West End: Night of culture raises money for LaPush, Forks children

LAPUSH — As children from the West End stood in line to present Santa Claus with their Christmas wish lists during the Healing Circle fund-raising event Wednesday, some of their dreams were already coming true.

The Quileute tribe and the city of Forks co-hosted the event aimed at helping the two communities’ children in need.

After preliminary tallies, organizers of the all-day event say more than $10,000 was raised.

The money will be split equally between the two communities to provide holiday gifts and other items for children in low-income families.

This was the first co-hosted event for the tribe and city.

“We are too small out here not to come together,” said Sharron Penn, Quileute tribal youth advocate and an organizer of the event. “If we pull together and help each other, we can prosper.”

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