It's one thing for an individual to help out someone in need.
It's a completely different endeavor, however, when a group of people team up to brighten another's day. It takes organization and a concerted effort, but whenever people work together, their good works are multiplied.
Here are some recent Tri-City examples of charitable teamwork:
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Imagine the weekly chore of having to go to a laundry facility to do washing, knowing a good portion of the day is going to be lost reading old magazines and waiting for the end of the spin cycle.
Imagine again, the surprise and delight many people must have experienced when they discovered that at least for one day, their drudgery was lifted a bit.
That was because on March 30, laundry day in the Tri-Cities was taken care of by many gracious helpers who wanted to do a good deed.
Members of the Garden Christian Assembly filled laundry facilities all across the Tri-Cities and offered to clean clothes for any customer who filed in.
Church members donated $3,000 worth of quarters and enough detergent and dryer sheets to do 700 loads of laundry that day.
They dressed in bright orange T-shirts labeled with the church's "Serve U" logo from its outreach team. This let customers know who they were and that they were serious about helping out.
While people waited for their clothes to be done, church members offered cookies and bottled water while they relaxed and waited for their clothes to be washed, dried, folded and carried to their cars.
Church members said they wanted to do something practical. Their effort certainly was.
It also was very generous.
Quilting for Hospice
There is something warm and comforting about a handmade quilt. The time it takes and the patience involved make quilts more special than any fancy store-bought comforter.
It seems fitting that the Southeastern Washington Quilters' Guild has chosen to continually donate proceeds from is annual quilt auction to Hospice at the Chaplaincy -- an organization that also offers comfort to people who desperately need it. This year the quilter's guild donated $3,000, which brings the total to $50,000 given to Hospice over the last 16 years.
In addition to helping Hospice, the quilters also donate to many other worthy organizations throughout the year. Last year, 220 quilts were given to agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, the Sexual Response Center, the Red Cross and Cancer Center. Also, 36 quilts were given to a summer camp for foster children.
It takes a very selfless person to spend hours creating something, only to give it away. The members of the quilters' guild are full of such caring individuals.
Library takes food for fines
Once again Mid-Columbia Libraries are offering to accept food donations in the place of library fines. Usually the "food for fines" program happens in the winter, but the area food banks said they were low, so library officials decided to do their part to bolster food donations.
One can of food will equal $1 off your fine, and up to $10 can be applied to fines. This is an easy decision for anyone who owes the library. Clean out the pantry and get rid of those fines. The program continues through April.