NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim church donates to homeless … and other items

SEQUIM — The Sequim Police Department recently received a donation of 50 all-weather protective ponchos to distribute to the local homeless population.

The donation was made by the outreach committee at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located in Sequim.

“We greatly appreciate this generous donation,” said Deputy Police Chief Sheri Crain. “These ponchos will provide us additional resources to help folks in need as we go into the winter season.

“This is another great example of the community partnering together to make a difference.”

For more information, phone the police department at 360-683-7227.

Franklin Elementary students honored

PORT ANGELES — Franklin Elementary School students Piper Williams and Les Derma were honored as Port Angeles School District Students of the Month by Principal Amity Butler and School Board President Joshua Jones.

Piper and Les, both in sixth grade, were selected by Franklin staff as part of a program honoring exemplary students during the 2016-17 school year.

Butler described Piper as a “brave soul” and commended “her continual positive attitude, determination, perseverance, sense of humor, kind heart and her willingness to take risks,” according to a news release.

Butler commended Les’ “strong internal moral compass” and described him as an outspoken leader who is willing to take risks. Les “cares about his work, listens and responds to constructive feedback, and is known as being authentic, reliable and honest,” according to a news release.

Club donates $1,208 to Toys for Tots

SEQUIM — The Toys for Tots Santa visited the SunBonnet Sues annual Christmas party Dec. 14.

There, Santa was presented with a check for $1,208 and a large box of toys.

The Frosty Flakes, a friendship group within SunBonnets, made 10 themed raffle baskets.

Club members donated for an opportunity to win a basket and in turn provided money to the Toys for Tots program.

Santa assured the group that all the money and toys will stay in Clallam County.

$2.6K check given to PT food bank

PORT TOWNSEND — The Food Bank Farm and Gardens of Jefferson County, a nonprofit organization, received a major donation from the Jefferson County Community Foundation totalling $2,600 on Dec. 18.

The donation, made possible by the Martha and Libby TrolinAtkins donor-advised fund, will support the efforts of the Port Townsend High School garden.

Students develop and practice their gardening skills while also gaining a deeper understanding of the land and labor required to produce the food that they eat every day.

The garden is one of several gardens in Port Townsend dedicated to growing food for community members.

For more information on how to support this mission as a volunteer or donor, contact garden coordinators at or visit

The JCFF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Jefferson County.

For more information about JCCF, visit or phone 360-385-1729.

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