Now we have Thanksgiving behind us. We are in the Christmas season and all the good that the people of Grays Harbor do for those who need some help. One of the events that really shows what our people think about helping others is in December. It is called the Kettle Klash and helps the Salvation Army do everything they can to help people who need a little help to keep warm, dry and enjoy some of the Christmas spirit. Last year this luncheon, which will be held on December 3rd at the City Church in Aberdeen, collected $22,000 for helping those in need.
In Elma, the East Grays Harbor Centennial Rotary Club is scheduling local volunteers to ring the bell for Salvation Army at Everybody's from Saturday November 28th to December 19th. We ring the bell every day except Sundays. Our goal this year is $150 a day or $2850 for the season. Patti Ambrose is helping set the schedule so she needs a lot of helpers. Her phone number is 482 2666. Checks to help us meet this goal can be sent to Amy Thomason at P.O. Box 1351 Elma, WA 98541.
Winter has arrived in Grays Harbor and many have needs for warm clothing. The United Methodist Church collects jackets, sweaters and blankets to be given to people who need them. The new industries at Satsop are getting ready to soon be building the infrastructure needed for their new businesses.
The newest member of the staff at Satsop is Chris Hunt, one of the finest internet technicians in the Pacific Northwest. He worked with Olynet and for the last few years was the number one Technician with ReachONE Internet, the company I work for. The Port of Grays Harbor needed an expert for all the fiber and equipment they inherited from the Satsop Business Park.
At this time of year I believe we need an "Attitude of Gratitude" every day. If every one of us would do just one thing for a less fortunate person it will help instill the Spirit of Christmas in each and every one of us.
With the change of mayors in Elma, we don't know what changes will be made but we certainly hope it doesn't mean a change of Police Chiefs. Susan Shultz is really bringing our police department to a place it hasn't been for some time. The food bowl is starting soon here in Elma. It is important to the food banks in Elma, McCleary and Malone to have enough good food for folks at this Christmas time. Thank you Elma people for the cheerful giving you show year after year at this time of year.