camping on top of a semi-truck parked in front of the Albertsons store until it is filled with 24 pallets of donated food items. Once filled, the truck will carry the food donations to Northwest Harvest, a non-profit food bank distribution organization.
The “Thanksgiving on the Mayflower” food drive begins Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 a.m. and continues until the semi-truck is full. Last year a similar drive held at Albertsons reached its goal in less than three days.
Girl Scout Troop 41923 is conducting its own food drive at Roger’s Market, 23120 56th Ave. W. this weekend starting Friday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. All food collected will be donated to the Concern For Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace.
This is the 16th year the food drive has been conducted on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving by the Mountlake Terrace-based Girl Scout troop; last year the troop collected more than 1,400 pounds of food.
“Each troop member will work a two-hour shift so that all the girls will get a chance to help the community,” said Troop 41923 assistant leader Karin Rice. Additionally, troop members will use any cash contributions to purchase items at Roger’s Market that are not normally donated, such as feminine products and personal hygiene items. Once the food drive is over, troop members will sort and categorize the food and then deliver it to the food bank.
The Girl Scout Troop 41923 food drive is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, 5—7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Students at Mountlake Terrace High School began their annual canned food drive this past Monday; the students will collect food at the school through Dec. 4.
The Crazy Moose Casino, 22003 66th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace, is also accepting , non-perishable food donations now through Dec. 31. Food collected at both these drives will also be donated to the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank.
– By Doug Petrowski
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